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Women for the Land

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

The future of agriculture is increasingly female.

43 percent of U.S. farmland —nearly 388 million acres— is now farmed or co- farmed by women. 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 are increasingly in playing primary decision-making roles on farms and many are inclined towards conservation, they remain underrepresented in their utilization of USDA and state-based conservation programs. These programs can support farm viability and conservation practice success. 

AFT firmly believes that women are ideal partners in farmland protection and conservation practices and that we need to do more to reach them. Our Women for the Land Initiative helps play a role in closing these gaps.

Learn how to support our initiative.

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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!


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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.