First Fridays: Women Who Farm

Date : March 5, 2021
Time : 8:00 AM
Location :

Facebook Live

Join Food of the North on Friday, March 5 for the second annual Ladyboss edition of First Fridays.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, we’re excited to welcome three female farmers from our community: Jen Skoog of Family Roots Farm, Amy Rice of New Roots Farm Incubator Co-op, and Verna Kragnes of Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society/Prairie Rose Farm.


A welcomed trend in the agriculture sector is the rise of female farmers. According to USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, women now make up 36% of the total population of U.S. farmers. This growing base is an active, mobilized group of women in agriculture who are not only creating successful farm businesses, but also promoting healthy food and regenerative agriculture practices that nourish our community and the planet. For our March Edition of First Fridays, we are excited to welcome three local farmers (aka Ladybosses) who will share their farming stories and what the future looks like for female farmers in our community.

Jen Skoog is the owner/operator of Family Roots Farm, a small family farm with a strong belief that good food starts with how it’s grown. Using heirloom plant varieties, processing food with farm-grown ingredients, and raising animals with respect are just some of the simple ways Jen keeps in touch with her family roots.

Amy Rice is a farmer with New Roots Farm Incubator Co-op, a cooperative of new and beginning farmers that might have traditionally been excluded from land and resource access. Amy is passionate about no till, organic, and biodynamic farming and gardening, as well as permaculture, foraging, and sustainable living. She’s worked at Bernbaum’s for almost five years, and been active in various community gardens over the last 10 years.

Verna Kragnes is a farmer and Executive Director of Northern Plains Sustainable Ag, a farmer-led organization that promotes educational opportunities for farming practices that decrease soil erosion, increase soil fertility, reduce the need for off-farm inputs, protect natural resources and encourage a diverse landscape. Verna’s journey in agriculture is vast, including starting Philadelphia Community Farm on the St. Croix and today running Prairie Rose Farm.

Join us Friday, March 5 at 8 a.m. CT to hear from these three outstanding Ladyboss farmers!

The program starts at 8 a.m. on Facebook Live and via Zoom: No pre-registration required. Zoom meeting will open at 7:50 a.m. CT.

We recommend joining a few minutes before 8 a.m. in case you have an install/download to run the program.

Note: Like all First Fridays, each speaker will share a brief presentation (~5 minutes) and we will leave the bulk of the program for Q&A. The program is 1 hour. Please bring your questions! We will be taking questions via the Q&A function in Zoom, as well as Facebook Live. Join the conversation using #FoodoftheNorth

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please reach out to us via Facebook Messenger or email at

First Fridays is co-hosted by the Cass Clay Food Partners and Ladybosses Midwest.