Women of the Harvest: Inspiring Stories of Contemporary Farmers

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Up with the rooster, to bed with the sun, and if the farmers a woman, its a good bet theres always more work waiting. Holding household and family together, women farmers daily, quietly perform heroic labors just to eke a livelihood out of the land. Women have always farmed, when death or war left them to fend for themselves, but today they might choose to farm, and, in a time when farming is a shrinking occupation, their choices have expanded. Some women are only at home on the range; others, more hearth-bound, ...

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Up with the rooster, to bed with the sun, and if the farmers a woman, its a good bet theres always more work waiting. Holding household and family together, women farmers daily, quietly perform heroic labors just to eke a livelihood out of the land. Women have always farmed, when death or war left them to fend for themselves, but today they might choose to farm, and, in a time when farming is a shrinking occupation, their choices have expanded. Some women are only at home on the range; others, more hearth-bound, see the farm as an extension of home and family life. Some farm to feed their families; others, running huge corporate operations, farm to feed nations.

These are the farmers that Women of the Harvest celebrates. In twelve illustrated profiles, the book introduces readers to women who work the land, raising livestock and crops, and, in doing so, uphold and transform a tradition as old as agriculture itself. Their stories, drawn from farms across the country, are truly in the American grain.

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“America’s daughters embrace Mother Nature.” — Walla Wall WA Union-Bulletin

“Any agricultural or rural library will find ‘Women of the Harvest’ a winning leisure read choice.” — Midwest Book Review

“You can forget about that old stereotype of the farm-wife wearing an apron and making pies while her husband plows the furrows. While the number of family farms steadily declines across the country, the U.S. Census shows a 27 percent jump in women who call themselves farmers. A new book, ‘Women of the Harvest,’ profiles 17 of them—including three from the Applegate Valley—who do it, not jut for the good food, but ‘for the connection it provides between the land and the animals to their souls.'" — The Medford OR Mail Tribune

"The photos of Women of the Harvest will take your breath away. Images of lush New England gardens compete with those of dusty Arizona cactus beds, and pictures of peaceful Colorado mountains follow those of an Oregon spread that seems to go on for miles. If you’re a farmer of either gender, or if your garden isn’t enough to fulfill your dreams, you’ll love paging though this book. When it comes to off-the-beaten path agriculture books Women of the Harvest is the cream of the crop.” — The Bookworm Sez

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760321843
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Energy-efficient homebuilder and photographer Cathy Phillips lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she homeschools her daughter, Nadia, walks her dog, Ivy, and tolerates their backyard chickens. Holly L. Bollinger, agricultural journalist and sanguine mother of two, lives and writes in New Franklin, Missouri. Her published books include John Deere Tractors: The First Generation of Power and Outhouses. Writer, video editor, and pioneering women’s studies instructor Susan Gartner can often be found eating lox and bagels with her friend, Cathy Phillips. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Lauren Heaton is an associate editor of the Yellow Springs News. She has also written for Tricycle, the Dayton City Paper, and the Antiochian. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Bethany Weaver-Culpepper, a Wright State University graduate, lives in Tipp City, Ohio. As a mother of three girls, she is inspired to write for women and future women. MaryJane Butters is the founder of MaryJanesFarm, which provides produce for an 18-family CSA and has its own magazine and website (www.maryjanesfarm.org). She is also the author of MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook. MaryJane operates an apprentice program where people learn about organic farming. She lives in Moscow, Idaho.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by MaryJane Butters [to come]

Introduction

Chapter 1: Patricia Orlowitz, Washington, D.C.

Chapter 2: Lini Mazumdar, Londonderry, Vermont

Chapter 3: Donna Betts, Whipple, Ohio

Chapter 4: Sarah Polyock, Chetek, Wisconsin

Chapter 5: Eloise Stewart, Pinetta, Florida

Chapter 6: Laura Adams, Cedar Key, Florida

Chapter 7: Rose Koenig, Gainesville, Florida

Chapter 8: Jessica Norfleet, Newberry, Florida

Chapter 9: Jana Sweets, Tucson, Arizona

Chapter 10: Nancy Wilson, Fossil, Oregon

Chapter 11: Carolyn Lattin, Olympia, Washington

Chapter 12: Julie Safley, Hillsboro, Oregon

Chapter 13: Michelle Bienick, Applegate, Oregon

Chapter 14: Emma Jean Cervantes, La Mesa, New Mexico

Chapter 15: Maud Powell, Jacksonville, Oregon

Chapter 16: Maria Largaespada, Jacksonville, Oregon

Chapter 17: Peggy Case, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Index

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