Kitchen Table Consultants Present "Women Building Resilience in Agriculture Through Diversity"

Join PA-WAgN for our annual One-Day Networking Symposium as we share through a full day of workshops, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and peer-to-peer information sharing.

Date and Location

When (Date/Time)

December 7, 2015, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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 8:30am: Welcome –
Patty Neiner and Cheralee Stover
PA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture - Hannah Smith-Brubaker

 9:00am: Keynote – Natasha Bowens

10:15am:  Panel – Resilience & Diversity in Agriculture –
Kirtrina Baxter, Lan Dinh, Raina Ainslee

11:00am:  Networking Break

11:30am:  Breakout Sessions

  • Bringing Your Culture In To the Garden – Marian Dalke, Your Neighborhood Project
  • Pastured Poultry Husbandry & Management - Christie & Mike Badger, Badger’s Millside Farm
  • Herbal Medicine for Farmers: Biodiversity and Everyday Wellness –Katelyn Melvin, Pennypack Farm
  • Farm Succession: A Personal & Professional Perspective – Darlene Livingston, Mahoney Creek Farm & PA Farm Link

12:30pm: Networking Lunch

 1:30pm:  Breakout Sessions

  • Working On Your Business As Well As In It - Jen Brodsky & Rebecca Frimmer, Kitchen Table Consultants
  • The Energetic Goat – Carrie Eastman, Oakhill Fainting Goats
  • Hawaii Meets PA; Growing Ginger Where the Snow Flies and Other Niche Products for Your CSA and Market – Leah Tewksbury, Tewksbury Grace Farm
  • Land Liability – Sean High, Agricultural Law Center

 2:30pm:  Networking Break

 3:00pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Panel: What Scale is Right for You? – Leah Tewksbury, Tewksbury Grace Farm, Kim Tait, Tait Farm Foods and Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm
  • Panel: Getting Involved Off the Farm – Hannah Smith Brubaker, Village Acres Farm & PA Dept. of Ag, Heidi Secord, Cherry Valley CSA & PA Farmers Union, Emily Best, Young Farmers Coalition and Judy Chambers, PSU Extension
  • Panel: Turning Your Animals In To Value-Added Products – Lyn Garling, Over the Moon Farm, Chris Wise, Friends Farm and Sandra Miller, Painted Hand Farm
  • Are You Adequately Covered? Healthcare:  Erin Hart, American Healthcare Group and Crop Insurance: Darlene Livingston, Farm Link

 4:30pm:  Closing Remarks and Evaluations

 5:00pm:  Adjourn

Symposium Sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor - Kitchen Table Consultants
  • Gold Sponsors - Agri Dynamics, Chatham University Food Studies, Fertrell, GMO Free PA, Kretschmann Organic Farm, Over the Moon Farm, PA Farmers Union, PASA, Village Acres Farm and FoodShed, PSU Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Silver Sponsors - AgChoice Farm Credit/Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, AgriAbility, Green Heron Tools, Spiral Path Farm
  • Bronze Sponsors - In memory of Rebecca Van Horn

Keynote Address

Natasha Bowens is an author, beginning farmer and community activist who focuses on building empowerment and community with food and storytelling. Her book The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming is a book the Foreword Review calls “a trailblazing look at the past and present of North American farming” through the eyes of farmers of color. Natasha spent the past five years gathering stories and portraits of farmers and food activists from Black, Latina, Asian and Native communities across the country - stories that invite us to dig deep into race, culture and community for a truly sustainable food system. Natasha started The Color of Food in 2010 after exploring race and agriculture on her blog Brown.Girl.Farming. and Grist magazine. Her work has now garnered national attention such as The Atlantic, Mother Earth News, VICE, YES  and NPR.

Workshops/Panel Discussions

Breakout sessions feature workshops and panel discussions to increase your knowledge on a variety of sustainable strategies including marketing, business planning and holistic financial management, farm labor management and farm-family relationship building, personal well-being, production agriculture, and much, much more.

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  • $40.00 Full conference registration effective November 3, 2015 through November 27, 2015 (Visa/Mastercard/Check payable to Penn State University). Online registration will close at 12 Noon on November 27. Walk-in registrations become applicable at this time. (includes lunch)
  • $50.00 Full walk-in registration (includes lunch) (cash or check only)


Registration cancellations must be received no later than 12 Noon on November 27, 2015, to receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

For Exhibitors/Sponsors

Your contribution will greatly reduce registration fees for women farmers and help us bring dynamic exhibitors and presenters to this event.

Bronze Sponsorship $150

Bronze sponsors receive an exhibit table at the conference, 1.5" x 2.5" program ad, 1 comp conference registration, and recognition in publicity materials.
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Silver Sponsorship $200

Silver sponsors receive an exhibit table at the conference, 2.5" x 3.5" program ad, 2 comp conference registrations, and recognition in publicity materials.
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Gold Sponsorship $250

Gold sponsors receive an exhibit table at the conference, 3.5" x 4.5" program ad, 3 comp conference registrations, and recognition in publicity materials.
Gold Sponsorship information

Sponsorships must be received on or before November 20, 2015, so that we may recognize your generosity in conference promotions and the conference program.

Upon receipt of your completed sponsorship application, a PA-WAgN representative will contact you to review details.

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