Denz to discuss women and farming Jan. 30

Jan 22, 2014
Cheryl Denz will discuss women and farming during a Thursday, Jan. 30 talk at Rockland Public Library.

Rockland — Join Cheryl Denz, local farmer and owner of the Terra Optima Farm and the Terra Optima Market in Rockland, for a lively conversation about her experiences as a woman actively farming in Maine.

Her talk will take place Thursday, Jan. 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rockland Public Library, and is free and open to all.

In recent years there has been an increase in Maine in the number of women in farming. And it may come as a surprise that as of 2007, 37 percent of all farm operators in the state were women. That is way ahead of the national average of 15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Denz has been a farmer for more than 15 years and owns a diversified livestock operation that it is well-known for its woodland raised pigs, broiler and egg laying chickens, turkeys and Jersey cows. She will share her observations and stories about her life on the farm and why it’s important to engage and encourage young people to consider agriculture as a career option.

"I have a keen interest in educating on this subject to get young people into the business of farming. I will do anything I can to encourage that. What I see happening is that our farming population here in Maine is aging and we don't have enough young people. I think it's important for people my age to become mentors to younger people," she said in a news release.

Co-sponsored by the Rockland Public Library, this event is offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th Annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, Feb. 21-23. For more information, visit camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 236-1034.

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