February 12, 2019
Food truths, gardening tips and Southern stories will take center stage during the Alabama Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Conference in Birmingham April 3-5. Registration closes March 1 at AlfaFarmers.org.
Federation Women’s Leadership Division Director Kim Earwood said the conference allows leaders to cultivate ideas to drive county activities.
“These ladies are the driving force of many activities that support and enrich their communities,” Earwood said. “Our Women’s Leadership Conference lets them refuel and encourages them to better serve their counties.”
The conference kicks off with pop tab collections for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, massage therapy and shopping with jewelry, décor and accessories vendors. Regional sessions follow before Federation President Jimmy Parnell welcomes attendees to the Magic City.
Author and Cause Matters Corp. founder Michele Payn will then encourage ag advocacy during opening banquet remarks.
A legislative update from Federation Governmental & Agricultural Programs Department staff kicks off Day 2, followed by workshops. Payn's workshop will focus on “Food Truths, From Farm-to-Table,” while writer and humorist Sean Dietrich tells tales of the American South. Better known as Sean of the South, Dietrich’s columns are featured monthly in Neighbors magazine.
Additionally, Sidney Phelps of Bonnie Plants will share “Gardening Basics and More.” Phelps is the gardening reporter for “Simply Southern TV.”
The Women’s Leadership Conference joins with Alabama Farm-City for the annual Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 4.
Outstanding students are honored in poster, essay and multimedia contests, and Alabama’s Farm of Distinction is named. Outstanding Farm-City committees from across the state also will be recognized. Dietrich returns to entertain with stories, humor and music at the closing banquet.