“Empowering Texas Women in Agriculture” Seminar Sept. 27th in Lubbock

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Build Successful Farming/Ranching Businesses in Drought, Recession

Albuquerque, NMCan Texas farmers and ranchers build successful businesses in a time of drought and recession? People with interests in farming and ranching will find out when they attend Holistic Management International’s FREE “Empowering Texas Women in Agriculture” seminar on September 27th at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, an introduction to HMI’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. Three of the presenters are from Lubbock.

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, September 27th, 9 am to 4 pm, at Texas Tech University, Office of International Affairs, Hall of Nations.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?  Women in Texas who currently own or work on ranches/farms… women who are considering ranching/farming as a profession… and men who support women pursuing careers in ranching/farming.

LUBBOCK SEMINAR SPEAKERS (Three are from Lubbock):

  • Susan Brints, IDALOU: Executive Director, Texas Organization of Certified Farmers Markets and owner, Apple Country Orchards;
  • Sherry Pullen, LUBBOCK: Pullen Produce at Tree Grace Farms;
  • Ellen Peffley Harp, LUBBOCK: Proprietor, From the Garden, and Professor Emerita of Horticulture, Texas Tech University.
  • Peggy Sechrist, Certified Holistic Management Educator and owner of a certified organic grass-fed beef operation in Fredericksburg, Texas Hill Country;
  • Andrew Smiley, Farm Direct Projects Director of the Sustainable Food Center, Austin; and –
  • Peggy Maddox, Holistic Management Certified Educator and Director of Education for HMI’s Kids on the Land program, Ozona.

WHAT IS HMI? HMI is a 28-year-old Albuquerque, NM-based international non-profit with deep roots in Texas. Holistic Management® is a whole-farm planning system that heals and manages land, and is in use today on more than 30 million acres on four continents. The system has been proven to mitigate the effects of drought.

HMI has organized a total of four free, one-day seminars throughout the state that are open to the public. All seminars are designed to give participants a better understanding of how Holistic Management can help farmers and ranchers build sustainable businesses and a market for local foods  – particularly in a time of uncertain economic and weather conditions – and how women, especially, can take part in HMI’s three-year Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.

WHY THESE SEMINARS? HMI’s Texas seminars are an expansion of a program that was piloted in 2009 and trained almost 200 women farmers in New York and New England. Due to an overwhelming response of positive results and feedback from participants, HMI decided to expand the program to Texas.

100 people registered to attend the first seminar on September 19th in the Austin area.

According to HMI’s CEO, Peter Holter, a great need exists for a program that focuses on beginning women ranchers and farmers. “Currently, there are 942,000 women farmers throughout the country, and the number of young women getting into farming is growing,” he said.

“The Women and Food Agriculture Network has information indicating that – since 2002 – the agriculture industry has seen a 30 percent increase nationally in the number of women running farms and ranches.  If you look at demographic, social, and economic factors, they indicate that the number will continue to rise throughout Texas in the coming years.”

OTHER SEMINAR DATES/LOCATIONS: Tuesdays: October 11, Dallas Farmers Market in Dallas; and October 25, University of Texas-Pan American campus in Edinburg.

FOR MORE INFORMATION… About HMI’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program, and/or seminar registration details for Lubbock, Dallas and Edinburg, go to our event calendar, or call 505-842-5252.