You are here

Sustainable Austin Blog

Texas Women in Agriculture, background is photo of woman holding a small bird.

Oftentimes women are unsung heroes in the world of farming. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, nearly one million women are working America’s lands. Together, these women are generating $12.9 billion in annual agricultural sales. In Texas, we have over 120,000 female farmers working 43 million acres, making up 33% of Texas farmers, with an $818 million economic impact.

Women have deep roots in our state’s agricultural community and in order to help foster their continued involvement, it is vital to highlight and celebrate the crucial role they play. For this reason, we are partnering with Texas Farmers Market to promote their Women in Agriculture project. Join us as we celebrate 11 female farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers that tell a story of Texas women in agriculture.

Amelia surrounded by goats on her farm.

Amelia Sweetheardt of Pure Luck Farm and Dairy

Pure Luck Farm and Dairy in Dripping Springs is home to 100 Nubian and Alpine goats, and five acres of certified organic farmland on Barton Creek. The farm specializes in handmade artisan goat cheese and certified organic culinary herbs, and everything is done by hand. Amelia grew up on the farm, and learned to appreciate the value of the land, the goats, the work, and her home. When her mother asked her to come make cheese with her in 1997, Amelia was ready. She now runs all of the cheeseplant operations, manages the herd, and makes award-winning cheeses.

 

Amy on her farm with cows in the background.

Amy Greer of Winters Family Beef

Amy is a 6th generation rancher on her family's land, the Winters/Wall Ranch in Brady, Texas. She and her husband George decided to blaze their own trail by raising Angus and Wagyu cattle that would always be free from antibiotics, steroids and added hormones. Their animals are given free-choice feed in the pasture and are never captive in feed lots. She loves her cows and always treats them with the utmost care and compassion.

 

Donna picking a peach off a tree.

Donna Bernhardt of Bernhardts Farm

Donna and her husband, Alex, run a sustainable fruit and vegetable farm and commercial kitchen in Elgin, Texas. Donna works hard to provide central Texans with sustainable and delicious veggies, fruits, hummus, kraut, kimchi, pickles, pesto, tea blends, dried fruit, and more!

Angela on her farm with livestock in the background.

Angela Smith of Smith & Smith Farms

Angela and her family specialize in pasture raised meats that are hormone and antibiotic free. Out in Rogers, Texas, they have 50 acres where they raise Dorper lambs, all different breeds of laying hens, Cornish Rock meat chickens, Red Wattle hogs, and their new venture, broad breasted white turkeys. All of the animals on their farm are free range, roam around everywhere, and are as happy as can be.

 

Eileen in her commercial kitchen with bagged pecans in the foreground.

Eileen Niswander of Yegua Creek Farms

 

Eileen and her husband, Gene, grow pecans and make delicious pecan products, including roasted and flavored pecans. Eileen also runs their commercial kitchen and prepares many different delicious jams, jellies, breads, and sweet treats for all to enjoy.

 

Katie with two horses.

Katie Kraemer of Tecolote Farm

 

Katie and her husband, David, have been running their small organic family farm since 1994. Located on the rich soils of the Blackland Prairie 13 miles east of downtown, Tecolote has been bringing delicious, fresh vegetables to Austinites for over 20 years, making them one of the area’s original organic farms. They grow 150 vegetable varieties from all over the world and their CSA is the longest-running in Texas! Katie and the team at Tecolote Farm brings a unique flavor to the Austin community, a love of good food, and dedication to quality.

 

Jackie wearing a sun hat in a field.

Jackie Pomrenke of Flintrock Hill Farm

 

Jackie and her husband run a sustainable fruit and vegetable farm in Kingsbury, Texas. She grows hydroponic and field tomatoes, strawberries, corn, greens, green beans, summer squash, and much, much more!

 

Perrine with livestock on her farm.

Perrine Renault of Belle Vie Farm and Kitchen

 

Perrine and her husband pasture raise and organically feed French white Muscovy ducks, pigs, and turkeys on their farm in Thrall, Texas. At the farmers markets, they not only sell delicious eggs and fresh meat, but a range of amazing charcuterie, soups and French baked goods as well!

 

Cypress at a farm stand.

Cypress Sigman of Engel Farms

 

Cypress uses her background in organic farming, permaculture and other aspects of sustainable living at Engel Farm in Fredericksburg to grow sustainable fruits and vegetables. Like so many farmers, she is a multitasker and also sells John Deere tractors and raises laying hens on the side. At Engel, she helped transition the farm from conventional to organic growing practices and currently utilizes many different sustainable methods to create more beneficial insects, increase soil fertility, grow healther plants, extend shelf life, and create a stronger farm eco-system!

 

Germaine holding a small bird.

Germaine Swenson of Munkebo Farm

 

On her sustainable farm in Manor, Texas, Germaine pasture-raises quail, mallard ducks, grass-fed Piedmontese and Piedmontese Angus crossed cattle, and domesticated feral hogs. In tandem with humanely raising her animals, she uses organic and permaculture methods to grow an abundance of vegetables and fruit with no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, specializing in growing heirlooms and unusual varieties.

 

Pam holding a box of peaches standing in front of a small triangular shed or chicken coop.

Pam McCaskill of Austin Orchards

 

Pam and her family run an all-natural orchard using environmentally sound practices in Garfield, Texas. Their peaches, blackberries, strawberries, nectarines, pomegranates, pears, figs, grapes and watermelons are the sweetest around! Pam sells at the Mueller Farmers Market when their fruit is in season.

 

Texas Women in Agriculture calendar.

