The PA-WAgN Annual Networking Symposium is a gathering of women growers, farmers, and food advocates from Pennsylvania and the northeast who come together to network, learn, collaborate, innovate, and build opportunity for collective action.

Keynote Speakers: (L) Audra Mulkern; (R) Leah Penniman

Keynote Speakers: (L) Audra Mulkern; (R) Leah Penniman

2019 Symposium Overview

The 2019 PA-WAgN Symposium will take place on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 from 8a-5p at the Temple University Howard Gittis Student Center. The theme for the symposium this year is 'Women Growing Rural Urban Perspectives,' with a focus on initiatives, projects, and programs that build solidarity across diverse geographies and experiences, highlight intersectionality, and move us towards a more equitable and just food system. Presented by Temple University's Center for Sustainable Communities, the 2019 Symposium is a day-long program with an optional pre-conference tour on December 17th of Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

The Symposium will highlight the work of two keynote speakers this year, who speak to the diverse needs and experiences of women growers in Pennsylvania and across the county. Our first keynoter is Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black. Leah will share sustainable farming practices rooted in African wisdom, shed light on her work to end racism and injustice in the food system, and highlight the work of Soul Fire Farm and a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. Our second keynoter is Audra Mulkern, founder of the Female Farmer Project and co-producer of the documentary Women's Work. Audra has dedicated much of her life's work to chronical the rise of women working in agriculture around the world, capturing firsthand the voices of the fastest growing demographic in agriculture--the female farmer.

In addition, we will have featured speakers presenting through a series of Lightning Sessions, quick 5-minute presentations highlighting the innovative work of PA-WAgN's membership. These Lighting Sessions will be followed by and interactive Q+A with all attendees. The Symposium's program will feature 12 additional breakout sessions in 5 tracks: Foodways & Growing Traditions; Policy, Advocacy, Justice; Business & Marketing, Sustainability, and Women in Agriculture. From panel discussions, to networking sessions, hands-on workshops, to intergenerational presentations, the PA-WAgN symposium offers a range of educational, solutions-driven, and networking opportunities through interactive programming and peer-led learning.

To round out the expanse of this event for attendees, we are offering a pre-conference tour of Longwood Gardens, free childcare for attendees, and an exhibit area for our wonderful sponsors who make our event possible. Located adjacent to the plenary sessions, the exhibit area will offer tremendous opportunities for networking and resources for learning, throughout the day.

Pennsylvania Women's Agricultural Network


302 Armsby Building
University Park, PA 16802