August 3, 2017 / Uncategorized / Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District

August 3, 2017 (Annapolis, MD) — Women are playing an increasingly critical role in determining the future of farmland.

 

It is estimated that 240 million acres of farmland across the United States will change hand in the next twenty years and that by 2030, women may own 75 percent of transferred farmland.

 

To help women be more prepared for their role as the primary farm decision-makers, the American Farm Land Trust (AFT) has established a Women for the Land initiative.

 

The Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District and the Prince George’s Soil Conservation District will be hosting a local “Learning Circle,” which is a peer-to-peer women-only program that enables women to learn from each other, gain confidence, and obtain technical and financial assistance to protect their land’s natural resources.

 

“This initiative has proven successful in other states, including other parts of Maryland and we are excited to be hosting an event in Anne Arundel County,” said John Czajkowski, District Manager for the Anne Arundel Soil Conservation District (AASCD).

 

AASCD is interested to hear from women landowner or women who are soon to inherit farm land and want to participate in this program.

 

“The intent of these learning circles is to foster a sense of community and connection among the women,” said Czajkowski, “As such, participation is limited and we do anticipate a high demand.”

 

The workshop will be held at the Prince George’s Soil and Water Conservation District office (5301 Race Track Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772).

 

There are three individual sessions:

  • Session 1: Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Topic: Introductions and Overview of Conservation
  • Session 2: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Topic: Conservation Programs and Practices (Includes Farm Tour)
  • Session 3: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
    Topic: Succession Planning; Leasing

 

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The registration fee is $15 per person. In anticipation of high demand, pre-registration is encouraged. Interested participants can submit their information at http://bit.ly/WesternShoreLC . Registration may also be competed by contacting the American Farmland Trust at (301) 330-3460 or by email at womenforthelandmd@farmland.org.

 

“We anticipate that this will be a successful event and hope to see it expand to neighboring regions. And if the demand is high enough, we may look to host a similar event in the future,” Czajkowski said.