Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture Fall/Winter ‘Coffee Chats’ Series

October 2020
Contact: Jenny Vanderlin, jenny.vanderlin@wisc.edu, 608-263-7795


Heart of the Farm – Women in Agriculture Fall/Winter ‘Coffee Chats’ Series

Madison, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension’s Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture program will be starting it’s statewide online ‘Coffee Chats’ Fall/Winter 2020/21 series,  Monday, November 9th, from 10:00 – 11:00 with Jerry Apps, local author and rural historian.  This series will run through March 2021 on the 2nd Monday of each month from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Jerry Apps will be kicking off our Coffee Chat season as our keynote speaker on November 9th, 2020, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Jerry will take us back to the pioneer days in Wisconsin, and talk about the role of women in agriculture in his presentation: in “Women in agriculture: a brief history.”   He will share the early role women had in the dairy industry and how that changed over the years along with some personal stories of women’s roles in agriculture during the Depression Years of the 1930s and WWII, drawing on his mother’s roles at that time.

Jerry is a former county extension agent.  Presently he is professor emeritus for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. and works as a rural historian, full-time writer and speaker.  Jerry is the author of more than forty fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books with topics ranging from barns, one-room schools, cranberries, and cucumbers, to the history of Wisconsin agriculture.  His most recent books are CHEESE THE MAKING OF A WISCONSIN TRADITION, and WHEN THE WHITE PINE WAS KING (History of the logging industry in Wisconsin).  He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, and seven grandchildren.  They split their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County.


Register online at: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItceirrzkvEtfMSLLljrhhSJFMymAHHUA4

Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation containing information about joining the meeting.  Registered participants will only need the meeting website link or phone number to participate in the meeting.

Other speakers during the series will be:  December 14th, Jackie Carattini, Assoc. Professor, Human Development and Relationship Educator, University of Madison, Division of Extension (Taking Care of You – Holiday Edition);  January 11th, Gary Sipiorski, owner Gary Sipiorski Consulting, LLC (Tax Preparation Issues and Concerns); March 8th,  Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis and Center for Dairy Profitability and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension (How to Read and Understand your Milk Check,); and March 8th, Jenny Gavin, Gavin Farms, Reedsburg, WI (Value Added Enterprises and Farm Diversification.).

The Heart of the Farm-Women in Agriculture Conference series is an Extension program that addresses the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.


For more information on the Coffee Chats Series or the Heart of the Farm Program, please go to the HOF Website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/heartofthefarm, call your local UW-Madison Division of Extension County office, or contact Jenny Vanderlin, jenny.vanderlin@wisc.edu, 608-263-7795.

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