Registration opens 10 a.m. in Atrium.

A vegetarian box lunch is available on Friday before afternoon sessions begin, for a $15 charge.

Field tours and intensives will be offered from 1 – 5 p.m. They are concurrent, so choose only ONE. Field tours are $40 each, and include a mid-afternoon snack and beverage as well as transportation. On-site intensives are $30 each, and include a snack and beverage.

Friday afternoon tours ($40 each, includes transportation and snack)  Click here for a description of each tour.


1. Urban agriculture tour (QC Food Hub, Edible Forest)

2. Rural tour of women-owned farms (focus on horticulture)

3. Rural tour of women-owned farms (focus on livestock/dairy)

Friday afternoon intensives ($30 each)


1. Plate to Politics leadership training (Moline/East Moline/Scott Co.). Women are needed at every level to change the food system – from rural coop boards to county commissions, to state legislatures. This intensive is for women who want to see change and are looking for the tools to be effective. We will learn from women who have advocated, created coalitions, and run for office. Participants can expect to walk away with new tools and inspiration to help you on your leadership path. This is an opportunity to learn from Liz Johnson of Vote Run Lead and other panelists about how to define our goals and expertise, gain visibility, map our next steps, and find our way to positions of influence and power! Panelists will include Maggie Tinsman of 50-50 by 2020, and Mo Vue of the Hmong American Farmers Association.

2. Pollinator habitat panel (Bettendorf Room). This intensive will feature information about native pollinators and pollinator habitat in addition to honey bees and planting for them. Women with various areas of expertise in pollinator management will present information and answer questions during the afternoon. Expect to be inspired to look more closely at what you see in plantings of all types that hums, crawls, and buzzes. Moderated by Dr. Jean Eells of E Resources Group; panelists will include Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation (Midwest Regional Office); Dr. Mary Harris, adjunct assistant professor of entomology at Iowa State University, researching pollinator diversity and habitat quality in agricultural landscapes; Sara Leon Guerrero, research assistant, Urban Bee Lab, University of California, Berkeley; and Ellen Starr, area biologist, USDA-NRCS (northern IL region).

3. Aspiring and beginning farmers session (gather in lobby to load bus for Milan Library; includes tour of Beacon Woods Farm and Flowers, Milan, IL).
If you are a beginning or aspiring woman farmer, this intensive is for you. This is a peer-sharing space, with women farmers facilitating a free exchange of goals, challenges, resources, and ideas. You’ll be in a safe space to share honestly about your farming journey. Come prepared to describe your farming story, why you love to farm (or dream of farming), and what you need to move forward on your journey. Includes a farm tour of Beacon Woods Farm (Milan, IL) with beginning farmer Chris Nordick. Come away with new connections, resource materials to use at home, and three reminders/mantras/strategies to remember when things are good and when things are tough.

5 p.m. BREAK

5:30 p.m. Dining options

1. Tasting event at QC Food Hub kitchen – variety of heavy hors d’oeuvres showcasing locally grown foods, prepared by local chef Nicolette Petty; local wines and beers ($30; space is limited). Menu will include both vegetarian and meat options, as well as some gluten-free items, but best value goes to omnivores for this event. Click here for a menu.

2. Dine on your own at the hotel restaurant (Cafe One Eleven), or other area restaurants.

7:30 p.m. Performance of Map of My Kingdom + community discussion, (Moline/East Moline/Scott Co.). Free and open to the public. Enter through Moline Room doorway.


Registration opens 7 a.m. in Atrium.

Coffee and tea, continental breakfast available. Fair-trade, locally roasted coffee provided by Brew in the Village.

8 a.m.  Welcome by WFAN Executive Director Bridget Holcomb (Davenport)

8:15 a.m. Keynote address by Dr. Robin Kimmerer, distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York. She is also founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and author of the popular books of essays, Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss. Title of her talk: “Renewing the web of reciprocity: indigenous food systems and biodiversity.”

9 a.m. Break + book signing with Dr. Kimmerer

Concurrent breakout sessions (click here for descriptions)

Three concurrent workshops per session.

9:30 a.m. First breakout, 60 min.

10:30 a.m. Break

11 a.m. Second breakout, 60 min.

Noon Break

12:15 p.m. Local-foods lunch – optional table topics or relax and network on your own (Davenport)

1:30 p.m. Third breakout, 75 min.

2:45 p.m. Pick up snack, Atrium.

3 p.m. Informal wrap-up gathering hosted by WFAN board (Radisson dining area). Join with the WFAN board upon conclusion of the conference in the hotel restaurant area (Cafe One Eleven) for a celebratory reception. We will raise a glass to 18 years of women leading change in our food system. Drinks and food will be on your own, but the fellowship is abundant and free!


PO Box 611
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515) 460-2477