The Female Farmer Project continues to find new ways to elevate the voices of women farmers. There is nothing more powerful than your voice, and we want to amplify it. As part of our 2017 storytelling project line-up, we’re pleased to announce a new platform and collaborative storytelling series called FFP Storytellers.
Over the past few years, we’ve hosted many of your wonderful essays on our page. But we want to take it one step further. To launch FFP Storytellers, we'll be selecting one female farmer who wants to envision, write, and publish an essay about her farming experience.
Together we'll explore your vision for the piece and coach you through the writing process. Once you have a draft, FFP team member and writer/editor Debbie Weingarten will work with you to edit your piece. Finally, we’ll help you identify media outlets that would be a fit for your story and coach you through the submission process.
We're looking for a female farmer essayist who:
-loves to write
-has a strong point of view and cares deeply about this particular story
-is open to feedback and the editing process
-is interested in sharing her story publicly
-can commit the time to the writing, editing, and submission/pitching process
Think you might be our first female farmer FFP Storytellers participant? Then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself, your farm, and a short overview of your story idea and send it to us by May 30th. We'll review all pitches and invite one person to workshop their essay with us.
We're interested in honest vivid stories that dig deep and tell the story of modern day farming—some ideas to get your brain whirling: the push and pull of the farm life, the tricky balance of farm and family, the future of farming as you envision it, navigating financial stress, sexism in the agriculture industry, lack of resources, barriers to entry, a farmer's love of land, transitioning to a new farm-based micro-enterprise, etc.