Tama Co. WLL Hosts Composting Event at Meskwaki Nation’s Red Earth Gardens

Tama County Women, Land & Legacy hosted 33 attendees at its August 27th composting Learning Session at DSCN0040.JPGMeskwaki Nation’s Red Earth Gardens.  Farm Production Manager Grant Shadden led the group on a tour of the farm including its newest component, laying hens, and their role in the farm’s organic production.  Expansion plans include worm production, additional high tunnel structures and increased composting of kitchen waste from Meskwaki Nation’s casino.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Horticulture Specialist Ajay Nair followed the tour with a presentation explaining the process and science of compost and its uses. To stay up to date with Tama WLL’s events and news, get connected with their Facebook page.

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Spring WLL Event Re-caps

Lavender Farm Tour, Garrison

The evening of June 10 brought picture-perfect weather for Tama County Women, Land 6cropped& Legacy’s Summer Tour 2019: On the Hill Learning Session. Hostess Sue Hart shared a program on her lavendar operation in northwestern Benton County. On the Hill is her on-farm store in rural Garrison which features many of the items she’s created herself, along with items from other area artisans.

Sue and her family began growing lavender about ten years ago, and while production has fluctuated with the weather, Sue makes many lavender-based products including sachets, soaps, lotions and bath salts.  She shared her insights into lavender production with the 29 attendees, several of whom have attempted small-scale lavender production themselves. Continue reading

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WFAN Welcomes New Executive Director

The Women, Food & Agriculture Network recently hired Sherri Dugger as it’s new Sherri+Dugger+Photo.jpgExecutive Director. Sherri has worked extensively with family farmers as a journalist, fundraiser, advocate, and strategic planner. She founded the first women’s farmer chapter under the Indiana Farmers Union umbrella, a first in National Farmers Union history. Sherri resides on a small farm in Indiana and admits that she is an obsessed fan of local agriculture and food systems. You can read more about Sherri and this exciting new chapter for the organization here.

WFAN has partnered with USDA agencies to coordinate Women, Land & Legacy since 2014. This partnership has strengthened both the outreach work of local agency offices throughout Iowa as well as WFAN programming while thousands of women in the state have been connected through networking and educational opportunities. To learn more about the Women, Food & Agriculture Network visit www.wfan.org.

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Upcoming WLL Events

We have great events this summer state-wide with more events being planned so stay tuned to our calendar to find an event near you. Don’t see your county listed? Check out our map and list of participating counties here. Want to see Women, Land & Legacy in your county? Contact us to learn more! 


Kossuth WLL – Listening Sessionskossuth county
July 11th, Algona
Kossuth is the latest county to join WLL with two Listening Sessions. These event will be held at Waters Edge Nature Center, 1010 250th St., Algona. The first session will be from 9 – 11 a.m., the second from 6 – 8 p.m. Doors will open one half hour before each session. Light refreshments will be provided. For more info. or to RSVP contact Emily Ludwig, 641-584-2211 x 3.

BV/Pocahontas WLL – Agronomy Workshopsbuena vista county
August 7th, September 4th, Rembrandt
Buena Vista/Pocahontas Women, Land & Legacy will partner on a series of events of focused on agronomic skills for women that allow for better decision-making, provide a better understanding of crop production, see and understand different conservation practices and increase confidence in communication with spouse, farming partner, ag. retailer or tenant. Workshops will be held at Margo and Ron Sievers farm, 1134 510th St., Rembrandt. RSVP and questions can be directed to 712-732-5056.

Emmet/Palo Alto WLL – Refilling your Cupemmet county
August 8th, Estherville
Join Emmet/Palo Alto WLL for an afternoon of “refilling” your cup. The session will being with a gentle yoga session with Nicole Rosford at her studio Zen Wellness, 9 North 5th St., Estherville, followed by an Herbs 101 session with Megan and Co. at the Emmet Co. Farm Bureau office. Please dress comfortably! RSVP and questions call 712-852-2865.

Cedar/ Muscatine/ Scott WLL – Pollinators and Farm Tourcedar county
August 9th, Tipton
Cedar/Muscatine, Scott WLL will host a pollinator and farm tour at Wendt Farm. Meet at the Tipton NRCS office, 205 West South Street, Ste. 2. Teresa Wendt, WLL participant, farmer and Soil Conservationist will guide the tour exploring a series of established prairies. The tour will end at Teresa’s farm for supper and info. on other conservation work on the farm. Stay tuned to the team’s Facebook page for more details or contact (563) 263-7944 ext. 3.

Palo Alto/Emmet WLL – Farmland Leasing and Land Value
August 13th, Emmetsburgemmet county
Palo Alto/Emmet will host a farmland leasing and land value meeting with presenting Kelvin Liebold. Palo Alto Co. Extension and Outreach Meeting Room in Emmetsburg. 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 713-852-2865.

Tama WLL – Composting
August 27th, Tamatama county
Tama WLL will host a composting event at Red Earth Gardens. Red Earth Gardens and Iowa State University Extension & Outreach will be presenting. More details to come, stay tuned to the team’s Facebook page or call 641- 484-2702.

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September 5th, Nashua
The latest new Women, Land & Legacy team! Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw and Floyd counties will hold their Listening Sessions at the Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua. The first session will be from 1- 3 p.m., the second from 6 – 8 p.m. Doors will open one half hour before each session. For info. and to RSVP contact Val Horner, 641-394-2174 or Holly Merritt, 319-267-2707.

