Tama County Women, Land, and Legacy will soon host its twenty-second event, Pumpkins and Berries and Apples, Oh My! It will be held on Thursday, June 12 at Hinegardner Orchards, 1348 295th Street off of Highway T-47 in rural Montour. Registration and dessert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the event following, 7:00-9:00.
The orchard has been a family-run business since 1960 when Oris and Jean Hinegardner planted 600 apple trees. They opened for the first "pick your own apples day" in September of 1967. Since then, the operation has grown to about 3,000 apple trees in 22 varieties. Orchard management and ownership has now been handed down to Dave and Julie Hinegardner. In addition to the orchard, we'll be touring the Hinegardners' other fresh produce ventures: strawberries, raspberries, melons, squash, and pumpkins.
This tour is free and open to the public. Both men and women are welcome to attend. An RSVP is encouraged. Please call Melody Bro at 641-484-2702, extension 120 by Wednesday, June 11.
Several local agencies work together to bring Women, Land and Legacy to Tama County- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Tama County Extension Service, Iowa Valley Resource Conservation & Development, and the Tama Soil & Water Conservation District. Special thanks to the ladies who serve on the Women, Land, and Legacy Core Committee: Rebecca Dostal, Julia Babinat, Margaret Babinat, Glenda Devick, Pat Oettchen, Georgette Edel, Jan Wobeter, Lou Ellen Brown, and Jennifer Vazquez.
In recent years, women's roles in Iowa agriculture have changed dramatically. It has become more and more evident there is a need to reach out to women at the local level and to help them make connections they may find helpful as landowners, farmers, and other important role-players in our state's largest industry.
In response to this increasing need, the USDA State Outreach Council has designed the grassroots program Women, Land & Legacy. It is currently active in numerous Iowa counties and brings together Iowan women interested in agriculture, local food and natural resources to converse, listen and become empowered for involvement on their landscape and in their communities.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact Melody Bro at the Tama Soil & Water Conservation District at 641-484-2702, extension 120; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact the TDD# or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. USDA and Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.