Conference aimed at helping women farmers

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Where: Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick, room 185 in the main building.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Website: www.womeninag.wsu.edu

Contact: Margaret Viebrock, 509-745-8531 or viebrock@wsu.edu.

Registration is now open for a conference aimed at helping women farmers succeed.

“Growing Your Successful Farm Business” will be held on Feb. 23 at Walla Walla Community College. The keynote speaker will be Trini Campbell, owner of Riverdog Farm in Guinda, Calif. Her remarks will be broadcast to 21 locations throughout the state including Walla Walla.

Campbell began farming in the Napa Valley in 1990 by renting two acres and sharecropping, She now owns a diverse 500-acre organic farm in the prime agriculture area called the Capay Valley. She will discuss her challenges of managing labor, financial planning, dealing with crop loss and market instability and maintaining a work-life balance with her family.

The day-long program is also intended to help producers become better financially prepared to take advantage of an opportunity to grow an operation and also survive a downturn in the economy. A local producer panel will also talk about their risks and challenges with farming.

Registration for the conference is $25 and includes a copy of the book “Farmer Jane – Women Changing the Way We Eat” and lunch. The deadline to register is Feb. 18 by mail or online.

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