Women farmers taking root

  • Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 5, 2011 - 9:53 PM

Call it the lure of the land. But a growing number of Minnesota farms are now run by women.

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eastsider45Aug. 6, 11 7:49 AM

Women can be great farmers! My Dad's aunts were the famous Kramer sisters (well, famous in Richfield anyway). Twin sisters never married and ran a very successful farm in the 20's through the 50's. If you go to the Hub Shopping Center you are standing on some of their land. They were written up in this same paper back then for breaking new ground for women of their day.

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sdsugojacksAug. 6, 11 8:19 AM

When people come to my parent's farm and say to my mom they "want to talk to the boss" she replys "you're looking at her". Women have been running farms for generations, this is not a new frontier.

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fxrdg84Aug. 6, 11 9:47 AM

Years ago I was reviewing Ag. Extension info. and saw the statistic that the demographic for the number one owner of land in Minnesota was elderly women. Farmers own much of the land and often acquire more as their farming career progresses. But because of the average longevity of women they are out lived by their wives who eventually end up holding the land, sometimes for many years, before passing it on to heirs or selling it.

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candidsmileAug. 6, 1112:04 PM

Are these women "farmers", buying the machinery to till the land, or are they hiring it to be done? Couldn't you at least have covered that part of the story? Most people don't realize it takes a lot of money up front to own and operate a farm. These piddly garden farms are nothing compared to the bigger ones that sell at the local farmers markets or the grain and dairy farmers that haul products to mills, etc. I'm sure they are receiving a lot of outside help.

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waywaysAug. 6, 11 6:33 PM

eastsider45, this might be a photo of your family farm. It's about a church, but they list the Kramer farm. http://www.strichards.com/profile.shtml

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eastsider45Aug. 7, 11 8:15 AM

wayways, thank you so much for posting that. I wish my Dad was here because he could probably tell me stories about that photo for hours. It looks like the houses were already encroaching so I think by this time my Grandpa's farm was already gone. So if you look at that Kramer farm, I think that answers the question of whether women can run a "real" farm. They were hard workers and in their day most farm work was manual labor. And they lived into their 80's so it didn't hurt them. What a great area that must have been-the Kramers, Frenchus, Adelmanns, Pauls--all German immigrants who build the farms and built the Assumption Church.

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