Women in Ranching: Empowering Women's Leadership

$6,922 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 23 days
Created April 29, 2019
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Women in Ranching  (WinR) is growing a movement to empower women's voices and women’s leadership in agriculture across the West.

WinR provides opportunities for women working on the land to gather, build confidence and leadership skills, and empower them to make big leaps in their personal and professional lives, in our rural communities, and broader social systems.

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with Circles in California, Montana and New Mexico. Over the next five years, our goal is to create Circles in each of the eleven western states.

To date, we have 300 women on our waiting list.

Our goal is to raise $10,000. We need your help to ensure every single woman who can benefit from this program is able to participate in this growing collaborative designed specifically around the needs, talents and skills of western rural women who steward our lands, grow our food, raise the next generation of agriculturalists and steward our natural resources.

Two generous foundations have offered to match our crowdfunder dollar-for-dollar, so if we reach our $10,000 goal, we will have $30,000 total to support this growing movement into 2020. Funds from this campaign will help cover expenses associated with each circle, including professional training with expert facilitators, and create a scholarship pool to ensure women from all walks of life are able to attend.

Our Story

Women in Ranching emerged in direct response to an expressed need: women on working lands throughout the West were seeking ways to authentically connect with one another, to promote leadership and inspire creative solutions for how best to support a growing resource of female leaders and land stewards.

The first Women in Ranching Circle included 26 women from all around western rural America and was generously hosted in 2016 by Paicines Ranch in California. Since then, WinR has held circles in three states and has become a proud program of the Western Landowners Alliance , a West-wide organization advancing policies and practices which sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.

Our Circles

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with Circles in California, Montana and New Mexico. Over the next five years, our goal is to create Circles in each of the eleven western states.  

As individual Circles of 20-25 women, we convene on host ranches (offered generously at no cost) to learn, grow, build community and find a renewed awareness of inner abundance and resiliency. Circles foster substantive conversation on self-awareness, leadership and regenerative agricultural practices, mixed with hands-on learning and skill development which is culturally and geographically relevant to the host location.

We believe these gatherings activate women to connect and share with each other, strengthening our collective voice for the betterment of our rural communities and agriculture nationwide.

Help us reach our $10,000 fundraising goal by donating what you can today. Please share this campaign with your friends and family.

In photos: above -- Co-founders Elaine Patarini and Wendy Millet.
Featured campaign photo: Beth Godbey (photo by Natalie Heller).
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This is it -- this is the HOMESTRETCH. We have 10 days left and we're just $3,078 shy of meeting our $10,000 fundraising goal for Women in Ranching by our May 31st deadline.

Every $1 we raise turns into $3, thanks to the match from two generous foundations. Help us get there!

Over the last 3 weeks, you've read the amazing stories of some of the women who participate in this program and steward our western lands, grow our food, and raise the next generation of agriculturalists.

Today, we are 80+ women strong and growing, with 300 women on our waiting list. Learn more about this program at the link below.

"You may think you don’t have time to spend a few days away from your work. You may be reluctant to sit in a circle with people you don’t know. You may be hesitant to travel to a new place. Women In Ranching will nudge you to do all these things, and you will be so grateful you did. If the opportunity comes your way, grab it and don’t look back!"

Julie Morris
Morris Grassfed, CA
Circle 2, CA

In the photo below, Julie Morris is to the left and Elaine Patarini, WinR co-founder (with Wendy Millet) is on the right. Thank you Julie, Elaine and Wendy!
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We're inching closer everyday to reaching our goal of raising $10,000 to help create more Women in Ranching circles across the West! Help us reach our goal today by donating; if we hit the $10,000 mark, your donations will be matched for a total of $30,000!

Meet Kathy Webster from Women in Ranching Circle 2; she is the Food Advocacy Manager for TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, CA focusing on regenerative ranching and grassfed beef. TomKat Ranch is one of the generous foundations offering to match our donations raised.

