Over the past few decades, women have entered agriculture in unprecedented numbers. Increasingly, women own farmland and run farms, making them involved in all aspects of agriculture.
Many female farmers and landowners have a strong conservation and stewardship ethic. They are deeply committed to healthy farmland, farm families and farm communities. However, women face gender-related barriers to managing their land for long-term sustainability. While women increasingly are the primary decision makers on farms, data shows they are underrepresented in conservation programs.
Derived from a national initiative, AFT has launched the Women for the Land initiative in California to address the obstacles that women landowners face in accessing conservation programs and resources. Women for the Land combines research, on-the-ground projects and policy efforts to transform the agricultural landscape and develop a new voice for conservation. Partnering with the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, AFT has developed three core program components: