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Important Documents for Part D & On

Throughout this Application, you will be asked to include documentation to support your Application. The instructions use the word must where documentation is strictly required; this means you must supply the requested supportingdocuments. The instructions use the...

Important Documents for Part C

Throughout this Application, you will be asked to include documentation to support your Application. The instructions use the word must where documentation is strictly required; this means you must supply the requested supportingdocuments. The instructions use the...

Important Documents for Part B

Throughout this Application, you will be asked to include documentation to support your Application. The instructions use the word must where documentation is strictly required; this means you must supply the requested supportingdocuments. The instructions use the...

Important Documents for Part A

Below are the documents you MUST provide with your application Documents for Part A Please provide (2) of the following U.S. Passport Driver’s license or ID card U.S. Military ID card U.S. Military dependent’s ID card U.S. Social Security Card Original or certified...

No-Till Farming

No-Till Farming

No-till farming (also called zero tillage or direct drilling) is a way of growing crops or pasture from year to year without disturbing the soil through tillage. No-till is an agricultural technique which increases the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil...

Soul Soil Sisters Kansas 

Angela Bates – Bates Farms Guest House – 785-839-8200
D Janice Witt – Reola Grant Center – 913-948-4040
Joan Spann – Red Table Farms – 785-727-6602
Tameka Peoples – Manufacturing – Production in Underserved Communities, www.abfconsultants.com
Muriel Cook – Senior Raised Garden Project – Jefferson, KS
Shante Ryines – Jones Family Farm – 785-203-0212
Esther Clark – Clark Farms – 785-216-0547
Carrie Dowdell – Alexander Farms – 480-232-8553
JohnElla Holmes – Agriculture Camp for Youth – 785-236-9014

Soul Soil Sisters Create Partnership 

Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending What Color is Your Parachute-style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, Soil Sisters provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledging female farming entrepreneurs.
The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman’s perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm and field operations. Key topics include:
Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, young and beginning, Boomerangs, and more From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics Resources, grants, and loans available especially for women farmers.

Soil Sisters also contains case studies, inspirational ideas, and savvy advice nuggets from over one hundred successful women farmers and advocates. Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic “Chick Lit” for today’s food scene. 

Lisa Kivirist is Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture.  She founded and directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin.