Women4theLand

About Us


Our Philosophy

Women4theLand uses the Learning Circle model. Learning circles provide information in a comfortable informal setting where the group learns from professional conservationists as well as from each other.


The meetings are facilitated in a way that builds knowledge and confidence. Participating women are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland, and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than simple listen to a presentation.


Our participants include beginning or established farmers, experienced landowners with several tenant farmers or new to management. They represent all types of farming from traditional crops to organic to livestock to truck crops to forestland. Everyone is welcome.


Regardless of their background, these women all share a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability and learning circles help them translate their values into action.

Our History

2013


Two pilot Women’s Learning Circles held in Indiana in Kokomo and Danville.

2014

Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust funds a grant to the American Farmland Trust to implement Women’s Learning Circles in Indiana. The first Indiana conservation partner and training session is held in Indianapolis by American Farmland Trust and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

2015

The Indiana Conservation Partnership agrees to create a formal learning circles program. Called Women4theLand, the initiative is governed by a state steering committee and engages a coordinator.

2016


American Farmland Trust supports the coordinator and a three year business plan to get the initiative started.

2017

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service enters into a five-year partnership agreement with the Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation and Development Council to support the Women4theLand Initiative. The Nature Conservancy and Marion County Farm Bureau becoming funding partners.

2018

Women4theLand supports 24 learning circles in Indiana nearly double the number of circles in 2017. Utah State University publishes survey findings in “Testing the Women Landowner Conservation Learning Circle Model: Results from Illinois and Indiana.”

2019

Women4theLand is presented at several national conferences as a model of cooperation to reach women landowners and operators. By the end of 2019, over 1,500 women have participated in 87 learning circles throughout Indiana.

2020


A new three year business plan is created and approved.

Our Motto:

“Everyone has something to learn and everyone has something to share.”

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