Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins

Farmer Jane has been sitting “unopened” on my Kindle for a few months now. Maybe it’s time I actually read it.

Grist

For 56-year-old Tammy Burnell, who lost everything she owned in the 2008 Iowa floods, it’s the freedom to stand in the verdant fields of Burnell Farms in Royston, Ga., and call out to the heavens — and know no one can hear her.

Hannah Breckbill, 25, walked from a career as a mathematician and settled in Elgin, Minn., planting Humble Hands Harvest “to work in something real and be the change I want to see happen in this world.”

Forty-one-year-old Pilar Rebar quit her job as a pesticide applicator when she realized she had been told lies about the chemicals she was spraying on crops. Vowing to only grow “clean and healthy food,” she started up Sunnyside Organic Seedlings in Richmond, Calif.

Meet three of America’s female farmers, the most rapidly growing segment of the nation’s changing agricultural landscape. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reported last…

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One thought on “Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins

  1. Great article. We were driving back home through some farm and ranch land in rural California today and noticed two 4 wheelers among 30 to 40 heads of cattle. Women were riding both of the 4 wheelers. No guarantee it was their ranch, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t.

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