2015 Green Lands
Blue Waters Conference
Bridges and Buffers, Farms and Cities:
Continuous Living Cover Farming Systems
Strategic Watershed Tour: Women Caring for the Land
November 4, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Since 2009 the Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) has been engaging women farmland owners in discussion around long term conservation goals for their farmland, and empowering them to take action. The program – Women Caring for the LandSM – includes an award-winning curriculum and a learning circle format that has reached more than 2500 women in peer-to-peer workshops led by WFAN and partners trained by WFAN. In this session, Jean Eells of WFAN, Jen Filipiak with American Farmland Trust, and Robin Moore and Caroline van Schaik with The Land Stewardship Project will discuss specific aspects of the WFAN model. Topics include infrastructure and outreach challenges, the role of local partners, and a watershed approach aimed at landscape change toward continuous living cover.
American Farmland Trust
As the Associate Midwest Director for the American Farmland Trust, Jennifer Filipiak works collaboratively with farmers, farmer organizations and government agencies to overcome barriers to conservation practice adoption and advance common ground solutions for agriculture and the environment. Filipiak brings more than 15 years of project management experience in conservation and sustainable agriculture having previously worked with organizations such as the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, The Nature Conservancy of Iowa, and the Lake County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District. Filipiak holds a B.S. in Ecology from Northern Michigan University and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Women, Food and Agriculture Network
Jean has been involved since the origins of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network. She has developed conservation curricula, provided expert program evaluation, wrote successful grants to help move the Network forward, been a professional speaker on conservation topics, and developed aspects of WFAN’s conservation program. She is a professional, with a Ph. D in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University. Her main areas of expertise include program evaluation, education and communications, project management, and group facilitation.
Robin Moore, Land Stewardship Project
Caroline Van Schaik
Land Stewardship Project
Caroline van Schaik works with farmers and landowners in the Root River watershed of southeast Minnesota as an organizer with the Land Stewardship Project. While cover crops, field research, conservation leases, healthy soil, custom grazing, and other aspects of agriculture occupy her with both men and women, part of her time is focused specifically on the needs of women and their expressions of land management. She and her family run sheep on an intensely managed grazing farm near the Mississippi River.