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The women behind the farms

The women behind the farmsAs manager of the South Durham Farmers’ Market, I have had the pleasure to meet many passionate women working in the local food community: farmers, volunteers, public health workers, nutritionists and activists. In fact, I have noticed that the majority of the leaders and participants in the local food movement are women (though we are certainly joined by many equally dedicated and hard-working men).

At the SDFM, over half of our vendors (farmers and food producers) are owned or co-owned by women and eight of our 11 board members are women. Many of the farmers’ markets in the area (Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham and Western Wake) are managed by young women like me. And in the wider community, we have women at the helm of Farmer Foodshare, Firsthand Foods, LoMo Market, SEEDS and the Durham County Department of Public Health.

Click here to read the full article written by Elizabeth Zander, South Durham Farmers’ Market, on The Herald Sun.