San Diego, CA | January 13-17, 2019

Farming in Community

NFU’s 2019 Women’s Conference theme is “Farming in Community.” Farming is never a one-woman job – it takes a village to run a successful operation. This conference will not only focus on the concept of agricultural community building, but it will provide attendees with their own network of women farmers and ranchers they can reach out to throughout the year.

Farmers, policy makers, educators, and specialists will present on a number of subjects, including financial management, food safety, innovative marketing conservation, USDA programs, and more. The convention also includes a half day of local farm tours.

Check out the agenda, and read more about the 2019 keynote speakers below!

2019 Keynote Speakers

Karen Washington


Since 1985 Karen Washington has been a community activist, striving to make the New York City a better place to live. As a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens, she worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens.

As an advocate, and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, she stood up and spoke out for garden protection and preservation. As a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, she helped launched a City Farms Market, bringing fresh vegetables to the community.

Karen is a Why Hunger board member, a Just Food board member and Just Food Trainer, leading workshops on growing food and food justice across the country.  In 2010, Co- Founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS) an organization supporting growers in both urban and rural settings.

In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of their 100 most influential African Americans in the country and in 2014 was the recipient of the James Beard Leadership Award.

Since retiring from Physical Therapy in 2014, Karen is Co-owner/Farmer at Rise & Root Farm.

Patty Edelburg

Patty Edelburg is a dairy farmer in central Wisconsin. Along with her husband and 18 year old twins, Edelburg owns and operates Front-Page Holsteins. A registered Holstein dairy where they milk 120 cows and run 350 acres of corn and alfalfa, mainly for forage. The Edelburgs purchased their farm on June 1st, 2008. Beyond milking good quality cows, they also strive for excellent genetics that will do well in the show ring and club sales.

Beyond farming, Patty has been an advocate for agriculture for a long time. Most recently, she has been elected to serve as the National Farmers Union Vice President. Prior to that she served for a short time as the State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency in Wisconsin, spent 12 years on the Wisconsin Farmers Union state board and has served or currently serves on numerous state and local boards and committees, mostly stemming around agriculture. Her family is most important to her though, so she can be seen helping at many school activities, sporting events, FFA or 4-H functions with her husband and children.

A special thank you to sponsors of NFU’s 2019 Women’s Conference!

And thank you to our 2019 promotional partners!