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Join empowering women in urban agriculture program

Join empowering women in urban agriculture program


By Blake Jackson

Calling all women interested in urban agriculture! The University of Missouri Extension and Annie's Project are offering a new program designed to equip you for success. "Empowering Women in Urban Agriculture" provides valuable insights into risk management, business planning, and maximizing opportunities within the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Whether you're just starting or looking to expand your urban agriculture enterprise, this program is for you. "The curriculum offers a blend of online sessions and hands-on experiences," says Manita Ale, event organizer and MU Extension agricultural business specialist. "Online sessions will delve into five key risk management areas, while farm walkabouts will showcase these strategies in action." In-person demonstrations will cover vermicomposting and safe tool handling.

Gain valuable knowledge on a variety of topics crucial to your urban agriculture journey. These include farm safety, business planning and recordkeeping, managing farm stress, the human health benefits of urban agriculture, grant opportunities, and marketing best practices.

"You'll learn from extension professionals, industry experts, and fellow urban agriculture producers in St. Louis," says Ale. "Our goal is to empower you with the confidence and tools you need to thrive."

"Empowering Women in Urban Agriculture" runs Monday evenings from July 1st to August 26th. Online sessions are held via Zoom from 6-8 pm. In-person demonstrations take place at the MU Extension Urban East Regional Office (8225 Florissant Road, St. Louis) from 6-8 pm. The program concludes with farm walkabouts held from 5-7 pm.

For details and registration, visit https://extension.missouri.edu/events/bfrdp-and-annies-project-empowering-women-in-urban-agriculture. For questions, contact Manita Ale at manita.ale@missouri.edu or 314-200-2705

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