The following is a letter from Laura Krouse announcing the final meeting of the Women Caring for the Land group. Please join us on April 15th!
The final (at least for now) meeting of “Women Caring for the Land” is going to be Wednesday, April 15, 6:00, at Gwen’s restaurant in Lisbon. We had such a nice lunch there the day of the field trip, everybody wanted to meet there again. Gwen’s is right downtown in Lisbon. She’ll have a Mexican buffet for $8.95, fish and potato bar for $6.95, or maybe a roast beef buffet especially for us for probably $8.95, or you can order off the menu. The food is good, and there will be plenty of visiting because we’ll all be together in the big room, but be sure to bring your reading glasses because the room is a bit dim.
We’ll meet and eat at 6:00, then start our meeting about 7:00. Our speaker will be Margaret Smith, co-owner and operator of Ash Grove Farm, near Hampton, IA. She and her husband raise crops and livestock, and both own and rent land using crop share leases and cash leases. She will lead “A Conversation about Farm Leasing”, and will address what types of farm leases are available, compare cash renting with crop share leases and talk about why an owner might prefer one method over the other, go over the yearly time schedule for leases and owner/operator discussions, discuss how to express your wants and needs about your land to others, and offer ideas about where to go for additional information about farm leases.
We’ll also talk a bit about how to read your conservation plan, and if we have time, see a short conservation/water quality video that has just been released. I’ll have all the handouts available so you can pick up anything you’ve missed, or get some information for a friend.
Hope to see you soon,