The Cottonwood SWCD and NRCS is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Women Caring for the Land Workshop here in Cottonwood County in partnership with Renewing the Countryside and the MN Department of Agriculture paid for with a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA’s NRCS.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is Women Caring for the Land?
Women Caring For the Land is an innovative program sponsored by the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN) and facilitated in Minnesota by Renewing the Countryside. It brings together women landowners in an informal, discussion-based learning format that enables these land owners to meet with female conservation professionals to discuss their goals for improving air, water and soil quality on the land they own and to engage in different activities that teach conservation principles.
What will we talk about and discuss?
Topics for discussion range from managing soil and water conservation to government cost-share programs to how to talk with tenants about changing management practices. A specialized curriculum has been developed for this program, featuring activities that bring issues such as diversity and soil erosion to life. After a facilitated morning conversation discussion and lunch, participants go on a guided tour of area farmland to see these principles and practices in action.
When is the Cottonwood 2016 workshop? Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Coffee and registration will begin at 9:30 AM, with the program to begin at 10 AM. There will be a mix of indoor and outdoor discussion (a small field trip in the afternoon). We should wrap up by 4 PM. A free lunch and snacks will be included for our participants.
Where is it? We have reserved a room at the Windom Area Community Center, located at 1750 Cottonwood Lake Dr, Windom, MN 56101.
If you do not have internet access or aren’t comfortable registering online, you can call the Cottonwood SWCD office at 507-831-1153 x3 and we can forward your information onto our contact with Renewing the Countryside.