2014 Women Farmer Day a Success

Posted: August 12, 2014

Women farmers across the state celebrate the importance of women in agriculture with networking, singing, speakers, sales and promoting local farmers.
KJ Wagner performs at Women Farmer Day celebration in Centre Hall, PA

KJ Wagner performs at Women Farmer Day celebration in Centre Hall, PA

August 1st is Women Farmer Day as proclaimed by the PA Women's Agricultural Network Steering Committee. This year's celebration coincided with PCO's Organic FarmFest in Centre Hall, PA. PA-WAgN partnered with Green Heron Tools, Hameau Farm in the Big Valley and Penn State Women's Studies Department to bring agricultural songstress KJ Reminsnyder-Wagner to the Eco-Vents Stage at FarmFest. 


PA-WAgN Steering Committee Co-chair, Lyn Garling kicked-off the program by introducing PA-WAgN to the audience and explaining the value of programming for women farmers and the power of networking. She then introduced KJ Wagner. KJ is an independent recording artist with numerous albums. She is a PA native and deeply embedded in agriculture. She grew up visiting her grandparents farm and later worked for many years for the PA Department of Agriculture. She took her upbeat nature and wonderful childrens songs into schools to teach our next generation to honor and be proud of the farmers. KJ performed songs from her album, "Proud to be a Farmer". A few of those songs were "Pennsylvania Farmer", "What's a Farm To Do?" and "Proud to be a Farmer." She also got the crowd singing by helping with some of her childrens songs. We had a wonderful time listening and singing along with KJ's positive energy. 


Other celebrations across the state included a promotion by Berry Fields Farm in New Albany, PA who asked their customers to bring along a woman farmer to their weekly Pizza Night for free pizza and beverage. Thanks to the Barbara and Charlie Gerlach for supporting women farmers!


Another event was Cherry Valley CSA in Stroudsburg, PA donated 10% of their sales that weekend to help support PA-WAgN programming. Thanks to farmers Heidi Secord and Gary Bloss for supporting the education of women farmers!


And in the southeast, AgConnect, Natural Lands Trust and Schuylkill Highlands Partnership organized by Jodi Gauker held a luncheon and networking time at crow's Nest Preserve in Elverson, PA. Guest speakers were Susan Miller, Farmer and Cheese Artisan, Birchrun Hills Farm; Molly Morrison, President, Natural Lands Trust and Carol DeWolf, Schuylkill Highlands Partnership, Natural Lands Trust. Thanks to all those in the southeast who supported women farmers!


Start planning your event to celebrate women farmers next year and remember to thank all farmers at least three times a day!