January 12, 2012 Issue
|All photography on article by Erik Holladay; Amy Newday, left, and Diane Glenn, right|
The two women stand at the top of the ridge and look out over the muddy field. They look into the future -- and the future is lush and green.
Amy Newday and Diane Glenn may not be the first image to come to mind when one thinks of Michigan farmers, but that is, they will both admit with a grin, part of the allure. (According to a 2011 National Public Radio interview with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, women are the largest minority in agriculture, with about 300,000 nationwide operating their own farms.)
After a couple of years of careful planning, Amy and Diane started their small farm in Shelbyville, a rural area about 25 miles north of Kalamazoo, in 2011. They call it Harvest of Joy Farm, LLC.
"I warned Diane about how difficult it would be," Amy says.
Read the full article about two women and their farm on Southwest Michigan's Second Wave Media.
Visit Harvest of Joy Farm, LLC online.