Soil Sisters

A Toolkit for Women Farmers

Covering everything from business planning to tool use to integrating family into farm operations, Soil Sisters is a blueprint for women who dream of bringing their vision of agricultural entrepreneurship to life. This guide blends stories of female farmers with information and resources for women launching new farming enterprises.

By: Lisa Kivirist

Foreward By: Mary Jane Butters

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The first practical, hands-on guide for female farmers

Women in agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, but they face a host of distinct challenges and opportunities. Blending What Color is Your Parachute -style career advice with sustainable agriculture practices viewed through a gender lens, Soil Sisters provides a wealth of invaluable information for fledging female farming entrepreneurs.

The first manual of its kind, this authoritative and comprehensive blueprint presents practical considerations from a woman’s perspective, covering everything from business planning to tool use and ergonomics to integrating children and family in farm operations. Key topics include:

  • Finding your niche: mid-life encore careers, young & beginning, boomerangs and more
  • From concept to crop: diversified farm start-up basics
  • Resources, grants & loans for women farmers.

Soil Sisters also contains case studies, inspirational ideas and savvy advice nuggets from over 100 successful women farmers and advocates. Targeted specifically to members of the fastest-growing demographic in local agriculture, this highly readable guide is practical and pragmatic “Chick Lit” for today’s food scene.


  • FINALIST | 2016 Foreword INDIES: Women’s Studies

About The Author(s)

Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko are nationally recognised speakers and writers with 15 books between them including the award-winning ECOpreneuringHomemade for SaleFarmstead Chef, and Rural Renaissance. Lisa is the instructor for the best-selling online Udemy course: How to Start and Market a Food Business from Your Home Kitchen. Together, they spearheaded the first-ever Home-based Food Entrepreneur Virtual National Conference. Lisa served as a plaintiff in the successful lawsuit that legalized the sale of home-baked goods in Wisconsin. She also leads Soil Sisters, an award-winning project of Renewing the Countryside that supports women in sustainable agriculture and is the author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers. John is a photographer and the co-author for six award-winning multicultural children’s books including To Be a KidCome Out and Play, and Back to School. John and Lisa are innkeepers of the completely solar-powered Inn Serendipity B&B in Wisconsin.

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Book Awards

FINALIST | 2016 Foreword INDIES: Women’s Studies

Book Specifications

ISBN: 9780865718050

Page Count: 240

Dimensions: 7.25 × 9 × 0.48 in

Publication Date: February 01, 2016

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