"Chicks on the Farm" Inaugural Workshop Successful
The first Chicks on the Farm workshop, which took place on Saturday, May 8, 2010, was a big success with a whopping 45 participants.
The event, titled “Take a Break, Have Some Fun, and Learn How to Improve the Land You Love…a Workshop for Women Landowners”, was the first in a series of workshops for women landowners who want to learn more about how to manage, conserve, and enjoy their land. These workshops and other on-the-farm experiences will take place on a 257-acre working farm in Nabb, IN.
Following a hayride to the field, the women observed a demonstration of large-scale mechanical tree planting, learned the proper way to hand-plant a tree, found out about the benefits of wetland restoration to the environment, considered the use of conservation farm programs for increased income and better land conservation, did some bird watching, built a birdhouse, and had a fun day outside visiting with other women landowners.
Pat Larr and Betty Joubert, the original Chicks on the Farm, are both recently retired from the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. They began planning Chicks on the Farm several years ago. This year, it became a reality!
Why be concerned about helping women landowners? Private land ownership and farm management by women is one of the fastest growing demographics in the country. According to the 2007 Ag Census, from 2002 local soil and water conservation districts to provide technical assistance to hundreds of private landowners to help them conserve and protect their soil, water, forests, and wildlife. to 2007, the number of women as principle farm operators increased by 30 percent.
Given these facts, Pat and Betty, who are veteran USDA employees and farm owners, want to help other women landowners learn more about "all things farm". And it doesn't matter what kind of farm--a 5-acre hobby farm, a 100-acre crop and livestock farm, or a 600-acre tree farm--the "Chicks" can help.
Future workshop and networking topics will include farm equipment operation, wildflower walks, soil quality improvement, pasture walks, wildlife habitat development, bird watching, building ponds, fly fishing, and forest management.
include farm equipment operation, wildflower walks, soil quality improvement, pasture walks, wildlife habitat development, bird watching, building ponds, fly fishing, and forest management.