In Her Boots Workshop

Success Strategies from the Soil Sisters

Friday, August 2, 2019 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.* | $25 (lunch included)

*You’re welcome to arrive between 9 and 10 a.m.

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Riemer Family Farm
W2252 Riemer Rd.
Brodhead, WI 53520

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Are you a woman who’s ready to explore the first steps toward your dream of starting a farm?

Do you have a particular interest in raising animals?

Take part in an inspiring day packed with advice, ideas, and seasoned perspectives from the Wisconsin Soil Sisters, an innovative network of local women championing organic and sustainable agriculture in their community. Learn from experienced women farmers and gather resources for your farm launch.

In addition to beginning farmer advice, this workshop also provides insights about running a livestock operation. We’ll have a detailed, behind-the-scenes tour of Riemer Family Farm, and share resources to answer questions on raising sheep, goats, and chickens.

This special In Her Boots workshop kicks off the Soil Sisters weekend events.

You will learn about:

  • Running a diversified meat operation, with info about beef cattle, sheep, turkeys & chickens
  • Pasture management and grazing principles
  • Farm start-up advice, including grants & resources
  • Organic certification
  • Self-care, cultivating mental health and farm-life balance
  • Farm diversification: farmstays & farm-to-table dinners
  • Value-added products in your home kitchen through cottage food law

 

Agenda:

9 – 10 a.m.
Registration* & Networking

10  – 11 a.m.
Welcome & Story Sharing
Opportunities for women in sustainable and organic agriculture today
Our  Farm Story:  Advice, Ideas, Tips & Resources to Share

11 a.m.– noon
Farm Tour Part 1:  Meat in the Field
Tour the pastures at Riemer Family Farm as Jen takes you to see the turkeys in the brooder, pastured chickens & laying hens, cattle, and sheep. Learn how rotational grazing helps support both land conservation and healthy animals.

Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch with organizational resources
Locally and organically sourced buffet with various options for dietary needs.

 1  – 2 p.m.
Farm Tour Part 2:  Marketing & More
See Riemer Family Farm’s market trailer as Jen explains their delivery and marketing strategy, working with restaurants and small retailers, and selling at farmers markets.

2 – 3 p.m.
Learning Stations
Rotate between various learning stations and break-out topics: determining soil health, specific livestock, diversification (Value-added cottage food products, B&B, on-farm food service)

3 p.m.
Wrap-up & dessert

*Registration Bonus:  Get a free copy of Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN (a $26.95 value; one free copy per residential address).

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Presenters:

Jen Reimer and Family, Riemer Family Farm
Riemer Family Farm is a regenerative and diverse operation that raises delectable, pastured meat and eggs. They care for 450 acres of diverse perennial pasture, native seed production land, cover crops and hay crops teaming with wildlife: birds, butterflies, small mammals, and insects. Jen and her husband, Bryce, farm with their three daughters, Bryce’s parents, and a couple of wonderful employees.  Jen champions sustainability on her farm:  the animals are raised on a diet free of GMOs, antibiotics, steroids, hormones and animal by-products and are raised on pasture, hay and naturally grown grains. All beef and lamb are rotationally grazed and 100% grass finished.

 

Lisa Kivirist, MOSES In Her Boots Project
Lisa coordinates the In Her Boots Project, an award-winning woman-farmer training initiative of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). She is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, along with Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance and is an Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B outside Monroe, Wis., which is completely powered by renewable energy.

 

Also facilitated by a team of Soil Sisters including:

Dela Ends, Innisfree Farmstay & Retreat/Scotch Hill Farm & MOSES board member: organic certification & goat expert

Betty Anderson, Old Smith Place: Navigating local processing

Brandi Bonde, Harmony Farm: Navigating local processing

Erica Roth, Ewetopia Farm:  Getting started with sheep

Anastasia Wolf-Flasch & Eliana Riemer, Riemer Family Farm: Lamb experts

Molly Placke-Silver, Silver Springs Farm: Small-scale home poultry processing

 

About “In Her Boots” format:

These daylong, on-farm workshops include a detailed farm tour, lunch, and networking opportunities. With a focus on sharing experiences, stories, and ideas, the In Her Boots format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other. Bring your questions! Women just starting on their farm or food business dream are especially encouraged to attend.

 

 

Lunch provided by Organic Valley Family of Farms

 

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