Posts in Our Programs
WFAN Staff Build Network, Skills at Summer Conferences

WFAN program staff are always working to expand our network and our knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture and food justice. In the past six months, staff have presented at and attended conferences on a variety of topics. Learn more about their individual experiences in the summaries below.

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Beginning Women Farmers Network with Seasoned Farmers

The Harvesting Our Potential Learning Circle provided resources and connections attendees will be able to use as they move forward with their farm dreams. The energy, excitement, and conversations throughout the day provided affirmation that connecting women through events like this are needed.

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Carly McAndrews Gains Experience on Farms Across United States

Since her first farm job in 2011, Carly has worked on six farms across the United States, including farms in Connecticut, Vermont, California, and Iowa. She’s currently at Echollective Farm in Mechanicsville, Iowa, alongside Molly. She said she loves the community of people she works with.

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Joy Mast Miller Understands Importance of Diversity for Viable Family Farm Operation

Joy Mast Miller grew up at farmer’s markets from the time she was 4. She grew up on a farm in Leon, Iowa, during the 1980’s Farm Crisis. Her parents diversified their business in order to keep the farm, including strawberries and a bakery. Joy says the people skills she had to learn working at markets from a young age were just one of the valuable lessons she learned on the farm.

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Women Landowners Attend 200th Conservation Meeting

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Women Caring for the Land program recently held its’ 200th meeting. More than 3,200 women have attended a Women Caring for the Land meeting. The peer-to-peer meetings intend to bridge the gap in conservation knowledge and implementation for women landowners. Women now own or co-own close to 50% of the farmland in the US.

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Plate to Politics Educates Over 160 Women this Spring through Empowering Workshops

WFAN’s Plate to Politics program provided skills based political leadership training to over 160 women in food and agriculture this spring. Our spring workshop tour visited Des Moines, Iowa; East Troy, Wisconsin; Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and Tucson, Arizona. The one-day workshops trained women how to lead and motivate people to action by sharing their unique stories.

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