Women in Agriculture

2019 Women Farm to Food Business Competition

The 2019 NASDA Foundation Women’s Farm to Food Competition is dedicated to fostering growth among women entrepreneurs with food and beverage businesses in Oregon and Washington State. The Farm to Food Competition was developed through a partnership of the NASDA Foundation, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Washington State Department of Agriculture. Women entrepreneurs from Oregon and Washington State will compete for $40,000 in startup funds to help them grow their food and beverage businesses.

Click here for a link to the application.

Requirements

  • 18 years or older
  • Woman entrepreneur or farmer
  • Live or work in Oregon or Washington State
  • Developing a food or beverage product

Prizes

  • Grand prize winner (judges’ pick): $20,000
  • People’s choice (audience votes): $10,000
  • Runner-up 1: $5,000
  • Runner-up 2: $5,000

Timeline

  • November 1st, 2018 - Application format available on NASDA Foundation website
  • January 1st, 2019 - Online application opens
  • January 31st, 2019 - Online Application closes
  • February 1st-15th, 2019 - Applications scored and top 15 participants are identified
  • February 26-27, 2019 - Top 4 applicants present business pitch at NASDA Winter Policy Conference in Arlington, Virginia (travel will be provided by the NASDA Foundation)

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.)

Click here to complete the survey!

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.

Here is what we found: gap analysis report.