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  • ISBN 13: 9780865718050
  • ISBN 10: 0865718059
  • Price: $24.95 / $0.00 CAN
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Soil Sisters

A Toolkit for Women Farmers

By (author) Lisa Kivirist

<p>Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending <i>What Color is Your Parachute</I>-style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, <i>Soil Sisters </I>provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledging female farming entrepreneurs.</P><p>The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman's perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm and field operations. Key topics include:</P><p> Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, younf and beginning, Boomerangs, and more From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics Resources, grants, and loans available especially for women farmers.<p><i>Soil Sisters</I> also contains case studies, inspirational ideas, and savvy advice nuggets from over one hundred successful women farmers and advocates. Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic “Chick Lit” for today’s food scene. <p></P><p></P><p><b>Lisa Kivirist </B>is Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture.  She founded and directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs. Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of<i> Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring</I>, and <i>Rural Renaissance</I>. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin. <p></P><p></P><p> 

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