Farm Safety Camp Caters to Women Farmers

4/2/2013

Young women ages 14 to 19 and their adult female farming mentors are invited to participate in a fun farm safety weekend, May 4-5, in Reading, Vt.

The overnight camp, which is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension's Youth Farm Safety Project and the Women's Agricultural Network, will be held at Spring Brook Farm. The $40 per person registration fee covers all meals, workshops, activities and accommodations in five-person dorm rooms.

Hands-on workshops, led by female farmers and safety professionals, will focus on farm safety from the perspective of a woman farmer. Topics include tractor and machinery safety, farm first aid and what to do in an emergency, farm fire safety, ergonomics, working safely outdoors, self-defense and woodlot safety.

Participants will also tour Spring Brook Farm, a traditional Jersey dairy farm and artisan cheese maker. The farm is home to Farms For City Kids, a program that combines classroom studies with firsthand farming experiences to provide urban kids with an introduction to agriculture and an understanding of how what they learn in school applies to real-life situations.

Farm safety camp registrations will be accepted until April 20 or the camp is filled. Only 20 spots are available, so early registration is advised.

To download the registration form, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents. Confirmation and additional information will be sent within one week of receipt of payment.

For questions, contact Kristen Mullins, UVM Extension youth farm safety coordinator, at 802-656-2034 or kristen.mullins@uvm.edu. If requiring a disability-related accommodation to attend, please call by April 12.