Calling all ‘write-on’ female farmers

The Female Farmer Project is continuing with its efforts to find new ways to elevate the voices of women farmers internationally.

A multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women in agriculture around the world, the Female Farmer Project (FFP) features in-depth stories; personal essays; photographic portraits; and a podcast series.

Founded by Audra Mulkern, a photographer and writer, the initiative sets out to change the way people look at farming and the food on their plate.

It also gives a voice to what it describes as the fastest-growing demographic in agriculture – the female farmer.

As part of its 2017 storytelling project line-up, the Washington State-based group has announced a new platform and collaborative storytelling series, called FFP Storytellers.

Its will be selecting one female farmer who is keen to envision, write and publish an essay about her farming experiences.

Honest and vivid accounts of modern day farm life are being sought in the global call.

Topics suggested include the push and pull of farm life; the tricky balance of farm and family life; the future of farming; navigating financial stress; sexism in the agriculture industry; lack of resources; barriers to entry; a farmer’s love of the land and the transition to a new farm-based micro-enterprise.

The FFP will work with the farmer to explore the vision for the piece. It will also provide coaching throughout the writing process.

Once a draft is compiled, the FFP team member and writer/editor Debbie Weingarten, a former vegetable farmer, will work with the farmer to edit the piece.

It will then help to identify media outlets that would be a good fit for the story and further coaching will be provided throughout the submission process.

Those interested should introduce themselves, their farm and their story ideas to: [email protected] by May 30.

For further information, see www.femalefarmerproject.org

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