HMI and our collaborators are now accepting applications for our Beginning Women Farmer programs in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, and Texas.
HMI’s Holistic Management® whole farm/ranch planning curriculum focuses on business planning skills, time management, soil fertility management, and profitable sustainable livestock and crop farming practices.
Join the Program
If you are a beginning (less than ten years experience) women farmer or rancher in Texas or the Northeast and you are interested in joining the program, please contact the individuals below. While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. The program is free in Texas. Program applications are currently being accepted, so contact these state coordinators now!
- New York—Lauren Lines, Central NY RC&D, email@example.com (deadline October 15, 2012)
- Connecticut—Deb Legge, CT NOFA, firstname.lastname@example.org (deadline September 15, 2012)
- New Hampshire—Kate Kerman, Small & Beginning Farmers of NH, email@example.com (deadline November 15, 2012)
- Vermont—Jessie Schmidt, New Farmer Project UVM, Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org (deadline November 1, 2012)
- Massachusetts—Devon Whitney-Deal, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), email@example.com (deadline October 1, 2012)
- Maine—Gail Chase, Women’s Agriculture Network (WAgN) ME, firstname.lastname@example.org (deadline October 1, 2012)
- Texas—Peggy Cole, Holistic Management International, email@example.com (deadline is July 31, 2012)
More Information About the Program and our Women Farmers
Beginning Women Farmer Conference: Exploring Whole Farm Planning – Conference Proceedings. This successful two-day conference was attended by farmers interested in improving quality of life, profitability, and land health. We’ve collected all of the presentations, videos and handouts and put them in one convenient location.
Here’s a fact sheet documenting the outcomes of our previous USDA NIFA funded grant in the Northeast.
Many of the women whose lives we’ve changed have are making a difference and people are taking notice. Check out these women featured in the press…
Making a Difference in the Lives of Women Farmers & Ranchers
HMI serves a valuable role in training more farmers and ranchers in ways that not only create healthy land – but also improve the profitability and quality of life of the people who live on that land. We’re proud to help these women realize their dreams of becoming self-sufficient farmers and ranchers in sustainable agriculture.
HMI’s work will also helps address the shortage of farmers and ranchers in the United States. You can read more about that in a recent blog post from HMI’s CEO Peter Holter.