Register now for the 2011 Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference: “Tell your Story” happening in State College, PA, on November 6-8, 2011. The conference will bring together farmers, growers, educators, agricultural professionals, and policy makers to share the knowledge, skills, and stories for building a dynamic sustainable agriculture.

The theme of the conference, Tell Your Story, focuses on the benefit of networking to women in agriculture. Through networking, women share their stories and knowledge and gain inspiration and companionship needed to survive challenging economic times. Women in agriculture have amazing stories to tell, and this conference will capture the struggles, passions, and history of the incredible women that have chosen careers in agriculture. The conference will include authors and artists who tell stories of women farming through non-fiction, literature, art, and film.

The conference keynote speaker is Karen Washington, an urban farmer, president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, and founding member of Black Urban Growers (BUGs). With over 20 years of experience working in New York City, Washington has developed abandoned lots into successful community gardens and food initiatives. She is the driving force behind the revitalization of numerous impoverished Bronx neighborhoods through the establishment of community gardens. She is a strong believer in the connection between food and greater social justice issues.

The conference will offer more than 30 workshops on sustainable and holistic farm management, urban farming, organic vegetable production, livestock management, health and well-being, value-added agriculture, marketing, sustainable communities, creating a local food system, and on writing your story. The first day of the conference will feature four farm tours: 1) a tour of value-added agriculture in Amish country; 2) a tour of wineries and artisan cheesemakers; 3) a collaborative marketing tour; and 4) a community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm tour.

What: 2011 Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference: “Tell your Story” hosted by
the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network at Penn State University.
When: November 6-8, 2011
Where: Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, Pennsylvania
Who: Everyone is welcome to attend

Early registration discount is available until October 10, 2011. Registration deadline is October 28, 2011. The Penn Stater is offering discounted guest suite reservations until October 7, 2011. For a complete list of conference offerings and to register for the conference, please visit: http://2011wisa.aers.psu.edu.

To learn how you can support the conference through sponsorships or become an exhibitor, visit http://2011wisa.aers.psu.edu/Sponsorship.html.

The Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network (PA-WAgN) is an outreach and extension program of the College of Agriculture at the Pennsylvania State University. PA-WAgN supports women in agriculture by providing positive learning environments, networking, and empowerment. To learn more, visit PA-WAgN’s web site at http://agsci.psu.edu/wagn

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