Celebrate Women in Agriculture!

Liza Sutton, Community Gardens Director, Christina Dedora, farmer, and Erika Rumbley, Community Gardens Network Coordinator, building a new raised bed at the Glenham Community Garden last fall.

Today was the Women in Agriculture conference at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay campus. It’s a fitting time to hold the event, as International Women’s Day was earlier this month. The Community Land Trust’s own former Director of Operations and current Urban Edge farmer, Christina Dedora, helped to run a breakout session on tips for beginning farmers at the conference; we’re so proud that she was there to share her knowledge and experience with others. As this article from the Environmental Working Group shows, women have been leading and continue to lead the way in the field of sustainable/organic agriculture as independent farmers, community organizers, policy experts, and the heads of both regional and national organizations, including our own executive director Katherine Brown. In our upcoming spring newsletter, you can read about Chia Xiong, a long-time community gardener-turned-farmer who sells her locally grown produce through our marketing collaborative. Kudos to all of these strong and successful women role models.

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