Category — Women
Young women today, especially in Portland, are increasingly channeling their activism into farming as a way to advance the food movement.
By Jennifer Anderson
Mar 15, 2016
Leah Rodgers isn’t a typical farmer, and her farm isn’t a typical farm. For one, Rodgers is a 37-year-old woman; most U.S. farmers are men, and their average age is 57.
For another, her 1-acre lot is smack-dab in the middle of East Portland, near David Douglas High School — next to homes, a hot-rod garage, an air-conditioning shop, and the rush of traffic on Southeast Stark Street. Her operation, Rockwood Urban Farm, is a hyperlocal CSA farm, which stands for community-supported agriculture, selling its produce largely to neighbors and restaurants.
March 19, 2016 Comments Off on Women urban farmers in Portland are part of a national trend
Two of the peri-urban agricultural producers of Sucre proudly show one of their greenhouses, which families from 83 poor suburban neighbourhoods have set up in their yards as part of the National Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Programme. Credit: Franz Chávez/IPS
The initiative has 680 members so far, said Guido Zambrana, a young agronomist who runs the Urban Garden Project.
By Franz Chávez
Inter Press Service
SUCRE, Bolivia, Oct 17 2015 (IPS)
The lunch we are served is soup made with vegetables grown in their backyard gardens, accompanied by tortillas made with cornmeal mixed with flour from different vegetables. Fresh produce is also grown in greenhouses built throughout the hills of Sucre, 2,760 metres above sea level and 420 km south of La Paz, the country’s political centre.
The women have learned how to grow vegetables and how to improve their family’s food security, Tolaba explained. “We want to reach zero malnutrition,” she said. In Sucre temperatures range between 12 and 25 degrees Celcius. But in the greenhouses, built by the families with support from the government, temperatures climb above 30 degrees.
October 18, 2015 Comments Off on Native Women in Bolivia, Green the Outskirts of the City, Feed Their Families
In 2012 there were 969,672 women farmers in the U.S., which accounts for a 10 percent rise in principal operators of agricultural operations who are women since 1978. As of 2012, about 30 percent of all farmers are women.
By Rachel Tepper
Associate Food Editor
June 3, 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s deputy secretary Krysta Harden also had a personal agenda: to get more women into farming. By the time I arrived at the flooded market, Harden, several vendors, and members of GrowNYC (which manages the Union Square market) had decamped to higher ground at a nearby sandwich shop. Among them was 61-year-old Karen Washington, one of six female urban farmers who earlier this year left the city to found Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York.
June 12, 2015 Comments Off on Why More American Women Are Becoming Farmers
By EMA Staff
Environmental Media Association
June 5, 2012
EMA Young Hollywood Board Member and School Garden Mentor, Malin Akerman was so inspired by the school gardens she’s visited that she decided to plant a vegetable garden at home. With the help of garden expert, Kathy Kellogg Johnson and a quick visit to Sunset Nursery, the two got right down to planting.
June 21, 2012 Comments Off on Canadian actress Malin Akerman plants a vegetable garden at home
Photo from Stiftung Interkultur.
Integrating cultures and provide healing spaces.
A garden in Kassel, Germany, provides a place for immigrant women to put down roots and cultivate the taste of home. Across the country, such intercultural gardens are helping to integrate cultures and provide healing spaces.
By Angela Boskovitch
October 9, 2007
KASSEL, Germany (WOMENSENEWS)–Fall is yielding its usual pumpkins, squash and wine grapes and the women stand side by side inspecting their harvest under a typically German sky of fluffy clouds.
Each one has her own small piece of the nearly 11,000-square-foot plot. The apple and pear trees and black currant bushes are considered communal property.
June 9, 2010 Comments Off on Cross-Cultural Gardens Yield Fruit in Germany
Photographer Brown Bros. New York,
1918 Cabbages and Queens
Women wearing bloomers, working in a vegetable garden.
Farmerettes of 1918, 100 years after birth of Mrs. Bloomer. In the early Victorian era, the American, Mrs. Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894), caused quite a stir when she wrote an article for her feminist publication ‘The Lily’. She tried to promote the idea of women abandoning their petticoats for a bi-furcated garment later known as the bloomer fashion. She suggested that woman would find trousers, like those worn by Turkish women, easier to wear than their voluminous heavy skirts.
September 29, 2009 1 Comment
Njawara womens garden Rajhedem. Photo by Foods Resource Bank.
By Molly Slothower
30 July 2009 MediaGlobal – Voice of the Global South
MediaGlobal is the global news agency, based in the United Nations Secretariat, creating awareness in the media for the countries of the global South, with a strong focus on South-South Cooperation.
Urban agriculture key to alleviating world hunger
The urban poor have been hit the hardest by the global hunger epidemic, which has been fueled by the ongoing food, economic, financial, and environmental crises.
Getting healthy food into cities in sufficient quantities is an extremely difficult task. For the first time in the history of mankind, over half the world’s population lives in cities.
August 11, 2009 Comments Off on MediaGlobal – Urban agriculture key to alleviating world hunger
The new publication Women Feeding Cities – Mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture and food security is now available online. This publication analyses the roles of women and men in urban food production, processing and marketing in case studies from 3 development regions and includes field tested guidelines and tools for gender mainstreaming.
July 9, 2009 Comments Off on Women Feeding Cities – complete new book now on-line
©2008 Evershed Card Collection
The street eating graffiti takes no pity on your soul,
Yet a garden chanced upon, in a sea of concrete
Works magic in your bones,
Like foliage embracing stones.
Tilled soil gives birth to bluebells,
Baby’s breath silences the endless traffic
As urban gardeners work miracles,
With seeds of hope.
June 5, 2009 Comments Off on Jane Evershed – artist in the garden
Women Feeding Cities – Mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture and food security (forthcoming book)
Edited by Alice Hovorka, Henk de Zeeuw and Mary Njenga
The book (approx. 270 pages)
will be published by Practical Action Publishing, Rugby, UK.
Available: March 2009
Poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition have become critical urban problems. To confront this major challenge, food production in and around cities is an important strategy, contributing not only to food security and adequate nutrition but also stimulating supplementary income generation and social inclusion among low-income, vulnerable households in urban and peri-urban areas.
Women make up the majority of urban food producers in many cities around the world, especially predominating in household subsistence farming, with men playing a greater role in urban food production for commercial purposes.
November 4, 2008 Comments Off on Women Feeding Cities – Mainstreaming gender in urban agriculture and food security (forthcoming book)