WIA

Growing Women in Agriculture March 17

Join us for this Empowerment Celebration for our community’s Women in Agriculture!

Thursday, March 17
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. Michael’s Hall, 33 Elm St. in Fort Loramie

$20 per person. A portion of the fee will support women in crisis.

Registration Deadline: March 4
For more information: 877-775-7642 or email Jill Smith.

Registration Brochure

Keynote Speaker ~ Rachel Heimerl : The Joys and Perils of Working with Family
Rachel currently works with her husband, Matt and his family on their farming operation in Johnstown, Ohio, as the office manager. Heimerl Farms is composed of hogs, cattle, and grain. She balances her full-time position on the farm with raising their four children, Lauren, Emily, Nathan and Avery. Rachel is a graduate of Ohio State University, is a past vice chair of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and currently serves as the Licking County Farm Bureau Vice President.

Session Speaker ~ Amy Forrest : Food and Wine Pairings
Amy Forrest’s 5th generation family farm is located just west of Columbus in Mechanicsburg. They grow and raise many of the ingredients that are used in her catering business, In Good Taste. In Good Taste has spent nearly a decade providing home-grown, fantastic food and Midwest favorites to the greater Columbus area. The brain child of owner and operator, Amy Forrest, her company has evolved from doing dinner parties for friends to events of over 1,000 people. Amy takes great pride in creating unique and exciting selections of incredible food for her customers.

Session Speaker ~ Yvonne Cecil : Gardening for Pollinators
Yvonne has been a Miami County Master Gardener since 2002 and remains an avid volunteer for the program. She also works full-time at Randall House of Tipp City as an activities director who emphasizes wild flowers, natural plants, botanicals and butterfly gardens and even started a prairie garden. Yvonne previously worked with Montgomery County Park District, and her primary interests are wildlife and pollinators.

Session Speaker ~ Kathy Oliver : Canning and Preserving
Kathy is a retired FSC Extension Educator with over 50 years experience home preserving food, first assisting her mom with her family’s preservation from a small farm, huge garden and orchard produce. She is currently an educational aide with the county’s community school, and has started a home-based business teaching life skills like food preservation.

Session Speaker ~ Hannah Peterson : Agriculture’s Story via Social Media
Hannah Peterson is a senior at Ohio Northern University where her major is in public relations, with minors in communication studies and social media. She is currently serving as an intern for Cristofoli Keeling, Inc. in the Cincinnati area. She is working with a variety of clients on branding and product development, public relations, media relations, event strategy, blogging and social networking. Hannah has received numerous honors and awards in her field, including the Ohio Communication Association’s 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Student Award.

PLATINUM SPONSORS: A.G. Boogher & Son, Inc., Koenig Equipment, Inc., Shelby Co. Farm Bureau
GOLD SPONSORS: Leonard & Lou Ann Albers, Cargill, Inc., Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District
SILVER SPONSORS: Farm Credit Mid-America, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, TruCount CPA PC
BRONZE SPONSORS: Tony & Joyce Bornhorst, Crossway Farms, Rusty Eilerman: Eilerman Insurance Agency Nationwide Insurance, Fultz Flooring, McCrate, Delaet, & Co. CPA’s

Pictured: 2015 WIA Keynote Speaker Kristin Reese

Lynn Snyder 

Lynn Snyder is senior director of communications for Ohio Farm Bureau.