Hannibal, Missouri | August 6-7, 2018
If you’re working with neighbors to use and spread water-friendly farming practices in your home area, this gathering is for you.
Missouri farming leaders John and Sandy Scherder, Peno/Spring Creek watershed coordinator Chris Williamson, their local partners, and Missouri Department of Conservation staff are working with us to bring you something new in August. If you’ve participated Watershed Leaders Network workshops in the past, come back, share challenges and progress, and ask your peers for insights on next steps. If these workshops are new to you, come be part of a different, interactive learning experience that connects you with peers across the Upper Mississippi River Basin.
WORKSHOP LOCATION & TIMES
We’re gathering with a view of the Mississippi River in August, on the second floor of the Mark Twain Brewing Company in Hannibal, Missouri. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Monday, August 6th, with the first session beginning at 10 a.m. We wind things up at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 7.
For two active days you’ll learn from farm landowners, farm operators and community partners who are working to dramatically improve soil health, farms, fish habitat, and water quality in their home watersheds.
With peers from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin you’ll hear real-life project and community stories, learn to listen in new ways, gain knowledge, ask important questions, enjoy casual conversation, and identify next steps for your local work.
SOIL HEALTH and INVOLVING PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES are a special focus for this workshop.
EVENING RIVERBOAT CRUISE
The day’s conversations will continue on a riverboat cruise Monday evening August 6 from 9-11pm. This is an optional activity, with cash bar available.
WATERSHED LEADERS NETWORK ALUMNI EVENING
Groups that have participated in past Watershed Leaders Network workshops are invited to reconnect 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening, August 5 at the home of John and Sandy Scherder. In the event of rain, we will meet at Mark Twain Brewing Company at that same time. When registering, please tell us if you plan to attend.
WHAT IS WATERSHED LEADERS NETWORK?
Watershed Leaders Network builds skills and connection for farming neighbors, ag landowners, local collaborators, and watershed project coordinators who are working to restore and protect their home watersheds. The aim is effective farmer-driven decisions and local action for sustainable farms, streams and fish. It is a program of Fishers and Farmers Partnership For the Upper Mississippi River Basin.
WHO PARTICIPATES IN THESE WORKSHOPS?
Workshops are open to all watershed groups with producer and ag landowner participation. This is an opportunity for group members to know each other better, learn from peers, sort through local needs and possibilities, and return home thoughtful and connected, with an immediate action plan. Whether your work is just starting or has a history of several years, the programming will move you forward. Attendees include growers, graziers, farm managers and operators, landowners, crop advisors, ag retailers, excavators, bankers, members of local community organizations, watershed project coordinators, Soil & Water Conservation District staff, agency and non-government organization staff, and other partners.
Bring your local team!
Meals will be served privately to our group at the Mark Twain Brewery. They include Monday lunch, dinner and cocktails (cash bar), Tuesday lunch, nonalcoholic beverages and light snacks. Best Western On the River offers free breakfast. If you have specific dietary needs, please tell us your needs on the registration form and we will do our best to accommodate.
Watershed Leaders Network programming is supported by the The McKnight Foundation. Participation in this workshop including meals, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages is $85 per person for two days. The optional two hour evening riverboat cruise is $30. Fees are paid when registering online.
FIRST 25 REGISTRANTS ACTIVELY FARMING — FREE
To acknowledge the contribution of participating farmers and ranchers, the first 25 who register will receive program/meal registration FREE. Just select that option on the registration form online.
HOTEL & CHECK-IN
A block of rooms is reserved for us at Best Western On the River on Hannibal’s main street, just a short walk from the Mark Twain Brewing Company. Cost is $98.58 per night for a single room, or $109.18 for a double room through Saturday, July 7. After July 7 the hotel may have rooms available, but will not give you the reduced block rate. Call 573-248-1150 to reserve your room. Tell them you are with Watershed Leaders Network. We’ll break Monday late afternoon so you can check in to the hotel and freshen up before returning to the Brewing Company for dinner and evening activities.
HOW TO REGISTER
Register and pay online at this link. You will receive e-mail registration confirmation with preparation details from Eventbrite.com.
Address questions to:
Watershed Leaders Network Lead
Fishers & Farmers Partnership For the Upper Mississippi River Basin