Celebrate These 9 Women Fiber Farmers on National Agriculture Day!

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture’s vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973.

ACA believes that every American should:
-Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
-Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
-Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
-Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

In honor of National Agriculture Day, we shine a spotlight on 9 women farmers changing the fashion industry. These nine women farmers are all helping to change the face of sustainable textile production, whether they are running a sheep ranch, growing industrial hemp or cultivating dye gardens. While to the average consumer, their names may not be as well known as those of designers, their farming is essential to the advancement of sustainable fashion, and a system where regional, local production isn’t just a pipe dream, it’s a reality.

As Kristine Vejar, author of The Modern Natural Dyer and owner of Oakland’s A Verb for Keeping Warm puts it, looking at our culture surrounding food is a good example.

“Farmers are participants in helping create changes in the way we eat, but it also is very important that there are restaurants and groceries available to cultivate those markets and to educate.” says Vejar.

“It is so important to have designers (chefs) and shops (markets/restaurants) dedicated to helping and participating, and that hopefully over time, the average customer will pay more for the materials so the farmer can focus on farming and cultivating the best materials,” Adds Vejar.

Read the article here and get inspired.