Leslie Wiser, the child of Chinese-Taiwanese, German and Polish-Jewish immigrants who began farming in her early 40s, grows vegetables that reflect her heritage at Radical Family Farms. In California, women like Wiser are 37% of all producers and in the US, women-operated farms grew by 23% between 2012 and 2017. Female farmers are younger and more likely to live on the farm they operate, compared with male farmers. Women-led farms lay off fewer workers during financial crises, and are at the forefront of ensuring food security in their communities. More than a quarter of food produced in the US, including most fruits and vegetables, comes from California. Many women want Congress to provide more support for locally produced fruits and vegetables as opposed to heavily subsidized wheat, corn and soybean.

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