While so many of the world’s farmers are women, it turns out that 86 percent of the 2.1 million people responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of farms in the United States are men (U.S. Census of Agriculture). But according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, woman-operated farms more than doubled between 1982 and 2007 and the latest census data also shows that these women tend to employ more sustainable farming practices. Here is a sampling of the New Crop of Women Farmers here in the United States.
Check out The Female Farmer Project for many more compelling photographs and stories of women working in agriculture around the world:
While more and more women are choosing farming as their life’s work, others are inheriting it. In Iowa, over a third of the state’s land is owned by women over the age of 65. New programs like Women Caring for the Land are empowering women landowners by providing training in resource conservation and soil health.
“I have never felt more like a woman than the day I dug my hands into the soil for the first time.” – Natasha Bowens
Did you miss our last Friday Food + Farm Feature? Check out the video series we shared on women in the dairy industry.
Do you know a woman farmer? Food advocate? Chef? Send a shoutout in a comment below to the Food + Farm women in your life!
A shoutout to the food + farm women I am proud to know:
Karen Trubitt, Nancy Hanson, Danya Teitelbaum, Lydia Sivel-Irons, Abby Getman, Emily Adams, Sarah Coblyn, Caroline Pam, Amanda Barnett, Susanna Harro, Jacqueline Vitale, Sarah Berquist, Rosie Boyko, Cheryl and Kacey Roberts, Julia Costa, Heather Diaz, Alice English, Ana Feldman, Benneth Phelps, Jamie Cruz, Cindy Gill, Devan Proctor, Danielle Smith, Kristen Wilmer, Claire Morenon, Grace Johnston, Tamsin Flanders, Kristen Whitmore, Charlotte Castle, Hannah Slipakoff, Rachel Dutton, Beth Hooker, Ali Gibbs, Sky Loth, and my mom too!