Building sustainability for new and beginning women farmers through peer learning, farminars, mentoring, and networking

Project: Research project

Project Details


NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: The face of farming in American agriculture is changing, most notably through the steady increase of women farm operators. Women farmers comprise a diverse and often overlooked component of food and agricultural systems, and represent a significant proportion of new and beginning farmers. In Pennsylvania, the number of women principal operators increased significantly by 71% -- between 1997 and 2007. In 2007, women comprised nearly 14% of all principal operators. When multiple operators on farms were counted, there were 26,405 women farm operators in Pennsylvania, accounting for nearly one-third of all farm operators in the commonwealth (2007 Census of Agriculture). We propose to use a farmer-to-farmer network model that operates at multiple levels including the local, Pennsylvania regional, state, northeast and mid-Atlantic regions, and online to develop educational events and materials, networks, mentoring capacity, and partnerships. We will provide on-farm education, create farminars and on-line education, build mentoring networks, and build relationships with other partners.

Effective start/end date9/1/128/31/15


  • U.S. Department of Agriculture: $499,586.00


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