Posts tagged 2017
Meghan Buell Brings Transgender Education to Rural Communities

Meghan Buell is not afraid to be vulnerable to change the conversation. She founded Transgender Resource, Education, and Enrichment Services (TREES, Inc.) in 2015 to conduct transgender awareness presentations in rural communities, conduct transgender training and deliver transgender resources to these communities in hopes of educating the residents, community leaders, businesses and other organizations who may potentially interact with the transgender community.

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Through Mentorship, Becca Vasquez Connects Latinx Heritage with Urban Agriculture Future

It was there on my late grandfather's rented garden plot in Burlington, IA, where I harvested my first vegetable. I remember running between the corn rows with my cousins and brother, playfully tossing dirt clods at each other, and eating freshly picked cucumbers with salt, chile and lemon. This vivid childhood memory of the garden persists despite my general childhood amnesia.

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Plate to Politics Presence at Run As You Are National Training Fosters Connections Between Rural Women

All across the country, women are leading in their communities. After the last presidential election, many women decided to take their leadership skills to a new place: Public office. I was lucky to spend the weekend of November 17-19 at VoteRunLead's Run As You Are National Training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with over 200 women from 33 states, for a weekend of skills-based leadership training, networking, and inspirational stories.

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Shea Velez-Westphal explores passion for farming with mentors, grandmother

Shea Velez-Westphal remembers moving to Iowa from southern California when she was six years old. Her family lived on her grandfather’s farm. When she first arrived, Shea said she didn’t like the taste of the water, the smell of the livestock, or being out in the country. It was a completely different environment from the one she had before they moved. Yet, it only took her a few weeks before she started to embrace it.

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Beginning Women Farmers Network with Seasoned Farmers

The Harvesting Our Potential Learning Circle provided resources and connections attendees will be able to use as they move forward with their farm dreams. The energy, excitement, and conversations throughout the day provided affirmation that connecting women through events like this are needed.

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Book Review: Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States

During the few quiet spells that punctuated the weeks of exhilarating but exhausting summer work on our farm, I eagerly sought out space to indulge in a powerful new book by Food First. Land Justice: Re-imagining Land, Food, and the Commons in the United States was released in June 2017. Each writer in this anthology rewarded my time with deep thought-provoking narratives.

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