Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending "e;What Color is Your Parachute"e;-style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, "e;Soil Sisters "e;provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledging female farming entrepreneurs.
The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman's perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm and field operations. Key topics include:
Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, younf and beginning, Boomerangs, and more From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics Resources, grants, and loans available especially for women farmers.
"e;Soil Sisters"e; also containscase studies, inspirational ideas, and savvy advice nuggets from overone hundredsuccessful women farmers and advocates.Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic Chick Lit for today s food scene.
Lisa Kiviristis SeniorFellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute forSustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She founded and directs the Rural Women s Project of the MidwestOrganic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiativechampioning female farmers and food-basedentrepreneurs. Togetherwithher husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of"e;Homemade for Sale, FarmsteadChef, ECOpreneuring,"e; and"e;Rural Renaissance."e;Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed& Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling greenhills of southern Wisconsin.