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September’s #queerfarmerfeature - Bo @bo_remy_grows! . . What does farming look like for you? . . (Answered in July) I am currently managing an 120 acre farm at a college in rural Maine where I educate beginning farmers. Right now in the season we are rotating all our animals on pasture (chickens, pigs, sheep, cattle) as well as tending to our vegetable plots. July is a balancing month in the fields of managing weeds, pasture regrowth, and starting to bring in some of the bigger harvests. . . I was originally drawn to farming for the desire to be outside, work with my hands, and eat ridiculously good food. This is my 10th year farming and my priorities have shifted as I discover what truly makes me the most passionate in the food system world. Right now I feel most excited about supporting beginning farmers through education and connecting them to resources. And sheep. I am always excited about sheep. #queerswhofarm

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Good morning! Thanks @mo_brxwne @queers4climatejustice for sharing - connect with them to spread the work!

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Thanks @janeasoarus for being our August #queerswhofarm #queerfarmerfeature! It was so great to share your story . . Excited to share from our September feature @bo_remy_grows! . . I LOVE lettuce and arugula and feel that they are both sadly underrated. Lettuce is an amazing crop to grow and nothing tastes as good as cutting a fresh head of lettuce from the field and lightly dressing it for lunch on a hot day. There are so many varieties of lettuce, it tickles my nerdy farmer brain to experiment and do trials to see which ones work best and when. Arugula also wins my heart because it is so flavorful and makes any meal better. The wild open pollinated varieties excite me! . . My fiancé Steph Chevalier has always supported my love of farming and shares in my joys. My former boss Libby Batzel of Beet Generation Farm really pushed me to explore more ways to expand my experiences as a queer farmer, I am so grateful for these two people.

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Thanks #queerfarmerfeature @janeasoarus! . . Interested in being featured with #queerswhofarm to tell a bit more of your story? Message us! . . “Goals that I have as a farmer are to acquire my own land and grow organic food for my community. Where I live the price of land is exorbitant and it takes a lot to be able to start a farm. It is my dream to share the space that I cultivate with the people around the area who are interested in learning more about farming and share a love of the land.”

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Thanks @smabruke! ・・・ We absolutely 💚LOVE💚 the feeling of dirt under our feet. Especially when you get to plant things 🌿🌿🌿Peek-a-boo 🌱🍈💚 #dogs #couple #planting #growsomethinggreen #growfood #scandinavian #lgbt #farming #instaguy #familygoals #boyswithplants #queerswhofarm

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Yes @xtineweston thank you! . . ・・・ Speaking of pride... supes proud of this little ‘mater we grew! #queerswhofarm #floridaweave

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Yay #queerfarmerfeature @janeasoarus! Thanks for sharing! . . Queerness has inspired me to break through gender norms/expectations and be proud of my abilities as a woman. Last year I worked on a lesbian owned farm called Beet Generation Farm and was very gladly guided by my boss Libby Batzel to be myself no matter what and be confident in what I want. . . A theme of challenges I continually face as a farmer is the patriarchy that surrounds agriculture. There have been many farm owners I have worked with that didn’t want to teach a woman to ride a tractor or couldn’t relinquish their control over their dominion. There are always many ways to do something on a farm and it has been challenging to get my methods/visions heard by many men I have worked with.

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Thanks as always @rocksteadyfarm! ・・・ Farming while queer. A life of leaning into all sides of my gender. Exploring the spectrum of fierceness and tenderness- witnessed through large tractors and the most delicate of blooms. Being in a work place where I can be 100% who I truly am- open, unfiltered and real. Not ashamed about who I love - no, damn excited about who I love. Connection to land and earth in an unapologetic way. Ownership, freedom of thought, creative partnerships. Open to all people in both our rural and urban community. Ever learning how to show up in this world. How to be accountable to all marginalized people- not just LGBTQ. Owning my whiteness within my queerness. Owning my privilege. Learning daily what it means to be a better farmer when all odds are against you. Photo cred @whergt #queerfarmers #queerownedbusiness #queerswhofarm

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Thanks @kingandkingranch! ・・・ Harvested the last of the #pinkertonavocados today, and the first few brown turkey #figs. I also felt like some #sunflowers and lots of fresh herbs would be appropriate for this sunny #lughnasadh market day. 🌻🥑🌞🌿🥑🌻🌾 #eatinseason #lammas #knowyourfarmer #supportyourlocalfarmersmarket #queerswhofarm #queerfarmers #nonbinaryfarmer #avocadofarmers #avocado @altadenafm

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Thanks @midnightkitchencollective ! ・・・ magic beans from our last harvest... 💜💜💜 #bushbeans #nature #organicfarm #queerswhofarm #midnightkitchen

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Thanks @sproutinglifehomestead for this summer shot! . . It's a beautiful day for the #eastashevillemarket this afternoon!!! #eatlocal #queerswhofarm #828isgreat

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Yay @sundog.farm! Thanks for sharing . . Rebecca and I fly fish, so when we discovered Flashy Trout Back lettuce we knew we had to grow it. Luckily we don’t need a net to land these guys. ⠀ #theonetimethebigonedidntgetaway #handcaught #destinedfordinnerplates#wifewifefarmteam #queerswhoflyfish #queerswhofarm

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Starting up #queerfarmerfeature again! We’re excited to feature Jane @janeasoarus for the month of August - she shared some of her story with us and we’re excited to share with all you #queerswhofarm . . . At this moment in my life, I am working on a 7+ acre property and managing two other properties in the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country town of Healdsburg, California. My current work as a queer farmer has challenged me to learn new skills, work more with power tools, and take on tasks that I never would have imagined I could do! . . After graduating from New York University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies & Pre-Medicine and a minor in Chemistry, living in Manhattan for 4 years propelled me into organic farming. I first got a job north of Chico, CA and realized how much I loved farming and stewarding the land. I realized I could help people live healthily through growing organic produce and sharing my love of fresh fruits and vegetables with my community.

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Ahhhh @queerdirt! Making it happen! . . I'm a queer farmer, and that makes me unique in my neck of the woods. The other farmers around are straight couples creating a heteronormative "family farm" narrative, and the other queers around are, well, city kids. But, I know other land-based queers are out there--I see you! And I want to be with you in person, so that we can know each other and hold each other up as we work to revolutionize agriculture and reimagine who queer folks can be, and who farmers can be. That's why I'm hosting the first annual Queer Farmer Convergence. See you there!

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Farmer @bethezda1 of @rocksteadyfarm in a @queerappalachia shirt with #tomatoes?! Thanks for sharing! #queerswhofarm

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