Conservation Learning Circles: A New Approach
Research shows that many women farmers and landowners have a strong conservation and stewardship ethic. An Iowa study, for instance, found that women landowners tend to be deeply committed to healthy farmland, farm families and farm communities.
If this trend holds for women landowners in general, it makes them ideal conservation partners. But first we must help address any obstacles they face in accessing existing conservation programs and resources.
To address this major shift in land ownership, American Farmland Trust is engaging women landowners through "conservation learning circles"—a well-tested approach that brings local groups of women landowners together for discussions facilitated by female conservation professionals.
The women-only circles help women landowners become more knowledgeable and confident about farm conservation issues, practices and available resources. More than 50 percent of the women who attend these sessions take a conservation action within six months.