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Fri, Oct 07


The Creamery Inn in Downsville

Harvest Your Conservation Potential

North West Fall Conservation Gathering

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Harvest Your Conservation Potential
Harvest Your Conservation Potential

Time & Location

Oct 07, 2022, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

The Creamery Inn in Downsville, E4616 County Rd C, Menomonie, WI 54751, USA

About the Event

Advanced registration is now closed. Registration is available onsite---please arrive 10 minutes early if you will need to register.

Come celebrate fall and harvest season with other women who share your commitment to land conservation! Gather ideas and information for establishing your land conservation plan and how to use the upcoming winter months for planning, research and connections with NRCS.

Landowner Kathy Ruggles will give us a brief tour of some of the conservation practices she has impleted on her land, and, weather permitting, doing a small prairie burn demonstration. If weather is not optimal, Kathy will still do a little demo on fire tools and their use in a proper controlled prairie burn -  and if time permits, will also show how to do seed collecting from native prairie plants.

Hot apple cider, other refreshments, and appetizer platters will also be provided!

All women farmers, landowners and conservationists from Polk, Barron, Dunn and surrounding counties are welcome to attend-- whatever your background, from beginners to experts!

Resource Experts Attending:  Kathy Ruggles, Landowner, Prairie Enthusiast Board Memeber and Chippewa Savannas Chapter Burn Boss.

Wisconsin Women in Conservation Host: Stephanie Coffman & Sarah Broadfoot, Marbleseed

Location:  The Creamery Inn, Downsville, Wis.

Located just a few miles south of Menomonie, this beautiful historic building was the home of the Creamery Restaurant and Inn for over twenty-five years. The building remains a standard for country inns and rich hospitality.

Event Details:

  • Event is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.
  • All women, or anyone who identifies as such in a significant way, are welcome to attend – from  landowners to farmers to conservationist enthusiasts – whatever your background, from beginners to experts! 
  • Our WiWiC events follow a Learning Circle model, with ample time and a safe space for story sharing, networking and collaborative learning. We all have something to both share and learn together.
  • Dress for the weather.  Bring a sunhat, sunscreen and good walking shoes.
  • Masks will be required if the county in which the event is located is identified as red/high based on CDC data two weeks prior to the event.  Attendees will be notified.
  • Photos will be taken at this event and used for educational purposes only by WiWiC and the partner groups.  If you do not wish to have your picture taken, let the on-site WiWiC host know.
  • WiWiC is a family-friendly space and you are welcome to bring your children.  We will have some independent kids activities available.

About Wisconsin Women in Conservation

WiWiC is a state-wide collaborative effort led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with Wisconsin Farmers Union, Renewing the Countryside and Marbleseed (formerly MOSES).  A three-year multi-faceted project funded by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), WiWiC brings together Wisconsin women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources, and funding opportunities.

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