Learning Circles Help Women Landowners with Conservation

American Farmland Trust (AFT) has published a Women for the Land program report titled Testing the Women Landowner Conservation Learning Circle Model. The report supports earlier research showing that women landowners are important in the broader implementation of conservation practices on farms and shows that women-only learning circles work as a means for expanding conservation actions. AFT’s Women for the Land initiative includes women-only learning circles designed to break down gender gaps and expand women landowners’ knowledge and confidence. Participating women reported taking action as a result of attending the learning circles, including talking to family members about conservation, speaking with their renter specifically about conservation, or implementing conservation measures on their land.