At present, AFT offers Women For The Land Conservation Learning Circle programs in five states including Maryland. These programs bring groups of 15-20 women landowners together with conservation and technical staff (mostly women) for three sessions over approximately two months. An experienced facilitator guides the group through a well-developed agenda. AFT invites agency staff to participate as presenters and active participants in the conversation, addressing issues and questions in real time.
The peer-to-peer women-only program provides an opportunity to learn from each other, gain confidence, and to obtain technical/financial assistance to protect their land’s natural resources. These sessions are designed for women landowners who own, rent and make management decisions on their Maryland forest and farm land.
Who is the core audience for a Women For The Land program?
Many farmers and landowners have worked closely with conservation agencies for years. Other landowners may be less familiar with programs, agencies and individuals who are able to assist them. Thewomen landowners that are less familiar with programs may recently have come into ownership or taken on new responsibility for operational decisions on their land. Though less experienced in making land management decisions, they have proven to be highly-motivated and receptive to information and assistance. AFT sees these women as ideal partners in conservation and land protection and has developed the Women For The Land program to offer targeted support, education, and tools to help them succeed. This nationwide initiative has been very well-received by participants and technical staff alike.
What topics will be covered at the three sessions of a Women For The Land Learning Circle?
SESSION 1: CONSERVATION PLANNING, YOU AND YOUR FARM/FOREST
Meet and network with fellow women landowners from your county
Begin a resource inventory for your property
Conservation Resource Planning with agency staff
SESSION 2: CONSERVATION ON YOUR FARM/FOREST, WHO CAN HELP?
Local farm or forest tour (Meet at farm, location tbd)
Presentations by local county agency staff about their role and the resources they can offer to landowners
Session 3: FUTURE OF YOUR FARM/FOREST: LEASING, LLCs and LEGACY
Discussing leasing land and developing good landlord tenant relationships.
Overview of succession planning, farmland easements, llcs, estate planning
When and where is the next Women For The Land Conservation Learning Circle?
Answer: Frederick and Carroll Counties
Hosted by: Frederick County Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee