2022 Women’s Conference

 
 
 

February 4-6  Fairmont Hot Springs

Join women from all across the state for an exciting Montana Farmers Union’s Women’s Conference where we will work on building new connections, community, and celebrate together at Fairmont Hot Springs Feb. 4-6, 2022.


NOW AVAILABLE: Virtual Programming — sign up for virtual access to the event and speaker content if you missed out on in-person registration or traveling to Fairmont doesn’t work out for you this year!

Your registration fee covers your hotel room, food, and hot springs. 

Register Conference Agenda
Meet the presenters
Women in AG Panel

“You’re Going to have to Get CREATIVE!”

Join us in welcoming this group of innovators from across Montana! This is your chance to glean from their ingenuity, network, and ask questions. 

More about the panelists
Candace Weeda

Candace Weeda Strobbe lives near Cascade, Montana where she manages a diversified cattle ranch with her husband. 

Erica Mannix

Erica Mannix is one of 5 members of the 5th generation currently working on the Mannix Ranch in Helmville, MT.

Heather Bilden

Heather Bilden and her husband Bart own Coulee Creek Ranch in Lavina, Montana.

Cheyenne Glade Wilson

Cheyenne Glade Wilson is a fifth-generation rancher. She, her husband, and their son reside on their Lazy Six Nine Ranch near Big Timber, MT where they breed half-draft/draft cross horses and run a cow-calf operation.

Caroline Nelson

Caroline Nelson and her husband Justin own Little Creek, a direct to consumer grass-fed lamb & pasture raised beef company based in Townsend, Montana.

Presenters

This year is all about getting connected and sharing our stories, plus gaining business-building and health-building skills.  Meet your 2022 speakers!

Becca Skinner

National Geographic Young Explorer

Becca Skinner is a photographer, writer and National Geographic Young Explorer based out of Bozeman, Montana. The photos she makes are centered around the intersection of conservation and adventure storytelling, anchored on the importance of protecting the places we explore.

Amber Smith

Women in Ranching

Amber Smith has been living & working in rural, western America for the past two decades.  She has been leading Women in Ranching for 3 years, which has provided her a platform to connect & support, educate and inspire a dynamic, resilient network of women who steward our lands, raise our families & care deeply for ranching communities. 

Amanda Nigg

Farm Fit Momma

I found my true professional purpose after I discovered life is too short to do anything other than what gets you out of bed in the morning. After my family’s forever home burned down, fitness saved my life. It was a space to keep mentally healthy while dealing with a ton of stress & turmoil. I want everyone to feel the peace that comes w/a healthy mind & body. 

Aly Robins

Online Marketing Consultant

My name is Aly Robins, and I help agriculture and rural business owners increase sales through their website. I grew up on a ranch outside of Helena, Montana, and actually got my bachelor’s degree in rangeland management. I’ve been helping my clients for the last two years create a website that they will love, and their customers will love even more.

Dr. Alison Brennan

Montana State University,   MSU Extension

Dr. Alison Brennan is an Assistant Professor in Health and Human Development  and the Mental Health Specialist. She teaches stress reduction and mental health promotion, prevention of substance misuse, suicide prevention, and program evaluation and is a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid.

Dr. Michelle Grocke-Dewey

Montana State University, MSU Extension

Dr. Michelle Grocke-Dewey is an Assistant Professor in the Health & Human Development Dept. and Health and Wellness Specialist. She spearheaded the MSU Extension farm and ranch stress reduction initiative, which seeks to uncover stressors that impact agricultural producers.

Mariah Gladstone

Indigikitchen 

Mariah Gladstone (Blackfeet, Cherokee) grew up in Northwest Montana. She graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Environmental Engineering and returned home where she developed Indigikitchen. She serves on the board of the FAST (Food Access and Sustainability Team) Blackfeet

Pam Gerwe

Purple Frog Gardens

Since 1991, Pam Gerwe has been building a first generation farm. Her work has included developing her knowledge base, adding infrastructure, planting many perennials, soil improvement, networking, community outreach and trying to find some balance.

Tammy Copenhaver

406 Digital Imaging, 12MT Ranch

Tammy Copenhaver is a first-generation rancher living on the Hi-Line of Northcentral Montana. Before her most recent endeavor, she founded 406 Digital Imaging Services LLC to help preserve visual legacies. She provides solutions to store, share & secure timeless memories with photo scanning, home movie conversion, & digital organization.

Tracy McIntyre

MT Cooperative Development Center

A native of Eureka, Montana, McIntyre served 12 years as the Lead Economic Developer for North Lincoln County. In 2016, McIntyre started her own consulting company, Rural Economic Designs, LLC, to bring her knowledge of community leadership and collaboration, project development and administration, and strategic planning to other rural communities and businesses.

Jan Tusick

Mission West Community Dev. Partners, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, MFU Board Member

Tara Mastel

MSU Extension

Tara Mastel is Program Lead for Community Development at MSU Extension where she works to support rural community vitality and local leaders. She served nearly ten years as a Community and Economic Development Extension Agent in Jefferson County Montana where she led a range of projects including historic building renovations, industrial park development, farmer’s markets & support of local community foundations.

From the 2021 Virtual Women’s Conference: Resilience in Place

More than 50 women from Montana and states as far as Hawaii “gathered” February 21 and 22, 2021 for a virtual conference. Speakers included Mariah Gladstone of Indigikitchen, the “Farm Babe”, and a live cooking show and food systems discussion panel.

Let’s connect

Have questions about attending the 2022 Women’s Conference with Montana Farmers Union? We’d love to hear from you. 

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What people are saying about the Women’s Conference…

“What a wonderful experience, to meet and share ideas with so many other women across Montana. The people, the food and the hot springs were all great… it was just what I needed!”

“It’s so fun to connect with a group of amazing, inspiring women from all over MT. I wish there were more opportunities like this!”

“The Women’s Conference isn’t like other farm conferences, about what kind of feritilizer to put on what kind of crop. It’s about builidng you back up as a person.”