In central Ohio lies Knox County, a patchwork of villages and townships containing over nine hundred farms. Who are the people who watch the sheep, bale the hay, milk the cows, and feed the chickens? I am interested in the unsung heroes of family farming: the women. Thus, I set out to find images to convey stories of women farmers in Knox County, Ohio. After interning for Lisa Rickard on Fox Hollow Farm in the summer of 2011, I learned that the farm is a place where one can be an individual. Gender roles on the farm are obsolete compared to society – many different skills and strengths are necessary. Each woman has an important role on the farm according to her unique passions, desires, and talents. What struck me the most about each woman was their love for the animals and the earth. This portfolio is not meant to be a complete representation of women and agriculture in Knox County, but rather a photographic exploration of nine specific female agrarians: Rita Dugeon, Beth Elder, Kate Helt, Anna Hoam, Christine Laymon, Beverly Miller, Helene Patrick, Lisa Rickard, and Gina White. 

 BEVERLY

BEVERLY

 ANNA

ANNA

 KATE

KATE

 LISA

LISA

 BETH

BETH

 GINA

GINA

 RITA

RITA

 CHRISTINE

CHRISTINE

 HELEN

HELEN