2017 Travel & Speaking
1/2 - 9 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Las Vegas, NEVADA
John Ivanko and Liam Kivirist will be researching articles (and taking photographs) for Innovation and Tech Today Magazine.
1/21 SOIL SISTERS book talk with Wine, Bar by Red Door, San Diego, CALIFORNIA
What's the key ingredient to healthy communities? Women leading food system change. Women make up one of the fastest growing segments of new farmers today. They come from a long and deep history and tradition of cultivating the soil. This fresh crop of women farmers are finding innovative ways to champion local agriculture and fost greater collaboration and cooperation. Join us for wine, snacks, book talk and book signing with Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters. She is an Endowed Chair at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and leads the Rural Women’s Project, an award-winning woman-farmer training initiative of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Seats are VERY limited. $25 per person. She is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers as well as several other books about women entrepreneurs.
2/2 Slow Sips Slow Food Urban Event at Jimbo's, San Diego, CALIFORNIA
Jimbo's... Naturally! Horton Plaza
We'll mix and mingle with some of San Diego's farmers, winemakers, vendors and more! Connect with the people who are committed to a more sustainable food system.
We'll host a panel discussion with award winning authors John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist about topics like women in farming, ag tourism and what "good, clean and fair" (our slow food motto) means.
Come network with like minded individuals in your community over locally made bites and beverages. This is a FREE familiy friendly event! Please be prepared to show your ID if you plan on sampling alcoholic beverages.
2/4 San Diego Fermentation Festival, San Diego, CALIFORNIA
Explore how to launch a food business from your home kitchen as Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko take the Main Stage; presentation based on their book HOMEMADE FOR SALE.
2/23 - 25 MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WISCONSIN
Join Lisa Kivirist in a networking session for Wisconsin women in sustainable agriculture and a women's leadership discussion or visit her Rural Women's Project exhibit booth.
3/3 - 5 National Farmers Union 2017 Women's Conference, San Diego, WISCONSIN
Join numerous workshops and presentations related to women in agriculture, facilitated, in part, by Lisa Kivirist.
3/12 - 14 Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism, Wisconsin Dells, WISCONSIN
3/18 Good Food Festival, Chicago, ILLINOIS
Catch us at our booth on Saturday and pick up our new SOIL SISTERS and/or HOMEMADE FOR SALE books! We'll have Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance available as well.
4/6 Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WISCONSIN
Soil Sisters: How Women Transform Our Food System
What's the key ingredient to healthier communities? More women leading food system change! Come celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women in sustainable agriculture with Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters. Free. Everyone is welcome to join us to meet area women farmers, learn valuable farm and gardening tips, and sample locally-made products!
4/10 Eager Free Public Library, Evansville, WISCONSIN
Soil Sisters: How Women Transform Our Food System
More women leading food system change! Come celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women in sustainable agriculture with Lisa Kivirist, author of Soil Sisters. Free.
5/21 - 23 National Restaurant Show, Chicago, ILLINOIS
John and Lisa will be exploring the latest innovations in food and beverage industry and the hottest new culinary trends for Mother Earth News blog or Innovation & Tech Today magazine.
|6/16 - 18 Midwest Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair, Custer (near Stevens Point), WISCONSIN|
Catch Lisa and John's workshops at the Energy Fair, plus their promotional book giveaway of HOMEMADE FOR SALE, SOIL SISTERS and Renewing the Countryside: WISCONSIN, plus special book discounts to fair-goers. Their booth is near the entrance.
The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is a non-profit network for sharing ideas, resources and information with individuals, businesses and communities to promote a sustainable future through renewable energy and energy efficiency. The fair, held in Custer, is the world's largest renewable energy educational event with hundreds of workshops and demonstrations on solar and wind energy, alternatively fueled vehicles, sustainable living and more.
7/12 In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women at TBD, Jefferson, WISCONSIN
8/4 In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women Held at Circle M Market Farm, Blanchardville, WISCONSIN
Time: 10am - 3pm
"In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women" workshops are facilitated by the MOSES Rural Women's Project, providing educational outreach, resources and networking opportunities to support women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs. Includes farm tour and lunch (sponsored by Organic Valley Family of Farms).
8/4 - 6 SOIL SISTERS (3 days of events, tastings, dinners, tours & celebration of farm life), Monroe, Brodhead and surrounding communities, WISCONSIN
8/4 - 6 SOIL SISTERS: Green Acres Workshops, Monroe, Brodhead and surrounding communities, WISCONSIN
Fun, hands-on workshops experienced on-farm. These are be ticketed events; prices vary.
8/6 SOIL SISTERS: Tour of Farms, Monroe and Brodhead communities, WISCONSIN
Numerous farms in the Monroe and Brodhead areas will be open to the public for free tours from 11 am to 6 pm. A unique aspect of Soil Sisters is that all the participating farms are women-owned (or co-owned). Free event.
8/9 In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women at TBD, Winona, MINNESOTA
8/24 In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture for Women, By Women at TBD, Chicago, ILLINOIS
9/9 Sustainable Living in the 21st Century, Browntown, WISCONSIN
Experience a "hands-on" approach to sustainable living by spending an afternoon at Inn Serendipity, an organic farm and B&B. This workshop includes resources to get started and a hands-on tour of the farm, gardens, a straw bale greenhouse and various renewable energy systems. Topics Include: buying farm property; sustainable gardening; using renewable energy; developing a diversified business from a rural setting; raising a family on the farm. This is a part of the Mother Earth News/Grit International Homesteading Education Month.
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, Browntown, WI
Cost: $30 per person. DISCOUNT of $10 per person for B&B guests staying one or more nights.
|10/7 Fermentation Fest, Reedsburg, WISCONSIN|
Homemade for Sale: Launch a Business from your Home Kitchen, by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko (PENDING REVIEW)
Learn how to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen. Based on the HOMEMADE FOR SALE book. Registration is required and fee INCLUDES a copy of HOMEMADE FOR SALE.
11/2 - 4 Women Food and Agriculture Conference, Madison, WISCONSIN
11/10 - 12 Aspiring Innkeeper Working Retreat at Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast
Dream of starting a B&B, but don't know where to start or whether it's right for you? Join this "short-course" on innkeeping from the award-winning innkeepers of Inn Serendipity. Covered are start-up considerations, "right-scaling" your operations, and marketing ideas. Included is a tour of the operations, a peek at the financials and plenty of time to address all the questions you might have. We keep these groups small and personal so we can address your questions and help you develop your ideas and vision.
Time: Friday night private reception, Saturday work sessions from 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday morning work session with Q & A, completed at 11 am.
Location: Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, Browntown, WI (see map and directions in links below)
Cost: $449, single; $549, two people, double occupancy (includes two nights' lodging) and working sessions.
Meals and Lodging: Registration fees cover Friday and Saturday night lodging, hands-on instruction, tour, refreshments and applicable taxes. Saturday evening dinner is on guests' own.
Instructors: Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko, co-owners of Inn Serendipity and co-authors of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring: Putting Purpose and the Planet before Profitsand Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life.
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