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Breaking the Grass Ceiling: On U.S. Farms, Women are Taking the Reins

http://grist.org/food/breaking-the-grass-ceiling-on-u-s-farms-women-are-taking-the-reins/

Great article in Grist today:

"Unlike the Farmettes and Women’s Land Army that took over while men fought in World War II, women today see farming as both a mission and a passion. Some want to provide healthy food for the masses. Others are looking to build community or live a life of deeper meaning.

“Women want to be outside, they want to be near family. There’s lots of interest in where our food comes from, how it was grown,” says Kathleen Merrigan, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “We are seeing more beginning farmers coming in and I think the trend is going to continue. Women are [already] outnumbering men in owning smaller farms.”"

Read the full article by Lori Rotenberk, "Breaking the Grass Ceiling: On U.S. Farms, Women are Taking the Reins," in Grist