Every few years, a regional women’s network takes the lead in planning a national conference for women in sustainable agriculture (WISA). The first national conference was held in fall 2005 in Vermont, coordinated by the Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network with support from WFAN and others. Here is a description of the event, from the March – April 2006 ATTRA newsletter:
The first national Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference, “A Celebration of Hope and Opportunity,” took place last fall, hosted by the Vermont Women’s Agricultural Network. More than 400 people from across the U.S. attended, including a few dozen men. The speakers were women, the food was organic, and the atmosphere was energized as participants spent two days learning and sharing information about their communities, farms, and projects.
The second national conference was held in 2010 in Vermont, and the third in 2011 in State College, PA, hosted by the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network. WFAN was the host organization for the fourth national conference, held in November 2013 in Des Moines, IA. The fifth conference was held in Portland, OR, in 2016. Information and resources from the past two conferences are posted at the links below.
Plan now to join us for the sixth national conference in November 2019 in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN!
2016: 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture: Making Connections Toward Resiliency
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2016 • Portland, OR
Visit the Oregon State University Small Farms website at this link for archived resources, and see the event Facebook page for info and pictures!