You are changing foodscapes. You’re growing food, preserving soil, running for office, advocating for change, and so much more every day. You’re not afraid to do things a little differently. You lead by example and you’re willing to move people to action with your own stories.
It’s hard, often isolating, and so important. Every year this network has the opportunity to come together and build community. It’s a chance to learn from our diverse peers, build a stronger network, and foster connections for long-lasting change. This year we’re taking our experiences, connections, and stories, and using them to step into action.
The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 – 3 in Des Moines, IA, at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This year’s conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power.
Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where she grew a variety of fruits and vegetables for market and saved seeds for future generations on the farm that she co-founded named Black Dirt Farm.
The conference will feature women in our network through regional field tours featuring diverse ag businesses and urban ag projects; day-long Plate to Politics intensives for potential candidates and campaign organizers; a farm-to-table dinner at the Des Moines Art Center; art + story gallery featuring work by women farmers; creative community building; and workshops.
More announcements coming throughout the summer, including info on scholarships, call for art, call for stories, workshop announcements, and more!