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Saturday, January 25 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Creating Trusted “Communities of Practice”: Ongoing Learning Groups that Support Innovation in Farming and Ranching

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Many successful innovators in farming and ranching have an informal “community of practice.” This is a tight-knit group of people (nearby or far away) that talks together regularly to provide each other with long-term learning and support as they “break from the herd” and face tensions with their more cautious neighbors (those dreaded “coffee shop” moments). These groups, gatherings and ongoing conversations can provide opportunities for people to: 
· Listen to each other’s successes and failures—and learn from each other’s experiences. 
· Build strong connections with people tackling similar issues. 
· Talk about social and economic pressures that they are facing. 
· Report back from recent conferences and field days. 
· Share what they have been reading and learning 
· Help each other think things through, when things get rough. (Cows out on a rampage? Aging parents? Drifting sprays?) 
There are many ways to create a community of practice that works for you—even if your peers don’t live nearby. In this workshop and discussion, we will look at tried and true ways to create a community of practice that is fun, real, trustworthy, and that lasts.

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Didi Pershouse

Author, teacher, Soil Carbon Coalition
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities as well as Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual. As the founder of the Center for Sustainable Medicine, she developed a practice and theoretical framework for systems-based ecological medicine—restoring health to people as well as the environmental and social systems around them. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, Pershouse now travels widely: writing, teaching, and... Read More →

Saturday January 25, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm CST
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