Women Doing Democracy:
Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community
November 14-15, 2014
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
200 N. Main St., Fairfield IA
Women, Food and Agriculture Network held our 2014 annual conference,Women Doing Democracy: Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community, Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 in Fairfield, IA. More than 200 people attended, making it our largest annual conference yet!
Friday attendees enjoyed field tours, on-site intensives, local food meals, and a screening of Terra Firma followed by a panel discussion.
On Saturday, keynote speaker and New York City native Karen Washington of Black Urban Growers opened the day with a presentation about Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide. Then participants chose from concurrent session options on topics including air and water monitoring, coalition-building, livestock confinement activism, tenant-landlady relations, resources for female beginning farmers (including veterans), the new farm bill, food safety regulations, and more. Diane Rosenberg of Jefferson County Farmers and Neighbors, Fairfield, spoke over lunch on Relationships: A Cornerstone of Anti-CAFO Advocacy. More workshops followed in the afternoon, and the conference closed with a community discussion facilitated by WFAN executive director Bridget Holcomb.