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Pennsylvania Farm Show spotlight: Young women shaping agriculture's future
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16 January 2021
On 16 January 2021 The Express (Lock Haven, PA) reported:
Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is addressing diversity and inclusion as a key challenge in cultivating a bright future for Pennsylvania's agriculture industry. The Pennsylvania Farm Show spotlight will focus on women in agriculture who are shaping the industry's future, creating jobs, and building a stronger food system. According to the USDA, nearly 18,000 of Pennsylvania's farms have a female principal operator, and more than 29,000 farms have women producers working on them.
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... Like many of their peers, three Lehigh Valley women -- Liz Wagner, Allison Czapp, and Aimee Good -- have found careers growing agriculture businesses, each taking a unique path to success, and inviting younger women to join them
... 'I asked my parents, 'what if I do an apprenticeship and give farming a try?' ' said Wagner. 'They were very willing, so I went away for a season to a 14-acre organic farm in the Hudson Valley that sold to two farm markets in Manhattan twice a week. The volume was incredible. The business was incredible. I learned the nuts and bolts of what an organic vegetable operation looks like.'
The apprenticeship was the start of what is now a thriving and expanding business. ....
... Alison Czapp, director of Buy Fresh Buy Local Lehigh Valley, also has a background in journalism, and studied anthropology and food systems. ... 'Right now, the agriculture sector is ripe for career innovation. Women are overwhelmingly the people making decisions about what their households eat, so it is absolutely essential that women are also deeply involved in designing the food system, deciding how food is grown, and determining what the future of agriculture looks like in Pennsylvania.'
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