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The Woman Hobby Farmer

Female Perspectives on Farming Challenges and Solutions

By Karen Lanier
CompanionHouse Press.
Forthcoming Sept 2017

Hobby farming is alive and thriving in urban, semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and female farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is just that—a hobby—the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective.

The Woman Hobby Farmer by Karen Lanier offers a one-of-a-kind resource for women looking for a helpful guidebook on hobby farming. Embracing the feminine side of farming means that land caretakers of any gender and any generation can benefit from learning to observe nature, listening to others’ hard-earned wisdom, and connecting with a supportive community of collaborators.

About Karen Lanier

Karen Lanier is a naturalist, documentarian, teacher, artist, and gardener who explores the intersections of nature and culture. Karen holds degrees in photography, foreign language, conservation studies, and documentary studies as well as a professional environmental educator certificate. Karen worked as a seasonal park ranger in state and national parks across the US before settling in Kentucky. Her Americorps volunteer experience with Seedleaf, a community gardening nonprofit, helped her shift her migratory perspective on life toward putting down roots. She is actively involved with native plant, community gardening, and environmental education groups in her area.

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