Women Caring for the Land

Taking Care of Your Wisconsin Farmland

If you’re a woman who owns farmland in Wisconsin, start here to learn about:

•  Soil health and conservation practices to protect and improve your land.
•  Programs to fund environmentally friendly land management.
•  Creating a long-term management plan for your land.


Webinar: Resources for Cultivating Conservation

Women conservationists discuss how you can add conservation practices to your land, find resources, and access funding to protect your land for future generations.

Angela Biggs, NRCS
Jennifer Filipiak, Driftless Area Land Conservancy
Gretchen Skudlarczyk, Pheasants Forever
Julie Peterson, Pheasants Forever
Lisa Kivirist, MOSES In Her Boots

Download PDF of Jennifer Filipiak’s presentation.

Download PDF of Angela Biggs’ presentation.


Podcast Episodes

Listen to the Women Caring for the Land series on our “In Her Boots” podcast:

Lindsay Rebhan on Regenerative Agriculture


Patti Shevers on Returning to the Family Farm

Read more about Patti’s conservation journey.


Deirdre Birmingham on Farm Conservation


Jennifer Filipiak on Land Trusts


Thelma Heidel-Baker on Caring for the Land

Read more about Thelma’s conservation journey.


Dr. Jean Eells on Conservation Plans for Women Landowners



Conservation Conversations

Read about women we’re helping reach conservation goals for their farmland. More conversations coming soon!


Looking for Land

Ellen Petrick and her husband, Nick Novosel, live in the western suburbs of Chicago but dream of living on a small-scale farm in southern Wisconsin. Ellen has a background in science and has read a lot and attended workshops to get ready to farm sustainably. She’s ready to trade her 3×8’ raised bed for real acreage but needs help evaluating land to find something suitable.

Read Ellen’s story and her “conservation conversation.”


Taking over Family Land

Patti Schevers is the 4th generation on Schevers Farm, a 113-acre property that has been in her family since her great-grandparents purchased it after emigrating from Holland in 1914. Patti plans to work on a variety of conservation initiatives on the land. She also runs a 3-site “glamping” campground on the family land.

Read Patti’s story and her “conservation conversation.”


Taking over Family Farm

Thelma Heidel-Baker grew up on the farm that she and her husband, Ricky, have now taken over from her parents. Thelma is an insect conservationist and is trying to ensure their 80-acre organic farm, Bossie Cow Farm, includes ample pollinator habitat.

Read Thelma’s story and her “conservation conversation.”





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