Jan Jones is a woman who turned to farming at a time when she needed to readjust her path in life. Little did she know when she returned home is that she would find her path right there on the land she grew up on. Jan is the 5th generation on her family’s farm.
Women’s connection to a life in agriculture never ceases to amaze me, and Jenny Mennenga is the perfect example of that. Jenny grew up in Northwest Iowa on a traditional row crop and cattle farm operation. With no intentions of going back home to the farm, she went to Iowa State University where she found her own love of agriculture through the study of agronomy and more specifically, the ability of genetically modified seeds to be able to make a real difference in the ability to feed a growing world. After college, she moved to Illinois to pursue a career with Syngenta.
It's no secret that farms have many moving pieces and that many times women are at the center of those pieces, keeping them all in the air. Farms aren't just family operations, they are businesses that don't stop. At the heart of the Sutter Farm in Pleasantville, Iowa is one such woman, Leanne Sutter.
We rolled into the tiny town of Oneida, Illinois, not quite sure what to expect. I was looking for Beth Rylander, the FarmHer behind Feed Mill Fabric and Quilting. What I found was nothing like what I had imagined. Sure there was an old feed mill, but inside was row upon row of beautiful printed fabrics in every color under the sun. Outside was an old grain elevator converted into farm storage and all of it, run by the FarmHer.