I often get asked about what it’s like farming as a woman, or being a woman in agriculture. My best answer so far (not of my own making but from a good friend), “Probably a lot like it feels to be farming as a man.”
But I have to say, I’m part of a group (woman) who are the minority in this industry and that can’t be denied. But how you handle being that minority is something that is different for everyone. My outlook is summed up like this,
“…it doesn’t really matter, the soil doesn’t care, the tractor doesn’t care, the plants don’t care. And if a guy does care, then that’s on him.”
A few months ago I was asked if I would answer some questions for an article about women in agriculture. I wasn’t sure how my answers would be taken, quite honestly I’m really lucky to be here farming in Oregon where I do feel like women in farming aren’t held down by their gender. I know plenty of female farmers, mostly of my age generation, who are working on the farm and making a career of it. I know that this situation doesn’t exist everywhere across the nation, I know that culturally we are very different from other places. But I wanted to speak to what I know here, and what my experiences have been.
The article discusses the differences between my own operation and another smaller farm. Both businesses, both run by women, both drastically different in many ways, but in the end also quite similar. Take a look by clicking the photo below. Let me know what you think in the comments, if you have any questions, or feel free to share.