I have to be honest here and admit that I accepted the review copy of this book simply because I thought the book cover was nice. When I received the book I realized it was not what I was expecting. It is a profile of 26 women involved in sustainable food movement. “Is this really necessary?” I thought to myself. “Why do we need a book specifically about women involved in food?” To prove to myself that the premise of the book was pointless I decided to make a mental list of women I knew involved in either producing or educating people on the subject. I couldn’t name one. I switched to men and immediately came up with two names.
Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat profiles 26 women involved in the sustainable food industry. The women range from advocates and activist to farmers. Farmers like Nancy Vail who spent some time at Angelic Organics here in Illinois. Nancy started Pie Ranch with her husband, Jered, and her friend Karen Heisler. Their farm in Pescadero, California, is and educational farm that uses the pie theme to draw in visitors, educate youth and brings sustainable organic food to nearby urban communities.
Food is a feminist issue. Women are involved in every aspect of feeding families from the farm to table. Farmer Jane is a much needed book that recognizes that and highlights the role women play in nurturing healthier living. While Farmer Jane is by a woman and about women, it isn’t solely for women. It is filled with thought provoking ideas and tips for everyone, from farmers to eaters and those toying with the idea of becoming farmers. If you care about the food you eat, then you should care about who produces it and how.
Farmer Jane is written by Temra Costa and published by Gibbs-Smith and retails for $15.99. There is also a website and blog for the book. I received my review copy for free.