A great article was posted recently about former Iowa Farmers Union staff Leigh Adcock on FoodTank.
Since 2008, Leigh Adcock has been the Executive Director of theWomen, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), a woman-based community practicing and spreading awareness of sustainable agriculture. WFAN seeks to promote networking, knowledge-sharing, leadership development, and ultimately, policy change by connecting women farmers, landowners, and advocates. Adcock’s time as Executive Director has led to substantial increases in WFAN membership, the growth of the network to a national level, and the creation of a series of teaching and leadership-based programs designed to strengthen WFAN’s community of women farmers.
According to Adcock, she learned “careful farming from [her father] and a love of the outdoors.” After studying communications, journalism, and public policy, Adcock went on to work in media and public relations, as well as contribute to a number of environmental justice and sustainable agriculture organizations. Adcock came to WFAN from the Iowa Farmers’ Union, bringing with her considerable experience in the food movement and dedication to offering equal opportunities to women farmers nationwide.