July 13, 2017

In Post #2 in this series, we heard from women on the reasons why they don’t use the term “farmer”.

Many women told me that they aren’t a farmer because they don’t own land, machinery or animals. Or because they do only a small portion of the total farm work required. O...

July 11, 2017

Many women choose to use “farmer’s wife” to describe themselves, their lifestyle and often their additional responsibilities. But what’s the difference between a farmer’s wife and a farmer? If these women have farming responsibilities, why aren’t they farmers?


July 10, 2017

Before we even start on this question, we need to talk about the elephant in the room: we don’t have a standardized definition for the term “farmer”. It means very different things to different people. And after talking to many men and women (farmers and non-farmers),...

July 7, 2017

It seems like a simple question, but I’ve realized the response to “Are you a farmer?” is hella complicated for women.

When Maureen Balsillie, who coordinates this blog, asked me to write a post on why many farming women don’t use the term “farmer” to describe themselve...

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