Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU) is pleased to announce that Lauren Langworthy has joined the team as Director of Special Projects. In this role, Langworthy will be pursuing projects of highest priority to WFU members.
Langworthy brings a passion for family farms to the table. She runs a 153-acre grass-based farm in Wheeler with her husband Caleb. It features a rotationally-grazed 150-ewe flock of sheep and small beef herd. Langworthy worked for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) since 2015, most recently serving as Executive Director. She had served on the WFU Board of Directors since 2016.
“Lauren brings to the staff a strong sense of grassroots capacity in Wisconsin, as well as years of work experience in programming and grant management,” said WFU Executive Director Julie Keown-Bomar. “Her vast array of connections and her personal motivation to bring partners together will help build and strengthen our network at WFU.”
When she isn’t in the office or in the fields, Lauren is a nature enthusiast, tinkerer, and an active member of WFU. She participated in the 2017-2018 Farmers Union Enterprises Leadership Program and has attended the National Farmers Union fly-in and convention in recent years.
“As a member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, I have deeply appreciated the organization’s dedication to true democratic processes,” Langworthy said. “In this new role, I am excited to support our members as they continue the organization’s long history of farmers cooperating, organizing, and learning together. The challenges facing family farms are significant and ongoing, but we have immense power when we unite to solve them.”
Langworthy began her duties July 13 and is based out of the WFU headquarters in Chippewa Falls. She can be reached at [email protected].
Langworthy is taking the reins from former Director of Projects Sarah Lloyd, who has accepted a joint position focused on food systems and supply chains with the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the University of Minnesota.