Plate to Politics Spring Workshops Announced!

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is pleased to announce their upcoming Plate to Politics workshops in Des Moines, Iowa; East Troy, Wisconsin; and the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The trainings will be held from 9:00-2:30/3:00 in March and April. The cost to attend is $20 with limited scholarships for registration and travel available. Individual workshop details and registration pages are available here. These one day trainings will support and inspire Iowa women in agriculture, natural resources and food systems who want to play a critical role in transforming our nation’s food system. This is a great opportunity for women who are running or planning to run for office to network and be inspired. Women who want to ramp up their advocacy and systems change leadership in healthy food and farming or with an interest to help other women run for office are also encouraged to attend.

“At WFAN we have an incredible network of women working in the fields and at the Capitol to create a fair food system for all people and protect our nation's natural resources,” said Ash Bruxvoort, WFAN’s Plate to Politics coordinator. “Plate to Politics is a unique training program that brings together women who care about the land and want to take their passion to a new level. We have seen how powerful women networking and supporting each other can be and we believe women play a critical role and provide a unique perspective on these issues.”

Des Moines, Iowa

March 18, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Gravitate, 206 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Register by March 13!

The one day training will feature speakers Liz Bennet, Iowa House of Representatives; Katie Rock, Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District commissioner; Jana Linderman, Iowa Farmers Union Vice President; and Stephanie Enloe, Policy Program Associate at Center for Rural Affairs. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to hearing from women in the field, participants will have the opportunity to craft an elevator speech, learn about Iowa policy and network with other women to create change.

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East Troy, WI

April 8, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM Michael Fields Agricultural Institute W2493 County Road ES East Troy, WI 53120

The one day training will feature speakers including Sarah Lloyd, 2016 Candidate for U.S. Congress; Erica Roth, Green County Board of Supervisors; and Gretchen Mead, Executive Director of the Victory Garden Initiative. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to hearing from women in the field, participants will have the opportunity to craft an elevator speech and network with other women to create change.

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Twin Cities, MN

April 29, 2017 – 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Ave W, Falcon Heights, MN 55113

The one day training will feature speakers including Pakou Hang, Executive Director at Hmong American Farmers Association and Erin Vilardi, Executive Director at VoteRunLead. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. In addition to hearing from women in the field, participants will have the opportunity to craft an elevator speech and network with other women to create change.

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