Below are some great resources related to women farming.
Lisa Kivirist writes about the meaning of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and how farms can expand their selections beyond vegetables. Benefits include not only an increase in income, but also a wider variety to interest more shareholders and strengthen relationships with current members. Find real farm ideas and examples with these six possibilities: fruit, cheese and dairy, bread, meat, fish and salad.
Lisa Kivirist writes for Hobby Farm Magazine on how to diversify your income stream through outlets other than farmers’ markets. Her ideas expand over hosting off-site farm-to-table dinners, trading words for cash, selling directly to chefs, raising something niche, cultivating craft supplies, and supplying food artisans.
A USDA report on the expansion of women farmers over the last 30 years and detailed information about the variety of farm operations.
- Plate to Politics: Advancing Women’s Leadership in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Development
Cultivating the Role of Women’s Leadership in the Sustainable Agriculture Movement: A joint project between MOSES and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to support women’s leadership in changing our food system. The project includes a free Women’s Leadership Webinar Series for 2013.
To compete with giant agribusinesses, small-scale growers are turning to value-added products to stay afloat. Throughout the U.S., farmers are using creative ways to set themselves apart by having consumers pick their own produce, selling jams and jellies, offering farm stays, cooking classes and workshops. “Farm operators generated $10 billion in 2007 from farm-related activities other than crop or livestock wholesale, an increase of nearly 80 percent from 2002.” Benefits range from the farms bringing in additional income beyond the summer as well as reinforcing farmers’ connection to consumers.
Their mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity. Connect with national women in sustainable agriculture network with a free e-newsletter and listserve.