Q: Do I need to pre-register?
A: Yes. Space is limited and we need a count for lunch.
Q: I’m registered. What should I bring?
A: Please bring a chair (one of those portable folding camping chairs work great), water bottle, coffee mug and paper for taking notes. Dress for the weather (sunscreen, hat) and walking for the farm tour. As networking and connections with other women farmers is a key component of the day, bring business cards and any materials you want to share.
Q: What’s the general flow for the day?
A: The session kicks-off promptly at 10 a.m. As it is understandably hard to judge exact driving times, please aim to arrive anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. The day kicks off with a farmer Q&A morning session, networking lunch and farm tour. We try to take advantage of the on-farm opportunity and conduct a detailed farm tour with plenty of time for Q&A. The day wraps up around 3 p.m.
Q: I have this dream to start a farm or food-based new career venture but have never been to a sustainable agriculture event before. Will I fit in?
A: The majority of Boots attendees are just like you and have not yet started their new business venture but are at the information and resource gathering phase. The rest of the women coming range from beginning to seasoned farmers and lots of networking and idea sharing take place.
Q: Are the Boots workshops related or in a series? Can I attend more than one? I attended a Boots workshop in the past. Can I attend again?
A: While the Boots workshops follow the same general format, each workshop is distinctly different based on the location and speakers involved. Women often attend more than one and folks who attended in the past are welcome to return.
Q: Is lunch included?
A: A casual picnic lunch is included, featuring product from Organic Valley Family of Farms, Organic Prairie, and local farms. It’s a buffet format with some options to cover various dietary needs.
Q: My male partner/spouse is a part of my business venture and plan. Can he come?
A: Anyone is welcome to attend these Boots workshops; however, the difference between these In Her Boots workshops and other MOSES programming is these cover topics of interest to women not covered elsewhere and focus on connecting women with each other (research has show that women farmers learn best from connecting with each other). Attendees are just about all women.
Q: Can kids come?
A: Children can attend (no charge) but there is no childcare or activities. You are responsible for your child and they will need to be physically with you throughout the day.
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: No and please to not leave pets in cars. Our farm hosts often have their own pets and livestock and this isn’t a good mix.
Q: Are scholarships available to cover the registration fee?
Scholarships are available in exchange for some volunteer help with set-up logistics and lunch. Please e-mail Lisa Kivirist.