Completed Project Report


Women, Farms & Food

  • Award Amount: $47,000
  • Regional Center: Western Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2013 Competitive Grant Program
  • Project Director: Margaret Viebrock
  • Email: viebrock@wsu.edu
  • Organization: Washington State University Extension

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Project Overview

Women, Farms & Food continues as a successful innovative project to address the risk management needs of women producers. Webinar technology, social media and follow-up skill-based workshops were used. Twenty-nine locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho simultaneously hosted 590 women producers for an all-day event. Topics included using a decision making model to evaluation a capital purchase, financial management strategies, managing change and work-life balance. Networking offered women an opportunity to share concerns, seek advice and develop a support network.  Skill-related regional workshops on financial management, succession planning, time management, farm economics, building a local food system and eXtension webinars followed during the year with 220 producers. Eight months later, producers reported developing farm visions to guide decisions making, improved business planning for capital improvements by using a SWOT analysis, improved work-life balance, checking credit reports and establishing working capital to grow or sustain their business.  These women are in a better position to know when to implement risk management tools.  Collaborators included government agencies,
financial and lending businesses, women producers and Extension employees. Contact: 810

Number of Participants: 810

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