By June Soh
Voice of America
Traditionally in the United States, women played important roles on the family farm helping their father or husband. But a recent Census shows the number of farms run by women is rising. Many of these women were drawn to farming from totally different careers. They now enjoy bringing healthy and flavorful foods to local markets.
Tending chicks is part of Julie Stinar’s daily work. She owns Evensong Farm in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Before starting farming five years ago, she worked with fashion stylists in a department store.
“When I had my son, I quit my job at Nordstrom.” she said. “That was right around exact the same time that we moved to the farm.”
She started growing vegetables in a small garden for her family and sold some extra produce to people at her husband’s work. Now her farm operation has expanded to 53 hectares (132 acres). She grows more than 100 varieties of vegetables, and raises chickens, cows and pigs.
Jeanne Dietz-Band also owns a farm. She raises more than 200 goats on her Many Rocks Farm in Keedysville, Maryland. She has a doctorate in molecular biology and genetics, but quit her biotechnology career to spend more time with her teenage sons.
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