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  • WFAN – Women, Food and Agriculture Network
    National Conferences News Learn more about our work Find out about upcoming events Support women leading in food and agriculture 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 Photos by FarmHer Our Programs Conservation information by for women land owners Mentorship program for new aspiring women

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  • About Us – WFAN
    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 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

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  • Get Connected – WFAN
    Landowner Outreach Women Caring for the Land Women Land Legacy Plate to Politics Resources WFAN Publications WFAN Video Library Start a Local Network Mother s Egg Scholarship Fund Calendar Conferences 2016 Annual Conference WFAN Annual Conferences WISA National Conferences News

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  • Our Team – WFAN
    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 Read more 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 Email Carol Wren Almitra Women Land and Legacy Coordinator Wren Almitra coordinates the Women Land and Legacy program 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 Read more 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 with her partner dog chickens and bees striving to live well and lightly while subsistence farming on an urban scale Email Wren expand 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 Read more 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 Email Becky 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

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  • Our Board – WFAN
    part of such a powerful community I grew up in rural Iowa during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s These experiences shape my activism and my scholarship today as well as my belief in the transformative power of our collective efforts in the face of hard and uncertain times I am also the 8 th generation of my family to call Iowa home and feel tremendous responsibility to ensuring the healthy future of our state Iowa is ground zero for the increasing problems posed by our extractive agricultural system How we work together to heal the land and create alternative agrifood systems in Iowa can be a model for agricultural transformation well beyond our state I earned a PhD in Sociology and Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and today live and teach sociology in the Quad Cities Currently I am facilitating a participatory research project in Iowa s Raccoon River Watershed with funding from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture In my research I have collaborated with Women Food and Agriculture Network Raccoon River Watershed Association and other community groups I know that a more ecologically environmentally and socially just food system is not only possible it is a necessity if we are to survive the realities of climate change We must change from an agricultural system that exploits land and people to one that reflects our values of community health and public good The creativity and courage I see among taking risks to try new things push our conceptualizations of the possible and lead change in our food system at local national and global levels gives me great hope Patti Edwardson Growing up on an Iowa farm with her loving hard working family set the direction of Patti s life She learned to value wholesome food grown prepared and preserved locally neighbors working together and rural communities where people could strive for a common good After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in Home Economics Education she worked and lived in several other states It was while living in Florida that she discovered the Women Food and Agriculture Network organization Read more She now lives on a farm in Iowa where she and her partner are transitioning a corn soybean farm to organic production They are exploring the possibilities with rotations of small grains and hay They also have planted 200 apple trees Patti tends a large garden with intentions to sell at a local farmers market Concerns about our modern agricultural system and the health of Iowa s environment have led Patti to become active in ways that seek solutions WFAN an organization that brings together women with strength passion and vision is a perfect place to work for change Ashley Hand Vice Chair Ashley hobby farms in northeast Iowa with her partner Brian on a 6th generation family farm She also serves as the Workforce Development Coordinator for the Red Earth Gardens of the Meskwaki Nation in Tama IA She received her M S

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  • Denise O'Brien – WFAN
    CSA farm called Rolling Acres that includes three acres of fruits and vegetables and six acres of apples She also raises organic chickens and turkeys Denise grew up in Atlantic IA graduated from high school there and then went on to attend the University of Iowa and Creighton University In addition to farming she has been involved with community volunteering and policy work in the agricultural sector Denise lobbied with the Iowa Farm Unity Coalition directed the Rural Women s Leadership Development Project of PrairieFire Rural Action Inc and was president of the National Family Farm Coalition O Brien has served on numerous advisory boards with the Community Food Security Coalition the Farm to School Council and the Iowa Women s Foundation to name a few She was a W F Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow form 2001 2003 From 2011 to 2012 Denise was a USDA advisor in Jalalabad Afghanistan For all her hard work Denise has received awards like the 2005 Practical Farmers of Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Award the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer s Union and the Athena Award from the Atlantic Iowa Chamber of Commerce In 2000 Denise was inducted into Iowa s

