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Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending What Color Is Your Parachute-style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, Soil Sisters provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledgling female farming entrepreneurs.
The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman's perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm operations. Key topics include:
• Finding your niche: midlife encore careers, young and beginning, boomerangs, and more
• From concept to crop: diversified farm startup basics
• Resources, grants and loans for women farmers
Soil Sisters also contains case studies, inspirational ideas and savvy advice nuggets from more than 100 successful women farmers and advocates. Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic "chick lit" for today's food scene.
Author: LISA KIVIRIST