posted on December 17, 2013 10:09pm
Farming is a great combination of physical and mental work. I find it to be very fulfilling. I bonded with farming through people and the food itself. Being a woman in farming has presented some challenges and barriers. Any time I have to connect with people, they assume I need help or that I don’t know things or that I’m weak in some way. That can be really frustrating, but it can also be really empowering and I think ultimately resulted in a really positive experience in building my business.
I think one thing that is unique about MIFFS is that it’s focused on underserved farmers. It’s focused on supporting beginning farmers by developing networks among both farmers and institutions for selling produce and marketing, among many, many other resources. What it is starting to do that is really powerful is identifying the fact that people within those networks are the best resources and making those connections that are crucial. MIFFS is the glue that connects the different pieces of the puzzle. I think that is powerful, and that’s what we need here in Michigan.