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  • National Advisory Council‏ – WFAN
    area farmers using sustainable growing practices and used interim food hubs to more efficiently supply locally produced food to Gerber After the launch of MMC Marty worked on several community based food projects In 2006 MMC entered into a partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International to develop and co lead the National Good Food Network NGFN Holly Haddad Holly Haddad is the Associate Director for FamilyFarmed org in Chicago IL Her nearly 20 year background in food systems development nonprofits and the natural foods industry has included contributing to research at the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin managing new program development at a Community Action Program in Washington conducting Community Development Corporation research in Washington D C project managing national farmer training programs as a consultant and serving on the board for Slow Food Chicago Holly was an inaugural board member for the global action media organization World Pulse whose mission is to lift and unite women s voices to accelerate their impact for the world Holly also has a background in natural and specialty foods retail management sales and distribution along with direct work experience on organic family farms with family owned wineries and as an herbal apprentice She is an avid rooftop gardener soap maker and home cook a lifestyle inspired by her childhood garden family meals around the table and a passion for Good Food Kari Hamerschlag Kari Hamerschlag Senior Food and Agriculture Analyst Kari focuses on healthy local organic and sustainable food and agriculture policy She started her career twenty years ago as an organizer researcher and advocate for socially and environmentally sound development policy mostly focused in Latin America Prior to joining EWG she worked for nearly a decade with a number of non profits on fair trade sustainable food and ag policy issues Kari has a Masters from UC Berkeley in Latin American studies and City and Regional Planning She is an avid telemark skier and loves hiking with her dog Shoki in the East Bay Hills Chris Pollock Raymond Farmer Chris was born in Sparta WI and lived in Illinois as well as Wisconsin and Iowa growing up In her early 20 s she was welcomed into the Wolfgang Puck Catering family and worked for nearly 7 years in both Chicago and LA as an operations manager and also as an assistant to the chefs Eventually this led to returning home to Wisconsin to help Chef and Manage a start up local food restaurant in Viroqua WI Following the local food right back to her roots Chris met Miranda and they started a farm of their own They now raise heritage hogs chickens ducks and dairy goats in addition to the 4 of 5 free range children still at home Always searching for more adventure Chris Miranda have now also opened a major extension to their farm and community in the form of a Main Street shop called Tulips General Store in Viroqua WI In the

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  • In the Media – WFAN
    in 2015 annual report Iowa Department of Natural Resources Women food ag connecting with land and each other Radish Magazine Do You Strive for Healthy Soil AgriNews Author Will Speak About Living With Gratitude Quad City Times 2015 annual conference story Greenspace Women too can learn the secrets of the soil Rochester Post Bulletin Women are the key to bringing sustainability to the Corn Belt Takepart com Women key to conservation push Postcrescent com Women s workshop teaches value of soil health The Land Women landowners make changes after field days AgriNews Hometown Farmer Women Caring for the Land Workshop Siouxlandnews com Feminism Telesummit with Denise O Brien Women Food and Agriculture InstantTeleseminar com Women landowners learn management tips AgriNews The next generation Present farmers help beginners The Daily Nonpareil Iowa coalition formed to fight Bakken oil pipeline The Des Moines Register Programs for women in ag show how roles have evolved Iowa Farmer Today This Land Is Her Land Successful Farming Feminism on the Farm Organic Broadcaster Women Landowners Share Their Stories in New Videos Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Faces Visions of the Food Movement Denise O Brien Civil Eats Engaging More Women Landowners in Habitat Management Decisions WFAN grant announcement from TogetherGreen FARMING MISSION Iowan Teaches In Afghanistan WHO TV feature on Denise O Brien Are Women Greener Than Men Los Angeles Times op ed Women in both Iowa and Afghanistan play a major role in agriculture Daily Iowan Women Caring for The Land Education Program Launched for Women Landowners Kansas Rural Center blog post Farm owning women seek confidence in managing land use Fort Dodge IA Messenger Transforming the Rural Landscape Fort Dodge IA Messenger Women Landowners Share Experiences Learn from Others DTN Progressive Farmer Audio Conservation Chat with Dr Angie Carter Iowa Learning Farm podcast

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