We designed a national sustainable agriculture conference for women farmers and agricultural professionals to provide a supportive environment in which participants felt comfortable to learn, share, contribute, question, network, and make connections affecting their personal and professional lives. Through postconference and later retrospective evaluations, we identified key concepts that Extension professionals and others hosting agricultural events may consider when engaging women participants. Women in sustainable agriculture may prioritize choosing a conference, and are more likely to participate fully, when it is women focused. Women appreciate hands-on experiences and learning from experts and peers but value most the opportunity to connect with other women in similar circumstances.
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Powell, M., Fery, M., Agenbroad, A., & Guzy, M. (2019). Personal Connections: What Women in Sustainable Agriculture Value in Their Professional Development. The Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 7. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.05.07