Restaurants and agriculture are two industries that are dominated by males, however there are some incredible female Seeders and Feeders that are changing the game. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we want to send a shout out to all of the amazing ladies in The Collective: chefs, farmers and artisanal producers. The theme for 2015 International Women’s Day is Make It Happen: to celebrate women’s achievements and call for greater equality. These women definitely make it happen. All of them are thoughtful, hard working and doing their part to tell the story behind food and give people access to quality ingredients, products and meals. Follow the links below to read their profiles and find out how to support their work!
The Women Seeders & Feeders of the LET um EAT Collective:
- Jenn Louis – Lincoln Restaurant
- Nadine Basile – Mineral Springs Ranch
- Jessica Herzog – One Fork Farm
- Kara Gilbert & Elaine Walker – Vibrant Valley Farm
- Elizabeth Miller – Minto Island Growers
- Stacey Givens – The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen
- Hilary Craig – Piggyback Ranch
- Margo Liszka & Gus Gibson – Naked Acres
- Carol Boutard – Ayers Creek Farm
- Rachel Kornstein – Boondockers Farm
- Debbie Fields – Fields Farm
- Lane Selman – The Culinary Breeding Network
- Clare Carver- Big Table Farm
- Sue Hunton & Ellen Hunton – Hunton Family Farms & Camas Country Mill
Check out these other posts on this International Women’s Day:
The Female Farmer Project
The Female Farmer Project is a photography and story-telling project by Audra Mulkern “documenting the rise of women in farming.” Check out Audra’s website for some inspiring stories and beautiful photos of the faces of women in agricuture.
“We’re Not ‘Female Chefs’, Just Chefs”
Last October, Dominique Crenn, chef and owner of two-Michelin starred Atelier Creen in San Francisco, wrote this piece “We’re Not ‘Female Chefs,’ Just Chefs” for VICE Munchies. It was in response to British chef Tom Kerridge’s comments on how women “lack fire in the kitchen” and that was the reasoning why “there are not so many female chefs.” Dominique calls for equality and recognition that female chefs don’t need the distinction of being different from their male colleagues.
Foodtank: Women Farmers Making It Happen
Foodtank’s International Women’s Day post celebrates female farmers making it happen, but also calls on more resources and support for those in the industry. It cites statistics like “Sixty-six percent of the world’s work falls on women’s shoulders, yet according to Oxfam they only earn 10 percent of the world’s income” and that “providing women farmers access to the same resources as men could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million.” Follow this link to read more about organizations and women that are overcoming challenges and righting the wrongs of hunger and inequality.