Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS)
The Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) Women-In-Ag (WIA) Network offers opportunities for mentorship, education, and peer-to-peer support. It also operates a three-acre demonstration farm for women beginning farmers which is home to one incubator farmer. The Women-in-Ag Network emerged after a pilot project in 2014 in partnership with Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems. Network activities are based in Genesee County, with a Facebook page to support a wide geographic reach.
MIFFS is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to connect beginning and historically underserved farmers to each other and resource opportunities; ensuring social justice, environmental stewardship, and profitability.
Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational programs designed to strengthen women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Currently, classes are being taught in 33 states. Annie’s Projects foster problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills in farm women. Managing for Today and Tomorrow, a second level Annie’s Project course, teaches business, estate, retirement and succession planning.