One thing that keeps me going and growing 12 years into my farm tenure, is the network of farm women in our area, that I can lean into and draw inspiration from, share ideas with, and offer mutual support in times of stress and celebration. To me, this embodies our design intentions with food forests—perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants that share resources and create networks of mutual support. Whether it’s pears or people, we’ve been able to set up a strong underground root system and keep flexible shoots, in part because other farmers keep us propped up. I tried to capture this spirit in conversation as part of the In Her Boots Podcast with Lisa Kivirist, Eco-preneur, Author, and Director with the MOSES Rural Women’s Project.
I am grateful to Lisa’s storytelling ingenuity and keeping me on course (am prone to fruit tangents).
Episode 80 digs into how we can encourage and support more women farmers to step up to leadership roles. From skill sharing to supporting women farmers in Africa to volunteering for grant review committees, Erin inspires us to go beyond just participating in something and to take an active leadership role.
Episode 79 shares an overview of my farm story sharing how Rob and I balance the farm flow and find ways to farm together that nurtures both our autonomy and interdependence.
And should you find yourself in between waves of spring cleaning tasks, give yourself a pause and listen in to inspiring nuggets and stories from women farmers near and far. Here are a few of my favorite resources to tap into…