My compatriot in all things farm and fowl, Sara Kross, and I co-presented at EcoFarm 2018 this past week.
In attendance at our workshop were about 80 folks, mostly growers and a few NRCS staff, who all had great questions and comments based on their own experiences in the farming trenches.
Also helping out with the talk, was baby Quinn:
I think the audience and I were a bit in awe of Sara as she presented her material with her 3 week old strapped to her body. It reminded me of how far we've come as women scientists. No longer do we have to choose between work and family, unless we want to. I appreciated EcoFarm accommodating Sara and Quinn in the many ways they did, and the audience for being so welcoming, kind, and face it - understanding of reality.
Though there have been improvements, there are many professional society meetings which still make it quite difficult for parents to bring their kids to conferences (yup, all parents are responsible for their kids!), despite this accommodation seeming like a pretty low hanging fruit when it comes to equity in the sciences.
Which reminds me of this thread by Rebecca Calisi Rodriquez that has been making the rounds:
Publishing solutions for this very issue seems like a pretty timely and important thing for a journal to take on. It's just not that radical, folks.
We ended our conference at the the glorious Asilomar grounds with a little birding and beach walking.
A much needed break from the dissertation grind.