Palo Alto/Emmet – Soil Health Field Dayemmet county
September 5th, Emmetsburg
Palo Alto/Emmet WLL will co-host a soil health field day covering soil health, erosion and tillage, conservation ag. and more. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at the USDA Service Center, 3302 Main St., Emmetsburg. This will be a field event, dress comfortabely. RSVP by calling 712-852-2865.

Madison WLL – Barn Tourmadison county
September 28th, Location TBD

Madison Co. WLL will host a tour of barns in the county, followed by a potluck supper and prairie walk. More details to come, stay tuned to their Facebook page, or contact the team at madisoncountywll@gmail.com or 515-462-2961, x3.

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Women, Land & Legacy Featured in Iowa Farmer Today

By WLL Coordinator Wren Almitra

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Participants pose for a group photo at Buchanan WLL’s Listening Session in 2018.

Recently I was interviewed by Jean Caspers-Simmet for Iowa Farmer Today about the important outreach Women, Land & Legacy is providing to women producers and landowners in Iowa. Over the past 15 years Women, Land & Legacy has reached thousands of Iowa women with educational programs designed specifically to meet their local needs and interests. Two of the greatest strengths of the program are asking women directly what they need to learn more about to make the best decisions for their land and businesses and the networks that form from partnerships across local agencies and community members. Read more in Jean’s article here.

Women Caring for the Land, a women’s landowner outreach program of the Women, Food & Ag. Network, was also featured in Iowa Farmer Today. You can read that article here.



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WLL State Team Member Recognized for USDA Outreach Work

On April 9th Women, Land & Legacy State Team member Wendi Denham was awarded the USDA Equal Employment Opportunity/Civil Rights Individual Achievement Award during the Diversity Day presentation (you can read about the 2017 group award given to the Emmet/Palo Alto WLL team here).

According to State FSA Executive Director Amanda De Jong USDA agencies look for employees that have conducted activities, such as cultural awareness, outreach to the underserved and civil rights participation. “Ms. Denham’s engagement and outreach both within Mahaska County and also across the State has helped the Farm Service Agency continue to get our message and services out producers who need them most”, says De Jong. “Ms. Denham was recognized for her outreach efforts for both local and state wide levels, including representing FSA on the WLL State Team since 2014. There’s been a 48% increase in chapters since her involvement.”

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State Team member and Mahaska CED Wendi Denham (left) with SED Amanda De Jong.

“UDSA has something for almost every landowner and producer”, says Denham. “Outreach efforts are imperative, as they ensure producers are aware of USDA program opportunities that are available to assist them with beginning or enhancing their farming operations. Working with people and teaching others are my passions. Outreach affords me the chance to work with people of diverse backgrounds and team them about the programs USDA has to offer.” Continue reading

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Women, Land & Legacy News


Enjoy the latest news from Women, Land & Legacy

In this edition:

  • Free Farm Conservation Assessment Tool
  • Upcoming Women, Land & Legacy events across Iowa
  • Upcoming Women Caring for the Land events
  • Winter Learning Session re-caps
  • On-line tool connects land owners with land seekers
  • Disaster relief resources

Archived newsletters can be found here.

Thanks for reading!

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Free Farm Assessment Tool Provides Multiple Benefits to Landowners

A new tool provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service is available to landowners to help them assess and meet their stewardship goals. Partnering with the National Farmers Union, Iowa women landowners can take part in a free and confidential assessment to determine where improvements can be made to maximize soil health and water quality in a particular field on their farm.

The tool, called the Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET), takes stock of risks based on specific site conditions such as soils, climate, topography, etc. and then assesses how well current management and conservation practices address those risks. Depending on the results, recommendations may be made for best practices to improve any problem areas. Evaluations are available for cropland, pasture, forest and other ag. related land uses.

The benefits of this tool are many. Continue reading

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Upcoming Women Caring for the Land Meetings Focus on Soil Health, Water Quality

Women who own or manage farmland in Iowa are invited to participate in free discussions focused on soil health.

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WCL facilitator Jean Eels demonstrating a soil health test.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland.  Nearly half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women and we know women are interested in preserving Iowa’s soil and improving water quality. Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists.

Upcoming Women Caring for the Land meetings are happening in Toledo (April 2nd), Dallas Center (April 3rd), Story City (April 10th) and Forest City (April 24th). More details on these meetings can be found here.

Two other Women Caring for the Land meetings will happen in Iowa City (May 1st) and Cedar Falls (May 2nd). More details on those meetings here.

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Two Upcoming WLL Conferences

We have a few events coming up this spring and summer with more events being planned so stay tuned to our calendar to find an event near you. Don’t see your county listed? Check out our map and list of participating counties here. Want to see Women, Land & Legacy in your county? Contact us to learn more! 

Buchanan WLL – Connecting Women in Ag. Conferencebuchanan county
May 17th, Independence
Buchanan Women, Land & Legacy will host their first conference, Connecting Women in Ag. at Heartland Acres Agribution Center, 2600 Swan Lake Blvd., Independence. More details can be found at the event page or contact the team at wll.buchanan.women@gmail.com or call Buchanan Extension, 319-334-7161. You can also connect with them at their Facebook page.

Iowa WLL – Iowa Women Landowners Conferenceiowa county
June 20th, Brooklyn
Iowa Women, Land & Legacy will host their 7th annual Iowa Women Landowners Conference in Brooklyn. The theme this year is Farm Stress and Solutions, Distress or De-stress. More details to come, stay tuned to their Facebook page or contact the team at 319-668-2359.

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