California Women for Agriculture (CWA) was formed in 1975 and in 2015 the San Diego Chapter was established. CWA is an all-volunteer organization comprised of growers, consumers, and business supporting members, all with affiliations and a passion for agriculture. San Diego agriculture value is $1.7B, the 5th largest industry in the county. The mission of CWA is to promote a strong agriculture industry and to promote and develop the interest of women involved or interested in agriculture. San Diego farms, 20% of which are operated by women, have specialized in integrating agricultural activity and urban living, growing crops that optimize limited acres. San Diego far surpasses its fellow top producing counties in terms of average dollar value per acre with an agricultural production more valuable than other urbanized areas of California, such as San Francisco, Orange County, and Los Angeles combined. With a population of 3.3 million, San Diego is the only county with more than 1 million people that ranks in the top 12 ag counties in California. San Diego CWA believes that local agriculture promotes innovation, long-term economic viability, sustainability, and community building.
California Women for Agriculture (CWA) was formed in 1975, in the Coachella Valley. The name was chosen to develop a cross section of members. In fact, the nucleus of the first chapter was made up of consumers, as well as farmers. Today our membership is as diverse as the industry we represent; bankers, lawyers, accountants,marketing professionals, consumers AND farmers. With 20 chapters and 2,000 plus members across the state, CWA is the most active, all volunteer agricultural organization in the state and members are actively engaged in public relations, education and legislative advocacy on behalf of agriculture.
Our mission is to promote and develop the interest of California women involved or interested in agriculture and to promote a strong agriculture industry in California. CWA's efforts are guided by 5 principle objectives: to speak on behalf of agriculture in an intelligent, informative, direct and truthful manner; to keep CWA members informed on legislative activities pertaining to agriculture; to join forces when the need arises to deal with agricultural issues and challenges; to improve the public image of farmers and; to develop a rapport with consumers, educators, and governmental & business leaders in communities throughout the State.
These are some of the projects and activities you can be involved in at the State and local level: