Iowa

The following listings are for people and organizations that are either featured in “Ground Operations” or that we have come into contact with as the film developed.  We hope they will help your journey or that of someone you know.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network
www.wfan.org
www.wfan.org/opportunities-for-veteran-farmers
Chelsey Teachout
chelsey@wfan.org
(712)215-1697

WFAN is a community of women involved in sustainable agriculture. WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems. Their mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

WFAN created the the Iowa Female Farmer Veteran Network project to serve Iowa women veterans interested in farming careers. In 2014 they will build a network of aspiring and beginning women farmer veterans and service providers, hold two career development workshops, and match women veterans with women farmer mentors. Women are the fastest growing demographic of both beginning farmers and military veterans. Many women from both urban and rural backgrounds are interested in farming. Iowa is home to 17,835 women vets. The rate of unemployment for women vets is higher than that of men.