"Women in Ranching has helped me define my role in the ranching and farming world. I feel the role of mentorship is important for our younger women and next generation ranchers and farmers. I didn’t realize I had much to offer, or even considered myself as a mentor until Women in Ranching. Just being the person who can listen, support, connect, advise, and help them blossom into the empowered, patient, loving, and strong women that our animals and land need to forge through these unpredictable times."

Kathy Webster
TomKat Ranch, CA
CA Circle 2
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By now you know we have a pretty epic group of ladies working on lands across the West! Today we feature a Montana ranch gal who lights up the room with her singer/songwriter talents. Eva Reil is a ranch wife, momma, horsewoman and one heck of a musician! Here's what she had to say about her experience at a WinR Gathering.

"Women in Ranching. Women... joined in hearts and spirit, driven with grit and perseverance, sharing wisdom and knowledge, resigning doubts, fears, and insecurities, embracing aspirations, powered with love."

Eva Reil
Buffalo Creek Ranch, MT
Circle 3, MT

We've raised more than $6,600 thus far! Thanks so much for your continued support and interest in WinR. If you haven't already, please donate what you can and spread the word to your network!
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Women in Ranching was graced with Abbey Smith this year; her candor and poise were welcome additions to the TomKat Ranch Circle. In a rural CA location, she has found ways to draw on her strengths and interests to build a ranching operation which reflects her life passions. Her love of learning and enthusiasm for agriculture are infectious!

Abbey serves as the Savory Global Network Coordinator. She is also owner and operator of the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management with her husband, Spencer. The Jefferson Center is an organic cattle ranch and Savory Network Hub in Fort Bidwell, California.

She grew up on a commercial cattle ranch in Indian Valley, in Plumas County, California. Her loving, large, loud family has lived in the valley for seven generations. Family is a source of joy to her. Her goal in life is to build a beautiful world for her daughter, Maezy, which is why she and Spencer are working to advance Holistic Management.

Living in the rural community of Surprise Valley, California and being involved in a global organization is a dream come true. Abbey serves on the Surprise Valley Education Foundation board and is involved in local food groups. She enjoys doing yoga, running, throwing kettlebells around, gardening, riding horses and hiking with her daughter. Her happiest moments are on the ranch with her family.

The Jefferson Center for Holistic Management is an accredited hub with the Savory Global Network. The hub started in 2015 after extensive training with the Savory Institute in 2014, which was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. This is a bootstrapped hub, folks. We jumped in with both feet. Burned the boats. Cut the ropes. (Insert any other sailor metaphor indicating we fully committed to our dream.) It’s been hard. It’s been real. It’s the most important work we can imagine doing and we are grateful everyday that we get to do it (and that our daughter draws pictures of deep soil, dung beetles and of course, fairies).

Today we are a fully operational Savory Global Network hub serving Northern California (south to San Luis Obispo County and north to the Oregon border) and Nevada. Each Savory Hub must have a demonstration site managed by the hub leaders that is continually under Holistic Management. We like to call the “demonstration site” our “learning site” because we are learning everyday how to better behave toward the complex ecosystem we are all part of. Our learning site is the Smith Family’s certified organic ranch, Springs Ranch, near Fort Bidwell, California.

We travel. We travel through the great states of California and Nevada to teach Holistic Management across many diverse environments. We partner with ranches, farms and colleges and universities such as Richards Grassfed Beef, in Oregon House, Alexandre Family Farms on the northern coast of California, Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, Belcampo Farms in Gazelle, San Diego State University- Imperial Valley, Santa Rosa Junior College and Chico State University, to name a few of our wonderful partners and friends. The Savory Global Network allows us to be part of a grassroots community of entrepreneurs working to regenerate land and communities across the world. We have access to state of the art accredited Holistic Management training materials and resources provided by the Savory Institute. We are more powerful together than alone. We are proud to be part of the Savory Global Network, and serve the great people and land of California.
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$6,922 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 23 days
Created April 29, 2019
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Funds raised will benefit:
Western Landowners Alliance
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