For two days in Dubuque, Iowa, 60 people gathered to meet peers and share their work to improve soil health, streams, and places they care about. Fourteen farmer-driven watershed groups participated.
Committed, curious people shared their diverse experiences, listened for strategies and actions that create success, and posed questions about topics that matter to them. Participants asked each other for new perspectives. Away from daily work they reflected on local realities, challenges, resources, options, and fresh approaches. Then, with the help of a clear framework and feedback from peers, they identified next wise steps for their work at home.
At the end of the workshop each group shared next steps they’d identified. Some stepped up to offer expertise or ongoing support to others. All left knowing they are part of a bigger effort than they knew, and that they are not alone.
Forming our farmer-led group after last year’s workshops raised us to a new level of possibility for action.
The fact that people from our area could spend extended time together learning what others are doing, sharing our stories, and talking about what we think is important and possible is simply priceless.
We learned things we can act on in a focused way, and we are making a difference in our area as a result.
These workshops have given us confidence to act outside our comfort zone.
At this link see how days progressed and what we did, session by session.