Urban Farming

Stunning Photos Shatter The Stereotype Of What A Farmer Looks Like

When most people think of a farmer, they might envision an Old MacDonald type in a straw hat — but that’s far from reality.

The Female Farmer Project is shattering the stereotypical image of a farmer by showing exactly who America’s agricultural workers actually are: women.

Audra Mulkern
Margaret De Bona and Tracy Potter-Fins convened while working at a farm in New York. This yearmarks their sixth season agriculture in Montana.

Photographer Audra Mulkern was shopping in her local farmer’s sell in 2012 when she noticed something about “the farmers ” interns: all of them were women.

“It wasn’t until I ensure the absence of men that I challenged my own stereotypes[ around farming ], ” Mulkern told The Huffington Post.

Mulkern spent the next three years traveling the country to capture images of female farmers, whose stories often run untold.

“This project interrupts the idea of what women’s work is, and what a farmer looks like, ” Mulkern mentioned.

Around one in three farmers in the U.S. are wives, in agreement with the USDA. In some states, like Arizona, they make up nearly half of farmers.

But as in most industries, the higher up “theres going”, the fewer females you ascertain: Women merely control seven percent of U.S. farmland, in agreement with the USDA.

Audra Mulkern
Yolanda Hernandez am one of the field crew at Oxbow Farm in Carnation, Washington.

“There is the occasional story of women who have to insist that yes, they are indeed the farmer, when people look over their shoulder for the man, ” Mulkern mentioned, “and stories of the farmer’s daughter being passed over in favor of the son for farm inheritance.”

Mulkern is pushing back against patriarchal stereotypes in agriculture, and proving the diversity of women who are growing the food we all need to live.

“Women have transformed their intellectual horsepower, business sense and ability to foster into a style to feed their communities, ” Mulkern mentioned. “They are working to create real change in their communities, from gleaning their domains to ensuring there is plenty of fresh develop at the food banks to working to get local develop on the salad bar in schools.”

These five photographs capture only a handful of the fierce females farmers who help feed the country — but who we all too often forget .

1. She Farms For Food Justice In The Bronx

Audra Mulkern

“Karen Washington has invested decades working to promote urban farming to create access to fresh develop. She co-founded La Familia Verde coalition of urban gardeners to bring their return to a weekly farmer’s sell in the Bronx.

Her mission is, ‘If you come to sell hungry, you won’t leave sell hungry.’

She co-founded Rise& Root farm with three other women with the dream to continue their food justice employment and build community beyond the city boundaries.” — Audra Mulkern

2. Her Father Farmed In Iraq, And Now She Farms In Washington

Audra Mulkern

“Rand Rasheed has deep agriculture roots. She spent her childhood summers moving and playing in the fields of her father’s wheat and legume farm in Iraq.

Now she and her business partner, Alice VanderHaak own and control One Leaf Farm. As young farmers, they are unable to purchase farmland on their own so they got creative and combined forces-out with two other farms to lease property, and share equipment on a 132 -acre plot.” — Audra Mulkern

3. She Was The First Woman On A Local Farming Board In Montana

Audra Mulkern

“Michelle Erickson farms over 8,500 hectares of wheat, barley and other commodity harvests in Big Sky country. A former transportation manager for UPS and Amazon, her abilities in logistics, furnish chain management and leadership have earned her a seat as the first woman on the officer board for the Montana Grain Growers Association.” — Audra Mulkern

4. She Started Farming As A Refugee In Washington

Audra Mulkern

“Cheu Chang was one of the Hmong refugees resettled after the Vietnam war. Through local non-profits and the university, Cheu began farming vegetables, until she learned that blooms were more profitable.

Now she’s passing her flourish farm and Pike Place Market floral business down to her daughter-in-law.” — Audra Mulkern

5. She Left A Career On Capitol hill To Farm In North Carolina

Audra Mulkern
A former Capitol Hill journalist, Suzanne Nelson is a farmer in North Carolina.

“As a former Capitol Hill journalist, Suzanne Nelson fiercely adored politics, until several occurrences induced her to subject her previously unexamined principles and absence of connection to the property that she so affectionately loves.

She quit her job, and when[ she was] unable to find the type of food she wanted to feed their own families, she bought a dairy moo-cow, who became the impetus of her farming career. Now she hopes her ideas will change the world from the ground up.” — Audra Mulkern

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