OSU Women Farmer Networks
The OSU Small Farms Programs hosts four Women Farmer Networks throughout the state.
The League of Women Farmers, Southern Oregon
The League of Women Farmers provides women farmers with opportunities for business networking, expanding knowledge, and socializing in a supportive, open environment. The League of Women Farmers was the first of OSU’s Women Farmer Networks. It began in October of 2007 and since then they have hosted welding classes, pruning workshops, and seed exchanges- always accompanied by a delicous potluck.
Central Oregon Women’s Farm Network
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Willamette Women’s Farm Network (WWFN), Mid to Southern Willamette Valley
The WWFN started in November 2008. Members keep in touch through an e-mail list-serv and gather together for hands-on learning, farm walks, knowledge sharing, and socializing. The network describes itself as “a community of women from central and southern Willamette Valley of Oregon, that are actively engaged in farm and ranch activities. We join together to further our knowledge of farm and ranch related issues both in the market place and in agricultural practices. We are working together to enhance our economic self-sufficiency through shared experience, resources, and visions of how our farm work will impact ourselves and our community. We will provide each member a safe, supportive environment and opportunity to learn safety and lawful practices regarding farming/ranching that promotes responsibility, profitability and conservation of the land.”
Women in Agriculture (Waggies) North Willamette Valley/Portland Metro Area
Waggies provides women farmers in the north Willamette Valley of Oregon with opportunities for creating community by expanding knowledge, business networking and socializing in a supportive, open environment. Waggies meets monthly for farm tours and potlucks offered at member farms in the north Willamette region. Additional education, skill building, and networking events and support are offered. We communicate through facebook and an email listserv. Waggies started in 2011 and was known as the North Willamette Women Farmer Network until 2013.
For more information, contact the coordinator, Heidi Noordijk
Washington State University Women in Agriculture Program works to empower women in agriculture to achieve goals and manage risk through education, networking and technology. The program organizes a one-day “conference” held simultaneously at over 30 locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The conference focuses on meeting the unique challenges women encounter growing viable businesses in farming and ranching.