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Women for the Land

Join a 2020 Learning Circle!

Find a 2020 Learning Circle in your area

American Farmland Trust is excited to announce a series of 2020 Women for the Land Learning Circles across the nation! Please check out our Events Page for details on when and where Learning Circles are happening around the country. You can express your interest or register there!


Empowering women farmers and landowners to protect their land and embrace conservation

News and Upcoming Events

Check here for updates on WFL, new research, and to join us for an upcoming Women for the Land learning circle!

Statistics don’t lie. The future of agriculture is increasingly female.

There are now nearly one million women farm operators and over half-a-million additional women landowners who lease their land to farmers. Many of these women have a strong conservation ethic and are deeply committed to healthy farmland, farm families, and farm communities.

But women face gender-related barriers to managing their land for long-term sustainability. And while women increasingly are the primary decision-makers on farms and inclined towards conservation, they are underrepresented in USDA conservation programs.

AFT firmly believes that women are ideal partners in farmland protection and conservation practices and that we need to do more to reach them.




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Our Strategy

To help address these issues, AFT launched the Women for the Land initiative. This national initiative combines three complementary strategies: (1) research into the barriers women landowners face, (2) learning circles to engage women landowners in conservation, and (3) technical assistance and policy reforms to better serve women landowners.

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Women for the Land Testimonials

Gabrielle leads AFT’s national initiative to ensure women landowners have access to resources, technical advice, and policy facilitators to ensure they lead in conservation and building resilient agrifood systems.