The pioneering spirit is strong in America, and this Wednesday a group of women will gather in rural Goshen to plow the path forward in agriculture.
“In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture By Women, For Women” will gather dozens of women at Clay Bottom Farm, 11434 C.R. 34, Goshen, where Rachel Hershberger and her husband Ben Hartman raise vegetables and their two young children.
“I feel like women in farming is something I care about,” said Hershberger on why she agreed to host the event sponsored by Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.
Lisa Kivirist, an entrepreneur, writer and speaker from Monroe, Wis., will lead the five-hour workshop. She’s coordinator of MOSES’ Rural Women’s Project. With her husband, John Ivanko, and son Liam, they operate Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, raise organic produce, and are leaders on the topics of sustainability and renewable energy. She’s led similar workshops in other areas.
Wednesday’s workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. includes a farm tour, lunch and breakout sessions. The focus of the workshop is cover crops, but Hershberger said she’s most looking forward to talking to other female farmers. She said farming is hard to break into and meeting others who are doing it and finding models that work is important.
“I think it’s going to be a fun day,” Hershberger said.
At least 40 people are registered for the event, a number of whom are coming from outside Indiana.