Debby Zygielbaum is the dirt FarmHer and sheep wrangler at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, California. I first met Debby a number of years ago at a women’s agriculture conference and instantly knew she was a woman that I needed to visit with my camera. All the way in Iowa, she was there to meet and learn from her fellow women in ag. As the dirt FarmHer and sheep wrangler, aka Farm Manager at Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Debby is responsible for basically all growing things.
Meet Marissa, the Next Generation of FarmHer. The newest segment on the FarmHer TV show highlights young women and their role in the agriculture industry. On the day we visited Marissa, the TV crew was ready to capture a new twist to FarmHer and continue to shine a light on women in agriculture. By the end of the day, not only did we have a great story and smiles on our faces, but were truly inspired by the FarmHer and the family we had just spent the afternoon with.
As I sit on the plane, headed home to my frozen Iowa from sunny California I am stumped about where to even start talking about my visit to Archi’s Acres to meet Karen Archipley. A quick look at the live basil plant she sent home with me, sitting carefully protected by my feet on the airplane in a Target sack, made me think about the fact that I could have never guessed I would be transporting plants through airports. That’s life. You never know where you are going to end up or what you are going to be doing.
On the outskirts of Austin, Texas, I met a FarmHer who changed my perspective. I met a FarmHer who is not only compassionate about the homeless population in her city, but she is working with a group of passionate people who are acting. They are acting on the issues and they are creating change.
Did y’all know Texas has fire ants?! I think I may have vaguely heard of them here or there, but we don’t have them in Iowa, so why pay close attention?! Well, I’ll tell you why you should pay attention…because they live up to their name!
I should start by admitting that the title quote isn’t mine. It belongs to Lyna Knight, one of the FarmHers who I had the pleasure of photographing at Lyna Berry Farms in Central Florida. It’s how she defines her life as a FarmHer, it’s very real and it’s right on point.