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WAgN, an educational network connecting underserved farmers with resources to meet their educational needs, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The Women’s Agricultural Network of Maine (WAgN) enables women and other underserved people to successfully own, operate and support agriculture-related enterprises.

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Vivianne HolmesAs a result of her innovative thinking and can-do spirit, Vivianne Holmes, Ph.D., has helped birth the first organization in Maine devoted to helping women farmers. Known as WAgN, for Women in Agriculture Network, the program was established in 1997 through the support of Maine Cooperative Extension and now supports nearly 1000 women farmers in Maine and northern New England.

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Women are more prominent than ever before in the agricultural community. Single women, in particular, are beginning to enter non-traditional work force areas such as farming. Women are now manag­ing their own farms, increasing their responsibility on the family farm and are being recognized for the work they have been doing for years.

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