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

Women, Food & Agriculture Network started in 1997, but the name, Women, Food and Agriculture originated in 1994. Founding mothers Denise O’Brien and Kathy Lawrence of New York formed a Women, Food and Agriculture working group in preparation for the United Nation’s Fourth World Women’s Conference in Beijing, China in order to remedy the absence of women’s voices in food and agricultural issues. The network formed in 1997 after Denise spent a few years doing work under the name, but found the going difficult without a network. Along with Denise, a few dedicated individuals formed a network to act on their long-standing concerns about systemic rural, agricultural, and environmental problems and gender relation in these domains.

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

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