women land ownerAccording to Ann Sorensen, the research director with American Farmland Trust, women involved in agriculture is a growing demographic.

Farming and other agriculture-related jobs can be a tough career path for anybody for a number of reasons, but the road can more difficult for women who have recently entered the industry or unexpectedly inherited some farmland.

Research has shown that older women who inherit farms from their husbands are often intimidated participating in mixed-gender groups.  In a laidback learning circle, where only women can participate, women are encouraged to talk about their operation and experiences, focusing on farmland preservation and conservation.
Marshall, St. Joseph and Elkhart Counties Soil and Water Conservation Districts are sponsoring a Women Only Learning Circle on Tuesday October 25, from 9 to 3 at the Nappanee Chamber of Commerce Building located at 302 West Market Street in Nappanee.  This learning circle will focus on the basics of soil health and conservation practices that can lead to healthier, more productive soil. The morning will be an indoor discussion, including some interactive soil health demonstrations. The afternoon will provide the opportunity to tour a local farm putting conservation practices into action to improve their soil health.

All ages and experience levels are welcome! If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact the Marshall County SWCD office at 574-936-2024 Ext. 4.  You may register by phone or onlinewww.marshallcountyswcd.org.