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Location: Polk City Miller Park Shelter House
Women who own or manage farmland in Polk and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health on Thursday, October 16th at the Polk City Miller Park Shelter House, 804 West Taylor, 401 Booth Street, Polk City, IA. The program, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network and the Big Creek Lake Watershed Project, is called Women Caring for the LandSM.
The meeting will begin with registration and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby farm to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration. Participants will walk a short distance into a field, so please wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. The meeting will end with dessert and wrap-up at the meeting room by 3 p.m.
The 14th Annual Iowa Organic Conference will be held Nov. 16-17 on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. Producers and experts from across the country will share tips for transitioning into organic production and methods to enhance organic operations.
The conference keynote speaker is Mary Berry, daughter of Wendell Berry, novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.