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Women Farm is making the possible more inevitable, that Ohio women in alternative agriculture think, do, learn, and work together.

Ohio Women Farmers

Ohio has 75,462 farms and four out of every ten Ohio farms have at least one woman operator. Women are operating, solely or in partnership, more than 30,000 Ohio farms. Almost all Ohio farms are one- or two-operator farms, slightly more than 5,600 farms are operated by 3 or more people. Women are the principal operators of 12 percent of Ohio farms – 8,702 women.

There are 115,743 individuals operating Ohio farms and almost 30 percent of Ohio farm operators are women – 32,237 women. During the 5-year period of 2007 and 2012, Ohio lost almost 400 farms while gaining slightly more than 4,000 farmland acres. Ohio also gained 1,571 farm operators. More than six of every ten new farm operators in Ohio are women – 960 women.

Women Farm studies and reports facts about Ohio women farmers, often with a geographic focus.

  • Top 10 Counties for Number of Ohio Farms with Women Principal Operators (in descending order): Licking, Muskingum, Clermont, Warren, Guernsey, Ashtabula, Fairfield, Highland, Medina, and Adams.
  • Top 10 Counties for Number of Women Operators on Ohio Farms (in descending order): Wayne, Holmes, Licking, Knox, Guernsey, Adams, Highland, Muskingum, Brown, and Ashtabula. Within each of the 88 Ohio counties, women operators on farms range from 87 to 810, with a county median of 355 women operators. map
  • Ranking of Ohio Regions by Number of Women Farm Operators (in descending order): East Central, Southern, Southwest Central, North Central, Central, Southeast, Northeast Central, West Central, Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Northern.

Alternative Agriculture

Women Farm defines alternative agriculture as crops that command higher prices or that meet demands of niche markets and farming practices that increase positive, decrease negative environmental impact or that lessen or avoid the use of synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and antibiotics.

The United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library sponsors the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) which specializes in identifying resources about sustainable food systems and practices in support of USDA's effort to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and farmers worldwide.

Women Farm invites Ohio women to benefit from AFSIC resources.