Back in the first year of my FarmHer journey, I set up a little booth at a women’s agriculture event in my home state of Iowa. It was a blast, showing the photos, selling a few shirts and mostly talking to the women farmers at the conference about who they were, why they do what they do and the importance of showing the world the important role women play in agriculture.
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.
If you are like me, you love any excuse to get together with your fellow women in agriculture. Whether it be at a trade show, a conference, or maybe just for a quick drink after work, any excuse is a good excuse!
I am excited to bring you another one of those excuses!
If you have ever found yourself willingly wearing a blue corduroy jacket, you probably have shared the same life changing experiences that I have (and are extremely proud of it!). These experiences defined my career path, my sense of responsibility, and my dedication to serving others. The FFA organization, no longer known as only Future Farmers of America, continues to shape our leaders of tomorrow.
I never set out to be a TV Host. I still don’t introduce myself that way when people ask what I do, and probably never will. I am a photographer, business owner, wife, mom and woman that is desperately trying to keep all of those balls in the air. On top of that, I just happen to have a TV show, that is an extension of the work I have been doing for nearly four years now, shining a light on the women of agriculture.
Recently, Jessica Romano, a FarmHer on social media, wrote “First, I wanted to say I’ve watched many episodes of FarmHer and love the show. I have a small garden I tend to and get right in with the dirt. I love Marjorie’s specific clothing style and its perfect for outdoor work. I was wondering if she could tell me where she gets her clothing from and if she could post a few fashion photos…”
The lobby of a hotel we weren’t even staying at. That is where Grow by FarmHer was born. Don’t the best developments have the craziest stories?
For a start up company, every year is a big year. 2016 was no different for FarmHer! Through the lens of her camera, FarmHer founder, Marji, continued to make a big impact for women in agriculture this year in many new and unique ways. Here are FarmHer’s top six moments of 2016.