Women's Farm to Food Business Competition
The 2019 NASDA Foundation Women’s Farm to Food Competition is dedicated to fostering growth among women producers (i.e., farmers, fishers, ranchers) and women entrepreneurs with food and beverage businesses in Oregon and Washington.
Congratulations to our 2019 Women's Competition Winners!
- Grand Prize winner of $20,000: Sage Dilts, Barn Owl Bakery (Lopez Island, WA)
- People's Choice winner of $10,000: La Vang, La Vang Foods LLC (Hillsboro, OR)
- Runner Up winner of $5,000: Spring Alaska Olson, Sakari Botanicals (Bend, OR)
- Runner Up winner of $5,000: Lori Babcock, Tieton Farm & Creamery LLC (Tieton, WA)
- Micha Ide, Bright Ide Acres (Washington)
- Patricia Fox, 1859 Cider Company (Oregon)
- M. Lee Hedgmon, The Barreled Bee (Oregon)
- Lola Milholland, Umi Organic LLC (Oregon)
The Finals Round of the women's competition took place at the 2019 NASDA Winter Policy Conference with an audience of agriculture commissioners and their staff from across the country.
Many thanks to our expert judging panel:
- Elena Rosenblum, Union Kitchen
- Sarah Brown Dirkes, American Farm Bureau Federation
- Brittany Jablonsky, Farm Credit Council
See more photos of the 2019 Women's Farm to Competition in the Online Gallery.
Women in Agriculture Survey
The NASDA Foundation is conduction needs assessment with women farmers in Oregon and Washington State to determine what types of food and beverage products they are developing, their current markers, and their educational preference (i.e., online versus in-person, maximum miles to drive for training.)
Women in Agriculture survey report coming soon!
Gap Analysis Report
The NASDA Foundation, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Agriculture and Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center are working to develop a training program to help women farmers scale up their food businesses. As an initial step, we reviewed existing training programs serving food entrepreneurs in the region to ensure we didn’t duplicate training.