Meet the Soil Sisters: Making it as a Female Farmer

      Posted On: March 16, 2018

In November 2009, Lisa Kivirist pulled out a map of Wisconsin. Using her Green County farm as the center point, she drew a circle with a 40-mile radius, then identified every female sustainable-food activist who fell inside it. Organic agriculture can be a lonely endeavor in the rural Midwest, the 50-year-old explains, and winters are long: “I felt the need to connect.”

The following month, 12 women gathered around the woodstove at Kivirist’s five-acre produce operation and farmstay in Browntown. One dairy owner sought counsel on dehorning goats. A vegetable grower posed questions about canning. Most guests were simply grateful for a night off, a glass of wine, and the company of kindred spirits.

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Meet the Soil Sisters: Making it as Female Farmers in a Man’s World