||Women’s farm labor has always been an integral part of agriculture in the United States.
How that labor has been understood and documented has changed over time. Today, women
are on record as the primary decision-makers of more farms than ever before. This
shift in leadership may have implications for natural resource management, agriculture,
and food systems. Experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
recognize the vulnerabilities of globalized food systems in the face of climate change
and call for nations to transition to agroecology. The FAO has identified women as
important leaders of agroecology projects worldwide due to their roles in families
and communities. This research is an exploratory mixed-methods case study that collected
and analyzed data from a total of 88 participants in the United States using a web-based
survey and semi-structured interviews. The findings show that the women farmers who
participated in the study realize benefits around food security, nutrition, healthy
ecosystems, and social cohesion for their local communities, and their practices and
approaches align with the FAO’s ten elements of agroecology.