Breaking the Grass Ceiling – RI’s Successful Women in Agriculture Conference!

Christina in her greenhouse at Urban Edge Farm.

On March 31st, our former Director of Operations (now full-time farmer) Christina Dedora attended the Women in Agriculture conference at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay campus. She contacted us to say that she had a great time at the event. “Over 117 people registered,” she wrote, “and a really good job was done in organizing it. Janet Coit, the Director of the Department of Environmental Management, state senator Susan Sosnowski, Hannah Mellion from Farm Fresh, and many other women spoke about what is happening in Rhode Island. Agriculture is about the only business sector that has shown improvement in the down economy!”

Christina herself spoke to a group of about twenty-five people in a session called Tools for the Beginning Farmer. “I told them about the Community Land Trust and how the organization is celebrating thirty years of helping people grow food and launching a new Community Growers Network,” Christina said. “I also spoke about my varied experience as a farmer and gave them some dos and don’ts. The other presenters in my group were from the RI Small Business Development Center and the Farm Service Agency. They provided some valuable information about business planning and loan information. There is a lot of momentum and excitement for Rhode Island agriculture, that’s for sure!”

We are thrilled to hear that! Thanks for the update, Christina. We commend you for giving back by encouraging more women to follow in your stead and start their own independent farming businesses.

p.s. To read more about the Women in Agriculture conference and the role of women in farming, see this informative article from ecoRI.

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