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16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, May 12 2019 3:42 PM UTC +00:00

About

Her Farm is a documentary film about women becoming the next generation owners of their family farms.  This feature length film will share the stories of several American female farmers as they try to keep their family farms alive for future generations while inadvertently blazing a trail for women in agriculture. 

Anna at work with her father in the background.
Anna at work with her father in the background.

Her Farm​ will allow these women to showcase their abilities as farmers and the contributions they make to the world of American agriculture.  

These women put a lot of work into making their dreams grow.
These women put a lot of work into making their dreams grow.

Starting with a look back at traditional gender roles in agriculture, the film will examine the involvement of women in the industry throughout history and touch on the steady increase of women taking over farms despite being thought of as a predominantly male industry. Now that technological advancement has closed whatever gap there may have been in the physical limitations of women in farming; the main struggle is to overcome the stereotypes society has laid down for women. The film hopes to help break those stereotypes and inspire future generations to roll up their sleeves and get to work on their dreams. 

Director's Statement

I was once told that it was a shame that God had given me daughters instead of sons. I asked why and was told that with sons I would have someone to inherit the farm. Ignorance and stereotypes, unfortunately, are common and the only way to end them is to educate people on the truth. That’s where this documentary comes in. 

My daughters, Emily and Delaney - 2005
My daughters, Emily and Delaney - 2005

I was a farmer, owned a farm in Central New York State and until the economy began to take a downslide in 2007, I assumed it was my calling in life. I lived down the road from a tremendous family that became like my family. We were dairy farmers, and they were from the same type of hardscrabble life, and like myself had daughters they were raising on the farm. Our daughters worked on our farms, and we believed that someday they would take over our respective farms. The idea of not having a son to do the work was never an issue as our daughters were dedicated and worked just as hard as any boy. 

Our Milking Barn - 2005  just after the cows moved in
Our Milking Barn - 2005 just after the cows moved in

The year 2008 was not great for my family; we lost the farm and had to leave our friends to find new work. Despite a severe back injury, divorce, and job loss, I went back to school to study filmmaking in 2014. I had intended to create a film using digitized 8mm film that my grandmother had shot in the 1950s-1970s. The films she had captured highlighted her life as a mother and farm wife. I interviewed my family to get their perspectives on working in the agricultural industry. I was intrigued by my Aunt Susan’s response as she was a girl raised with three boys. My Aunt Susan described how her life on the farm differed from her brothers. Even though she loved the horses and wanted to work in the barn, she found her role doing chores in the house and the garden. Susan wasn’t offended by this, they all had a role on the farm, and like so many other strong families; everyone does what they can to help the family succeed.

My father, Art Foss, thrashing oats in 1954 Marilla, New York with his one of his neighbors
My father, Art Foss, thrashing oats in 1954 Marilla, New York with his one of his neighbors

I was exploring an idea for the expansion of the original piece I had done when working with my colleague and friend, Lindsey Nun. We conceptualized a narrative that honed in on women in agriculture and why they were underrepresented in farming. I immediately thought about my friends who had farmed next door to me as their oldest daughter was gearing up to take over their family farm. The idea for the direction of this story came from my interview with Bridgette Ullrich; she made a statement that was so important: 

Bridgette Ullrich
Bridgette Ullrich

“If you're a girl and you want to have a farm get to work, go out there and do it.”

The struggle was not about women being repressed by physical issues; technology had taken care of that; it was the struggle in the mind to overcome the stereotypes society had laid down for women.  I instantly thought back to the comments about my daughters and felt the need to move forward to create this film to educate and remove that stigma.  

Anna Williams milking her cows
Anna Williams milking her cows

I am now at a point where I have reached out to other women that are doing the same as Bridgette’s daughter Anna in continuing the family tradition in agriculture. Throughout America, more women have been able to chase the dream of owning the family farm or starting their own. 

Moving forward means raising money, and until now over the last three years, I have personally funded this project. There have been many trips throughout the state and country to capture stories and images. However, there is much more to do with interviews and visual storytelling. The funds raised here will allow us to travel across the country documenting more of these stories and allow us to finish the project. 

This film is sponsored by From the Heart Productions through distribution.  All donations to this project are tax deductible.

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Our biggest challenge will be budgeting and completing the project without adequate funds. Therefore, Kickstarter will be one of the ways we work hard to raise the funds.

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