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  • Writer's pictureKriss Marion

It's Time for Summer Camp! Join in!

Back again by popular demand, WiWiC's Conservation Camp is on for a fourth year, with topics based on your feedback, requests and needs. This year we'll be focusing on MAKING DECISIONS about land use and practices on the land you manage, own, farm or steward. The Summer Camp Lunch Zoom series is an opportunity to join women landowners from across the state who share your passion for stewarding the land and water. Connect with expert advice, professional resources, peer feedback, and conservation inspiration around the virtual campfire. S'mores are optional, but curiosity is mandatory. The series starts next week, and you can sign up for Zoom links HERE. If you can't make it live, sign up and we'll send you the recording.

First up is our Summer Camp on Using Contractors. Have you been wanting to hire contractors to reach your restoration and management goals on your land?  Are you curious to learn how other landowners utilize contractors to advance restoration goals? Or perhaps you use contractors already and would like to expand your comfort and confidence in hiring and negotiating more complex projects or seek cost sharing programs.  Wisconsin is fortunate to have a depth and diversity of restoration contractors available to support landowners in meeting restoration goals, but it may feel daunting to know where to start.   Join Hannah Spaul, Director of Land Management with The Nature Conservancy, and Asenath LsaRue, a Driftless Area landowner, to learn about finding, selecting,  hiring and coordinating the right contractors with the right tools to meet your management goals and objectives. We will explore resources available and tips for using contractors for restoration plan development, species inventories, invasive species control, forestry management, prairie restorations & prescribed fire. Click on the graphic to RSVP.

Regenerative agriculture is important to rehabilitate soil, increase biodiversity, respect animal welfare, and improve the lives of farmers. We can sequester carbon, build healthier communities, and reap more nutritious and abundant yields. With regenerative agriculture also comes labels and certification. Join us for a conversation about the ever-growing landscape of regenerative agriculture certification with Lea Vereecke, Organic Agronomist & Regional Manager, Rodale Consulting Services, and Michelle Cannon, farmer at Larryville Gardens. Explore how these frameworks can empower farmers to adopt holistic practices that restore soil health, preserve biodiversity, and enhance resilience to climate change. We will also discuss the situation-specific benefits of pursuing such certifications, from access to premium markets to increased community engagement. Whether you're a farmer, an advocate, or a policymaker, this talk will offer actionable insights into regenerative agriculture certifications.  Click on the graphic below to RSVP and get the Zoom link.

Women are the superhero allies of pollinators, champions of the role bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects play on our land. With the decline of pollinators due to invasive species, habitat loss and pesticide use, our role is more critical than ever.  Come learn about practical ways to build your land into a sanctuary for pollinators such as creating nesting places and planting milkweed. We'll hear from our VERY popular repeat presenter, Britta Petersen, farm bill biologist with Pheasants Forever, and landowner Skye Bruce, coordinator at Wisconsin Monarch Collective and farmer at Driftless Seed Supply and Circadian Organics. RSVP and get the Zoom link by clicking on the graphic below.

Are you Cover Crop Curious? Soil health is rooted in promoting diverse and active soil biological communities. Continued use of cover crops to feed soil organisms during non-production times of the year can foster many soil health benefits, from increased nutrient availability to reduced soil compaction. Rock Star Cover Crop expert Jamie Patton, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service will join landowner Kassandra McKinnon will talk about cover crop species commonly used in Wisconsin – their potential benefits and challenges and where they can fit in row crop and vegetable crop production systems. RSVP by clicking on the graphic below to get the Zoom link.

These are Zoom webinars, yes, but they are live and highly interactive. Following along in the chat is like a rodeo of questions, advice and resources! We can't wait to "see" you there.

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