WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture.

Our mission is to engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power. Read More.

About Us

Women make up more than half the US population, and own an increasing number of farms. Surveys show that women own or co-own nearly half the farmland in the Midwest. But we are under-represented on the boards of policy-making bodies, and often encounter communications barriers when accessing information from agencies and institutions.

WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections, and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

WFAN board members creating a new strategic plan for 2016-21.
WFAN board members creating a new strategic plan for 2016-21.

OUR MISSION

To engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power.

OUR HISTORY

The idea of WFAN was born in 1994, when Iowa organic farmer Denise O’Brien and New York state food justice advocate Kathy Lawrence organized a women in agriculture working group for the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing. They were passionate about addressing the absence of women’s voices in agricultural policy in the US and abroad. They wanted to empower women as champions of healthy food and farming systems, food justice, and food sovereignty within their own communities.

After the international conference, working group member Denise O’Brien organized the Network to build a national community of interest linking women, food systems and sustainable agriculture. In 1997, a group of Iowa women began to work with Denise to formalize the group as a Tides Foundation project. WFAN received 501c3 status in 2011.

OUR GOALS

  • To promote sustainable agricultural and community structures.
  • Insist on social and ecological justice for current and future human and non-human communities.
  • Provide opportunities for education on economics and environment that articulate a holistic view of agriculture, instill a sense of place, and draw forward useful experiences from the past.
  • Create networks that support communities of growers, consumers, workers and others who strive for sustainability, increase effective access to and use of existing resources, engage participants in experiential learning, provide safe places for self-expression, and respect the spirituality of the land and people.
  • Advocate change by exploring alternatives and challenge the globalization of economies, cultures of domination and institutionalized discrimination, the disintegration of landscapes, and oppressive conceptual frameworks.

Although centered in Iowa, WFAN members come from all across the US and several other countries. We are diverse in ages (ranging from teens to eighties) and backgrounds. We are farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, community activists, academics, and others who care about food and our environment.

STRATEGIC PLAN

WFAN Strategic Plan 2016 – 2021

ANNUAL REPORTS

2015

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WFAN
PO Box 611
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: (515) 460-2477
Email: info@wfan.org