Updated: Feb 9, 2019
SOWFA fosters and supports women who work in farming and other industries in the fresh food supply chain
The Southern Organization of Women in Farming & Agriculture is a growing co-operative of women farmers and women who work in related industries in the fresh food supply chain. The co-op has 35 small farms in both semi-rural and rural communities that have grown into thriving community assets. Member farms coordinate their crop planning to create an offering of a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, honey and fresh protein.
Coordinated growing. Market growing. Revenue Growing.
According to the USDA, there are almost 1 Million women farming more than 300 million acres in the United States. That means 31% of American farmers are women!
We formed SOWFA to bring even more women into the farming and agriculture industries in North Carolina. Member farms enjoy multiple benefits, including seed and seedling exchanges, monthly resource meetings, farm equipment, industry experts, and direct access to revenue in the food supply chain. The produce grown or raised by our member farms is distributed to non-profit nutrition and food as medicine programs in Vance, Granville, Warren, Franklin and Halifax Counties in North Carolina, and also sold to area restaurants who are committed to serving fresh, locally-grown produce to their customers.
Member farms that have achieved USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification have the added ability to sell their produce to our partner distributors who service regulated institutions like schools, hospitals and nursing homes.
To join SOWFA, click here