Women in Ag Mag 2022-004

Women in Ag Mag 2022-004 is out now!

This extra festive editon features not two but three encounters, focuses on mental health and how to deal with loneliness over the holidays and comes with a holiday-themed extra!

We talked to Angela Ferraro-Fanning from Axe & Root Homestead (New Jersey, US) about regenerative farming and homesteading in our first encounter, discussed what it’s like to be a first generation farmer and mom with Sarah Clulow from Bernard’s Farm (Chessshire, UK) and dreamed about a walk between olive grower Vincenza Ferrara‘s centuries old olive trees in the Sicilian sun.

Mental health is a very important theme for us and it shows in this issue with three articles touching on the subject. A first one is our talk with influencer Jesse Thompson from “Beyond the fencelines”, a project with which she aims to provide an online community for rural women and moms and help break their isolation. Next, we talked to Megz Reynolds, the newly appointed Executive Director of Do More Agriculture about the foundations’ very important work for rural mental health. And of course, our columnist Erica Leniczek provided useful insights and tips to add to your mental health toolbelt in order to deal with loneliness over the holidays specifically, but applicable throughout the year.

An entrepreneur and a rancher, Mary Heffernan from Five Marys Farm shows you how much more there could be to your farm by telling us about Five Marys Meats, M5 Entrepreneurs and Five Marys Burgerhouse.

While we ease into a well-deserved winter break and are ready to hit the ‘pause’ button, we also wanted to look forward to the new year by giving you a preview of the World FIRA Ag Robotics forum. Let’s mark 7, 8 and 9 February in our calendars and meet up in Toulouse for this tradefair where Women in Ag will be present!

The end of a year also means we take the time to look back and reflect. For us, the highlight of this year 2022 was definitely the organisation of the first ever Women in Ag Awards International at EuroTier thanks to the support of the D.L.G.! In this recap, we honour our winners and give you a sneak peek of what’s next for the WiA Awards…

Looking for something to read during the holiday break? Women in Ag editor Antoon has you covered and couldn’t have found a more appropriate title for the time of year: read all about his impressions on Judith D. Schwartz’ “The reindeer chronicles” in our book review.

We close off this last magazine of the year with holiday wishes from women in ag to you, our readers.


We hope you enjoy reading this new issue as much as we enjoyed making it and look forward to bringing you more inspiring stories from the women in our industry in 2023.

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Wishing you a merry Christmas, a happy new year and all the best in 2023.


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“I believe a farmer’s job is to continuously adapt and grow”,

Angela Ferraro-Fanning, Axe and Root Homestead, New Jersey (USA)   Not far from New York City, in central New Jersey, USA, Angela Ferraro-Fanning decided to reconnect with nature and grow her own food. She does not have an agricultural background, but as the years went on her curiosity allowed her to learn and grow her […]

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Book review: The Reindeer Chronicles – And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth

By Judith D. Schwartz   Some regions of the world bear wounds inflicted by disrespectful (agricultural) practices, often from times long gone. Cutting down forests to form pastures caused desertification, construction works along the seashore caused precipitation patterns to shift and monoculture sugar cane and fruit plantations destroyed entire landscapes. In “The Reindeer Chronicles”, writer […]

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“My children get to grow up on a farm and that’s worth it to me”

Sarah Clulow, Bernard’s Farm, Chesshire UK)   Sarah Clulow is a first generation farmer. She doesn’t come from a farming family, nor is she married to a farmer. And yet, one day, she decided to leave the safety of job and home behind to become a farmer. “I worked in child protection for many years […]

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