Presented by: Gail Myers, Nikiko Masumoto, Annabelle Lendrick & Severine von Tscharner Fleming
Women operate one in ten farms in America—and this number is steadily increasing: the number of US farms operated by women nearly tripled over the past three decades, from 5 percent in 1978 to 14 percent by 2007. Many women are drawn to farming as a way to support their family and to strengthen their community. Globally, scholars like Olivier De Schutter and Raj Patel have suggested that enabling more women to enter the farming workforce could radically change developing economies and reduce hunger.
What influences does this influx of women farmers bring to agriculture in the United States? And how is their participation in farming apt to change our culture and society in the future? What challenges do female farmers face because of their gender?