Coffee Chats – from Heart of the Farm, Women in Agriculture

When? Second Monday of each month from 10 – 11 a.m., starting November 9 and running through March 8, 2021.

Where? Your home or other place you can connect via computer or phone.

Why? Learn about farm business, find resources, build networks

How? Via computer or phone

Heart of the Farm addresses the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources, and creating support networks. Each session will be facilitated by Extension staff.

Please register online. You can register for as many sessions as you would like. There is no charge.

The series starts with a presentation by Jerry Apps, Wisconsin author and historian (more info below), who will discuss the history of Wisconsin Women in Agriculture.

Other topics include:

  • December: Self care for the holidays
  • January: Tax preparation issues and concerns
  • February: Reading and understanding your milk check
  • March: Value-added enterprises and farm diversification.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with information about connecting to the meeting.

For more information, please visit the Heart of the Farm coffee chat website.

Offered with partial grant support from CHS Community Giving.

More about Jerry Apps and presentation and background: 

Jerry will take us back to the pioneer days in Wisconsin and highlight the role of women in agriculture. He will share the early role women had in the dairy industry and how that changed over the years, along with some personal stories of women’s roles in agriculture during the Depression Years of the 1930s and WWII, drawing on his mother’s roles at that time.

Jerry is a former county extension agent. Presently he is professor emeritus for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the UW-Madison. and works as a rural historian, full-time writer, and speaker. Jerry is the author of more than forty fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books with topics ranging from barns, one-room schools, cranberries, and cucumbers to the history of Wisconsin agriculture. His most recent books are “Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition” and “When the White Pine Was King: A History of Lumberjacks, Log Drives, and Sawdust Cities in Wisconsin.” He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, and seven grandchildren. They split their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County.

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