American Farmland Trust (AFT) is hosting virtual learning circles to engage women who farm and manage land in the San Joaquin Valley. The discussions will focus on resources for navigating the impacts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Less than a quarter of California’s farmers are female, according to USDA data. Just 2% are women of color. For about 1.5 million acres of ag land in three of the valley’s counties, nearly 7,000 women play a decision-making role as either a producer or the principal producer.

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“Our team aims to provide a nonjudgmental setting that breaks down barriers and allows women in agriculture to expand their skills, develop new relationships and connect with valuable information,” said AFT’s Caitlin Joseph.

Register online for the events, which will be held on Sept. 17 and 24.