Order a calendar, support Central Texas farmers

 

It's not too late to grab a calendar for 2018! The calendar highlights the amazing women in Texas agriculture featured in this post. All proceeds go to the Farmer Emergency Fund, which supports farmers and ranchers during times of medical, environmental or other emergencies.

Content for this blog post provided by: Texas Farmers Market, Photos by: Nora Chovanec

Tagged: texas, Texas women, texas women in agriculture, agriculture, farming, farms, local farms, local produce, farmers market

More Blog Posts

The City of Austin is partnering with the Sustainable Food Center, Farmshare Austin, and Go Austin! / Vamos Austin! (GAVA) to offer fresh, affordable, convenient, and nutritious food.

...

Tagged: fresh for less, food, GAVA, Farmshare, urban farms, farm stands, mobile markets, healthy corner stores

About this blog

News, ideas, and inspiration from the Office of Sustainability, to help advance a Bright Green future for Austin.

Tags

seaholm ecodistrict

food

soofa

Sustainability

led

Prosperous. Sustainable. Austin.

green building

waste diversion

austin green business leader

bus rider

grant recipients

school

net-zero heroes

heat

electric vehicle

litter control

live music

mobile markets

Composting

healthy living

erosion

Seaholm

compost

soofa bench

rethink challenge

energy

architecture

reuse

august martin jr

Melissa Rothrock

bgfg

bike commute

community

green business

summer

leaf

recycle

farm stands

green cup challenge

Green is the New Black

earth month tips

rain gardens

greenhouse gas emissions

Office of Sustainability

Austin Energy

austinites

profile

upcycle

capital metro

Bright Green Future

bike

grant

food planning

green

urban farms

green habits

huston tillotson university

earth month

water

solar panels

springtime

sharon mays

bus

net zero

food insecurity

PICC

Farmshare

carshandra hollins

save

conservation

solar

garden

ecodistrict

save money

environmentaustin

Austin

recycling

generation net-zero

tree farm

lighting

north central austin

net zero hero

carbon neutral

GAVA

earth day

local food

solar energy

gardening

open data

walking

go green

new central library

zero waste

recycled reads

bailey middle school

energy efficiency

rundberg

high school

climate

rethink app

carbon footprint

community gardens

austin interfaith network

dashboard

holiday

Prosperous. Sustainable. Austin. sustainability

austin public library

george cofer

bright green future grant

agbl

public affairs

crockett

green infrastructure

fresh for less

rethink

tips

congregation beth israel

goals

pilot

heidi tse

transporation

biking

sustainability tips

University of Texas

lanier

tree canopy

aisd

Plug in partners

key performance indicators

restaurant

alternative transportation

environment

Calder Kamin

lbj

blog

street trees

Education

events

electric drive

kpi

reduce carbon footprint

seniors

food for all

challenge

urban forest

conferences

city sustainability

austinties

healthy

bike month

children

business

artist

eNewsletter

festivals

renewable energy

local business

breathing

sustainability accomplishments

Austin Mobility

austin city limits

Prosperous. Sustainable. Austin. green

reclaimed water

wildlife

bryony gomez-palacio

health

austin business

air

2015

Zero Waste Block Leader

seton

21st century America

rebate

formula 1

halloween

purple pipe

restoration

Dustin Fedako

green choice

holidays

small business

how to ride the bus

ozone

year in review

Goodwill

catalina berry

complete communities

climate change

sxsw

kids

pat bulla

food recovery

air quality

sustainable

lisa apfelberg

chickens

electric

visiting austin

recycling tips

whole life learning center

family

dale bulla

golden-cheeked warbler

joseph de leon

gallons saved

upcycled

keynote

mall

chief sustainability officer

tour

tourism

austin resource recovery

recipes

learning

Nature

low flow

gift bows

Net Zero Carbon emissions

bill nye

suburb

lucia athens

autumn

birds

featured member

wrapping paper

reagan high

neighborhood

Austin's food system

science

green visitor

greenchoice

fall

gus garcia

castle hill

transportation

eco-audit

reagan high school

redevelopment

local food system

Austin Energy Regional Science Fest

pumpkin

diy

capmetro

eastside memorial high school

Prosperous. Sustainable. Austin. earth day

leadership

Prosperous. Sustainable. Austin. sustainable

Food Waste

metrorapid

farmers market

eastside memorial

gift ideas

food policy

donations

michael harris

Healthy Austin

green operations and maintenance

community and outreach

applied materials

local produce

SXSW Eco

student showcase

good food purchasing

thor harris

sustainable business

fitness

local farms

presentation

how-to

redevelopment; code

reclaimed wood

sealab

Austin Animal Center

electricity

Water conservation

wellness

farms

city hall

connected

texas

local

2016

animal

farming

nominations

compact

weather

Music

green business leaders

foundation communities

resource management

agriculture

nominate net-zero hero

ecorise

valentine

stay cool

musican

Mendez Middle School

Mueller

the science guy

texas women in agriculture

nominate

valentines day

urban trails

activities

Texas women

net-zero hero 2016

party tips

bicycle

Sameer Pusapaty

McKinney/York

water efficiency

design

infrastructure

amy stansbury

bicycling

green operations

safety

creek protection

co2

green schools showcase

mobility

super bowl 50

landscape

cool pavement

library

emissions reduction

staff engagement

grow zone

seaholm power plant

vegetable garden

charging

HNTB

super bowl

st. andrew’s episcopal school

ronda rutledge

watershed protection

green roof

Central library

make austin greener

seed bank

herb garden

smart bench

water preservation

green schools

Award

st. andrew’s

beat the heat

zero emissions

healthy corner stores

flooding

Archives

2017

December

November

October

September

August

July

June

May

April

March

February

January