WV Farm Bureau Magazine May 2012 - Page 20

Women farmers share family recipes and what it’s like growing America’s food FAMILY FEATURES hen you try to picture what a farmer looks like, you probably don’t picture a woman. But women operate more than 30 percent of the more than 3 million farms in America—making them a large part of raising your food. Kristin Reese and Carrie Divine are two women whose farming roots run deep. Kristin grew up on a farm in Ohio and now has a farm of her own with her husband and kids. Carrie is an eighth-generation farmer on her family’s land in Kentucky. Kristin and Carrie say the hardest part of being a farmer is not the hard work, it’s that today’s farming is often misunderstood. Some consumers often think their food comes from large, impersonal corporations. The fact 20 West Virginia Farm Bureau News W Kristin Reese Carrie Divine is, 98 percent of farms and ranches in the United States are family owned and operated. That’s why Kristin and Carrie joined CommonGround, a movement that fosters conversations among farm women and women in cities and suburbs around the country who want to know more about their food. Through local events and the website www. FindOurCommonGround.com, women farmers share facts about today’s agriculture and dispel misconceptions about modern farming.