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On Saturday July 11, 2015, the Kansas Rural Center will sponsor an all day women-only workshop and farm tour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Emporia, Kansas, at the Flint Hills Technical College. This is the fourth in a series of educational workshops for women farmers or want-to-be farmers, women landowners, and women interested in sustainable farming and food production.

The workshop will include a morning presentation on the importance of building soil health and the value of cover crops by Candace Thomas and Alex Miller from USDA NRCS. Dale Kirkham, grass and grazing specialist, will talk about Livestock and Grazing Management Practices. Dan Phelps, KRC staff member, specialty crop grower and primary author of KRC’s 2014 “Growing Under Cover” publication, will present on Specialty Crop Production in High Tunnels. In addition, materials on Farm Service Agency loan programs, USDA NRCS conservation programs, and other resources on crop insurance, organic and specialty crop production practices and resources, will be available. For an agenda, please click here.

At 2 p.m., the workshop will move to Gail Fuller’s farm near Emporia for a farm tour and presentation on carbon farming as part of a no-till cover crop system, crop rotations, and small livestock enterprises recently adopted. Dale Kirkham will also be on hand to host a Native Prairie and Grass tour to close out the day.

“Women farmers are increasing in number. And they are interested in small livestock and specialty crop production for direct marketing and as additional enterprises on the farm, as well as in crop and livestock farming. Also, according to research, women will inherit much of the land that is expected to change hands in the next twenty years,” stated Mary Fund, Executive Director of the Kansas Rural Center. “As women, we need to be better prepared to manage farms and land and make decisions. Our workshops introduce women to farming practices, ideas and information helpful to them as they make decisions today and plan for the future.”

Fees are $15/per person, to cover lunch and snacks.