Women are making a huge impact in the urban farming world, both as farmers and as leaders of organizations that support farmers, from community gardens to educational institutions to businesses ton development organizations and more.
The farmer in this piece, Emily Melvin, is a former Senior Fellow of the Allegheny Mountain Institute who was also part of a team that worked in partnership with the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) to develop the VSDB Educational Urban Farm in Staunton, Virginia.
Standing proud, with harvest in hand, Emily acts here as a stand-in for female urban farmers everywhere who are embracing their jobs and vocations with passion.
More on this topic in the chapbook essay.
— Lindsay Curren, 31 Days of Urban Agriculture