Female Farmers Invited to Annie’s Project Workshop

Female farmers in Medina, Cuyahoga, and surrounding counties are invited to attend a series of workshops called Annie’s Project, a program designed to strengthen women’s roles in modern farm enterprises, help them network with other farm women, and learn how to manage, market, and grow their businesses. Annie’s Project focuses on five broad aspects of farm risk management typical in an agricultural setting: human, financial, marketing, production, and legal.

“Female farmers have a lot of duties to juggle, including tending the farm while often-times holding down a full-time job off-site,” said Ohio State University Extension Educator Gigi Neal, coordinator of Annie’s Project in Ohio. “This series of workshops will help female farmers learn how to create a business plan, better market product, and learn to reduce stress.”

The workshops will be held Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9 pm, for six consecutive weeks beginning April 16 through May 21, 2015. The classes begin with a hot meal thanks in part to our sponsors PNC Bank, Spencer Feed and Supply, and Medina and Cuyahoga County Farm Bureaus. The workshops will rotate locations between two facilities: A. I. Root Candle Company, 623 W. Liberty St., Medina, OH 44256 and the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, 19201 East Bagley Rd., Middleburg Hts., OH 44130.

Cost per person is $75 and must be paid when registering with space being limited to 25 people.                            Registration deadline is April 8.

Since 2000, over 5,000 female farmers have attended Annie’s Project workshops across the country. According to a recent census by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), women have a growing presence on the farm. The USDA census reports that women are now the principal operators of 14 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms. Print a registration form or for hard copy and more information, contact Jacqueline Kowalski, Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Educator, at 216-429-8200 ext.217 or [email protected]