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.

Our Team

Bridget Holcomb
Executive Director

Bridget Holcomb is the Executive Director of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Bridget received her Master’s of Public Affairs with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Prior to that she worked in sustainable agriculture advocacy at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. A native of Northern Minnesota, Bridget has focused her work on clean water, soil conservation, and making a sustainable living from the land.

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Carol Schutte
Women Caring for the Land Coordinator

Carol Schutte joined us shortly after her retirement from 25 years as an instructor in Biological Sciences at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. 

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While at NIACC Carol co-led many extended field courses to destinations that included Belize, the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rica, and 25 camping trips to northern Minnesota. She has been an active member of the Iowa Association of Community College Biology Teachers since its inception in the 1990s. She received the Outstanding Teaching Award for Two-Year Teachers Section of NABT as well as NIACC’s outstanding teaching award.

Carol chaired the 2000 North American Prairie Conference, hosting 570 attendees, and the 2005 Midwest Environmental Education Conference. In 2004 she spent six weeks volunteering for the Nature Conservancy in the jungles of Belize, collecting butterflies. She is a member of her county REAP board and active in community environmental issues and events.

Growing up on an acreage north of Omaha, Carol attributes her love of the country life to that home and numerous family camping trips. Today she lives on a small, much-loved acreage outside of Clear Lake, IA, where she delights in sharing the country life with her two sons and their families, whenever they can make it home. Life is GOOD in the country! Though she knows she will miss her students, Carol looks forward to her new role serving WFAN and people everywhere who treasure the land.

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Wren Almitra
Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator

Wren Almitra coordinates Women, Land & Legacy, a USDA program coordinated through WFAN. She is also assisting with WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential program in 2017.

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A life-long resident of Iowa, she took a leave of absence for a few years to get her Environmental Studies degree from Prescott College in Prescott, AZ where she studied Agroecology, among other sustainable ag. and conservation biology courses. She’s worked on small-scale farms in Iowa and Arizona.

Prior to working with Women, Food and Ag. Network she worked with the Johnson County Soil and Water Conservation District as a watershed project coordinator. She also served as a team member for the Johnson Co. Women, Land and Legacy chapter for two years, a role that ultimately led her to a passion for connecting women in the fields with resources and one another locally and state wide.

She lives in Iowa City and is a supporting partner of The Millet Seed urban farm, a small CSA operation that her partner runs from their gardens.

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Ash Bruxvoort
Plate to Politics Coordinator & Communications Coordinator

Ash Bruxvoort coordinates the Plate to Politics program, the 2018 Annual Conference and manages WFAN’s communications. She is a certified VoteRunLead trainer.

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She grew up on a conventional family farm in Polk County, Iowa, and got her start working on vegetable farms through WFAN’s Harvesting Our Potential program, which connected her to farms in Iowa, California, and New York. In addition to her farm background, Ash has worked for several agriculture and natural resource organizations, including The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Iowa Farmers Union, Iowa Food Cooperative, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has also served on the Iowa Farmers Union board and is a New Leaders Council alum.

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Becky Thorson
Office Manager

Becky is the WFAN Office Manager and enjoys being the behind-the-scenes person who makes the office run smoothly. She has a background in bookkeeping for businesses, and learned much from her father, who was an accountant.

Becky proudly says that family is her #1 priority, and she is a mother of four and a grandmother of six. In addition to spending time with her family she loves gardening, especially flowers.

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Liz Johnson
Collaborator: Plate to Politics

Liz Johnson is a co-founder of VoteRunLead, a national organization that supports the aspirations of women who want to transform our country and democracy through their participation as leaders. Liz has worked with countless women leaders to inspire, inform and equip them to pursue positions of influence and elective office, and she works closely with WFAN to provide leadership training to women in agriculture.

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A leader in the design and implementation of training programs for rural women, Liz has worked with thousands of women from hundreds of cities and towns in the Midwest. Across the country, she has delivered training programs through unique partnerships with women’s civic, non-profit, and business organizations. Her work is characterized by her asset-based approach and the number and diversity of women. She is one of the founders of Plate to Politics in collaboration with the Women Food and Agriculture Network that supports women leaders from the healthy food and farming movement. She is a member of the board of the Hmong American Farmers Association and First Witness Child Advocacy Center and serves as a Duluth, Minnesota Tree Commissioner. Previously, she worked in philanthropy, as a legislative consultant, and with a variety of nonprofit organizations. She is the recipient of the Minnesota Women’s Press Change Maker Award. Liz is an avid vegetable gardener who lives in Duluth, Minnesota next to the largest freshwater lake in the world.

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Jean Eells
Collaborator: Women Caring for the Land

Jean has been a member since the origins of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network. Through her consulting group E Resources, she works with WFAN to develop conservation curricula, provide expert program evaluation, speak on conservation topics, and further develop the Women Caring for the Land conservation program.

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Jean brings to WFAN a strong set of knowledge, skills, and experiences related to conservation and agriculture. She is a professional, with a PhD in Agricultural Education from Iowa State University. Her main areas of expertise include program evaluation, education and communications, project management, and group facilitation. Jean is especially proud of her work with conservation, education, and agricultural organizations and agencies. Through her business, E Resources Group, Jean uses her expertise to help these important groups learn and succeed. In 2007, Jean received the Excellence in Interpretation Award from the National Association for Interpretation – Region V.

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