In Her Boots Training Supports Women in Agriculture

Alison Parker and Huck

Women with the goal of launching an agriculture venture or those already farming will want to attend the In Her Boots workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 24, at the Radical Root Organic Farm, in Libertyville. Hosted by farmer Alison Parker and the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), the tour offers visitors a behind-the-scenes perspective of the 10-acre certified-organic farm where she and her husband, Alex Needham, raise diversified vegetables for a CSA, farmers’ market and farm stand.

        The day includes a detailed farm tour, a locally sourced lunch and breakout sessions covering a range of topics of interest to beginning women farmers such as starting agritourism ventures like B&B farmstays, working with state agencies, diversifying, and with the recent lifting of the ban on the sale of home-baked items in Wisconsin, selling baked goods.

        Because women make up one of the fastest-growing groups of new farmers, this event uniquely looks at farming from a gender lens and provides an inspiring blend of practical information, skill-building, farm tours, resource connections and networking opportunities.

Cost is $50 and scholarships are available. For more information, call Lisa Kivirist at 717-778-5775 or email To register for workshops, visit


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