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The Woman’s Land Army of America USA

The Woman’s Land Army of America (WLAA), later the Woman’s Land Army (WLA), was a civilian organization created during the First and Second World Wars to work in agriculture replacing men called up to the military. Women who worked for the WLAA were sometimes known as farmerettes.The WLAA was modeled on the British Women’s Land Army.

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February 19, 2021   No Comments

South Africa: Garden brings life to Joburg concrete jungle

A woman in the Johannesburg inner city has dedicated her life to farming. When Covid-19 and its lockdowns took hold and led to hunger, food from her garden helped feed many.

By Ihsaan Haffejee
New Frame
9 Feb 2021

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Refiloe Molefe, 61, moves through her farm with the delicate swiftness of someone half her age. She works with a calming efficiency, shifting from harvesting her potatoes to watering cabbages, then to the planting of seedlings, followed by the backbreaking work of harvesting fresh carrots.

Even though this work is strenuous, and the summer sun unrelenting, Molefe tackles these tasks with the unbridled joy and enthusiasm of a child playing their favourite game. She does not think of her farming preoccupations as work. To her, it is play. She speaks of “playing” with the plants and “massaging” the soil.

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February 14, 2021   No Comments

Africa: Ugandan company develops solution for urban agriculture

A Women Smiles vertical farm.
Harvesting of tomatoes grown on a vertical farm.

Lilian Nakigozi, founder of Women Smiles Uganda, a company that manufactures and sells vertical farms used to grow crops in areas where there is limited space.

How We Made In Africa
Feb 6, 2021

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Women Smiles Uganda is a social enterprise formed out of passion and personal experience. I grew up with a single mother and eight siblings in Katanga, one of the biggest slums in Kampala, Uganda. I experienced hunger and poverty where we lived. There was no land for us to grow crops and we didn’t have money to buy food. Life was hard; we would often go to sleep on empty stomachs and our baby sister starved to death.

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February 9, 2021   No Comments

Des Moines, Iowa urban farmer feeds neighbors, builds community

Rene and Monika Owczarski created an urban farm for their Des Moines, Iowa, community.

“We just really believe that food should not be a luxury item.”

Jan. 8, 2021
(AP)

Monika Owczarski, who turned a dilapidated city park into an urban farm, is now working to turn her Des Moines neighborhood into a place where nobody goes hungry.

She grows vegetables that are nutritious and culturally significant to the people of River Bend, many of them immigrants with children who attend Moulton Elementary, where students speak 30 different languages. In the summer, she works for hours before the heat sets in, again while her three kids nap, then again after they’ve gone to bed. She prices her produce based on what each person can afford, accepts food stamps and is happy to barter when people need to.

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January 13, 2021   Comments Off on Des Moines, Iowa urban farmer feeds neighbors, builds community

Amanda Weaver’s Ruminants Assist in Urban Farm Research

Weaver created the certificate program in sustainable urban agriculture within the Geography & Environmental Studies Department where she teaches. CU Denver GES students can use her farm as a field study location to conduct research.

By Alicita Rodriguez
CU Denver
University Communications
Dec 15, 2020

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Because of Weaver’s interest in the subject and her desire to keep the farm’s agricultural roots intact, Louise agreed to sell her the property, and she generously allowed Weaver to purchase it in installments. Now called Five Fridges Farm, the 13-acre property includes a farmhouse, commercial kitchen, and multiple barns, as well as open space bordering Lena Gulch.

Weaver found herself in a quandary: She was getting her doctoral degree in geography and had little practical knowledge of agricultural work. In fact, at age 40, she was what the industry calls a “Young Farmer.” She would need to figure out what to farm and how to do it. And she wanted to use the farm as a community resource and educational opportunity.

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December 19, 2020   Comments Off on Amanda Weaver’s Ruminants Assist in Urban Farm Research

Africa: Urban female farmers defeat hunger in Zimbabwe

“It is all because they see their men struggling to make both ends meet that women in cities and towns here occupied available land spaces to plant crops to supplement their domestic food needs,”

By Jeffrey Moyo
AA
12.12.2020

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Over the past one decade female farmers in landlocked southern African country Zimbabwe’s urban landscape are not only bridging gaps in food security but bringing additional incomes to their families.

When Denis Chihota, working as a messenger in one of the government departments in the capital Harare, was unable to earn enough to attend to the family with six children, his 47-year-old wife Madeline ventured into farming.

Even as growing crops in the middle of cities remains illegal, Madeline has harvested four tons of maize on the patches of land around her home, despite rough weather and little rain this year. She says that her endeavor in farming not only defeated hunger but has also supplemented the income of her family.

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December 17, 2020   Comments Off on Africa: Urban female farmers defeat hunger in Zimbabwe

UK: Have men finally lost the plot? Why female-owned allotments are booming

Turn over a new leaf: Rekha Mistry has a blog and Instagram account at rekhagarden kitchen.com CREDIT: Heathcliff O’Malley

Times have changed at Britain’s allotments, as women take to fresh air therapy and growing veg

By Matthew Appleby
The Telegraph
9 November 2020

Excerpt:

Dr Tilly Collins and fellow researcher Ellen Fletcher have found 63.7 per cent of London’s much in-demand allotments are rented by women. And the National Allotment Society estimates that half of all holders nationally are female, compared with 20 per cent in 2003 and 2 per cent in 1973, when the grow-your-own boom began.

Dr Collins believes that a major reason behind the female takeover is because many men have lost their place in society: “There’s a decline in pubs, an increase in divorce rates and more men are socially disconnected.

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November 15, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Have men finally lost the plot? Why female-owned allotments are booming