Wisconsin Women in Conservation is holding an event with a tour at the Full Circle Community Farm in Seymour, Wisconsin showing off their conservation practices.
Val Dantoin, farm host, has over 200 acres using conservation practices and managed grazing to raise cattle, pigs, and chickens. Dantoin says, “The event is a chance for women landowners to come together and talk among themselves in a very comfortable social setting about how to install conservation practices or even small bits of habitat like pollinator habitats.”
Dantoin’s farm will be highlighting multiple conservation practices including the riparian buffers. Dantoin explains that instead of grasses, they used wildlife flowers and says, “We like to look at them, but the pollinators love to be there and use it as habitat.”
Dantoin’s reason for using conservation practices is, “I realized that farming covers so much of our landscape in Wisconsin that I really wanted to find ways to farm that were environmentally friendly.” The event encourages conversations between women and Dantoin says, “We need to have techniques that work for us and that we can manage and we’re comfortable using.”
Julie Peterson, speaker for tomorrow’s event, is a farm bill biologist with Pheasants Forever Wisconsin. She will be speaking further on why native spaces are important and resources to help get them planted. Peterson says, “In order to grow native species, you need patience.” Peterson will be sharing more tips and tricks at the event.
Peterson is looking forward to help with this event and says, “Last year, the Full Circle Community Farm enrolled into the conservation stewardship program with USDA and they planted some riparian buffers which are areas adjacent to the streams with trees and shrubs.”
About Wisconsin Women in Conservation
WiWiC is a state-wide collaborative effort led by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in partnership with Wisconsin Farmers Union, Renewing the Countryside and the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). A three year multi-faceted project funded by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), WiWiC brings together Wisconsin women landowners to connect and learn about conservation practices, resources, and funding opportunities.