Read news stories featuring the MOSES Rural Women’s Project and the inspiring women farmers who speak at and host our workshops and events.
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Fast Fact: According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, women are the principal operators of nearly 14 percent of U.S. farms. Women are more likely to own livestock operations, including sheep, goat, and horse farms.
Women Farmers and MOSES Rural Women’s Project in the News
Women make up one of the fastest growing groups of new farmers overall, particularly launching smaller-scale and diversified operations. Our Rural Women’s Project is a year-round venture providing training, resources and networking specifically for women. Read more.
Lisa Kivirist has come out with an outstanding book to help beginning as well as seasoned women farmers navigate the business and livelihood of farming. She brings in the voice and experience of over 50 female farmers throughout the book…. Read more.
Ask an organic farmer what was his or her best source of information on farming, and you probably won’t get a book or website recommendation. Undoubtedly, it will be another organic farmer. Read more.
Close your eyes and conjure up the image of a “farmer” and you might see a middle-aged white man in flannel, loading a pick-up truck. In reality, farming is accessible to any gender and individuals regardless of race, ethnicity or education level. Read more.
For women in Wisconsin, potlucks can mean the difference between farming alone, and feeling like part of something bigger.
Read more about the Wisconsin Women in Sustainable Ag groups.
A few months ago there came about a rare event in the field of agricultural education: touring several farms in the same region in one day. That wasn’t an event I was about to pass up! Read more.
Meet three Wisconsin women changing the face of agriculture, combating gender stereotypes and creating lasting bonds with one another. Read more.
Peg Sheaffer never planned to be a farmer. While in school at the University of Wisconsin, she majored in history and Spanish. But for fun, she took a few classes in sustainable agriculture. Read more.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket:
7 lessons in diversification
Organic Broadcaster (July | August 2014)
Features Kat Becker, farm host for a Rural Women’s Project “In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women” workshop
For Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, diversification creates more than a smart income risk management strategy… Read more.
Growing organic vegetables resonates so strongly with Kat Becker, she even gives her kids vegetable nicknames…. Read more.
Jane Hawley Stevens: Four Elements Organic Herbals
Profile in Edible Madison (July 2014)
Features Jane Hawley Stevens, farm host for a Rural Women’s Project “In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women” workshop
If ever there was a farmer who epitomizes what she grows, it’s Jane Hawley Stevens. When you stand in her presence, you feel all that calm, centering, healthy, inspiring herbal energy…. Read more.
Women Farmers in the News
Terra Firma Film
This documentary profiles female veterans who are finding a future in farming. The film will be available in 2014.
Female farmers often take a smaller, educational approach, report says
A look at the results from a 2013 USDA report on women farmers. The study finds that most farms head by women tend to focus on organic agriculture and the production of food versus row crops. Find more real-life stories, recipes, and resources in this article.
Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins
This article presents real-life stories of women farmers and how they represent “the most rapidly growing segment of the nation’s changing agricultural landscape.” A recent study concludes that there are nearly one million women farmers in the U.S. today. Women-operated farms doubled between 1982 and 2007, and they are “outnumbering men in owning smaller farms.” Read about the diverse group of women and opinions on why this movement is growing.
More Women Running Farms
This article conveys on the growth of women farmers all across the U.S. in the last few decades. Providing a different view, it showcases four women farmers from southern Wisconsin that are large-scale producers. Read about the reasons they began farming and how each of their farms have expanded over the years.
Agriculture Needs More Women
“Food will be safer, and animals will live better, if more women work in agriculture,” Sonia Faruqi said in this piece in the Atlantic. She worked in factory farms in eight countries, and found abhorrent living conditions for the animals there, prompting her to wonder if women would handle things differently. In this story, she cites psychology studies showing women are wired for compassion, which could lead to more humane treatment of factory-farmed livestock.