Festivals, Meskwaki, and more

Summer is here! Let the festivals begin. My first taste of a Lincoln Highway festival was at the Tama-Toledo Lincoln Highway Bridge Park Festival on May 15th. The park is really looking nice with the plantings and the City of Tama having repaved part of the driveway. The festival program included children singing, the Mayor of Tama and other dignitaries speaking, and Abe Lincoln reciting his Gettysburg Address. The highlight of the night was getting a photo op with Abe Lincoln! This past weekend I learned more about the history of the Meskwaki Nation at an event held in Ames in the North River Valley Park. The Meskwaki settled in Iowa around 1650 and their primary settlements were along the Mississippi River and rivers in Eastern Iowa, but the land they utilized ranged across the state. It was a hands-on event with a chance to grind corn and play with Native American toys and games. In the 1830's, under the Indian Removal...
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WFAN’s Iowa Female Farmer Veteran Network project

June 17 & 18th is a networking event in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids for women military veterans looking to start a career in farming. These FREE events will begin at 6pm, featuring local food and drinks. To learn more about the Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Iowa Female Farmer Veteran Network Project here.   Pre-registration is required by Saturday June 14th at 5pm. You can register for the Cedar Rapids event online at this link, and for the Des Moines event at this link. You may also call WFAN at 515 460 2477 and leave your name. Please call the same number or email with any questions.   Tuesday, June 17 will be located at Easter Seals Iowa Camp Sunnyside, 401 NE 66th Ave, Des Moines, IA, or Wednesday, June 18 will be located at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA.   Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all...
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Iowa Agri Women Policy Conference

A Unique Opportunity for You! Iowa Agri Women Policy Conference Targeting the issues...nutrient management, water quality, effective communication "myth busting", and statistics on women's evolving role in agriculture. This is your chance to visit with state officials and industry leaders on your concerns about current issues. Iowa Agri Women members: $25 to cover meals. We inviting all women to be new members at $55 which includes meal costs. When: FRIDAY November 15 8:45 a.m. - Registration Sessions from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Plenary meetings beginning sharply at 9:00 am. Limited to 35 participants Where: IOWA SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION 1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy Ankeny, IA 50023 Registration is open for this unique and informative event today, but registration space is limited to 35, so send your registration and fees today to guarantee your spot. A printable registration form is attached to this post as a jpeg. Send your registration and fees to: Elaine Gaesser 2507 Quince Corning, Iowa 50841 Questions? Comments? Contact Annette Sweeney at 641-373-4899...
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4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture

November 6, 2013 – November 8, 2013 Held at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines, IA Gather with women farmers, advocates and landowners from across the US engaged in healthy food and farming for a unique mix of sharing, learning, field tours, and the best food Midwest women farmers have to offer! • Keynotes by Danielle Nierenberg of FoodTank and Kari Hamerschlag of Environmental Working Group. • Workshops and panels on dozens of topics ranging from CSA management to prairie restoration to farm bill advocacy. • Opportunities to present, sponsor, and exhibit! Visit http://wfan.org/cultivating-our-food-farms-and-future-2/ for more information....
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