Audra Mulkern wants to change the way you look at farming and the food on your plate. As a photographer and writer she has sought to shine a spotlight on the hard-working people who are growing a food system that is sustainable and equitable for all.
Audra is the founder of “The Female Farmer Project” – a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world. From in-depth stories, personal essays, photographic portraits and a podcast, the project gives a powerful voice to the fastest growing demographic in agriculture-- The Female Farmer.
The Female Farmer Project has garnered international recognition and acclaim. It has exhibited around the world, most recently at the United Nations in New York and has been featured in magazines globally, from Saveur to Forbes to Billboard and translated into three languages.
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In 2016 Audra welcomed team members, Greta - prodigious researcher and facilitator, Kate - crackerjack podcast co-host and producer, and Debbie - old soul wordsmith. Meet the team below.
Debbie Weingarten is a Tucson-based writer and editor, who believes that food systems are stronger if the women working within them are connected with and empowered by each other. As a former vegetable farmer, she geeks out to USDA statistics, goat dynamics, and convening with other female farmer-mover-shakers. She is obsessed with storytelling and amplifying the voices in rural America. She is the co-founder of the Farmer Education & Resource Network, serves on the City of Tucson's Commission for Food Security, Heritage and Economy, and on the Leadership Council for the Pima County Food Alliance.
A history buff on the side, and a science geek for life – Greta Hardin has degrees in Biology and Education. She’s taught AP Chemistry, led Elementary School Art-Programs and written a cookbook for beginners at the Farmers Market. She’s currently delving into her family’s forestry business, and slowly working towards a cookbook on Farmers Market proteins (beef heart Sauce Bolognese?). Such wide ranging interest and a passion for research and writing mean a chance to dig into the past and present roles of Women in growing, harvesting and producing our food is about as exciting as it gets.
Kate Doughty is a graduate of the University of Washington with a double degree in Environmental Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. Her studies have ranged from ecological aspects of agriculture to socio-cultural and community related aspects, allowing her to take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the food system. Kate was drawn to the Female Farmer Project because she believes that by empowering women and amplifying their voices through storytelling, the gendered barriers that face female farmers daily can be dismantled, and the invaluable service they provide can be supported as it deserves to be. In her work with the Female Farmer Project, she hopes to help capture and embody the complexities of the female farmer identity, and make a positive difference in the representation of women in the fields.
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