Jenny Mennenga | Episode 23 | Like Mother, Like Daughter

Jenny Mennenga | Episode 23 | Like Mother, Like Daughter

May 08, 2017

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.  

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Emily and Lisa Zweber | Episode 23 | A Family Way of Life

Emily and Lisa Zweber | Episode 23 | A Family Way of Life

May 08, 2017 2 Comments

Strong women.  That’s what FarmHers are, strong, real women.  Emily and Lisa Zweber are FarmHers through and through.  They are half of the equation that makes up Zweber Farms in Elko, Minnesota, but after my visit to their fourth generation family dairy, it’s clear they are the heart of this farm.  

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Rene Hopkins | Episode 22 | A Desert Oasis

Rene Hopkins | Episode 22 | A Desert Oasis

May 02, 2017 2 Comments

On a visit to warm and sunny desert climate of Southern California, I had the pleasure of visiting a small farm, filled with animals and love right in the heart of the city. FarmHer Rene Hopkins was born and raised on the very property where she lives with her husband still today. In fact, she lives in the house she was raised in. Her family lived in the area back when it wasn’t in the city, but they stayed as the town grew up around them. What is left of the property is a handful of acres, hidden away from the street

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Amber Greiman | Episode 22 | Paving the Way for Young FarmHers

Amber Greiman | Episode 22 | Paving the Way for Young FarmHers

May 01, 2017

I love the Iowa State Fair.  It’s an event I have attended every year of my life that I can remember.  Though I wasn’t raised on a farm and never showed any animals other than my cat in 4-H (yes, I said my CAT), I have always loved annual trips through the livestock barns at the fair.  

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Leanne Sutter | Episode 21 | The Heart of the Farm

Leanne Sutter | Episode 21 | The Heart of the Farm

April 24, 2017 2 Comments

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.  

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Ashley Bandoni | Episode 21 | She Says Almond, He Says Aaamond

Ashley Bandoni | Episode 21 | She Says Almond, He Says Aaamond

April 24, 2017

Meet Ashley Bandoni, a California FarmHer. By day Ashley works in the ag industry as a salesperson for Syngenta.  In her role at the organization, she has a territory of customers in and around her home in Atwater, California that she serves.  She is the go between the retail seed dealers and crop advisors and the company, working to figure out the pest problems that growers in her area might have.  Ashley also farms with her husband Mario on his family’s fourth generation almond farm.  

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Amy Heitland | Episode 20 | Tragedy and Triumph at Westfork Ranch

Amy Heitland | Episode 20 | Tragedy and Triumph at Westfork Ranch

April 17, 2017 1 Comment

I heard from a fellow FarmHer that Amy Heitland was a woman I needed to meet.  She was right.  Amy owns and operates Westfork Ranch in Sheffield, Iowa, where, as she put it, they do all things horse.  From boarding and training to breeding, buying, selling and riding, she does it all.  

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Kate Johnson | Episode 20 | The Story of A CheesemakHer

Kate Johnson | Episode 20 | The Story of A CheesemakHer

April 17, 2017 2 Comments

Farming and food go hand in hand….or maybe they are more like a hand and a glove.  You have to have one to have one to have the other.   Our visit to Kate Johnson took this food and farming partnership to a whole new level.  Kate, who moved from suburbia to a hobby farm on the outskirts of Longmont, Colorado with her family years ago got started in farming when her daughter started showing goats with 4-H.  

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Stacy Whitener and Jennifer Berdoll | Episode 19 | A Tradition Across Generations

Stacy Whitener and Jennifer Berdoll | Episode 19 | A Tradition Across Generations

April 10, 2017

Rome wasn’t built in a day (or so they say) and likewise, pecan trees don’t grow overnight.  Decades ago a Texan named Hal Berdoll and his wife, Lisa, decided they would start a pecan grove.  For years they planted trees and grew their business, raising a family amongst the immense grove of trees. Eventually, they put a sign out on Highway 71 that runs past the farm to sell pecans. 

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The Women of Acuron | Episode 18 | The Story of Xinyun, Katie and Cheryl

The Women of Acuron | Episode 18 | The Story of Xinyun, Katie and Cheryl

April 03, 2017

In life, it takes a village to get anywhere and in agriculture, it is even truer.  Teams are essential whether on a family farm or working in a large corporation.  Teams matter whether you are raising a herd of cattle, a family, creating a product or communicating your message.  

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Kirsten Vold | Episode 17 | A Family Legacy

Kirsten Vold | Episode 17 | A Family Legacy

March 30, 2017 4 Comments

As we left the congestion of Denver and headed south towards our destination of Puelbo, Colorado the land stayed flat and smooth with the mountains always in our sight.  We arrived in Pueblo at the home of Kirsten Vold.  Kirsten grew up in a rodeo family, on the road with her mom and dad.  Her mom was a rodeo trick rider - and still, teaches the sport to this day.  Her father, a self-proclaimed vagabond, built and grew one of the leading rodeo stock companies in the industry, Harry Vold Rodeo Company.  

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Leah Gibson | Episode 17 | Creating Community

Leah Gibson | Episode 17 | Creating Community

March 30, 2017 2 Comments

At nearly every farm I am at it strikes me of what an immense labor of love farming or ranching is.  It’s a labor of love for the land and the food grown, and for the livestock raised.  It’s a labor of love for the farmHers life.  No matter what type or size of farm, it’s always a love that is there and that love was very much alive and kicking at the Boxcar Farm and Garden in Maxwell, Texas.

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