Boots on the Ground
Farmers for Tomorrow
June 17 | 1pm
A first generation farmer doesn’t have the equity to fail. Matt Hintz has made it work by no-tilling 1000 of his 1500 acres and thinking differently about marketing and crop selection. “Success,” he says, “is not yield per acre, but return per acre and sustainability.” In the Tomorrow-Waupaca River Watershed where Matt and his family live, they do not drink their own water. “As a farmer,” he says, “I want to change that.” Read More
Join us Thursday, June 17 to meet Matt Hintz. Learn how he and neighbors established Farmers for Tomorrow, and are applying what they know about soil health to achieve their water goal together. University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture agent Ken Schroeder will be on hand to share what it takes organizationally to make it work.
Boots on the Ground live conversation series connects you to local groups working for sustainable farms and streams. Join us the third Thursday of every month. It’s free. Pre-register to receive a safe link to the conversation by email.
Neighbor to Neighbor
with Women for the Land & Livingston County SWCD
June 19 | 9:05am
In Livingston County, Illinois, 70-75% of farmland is leased—well above upper Midwest state averages of 40-55%—and a large percentage of landowners are female. Becky Taylor leads learning circles there for women landowners, often heirs of local farm families who want to be good land stewards but haven’t previously been responsible for farming decisions, don’t feel comfortable at local farm events, and are not aware of resources available to improve the land. Read More
In this edition of Fishers & Farmers, Neighbor to Neighbor Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District technician Becky Taylor tells how the learning circles work, and how they impact participants and the land. And Gabrielle McNally, director of American Farmland Trust’s Women for the Land program, shares how she is working with local partners to expand learning circles nationwide and meet the needs of new and beginning female farmers.
Neighbor to Neighbor radio, produced with Pam Jahnke and Midwest Farm Radio Network, broadcasts live the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:05 a.m. Listen live here or access it in the podcast library below after the broadcast.