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FarmHer: Images of Women in Agriculture

Marji Guyler-Alaniz has spent the last nine months documenting women farmers for her ongoing photography project, FarmHer.

“My goal is to capture the beauty in the every day and my style is to show who these women are through subtleties,” says the Iowa-based photographer. It’s an important goal at a time when the number of female farmers is on the rise, women now make up 30 percent of U.S. farmers, and many women are approaching this work in sustainable, creative, and mold-breaking ways.

The images presented are from Guyler-Alaniz’s latest shoots.


Above image: Angelique Hakazimona is a refugee from Rwanda who now calls Iowa home.  She works as a farmer at Wabi Sabi Farm in Granger, Iowa, growing food for their CSA program. Angelique is excited about her work as a FarmHer and truly believes it is the most important job she could do.

Here Angelique Hakazimona cleaning sweet potatoes she has just finished digging.

Goma Bastola is a refugee originally from Bhutan who fled to Nepal before landing at home in Iowa. I was able to photograph her while she was working with her daughter and husband at Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines. This farm is sponsored by Lutheran Services in Iowa and serves to teach refugees about farming. The farm is a place where they not only learn how to grow food, but also provides them with food for their families, and provides food that they sell at markets in Central Iowa. In this image Goma is standing in the rows as she works to harvest for the next days market.

Goma Bastola is a refugee originally from Bhutan who fled to Nepal before landing at home in Iowa, where she now farms at Global Greens Farm in West Des Moines. At Global Greens, participants learn how to grow food, are given an inroad to local markets, and they’re also able to take home a percent of the bounty to feed their families. Here, Goma is harvesting eggplants.

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Goma in her garden

In this image Goma is standing in the rows as she works to harvest for the market the next day.


Janna Feldman keeps a herd of goats and sheep at Doe’s and Diva’s Dairy, in Honey Creek, Iowa. She uses the milk to make specialty soaps and cheese and is constructing a new facility for processing.  Janna’s care and concern for her animals shows in the operation of her farm and in her products.

Here Janna  is resting her foot on the milking stand while a doe waits patiently for her turn to be milked.

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Danelle Myer grows vegetables on a few acres of land that she rents from her family’s operation. After attending a six-month apprenticeship program through the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at the University of California Santa Cruz, Myer returned home to open her own small business called One Farm. She plans to purchase more land and build a high tunnel to increase her cool weather growing capabilities.


Here Danelle is updating her records as she prepares the harvest for market.

You can find more excellent shots on Guyler-Alaniz’s  Web site.

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  1. Love the faces of FarmHers!! Keep up the great work!
  2. Extraordinary! Thank you for sharing the stories and the pictures . . . I have renewed energy this morning to "keep on, keepin on!"
  3. Alison Wong
    Amazing photography. I love seeing photos of the farmers in charge of a sustainable food system.
  4. Sheila Dicks
    Iam a new CNG small farmer. I appreciate the subject and the beautiful photographes in this article. It was inspiring!!

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