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Wisconsin Women in Conservation

Wisconsin Women in Conservation is a state-wide collaborative effort led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with Renewing the Countryside, Marbleseed, and Wisconsin Farmers Union. WiWiC brings together Wisconsin women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources, and funding opportunities. This is a three-year, multi-faceted project funded by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Women landowners are a growing demographic. The 2017 Census recorded 38,509 female producers in Wisconsin, showing that women make up 35% of all producers in the state. WiWiC is here to connect women, empower women, educate women, and inspire women, for the sake of the land, but also because of the great satisfaction and healing experienced through stewardship.

Upcoming WiWiC events

Field Day at Blackbrook Farm: Applying Conservation Practices on a Diversified Vegetable and Livestock Operation

Saturday, Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m. | Amery, Wis.

Come and be inspired by a tour of Blackbrook Farm, operated by our own WiWiC Conservation Coach Ayla Dodge and her husband. Hear and see firsthand how they overcame unique challenges presented by their farm’s sandy soils in both their vegetable operation and pasture establishment for the livestock they have integrated into their operation. Ayla will share how they have worked with the NRCS to implement conservation on their farm by establishing some pollinator habitat and using cover crops. Organized by Marbleseed.

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