Women who own or manage farmland in Dane County are invited to participate in a conservation discussion focus-ed on soil health on Wednes-day, June 3 at the West Madison Agricultural Re-search Station, 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona.
The program, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network, is called “Women Caring for the Land.” Local hosts are Dane County UW-Extension and Dane County Land and Water Resources.
The meeting will begin with registration, coffee and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. During an afternoon field tour, participants walk to the Research Station’s field plots to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure, stability and infiltration. Participants will walk a short distance into a field (wear appropriate clothing and footwear) and then return to the Research Station classroom for dessert and wrap-up, ending the meeting by 3 p.m.
The registration cost for the program is $15. Registra-tion deadline is June 1.
Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for farmland. Attendees will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through cover crops, no-till and strip-till, and other conservation practices.
Nearly half the farmland in the Midwest is currently owned or co-owned by women. Women Caring for the Land offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists.
For more information visit www.womencaringfortheland.org or call Carol at (641) 430-2540. For questions concerning registration call Mindy at (608) 224-3718. This program is made possible with funding from a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant from the USDA.