The Woman Homesteader | A Year Long Series

In 2015 I wrote a blog post titled "The Modern Day Farm'her'". It explained to my readers how the modern day farmer isn't just the grandson or the father stepping up to the plate. In fact, it's the woman stepping up and making the farm or homestead run. There are so many women who run this show by themselves, and yet receive little recognition in today's society.

That blog post went viral, and women across the country sent me emails and social media messages about how grateful they were for the recognition and knowledge shared. It was encouraging, and made them feel appreciated, if even just slightly more than before.

Last week, while taking photos of farm animals for a friend, I watched her climb in and out of ground hutches, wrangle a goat, and saw a basket full of eggs she had just collected. The best part? She's 7 months pregnant and still owning her work like a boss. A few of her photos are below.

She inspired me to start a brand new photography and blog series on our website this year, titled "The Woman Homesteader". I had thought about it long before then, but she just put the icing on the cake for me.

I'm hoping to feature this sweet lady first—more to come. But I simply wanted to introduce you to the hard work and dedication that we'll be talking about this year. You often see the blogs and social media posts by these amazing homesteading women, but you rarely get to see the woman breaking her back some days just to get it all done. We just do it. We don't think about it, many of us don't complain about it. We just do it, because it has to be done, and because quite honestly, we love it.

It isn't because our men don't "step up". Many work alongside of us or do the hard stuff (like building and using tools). And then in some cases, they just aren't interested. Whatever it may be, it doesn't matter. Because we love this life that we live.

If you are a woman homesteader, I want to talk to you about having your story featured in this blog series. If you are local (I'm in Virginia), I'd love to take the photos myself. However, I am very open to having non-local homesteaders as well. It is, after all, something that is spread across the nation, and the world!

If you are a business or farm that would like to sponsor this series or one of these beautiful women, please feel free to contact me.

This series will launch the beginning of March, check back often!! 

View part of Jessi's story here...

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