Current Projects

Developing Stewardship Ambassadors/Conservation Champions (National Wildlife Federation) program in Iowa and surrounding Midwest states. Women landowners are trained to share their personal stories of making changes to protect their farm’s natural resources. The project emphasis is to show that women landowners can make changes, and landowners in general need to step up to create positive changes to protect water, wildlife and soils. This work is for Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) and is funded by National Wildlife Federation and a national Conservation Innovation Grant from NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) for 3 years.

Facilitating Women Caring for the Land meetings on soil and water conservation topics. Non-profit and government agencies have reached out to WFAN for their help to engage women landowners in the partner-led conservation projects. I provide on-line and in-person facilitation and evaluation services for these events as they occur. Funded by City of Cedar Rapids, and others.

Developed an innovation of skipping the “sales” pitch for pollinator habitat and went straight to setting up appointments for Pollinator Conservation Planning sessions. This on-line event was made possible with IDALS (Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship) State Soil and Water Quality Conservation Committee funding to WFAN and the results were fantastic! Women signed up for a short learning circle covering the actual mechanics of creating pollinator habitat and time with a professional conservation planner!

Providing research and evaluation services to Wisconsin Women in Conservation as they create a learning and resource network for women landowners and producers by networking private non-profit conservation organizations. Project emphasis is helping women get conservation plans written, introduce them to the resource agencies and organizations. Funded by Wisconsin NRCS for 3 years.

Teaching an NRCS employee training course titled Improving Conservation Delivery for Women Landowners and Producers is an exclusive E Resources Group product of a 2.5 day to help NRCS employees working with women customers. This course has been offered since 2018 and has served employees in many states both in person and on-line.

Supporting project leaders in a Climate Cohort working towards behavior change Community Based Social Marketing research and projects for climate. This project is funded by the REAP Conservation Education Program, and Iowa funding source, for the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition.

NRCS employees modeling a technique learned that day while relaxing at a restaurant.
NRCS employees modeling a technique learned that day while relaxing at a restaurant.