With over 7 million acres in active agricultural production, New York’s economy depends on farms. Women own or co-own 37% of New York’s farmland and are quickly becoming the primary decision-makers on farm viability, transition, and establishment. Our New York Women for the Land program was established in 2016 in the Genesee River Valley, providing targeted education through the Learning Circle model. With additional program funding acquired in 2020 and 2023, we are building a strong community of women involved in every stage of agriculture, representing land from across the state. Our program provides education to promote sound farming practices while creating spaces for women to connect with one another about farmland transition, business planning, and service provider resources. In addition to outreach, our initiative addresses gender-related barriers in collaboration with partners across New York through direct technical assistance, research, and policy advocacy. We’re helping women find their power, access the resources they need, and tap into networks to support their success.
There are 14,000 farms in New York currently owned or co-owned by a woman, representing 37% of the total farmland of New York (roughly 2.4 million acres)
Women constitute over 60% of new/beginning farmers in New York
Since 2020, 415 women from New York have attended AFT WFL events