Join the 65 funders and hundreds of farm friends, who have invested in the future of our farm...and the millions of people around the world supporting and celebrating the efforts of women farmers.
Women are the backbone of farming. Across the planet, women play many roles in changing the food system from one of insecurity and scarcity to one of sustainable abundance and nourishment. October 15th marks the International Day of Rural Women and with it a chance to pause, reflect, celebrate and honor the stories, skills, and experiences women bring to agriculture and honor our roles as farmer, entrepreneur, daughter, caregiver, teacher, learner, farm-a-cist, auntie, soil steward, logistician, beekeeper, tour guide, facilitator, cook, wife, and fruit lover to name just a few of the hats I wear on any given day.
October 15th also marks the (almost) endpoint to our fruit n fencelifting campaign on IndieGoGo. I will be celebrating the IDRW through a combination of facilitating/engaging in a global discussion with others through my role as Women's committee member with the World Farmer Organization, and honoring the day, hoisting a toast, shovel in hand, to fellow women farmers from the field, digging and placing fenceposts for our orchard.
I would so appreciate your investment in our farm's fencelifting campaign, and with it a chance to support the current and future generation of fruit growers (our fence will last 40 plus years and funds raised will also go to planting more locust trees - our future fenceposts - as well as more fruit trees for you to enjoy!
The World Banks Global Development Report 2012 stresses that gender equality can lead to increased productivity; women's control of household resources can improve the livelihoods of the next generation. More investment in women farmers will help alleviate hunger and poverty and will lead to more social justice and empowerment for girls and women. When women earn more, they invest more in the health of their families and communities, thus ensuring vibrant, well-nourished future generations (Food Think Tank, 2014).
More investment in our farm means more nutrient dense organic fruits and vegetables for you and our community, and the ability to engage, connect, learn, and share innovations in sustainable agriculture with growers and eaters from our backyard and around the world for generations to come.
We are so close to our campaign and would so appreciate your help donating and/or spreading the word in the final days of our campaign! Thank you for your time, consideration and supporting small-scale, hand powered sustainable agriculture for the 21st century.
For more resources on IDRW/women in agriculture:
Women farmers achieve yields that are 20-30% less than men due to unequal access to inputs, resources & services @FAOnews http://farmingfirst.org/women
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