Where can the rapidly growing number of women in sustainable agriculture find representation and help? Organic Connections, the magazine for Natural Vitality, shows how one organization empowers women farmers.
“Women own an increasing amount of the farmland in the US today,” said Leigh Adcock, executive director of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN), in an interview with Organic Connections. “But they are rarely represented on the boards of policy-making bodies.”
Indeed, women play a huge part in growing sustainable agriculture, but may run the risk of being isolated in a traditionally male-dominated profession. WFAN is an organization working to promote women farmers and helping them foster communities that are “healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity,” according to the WFAN’s mission statement.
WFAN has several programs designed to support women farmers. Harvesting Our Potential pinpoints women who are just starting their careers in agriculture. This program connects novice farmers with those who are more experienced to support mentoring opportunities.
“Overall, it’s a really great time to be working with women in agriculture of any kind, but in particular sustainable agriculture,” says Adcock.
Read more in Organic Connections.