Learning Circles for Women in Agriculture - American Farmland Trust

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Learning Circles for Women in Agriculture

Our Women for the Land Learning Circles have supported more than 2,080 women agricultural producers and landowners in over 16 states with access to resources, information, and peer networks to support them in taking action toward farm viability and improved conservation on their land.

Developed, in part, out of a partnership with the Women in Food and Agriculture Network in Iowa, AFT’s Women for the Land Learning Circles combine research-based, participatory methods to create peer-to-peer spaces for women in agriculture to share their expertise and experiences with each other, while connecting with resources that can assist them in navigating challenges. Lengthy introductions and non-hierarchical structures allow women to develop relationships and skills that are key to supporting their success.

Women for the Land Testimonials

Our Impact


AFT has hosted over 187 events for women in agriculture to date


We have engaged over 2,754 women across 22 states, and growing


93 percent of 2020 participants indicated that they were “very likely” or “extremely likely” to take an action such as sign up for a USDA Conservation Program or contact a service provider met at the Learning Circle following the Learning Circle they attended

Top Tips for Hosting an In-Person Learning Circle

Our Women For the Land program also conducts partners trainings on how best to implement Learning Circles. Through our Landowners and Farmers Partnering for Clean Water in the Great Lakes project we developed a best practices guide for hosting a Learning Circle.

View Guide Here

Guide on Virtual Engagement with Women in Agriculture

In 2020, our Women for the Land team around the U.S. pivoted our in-person programming to online, virtual Learning Circles. Through partnership with local service providers and our partner organizations around the country, we put together a guide on some best practices and lessons learned from our recent efforts to provide quality educational and networking opportunities for women in agriculture.

View Guide Here

At Learning Circles, women gather to hear from each other and agricultural resource providers from their local communities regarding practices and programs that support soil health, water quality, climate resilience, farm viability, and/or legacy planning for the land under their care. Follow-up research with past participants demonstrates the effectiveness of these gatherings at driving action on the landscape and supporting women in gaining confidence as stewards of precious agricultural land.

Learning circles are adapted to fit the unique needs, audiences, and partnerships on the ground across the country. Formats for learning circles range from half-day to three full days, and due to the necessity of social distancing brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, online virtual gatherings are also being developed and implemented.

To sign up to hear more information about programming in your region, please express your interest here.


Need to contact a WFL Program Coordinator?

Many of our staff have multiple projects and programs. Click below on the staff individual closest to your region, otherwise contact our national WFL team, Gabrielle Roesch-McNally OR Caitlin Joseph.