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Faces & Visions of the Food Movement: Denise O’Brien

Denise O’Brien is a farmer and community organizer from Atlantic, Iowa. She has farmed with her husband, Larry Harris, for 37 years in the southwest of the state and maintains 16 acres of fruit and vegetable production. Denise also raises turkeys and chickens for market.

For over 30 years Denise has helped develop agriculture policy on the state, national and international level working specifically on local food systems and conservation issues. She is the founder of Women Food and Agriculture Network and recently returned home after a year working as an USDA agriculture adviser in Afghanistan.

Denise has spent years as an activist farmer, raising children and crops, milking cows and being politically engaged. Now, she wants to restore prairie, save seeds, support women landowners and encourage the next generation of women activists. Read more

Nominate Your Mom For Sustainable Farmer Mom Of The Year!

In America we all grow up with images of what certain occupations look like, stereotypes of the folks we depend on for day-to-day functions in society.  The construction worker is a robust, manly kind of character.  The nurse is a nurturing, kind and vaguely attractive woman.  And the farmer, if you even thought about who grew your food as a child, is always a strong, hearty man enduring the elements and surveying his wide expanses of land.  Just like the illustrations in our very first books, we internalize what these roles “should” look like.  But as we all learn, hopefully, as we age is that stereotypes are never the reality. Read more