Over the past 15 years Women, Land & Legacy has reached thousands of Iowa women with educational programs designed specifically to meet their local needs and interests. Recently, our Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator was interviewed in Iowa Farmer Today about this program. Learn more about Women, Land and Legacy on the program homepage.Read More
In late March, six women farmers met up in central Iowa for the Harvesting Our Potential (HOP) program spring training. Through HOP aspiring farmers work directly with farm mentors to gain hands-on experience. Women develop a deeper and more realistic understanding of farm life and make connections with other aspiring women farmers, mentors, communities, and networks supporting farmers.Read More
On April 9th Women, Land & Legacy State Team member Wendi Denham was awarded the USDA Equal Employment Opportunity/Civil Rights Individual Achievement Award during the Diversity Day presentation in April. According to State FSA Executive Director Amanda De Jong USDA agencies look for employees that have conducted activities, such as cultural awareness, outreach to the underserved and civil rights participation.Read More
Megan Brown calls herself an agriculture industry misfit, but she hasn’t always identified this way. Megan is a sixth-generation commercial cattle rancher who also raises heritage hogs in Butte County, California. She loves cooking, gardening, hunting, and preserving the harvest. She writes about ranching and feminism at The Beef Jar.Read More
In order to better serve the women in our network and tell your stories, we decided we needed a more agile, user-friendly platform. On this new site, you will see all of the great resources, blog posts, and event listings from our old website, plus some new features. Our new website launched in May 2019.
Engaging women like you in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system is WFAN's mission. We know that addressing the climate crisis means transforming our food system and revitalizing rural America. That's why we recently signed on to a letter with over 300 organizations urging Congress to make food and agriculture central to the climate crisis and Green New Deal debate.Read More
Fifteen years ago a group of women were brought together by Iowa’s USDA State Outreach Council and tasked with finding an effective outreach program for Iowa’s women landowners and farmers. These women represented an array of non-profits, government agencies, faith-based organizations, producers and landowners. I recently interviewed two of the founding members of the group.Read More
It’s as much a time to come together, learn and grow as it is a time to ground ourselves in the lifelong, challenging work of being women in food and agriculture. The 2018 conference brought together 200 women (and a few nonbinary folks and men!) working for healthy food and farming. The conference was held at the Holiday Inn DTWN in Des Moines, Iowa, on November 2-3.Read More