Encounters

“I want to connect with consumers”

Lucie Mainard, “Les Jolies Rousses” farm, Vendée (France) She lived in a rural area, but doesn’t come from an agricultural family. Still, her curiosity towards agriculture led her first to a career as an instructor in local agriculture organisations, and now to a life of farming. Today, Lucie runs her organic poultry farm “Les Jolies […]

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“I adore this way of life and love sharing that with our family”

Kylie Magner, Magners Farm Kylie Magner grew up on the family farm in New South Wales, Australia, but moved to Ireland after meeting her husband Billy. There, near the village of Moyglass in Fethard County Tipperary, the heart of the Golden Vale Ireland, she bought 10 laying hens. The rest is history. She calls herself […]

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“We are not solely guided by our business: our hearts and love for our animals motivate us”,

Jessica Bell and Sandra Coffman, Split Creek Farm LLC Jessica Bell and Sandra Coffman are the co-owners of Split Creek Farm, a dairy goat farm in South Carolina. This Bachelor in Animal Science and retired Deputy Chief of Police now run a 27 acre farm, along with the charitable organization Goats 4 Goodness they founded. […]

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“This is a female dominated farm”

Paula Hynes, dairy farmer, Ireland Their family’s farm won the Zurich Ireland Dairy Farmer of the Year Award in 2017 and is very much female dominated, and they never miss an opportunity to try and inform the public about where their food comes from. An encounter with Paula Hynes, who runs a dairy farm alongside […]

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“I have earned the respect of the farmers in the area”

Adeline Maillard, winemaker, Cinque Terre (Italy) Originally from the Paris region, Adeline Maillard did not grow up in the agricultural industry. Four years ago, this wine specialist and her partner decided to leave everything behind to buy a vineyard in northern Italy. Women in Ag spoke to her. For Adeline Maillard, wine is a family […]

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Women have so much power, other than purely physical!

Marieke De Vos, flower grower, Zottegem (Belgium) Our previous encounters have always featured women who produce our food: from cheese and dairy to meat, on the farm, out in the great open or from the saddle. Op de boerderij, of in de wildernis vanuit het zadel. But our sector provides so much more than just […]

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“Agriculture is exactly where we, women, belong!”

Jenny Butcher, farmer, Ontario (Canada) Jenny Butcher could have chosen to stay on her family’s dairy operation and do things the usual way. Instead, she and her husband Wes decided to go for a fresh start, start their own farm and do it from a different approach entirely. If buying local (food) is becoming increasingly […]

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“Women in agriculture are tough cookies!”

Els Lippens, dairy farmer, USA Els Lippens grew up in Belgium, but moved to the United States with her parents almost twenty years ago. This farmer’s granddaughter learned the ropes of her trade on the dairy farm her father built from scratch in South Dakota, never to return to her home country. Today she and […]

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“I feel deep respect for each of the amazing women who manage a farm”

Doris Letina, apple farmer and Vice-President of CEJA She is young, she is ambitious, she grew up on a farm and represents the second generation of women there, and she is very involved in organisations for young farmers in Europe. Women in Ag talked to Doris Letina, Slovenian apple farmer and Vice-President of CEJA, the […]

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“Everyone likes progress, but no one wants change”,

Valerie Walpot, farm manager, New Zealand Valerie Walpot grew up in the Voer region, where her love for agriculture started. Goign for a career in agriculture always was the idea. Today, Valerie works at a beef and lamb darm… in New Zealand! Women in Ag asked her to tell her story. “As a baby, I […]

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