Women who own or manage farmland in south central Iowa are invited to participate in a free conservation field tour focusing on wetlands Thursday, June 20 near Centerville. The event, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is part of a project called Navigating the Waters, coordinated by WFAN board member and ISU graduate student Angie Carter.
The tour will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church at 410 N. Main St. in Centerville, and will end with lunch at the church, finishing around 1 p.m. Space is limited to 20 participants. If you think your tenant or farming partner would benefit by participating, you may also register him/her.
Please RSVP by noon Tuesday, June 18, to Diana Williams, SWCD, firstname.lastname@example.org, (641) 932-5144, Ext. 109. In case of bad weather on June 20, we will hold the event on June 21 with the same itinerary.
Any woman landowner with an interest in learning more about how to identify, establish, protect or further enjoy wetlands on her property should plan to attend. Attendees will take part in activities including water quality assessment and sampling and wildlife and plant identification. Many wetlands are on farmland owned by women landowners in each region and the landowners will be present to talk about their wetlands.
Be sure to dress for a day outdoors: wear boots or other shoes that can get muddy, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray; you may want to bring binoculars and a camera as well. You will travel by bus from the meeting location to the wetland tour site(s).
Nearly half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women. WFAN has been working with women landowners for more than a decade, providing opportunities for peer-to-peer, women-only discussions about conservation and other farm management topics.
For more information on Navigating the Waters, visit www.soc.iastate.edu/extension/navigatingthewaters/intro.html. For more information on conservation for women landowners, visit www.womencaringfortheland.org.