Frequently Asked Questions about In Her Boots workshops:
Q: Do I need to pre-register?
A: Yes. Space is limited and we need a count for lunch.
Q: I’m registered. What should I bring?
A: Please bring a chair (one of those portable folding camping chairs work great), water bottle and paper for taking notes. Dress for the weather and walking for the farm tour. As networking and connections with other women farmers is a key component of the day, bring business cards and any materials you want to share.
Q: What’s the general flow for the day?
A: The session kicks-off promptly at 10:00 am. Feel free to arrive anytime between 9:30 am and 10:00 am. The day kicks off with a farmer-led panel, networking lunch, farm tour and small group breakout sessions. The day wraps up around 4:00 pm.
Q: I have this dream to start a farm or food-based new career venture but have never been to a sustainable agriculture event before. Will I fit in?
A: 57% of the women who attended the Boots workshops in 2011 were just like you and have not yet started their new business venture but are at the information and resource gathering phase. The rest of the women coming range from beginning to seasoned farmers and lots of networking and idea sharing take place.
Q: Are the three Boots workshops related or in a series? Can I attend more than one?
I attended a 2011 Boots workshop. What’s new in 2012?
A: While the Boots workshops follow the same general format (opening panel, farm tour, lunch, breakout sessions), each workshop is distinctly different based on the location and speakers involved. Women often attend more than one and folks who attended in 2011 are welcome to return.
Q: My male partner/spouse is a part of my business venture and plan. Can he come?
A: Anyone is welcome to attend these Boots workshops; however, the difference between these In Her Boots workshops and other MOSES programming is these cover topics of interest to women not covered elsewhere and focus on connecting women with each other (research has show that women farmers learn best from connecting with each other). Attendees are almost all women.
Q: Can kids come?
A: Children can attend (no charge) but there is no childcare or activities. You are responsible for your child.
Q: Are scholarships available to cover the $25 registration fee?
Scholarships are available. Please e-mail Lisa Kivirist (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a note on your situation.
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)