San Diego, CA | January 13-17, 2019

Farming in Community


NFU’s 2019 Women’s Conference will prepare attendees and their operations for their own future in many areas, including business planning, succession planning, running for local office, networking, telling their own stories, innovative marketing, and much more. NFU hopes to provide attendees with both a network of female producers that they can reach out to throughout the year as well as important tools that will help set their operations up for a future of success.

We are very excited about the conference and hope you can join us January 13-17, 2019 in San Diego California! The conference will be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa – book online here, or call 858-488-1081 and let the hotel know that you are with the NFU Women’s Conference for discounted room rates.

Registration: $125

Room Rate: $179 per night, please reserve before December 13, 2019

If you would like to share a room with another attendee please email NFU4@NFUDC.ORG

2019 speakers will be announced in early November. Check out last year’s agenda, and read more about the 2018 keynote speakers below!

2018 Keynote Speakers


Iris Gardner

Primeval Gardens is a small Certified Naturally Grown farm that sells the highest quality produce to local families and restaurants in the San Diego area. The farm was started by Iris and Jason Gardner back in 2009 after they purchased an 18 acre property in rural San Diego county. Jason spent much of his time on a deployment to Afghanistan carefully planning out the details and when he returned home from the rigorous deployment he and Iris got straight to work. Jason is currently on active duty with the US Navy and has been deployed to four different combat zones over 10 deployments, with 28 years of service. He has earned a Silver Star, Bronze star with valor, purple heart, and numerous other personal awards. He still loves his job and loves serving his country but takes great satisfaction in farming in his spare time. Iris is a full-time farmer and mom and holds things together while Jason is deployed. Iris brings years of farming and gardening experience and a great love for the outdoors and a strong desire to provide one of our most fundamental necessities, fresh local food, to the team. The farm is in an arid region and Jason and Iris utilize many permaculture techniques to maximize their farms output in the dry climate. They work hard to ensure that the produce they are providing is absolute top-quality and never has any chemicals on or near it. They also teach gardening classes and Jason makes hand-crafted soaps. Jason and Iris have several children and have experienced the challenged of farming with young kids. They take great pride in the quality of food that they produce and the knowledge that they are able to share to inspire more future farmers and gardeners. They are part of the Farmer Veteran Coalition and are certified under the Homegrown By Heroes label.

Liz Johnson

Liz Johnson is a co-founder and board member at VoteRunLead, a national organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. As a former Director of Community and Operations at VRL and Director of Rural Programs at The White House Project, Liz has worked with countless women leaders to inspire, inform and equip them to pursue positions of influence and elective office. A leader in the design and implementation of training programs for rural women, Liz trains women in agriculture, natural resources and food systems with Plate to Politics, a program of the Women Food and Agriculture Network. Her work is characterized by an asset-based approach. She is a board member for the Hmong American Farmers Association, First Witness Child Advocacy Center and the Duluth Forest Commission. She is a past recipient of the Minnesota Women’s Press Change Maker Award. Liz is currently a Senior Manager at the Amercian Lung Association where her policy change work with local and state public health and communtity leaders spans seven counties of Northeast Minnesota. She loves living in Duluth next to the largest freshwater lake in the world.

Sarah Lloyd

Sarah Lloyd is the Special Projects Coordinator for the Wisconsin Farmers Union and the Secretary of the Board and Director of Development for the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative. In addition to her off-farm work Sarah helps her husband Nels Nelson on the Nelson family dairy farm outside Wisconsin Dells. Sarah has a PhD in Rural Sociology and co-teaches the Agriculture, Food Systems, & Rural Development course in the UW Farm Industry Short Course. She is the President of the Columbia County Farmers Union and also serves on the Board of the Wormfarm Institute, the Reedsburg organization working at the intersection of arts and agriculture, featuring the Fermentation Fest and the Farm/Art Dtour. Sarah is the Co-Chair of Our Wisconsin Revolution, the state affiliate of Our Revolution that came out of the Bernie Sanders Campaign. Sarah recently completed a three-year term on the National Dairy Board and served in an elected positions on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing board and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. In 2016 Sarah ran for Congress in the WI-6th Congressional District.

The NFU’s Women’s Conference was co-hosted with our friends from Farmer Veteran Coalition!



A special thank you to sponsors of NFU’s 2018 Women’s Conference!


And thank you to our 2018 promotional partners!