mission-statement

WomenShare was born out of the simple conviction that women have a unique role to play in healing our broken food system. This grassroots movement kicked off  in the spring of 2013 with a gathering of 140 women leaders on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This inaugural gathering connected women across differences in age, race, and sector who are all passionately making change in today’s good food movement.

For three days, participants engaged in a dynamic program designed to provoke new ways of thinking and surface the collective wisdom that will lead us to a healthy, sustainable and just food system for all. Threads of art, music, and poetry wove together moments of hard-hitting facts with reignited passions and creative solutions. Together, these women imagined the future and shared their collective vision for our food system in a set of provocative propositions to guide us toward the change we seek.

With a new network of change makers and an inspiring coalition of partners, the next steps for the WomenShare movement are ever-unfolding. In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy the harvest of the 2013 gathering. Check out the blog posts below and visit www.womenshare.org for photos, videos, provocative propositions, and more.

Recent WomenShare Posts

Sweetening Life’s Possibilities Through Culinary Education

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest contribution from The Floured Apron. The Floured Apron is a non-profit based in the North Shore area of Chicago whose mission is to empower women from underserved communities in Chicago with the training, knowledge, and mentoring to forge a new and more economically-secure career path. Our objectives are to: …

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In Quest of a World Food Plan: Part 2

This article was originally written by Theresa Marquez and Jerome McGeorge and published in 2010 on Organic Sense, Organic Valley’s first blog. We humans have been eating forever. For all of us food and nutrition begins in the womb. Our mother connects us with our first food memories. For a woman, what is more satisfying …

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Rootstock Radio: Severine von Tscharner Fleming & the Young Farmer Movement

Download   We recently had the great pleasure of speaking with farmer, activist and professional organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming. This woman is a force of nature for the Millennial generation. Not only is Severine a farmer herself, when Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez spoke to her in mid-2015, she was also on the boards of …

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You Know You’re a Mom When..

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked employees throughout the co-op to finish this sentence, “You know you’re a mom when..” With over 100 submissions, the responses are funny, touching and all too familiar. Happy Mother’s Day to Mother’s everywhere! We appreciate all that you do. You know you’re a mom when.. You function better …

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Meet Kathleen Merrigan Mother of Organic

Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “Meet Kathleen Merrigan Mother of Organic” was written by Theresa Marquez for the Spring 2008 edition of Rootstock. Some of us old-timers still remember the early days (late 80’s) of lobbying for a federally …

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