Proving Farming Isn't Just for Guys
Laurie Langstraat and Marji Guyler-Alaniz discuss Guyler-Alaniz’s exhibit “FarmHer | Documenting Women in Agriculture through Photography” exhibit part of the National Ag Day celebration at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D. C. on Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015. Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder of FarmHer is documenting the important role of women as owner/operators, landowners, workers and mentors in American agriculture. As a woman who worked commercial agriculture Guyler-Alaniz feels the world is long overdue to start bringing images of women in agriculture to the forefront to show the role women play in agriculture; providing food, giving to their communities and sharing with others. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
When developing this section of cedarbasin.com, it was frustrating trying to find pictures of women in farming. We know you're out there--and we'll see you if we all just take a more focused look around. Check out the Women's Food and Ag Network (WFAN)--or better yet, attend its annual conference! Women's place in agriculture will never again be murky or seem minimal for you. Iowa's Marji Guyler-Alaniz is showing the world the role women play in farming. Check out the Huffington Post article about Marji's work here:
And find more about Marji and her work here:
Find WFAN here:
"Women are the past, present, and future of agriculture." As a woman in agriculture, who inspired you?
Women in Agriculture
Around the World
Harvesting the Future
A documentary by Katrina Geenevasen
Terra Firma: A Film About Women, War and Healing
A Documentary Film by Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson
Julie Taylor, of Fairfield Bench, Montana, explains the process she and her husband went through to improve the soil health on their small farm here:
Cultivating the Future
Women Farmers in Ghana
Watch how women farmers are organizing themselves and helping each other by sharing their experiences and by restoring native seeds. Also hear from Groundswell’s partners in the field as they work to protect indigenous seeds and build on the existing capacities of farmers and the systems they already use.
Dr. Kris Nichols, in Mandan, North Dakota, explains the importance of microorganisms in soil here:
Empowering Women in Agriculture--An Australian Perspective:
Sherry Saylor: 80% of Women in Agriculture Work off the Farm
Inspiring Aspiring Women in Agriculture--A Kenyan Effort:
Photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz noticed how women were not normally included in imagery about farmers. She started taking pictures focusing only on female producers and began FarmHer to change this.
Local Production and Quality Consumption Empower Women Farmers in Ecuador
The World Food Programme and local governments in Ecuador buy food produced by women farmers with two goals: To support local production and empower women farmers, and to diversify the diet with healthy and nutritious foods.