2015 WFAN Annual Conference
Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food
Friday and Saturday, November 6 – 7, 2015
Radisson Quad City Plaza
The 2015 WFAN annual conference brought together 180 women passionate about healthy food and farming, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport, IA, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 and 7, 2015. Click the Conference Resources link above to see handouts and presentations from the conference sessions.
Our conference theme was Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Robin Kimmerer, a distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York. She is also founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, and author of the popular books Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss. She talked about living in reciprocity with the land. Click here to see her PowerPoint presentation.
Other sessions focused on creating and protecting habitat for native pollinators, as well as building robust local food systems in our communities and supporting women farmers and landowners.
Field tours visited the nearby Quad Cities Food Hub, Quad City Food Forest and Edible Landscape projects, and women-owned farms in Illinois and Iowa. Workshops featured in-depth information on pollinator habitat creation, farmland access, pesticide drift, beginning farmer resources, eco-feminist activism, and more.
Other highlights included the popular Friday evening farm-to-table tasting event, and a performance of Map of My Kingdom, a play by Iowa’s poet laureate Mary Swander featuring stories of women navigating land transfer decisions within their families. Click here to see a video report on the play from Harvest Public Media. This performance and discussion is funded in part by Humanities Iowa.
Thank you to those who joined us! And be sure to mark your calendars for the 2016 annual conference, Nov. 4 and 5 at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE.