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 and ranchers. Today CWA membership is as diverse as the industry it represents; bankers, lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, consumers, AND farmers and ranchers. With 20 chapters and 1,600-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.
After forming in April of 1976, the Imperial Valley CWA disbanded after 25 years of existence.
Our chapter's goals for the first year after relaunching are to get established, work on donors, schedule fundraisers and work on youth education focusing on agriculture. We are ready to support our local farmers 100%.
CWA members believe California agriculture needs to be built, maintained, and protected for our future generations by educating consumers, policy makers and our membership. We provide the information, skills and network so our volunteers can make a difference at the local, state and federal levels. Our founding principle is to ensure and maintain a "seat at the table" for all of California's farmers and ranchers. CWA also has a strong commitment to education and agricultural awareness.