Monday, January 24, 2011

A Farm School for Women

This sounds like a great program and I only wish they offered a scholarship (*hint*). North Carolina really made good use of the Tobacco Settlement Funds by establishing farmers markets and providing a stimulus to tobacco farmers to switch to food crops. (I only wish Kentucky has followed this model.)

Here's a bit of the discussion about the Farm School for Women that will take place this spring:
"Female farmers are the fastest growing population buying and operating small farms nationwide. For the past twenty-five years, the big traditional farms have been in decline; however, during that same period the number of farms run by women has increased 86%. Currently, there are approximately a quarter million women-owned farms in the United States, and our numbers are increasing.
Today's female farmer is a different breed with a different philosophy and approach: holistic, environmentally sensitive, sustainable and small. In fact, small-scale farming is the hallmark of female farmers. It's a kinder, gentler method of agricultural production involving all the senses— living in the moment even as you prepare for the next day, next week or next season." Read more here: NC Women of the Land Agricultural Network (NCWOLAN): "- Sent using Google Toolbar"

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