The roles of women in agriculture are changing. We’ve always been important. What stands to be acknowledged today is how we are evolving with the modern challenges in agriculture.
– we are taking over our fathers’ farms
– we are widows owning farms across the nation as we outlive our good farming men
– we are nurturers who have a 6th sense for land and business, family and farm
– we’re the new farmers on the block, and we’re finding that even if we grew up in the city, we’re really good at this farming thing
“From a global perspective, women-run farms dedicated to growing food are far from unusual. Women grow 60% to 80% of developing countries’ food supply and are responsible for half of the world’s food production, according to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates.” ~Katie Micik
Katie Micik writes for The Progressive Farmer magazine/website and recently I enjoyed sitting down for a few minutes with her series about The Changing Face of Ag Women. I thought you might enjoy it, too.
Part 1 – Women take more active production role on farm
Part2 – Women landowners share experiences, Learn from others
Part 3 – More women aspire to start small farms.
Here’s to us, ladies…
with our tractors and hand trowels,
our fields and patio pots,
our purses and 80% of household purchase choices –
…we feed the world and our little world.
I’m so thankful for each of you and your role in agriculture – our roles as nurturers and bread winners are crucial to those who sit at our little table and at any table, be it local or international – your role in agriculture production and consumption is part of a vast industry that strives to nourish people and countries.
May you truly see how you are clothed with strength and dignity for this seemingly mundane yet altogether vital role.
And may you feel the fellowship of generations who have fed their families and their communities – the oldest job in the world!