Opportunities for Women Farmers

Introducing new opportunities for aspiring, beginning, and established women farmers!

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to help aspiring and beginning women farmers turn their farming dreams into reality through training and mentorships with established women farmers.

Getting started with a garden, farm, or ranch? See our line-up of workshops in Nebraska.

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WFAN, a community of women in sustainable agriculture, is leading a 3-year project (2013-2016) to support beginning and aspiring women farmers in Iowa and Nebraska. Through the project, aspiring and beginning women farmers will receive business planning assistance, networking opportunities with other beginners, and mentorships with established women farmers in the region. Experienced mentor farmers will receive training in risk management and best practices in educating mentees. CFRA is working with WFAN to run these programs in Nebraska.


Aspiring Farmer Opportunities

Are you a woman exploring the idea of a farm or rural business as a career, but not yet farming? Check out our free Farm Dreams workshop. Farm Dreams is a half-day course that can help you get started in farming.

At the workshop, you will:

  • Design a vision for your small farm business
  • Inventory your resources
  • Evaluate your next steps
  • Learn from an experienced woman farmer on-site

To find out about Nebraska Workshops, contact Virginia Meyer at CFRA. Iowa Workshops are coordinated through WFAN - see information here.


Beginning Farmer Opportunities

Are you a woman who has been farming in Iowa or Nebraska for 10 years or less? Our intensive business planning course is available free of charge. Learn from experts at a series of workshops, and work on a business plan to help your farm business grow and succeed.

To find out about Nebraska workshop opportunities, contact Virginia Meyer at CFRA. Iowa workshops are coordinated through WFAN - see information here.


Mentorship Opportunities

Aspiring Women Farmers can participate in on-farm mentorships, working closely with successful women farmers to learn the ropes. More information is available here.

You can fill out an application for an on-farm mentorship here.

Beginning Women Farmers can learn from off-farm mentorships while they work at their own farms. More information is available here.

You can fill out an application for an off-farm mentorship here.

We need Experienced Women Farmers to serve as on and off farm mentors for our aspiring and beginning women farmers. More information is available here.

For additional information about all available mentorship opportunities, contact Virginia Meyer, virginiam@cfra.org, 402.992.5134. More information on Iowa's mentorship activities is available via WFAN.


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Funded by a 2012 USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant