Women Grow Ohio

About Women Grow Ohio

Women Grow Ohio (WGO) are a group of livestock farmers, growers, homesteaders and urban backyard garden producers who have a desire to connect and unite Ohio women in all forms of agriculture. WGO was founded by three women food producers (two rural and one urban) in 2015. Their goal is to create opportunities for women to network and grow as business professionals and food producers.

The project grew out of a desire for tours spotlighting women farmers. At a winter solstice party, three women: a farmer, homesteader and an urban gardener set a plan to create this tour. The dream has evolved far beyond their successful statewide farm tours. With a clear mission to promote women farmers and provide networking opportunities, WGO has also added peer-to-peer educational workshops and potluck gatherings to their list.

In 2016, WGO joined forces with Rural Action based on their shared mission of promoting and supporting local farmers and food producers.

To keep up to date on upcoming events make sure to follow the WGO Facebook page and sign up for the monthly WGO newsletter.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Tom Redfern at tomr@ruralaction.org or call 740-677-4047 or Annie Warmke at annie@bluerockstation.com.

Online Podcast Series

With funding from the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, in 2018 Rural Action is launching a series of Women Grow Ohio online learning tools, including webinars, online booklets, and podcasts all by and for women farmers throughout Appalachian Ohio. Our partners at Blue Rock Station, Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch, and the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks are all making this educational series possible. Check out our current podcasts with the awesome women of Appalachia below! Have an idea for a new podcast or toolkit to help your farm or small business? Send us an email or give us a call to tell us more!

Webinar Series for Specialty Dairy Producers

Starting in July 2018, Rural Action’s Women Grow Ohio (WGO) project launched a series of weekly specialty dairy webinars aimed at providing technical assistance – led by peer educators – to women farmers across Ohio working in the specialty dairy sector. These free webinars (held every Monday) led by our partners at the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet) make learning more accessible to women farmers by reducing transportation and travel logistics and taking the training to producers as they are available. Can’t attend a webinar live? All webinars are recorded and available on this page and YouTube for viewing at times that are convenient for farmers. Visit www.acenetworks.org/category/events/ for a full list of the Specialty Dairy webinars and registration.