Key Rural Women's Projects:
In Her Boots: Sustainable Farming for Women, By Women
Women Caring for the Land
Wisconsin Women, Food & Agriculture Network
Women Farmers in the News
Plate to Politics
Resources & Links
From eggplants to emus, sheep to solar energy, bed & breakfasts to beef – seven Wisconsin farms offer a unique diversity of farm experiences in one afternoon. Come celebrate summer bounty by visiting small family farms led by Wisconsin women committed to local agriculture and a healthy, fresh future for our children and communities.
It’s FREE and open to the public. No registration is needed. Pack your boots and bring a cooler! There will be opportunities to purchase farm fresh produce and meats.
Support for the Soil Sisters tour is made possible by North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and Green County UW Extension.
History of Rural Women's Project
The number of women farmers increased nearly 30% nationally according to the latest USDA agriculture census, making this group one of the fastest growing segments of new farmers with the majority launching organic and sustainable operations for raising fresh, healthy food for local communities. More than 40% of these women are under age 55, a movement that can start to reverse the aging trend of the American farmer. According to the Center for Women's Business Research, for the past two decades and continuing during the current recession, businesses owned by women continue to grow at two times the rate of all companies.
Despite these trends, few programs and resources exist to target and address the specific needs of women farmers and food-based entrepreneurs, particularly those supporting the organic and sustainable agriculture movement. The Rural Women's Project (RWP), a program of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), was launched in 2008 specifically to provide training, outreach and a voice for women in organic and sustainable agriculture, both in the Midwest and nationally.
Rural Women's Project Director, Lisa Kivirist
A national leader in championing the women in sustainable agriculture movement, Lisa Kivirist serves as a Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Kivirist is co-author, with her husband, John Ivanko, of the award-winning book ECOpreneuring, Rural Renaissance, and the new cookbook, Farmstead Chef. She and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast outside Monroe, Wisconsin, completely powered by renewable energy and recognized as one of the “Top Ten Eco Destinations in North America.” Kivirist writes for publications such as Hobby Farm Home, Edible Madison and Urban Farm, showcasing the stories of women farmers.
If you have any questions related to the Rural Women's Project, please contact Lisa Kivirist.
The Rural Women's Project is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Brico Fund.Return to TOP