Transformational Learning, Women Farmers, and Regenerative Agriculture
Agriculture is a global contributor to biodiversity loss and climate change but also provides a massive opportunity to protect native habitats and species and to sequester greenhouse gases. Women comprise over 30 percent of farmers practicing agriculture in the United States and are more likely to practice conservation than their male counterparts. Yet little is known about their stories. Clare's project aims to identify, capture, and share the stories of 12 to 20 women farmers in the Upper Midwest whose practices provide role models of sound agroecology, civic engagement, and economic viability: regenerative agriculture. The stories will form the basis of a traveling arts exhibit, website, public talks, new curriculum for conservation-based agriculture, and scholarly papers. In the short and medium terms, this project will have the following outcomes: increased awareness in the Midwest and nationally of stories of women farmers who have successful businesses, exemplary ecological practices, and vital civic roles in their communities; increased understanding among farmers and educators of skills and attitudes involved in persisting successfully in conservation-based agriculture; increased knowledge among farmers of how to manage farms holistically as biocultural systems; and increased connections among women farmers practicing exemplary agriculture.