Image: front cover Buy Print Book Now
  •  CDN $24.95 
  •  USD $24.95 


Buy Ebook Now
  •  CDN $24.95     CDN $16.20
  •  USD $24.95     USD $16.20

Paperback – 240 pages
7.25 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 482 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Decision-Making & Problem Solving
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718050
Pub. Date: 2016-01-01

About the Author

Lisa Kivirist

Lisa Kivirist is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She founded and directs the Rural Women's Project of the Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative championing female farmers and food-based entrepreneurs.

Together with her husband, John Ivanko, Lisa is co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance. Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast, completely powered by the wind and sun in the rolling green hills of southern Wisconsin.

view author profile

Soil Sisters

A Toolkit for Women Farmers

by Lisa Kivirist



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.

You might also enjoy

Resilient Agriculture

Resilient Agriculture

Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, …

view title info
So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?

So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?

All the Dirt on Living the Good Life

The “look before you leap” guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life.

Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence, and tranquility …

view title info
The Frugal Homesteader

The Frugal Homesteader

Living the Good Life on Less

Achieve your back-to-the-land dreams without breaking the bank 

Build your homesteading dreams with all the affordable DIY innovations, tips, and …

view title info
The Emergent Agriculture

The Emergent Agriculture

Farming, Sustainability and the Return of the Local Economy

Long embraced by corporations who are driven only by the desire for profit, industrial agriculture wastes precious resources and spews millions of …

view title info
Grow a Sustainable Diet

Grow a Sustainable Diet

Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth

Everyone loves to prepare a meal with ingredients fresh from their own garden. But for most of us, no matter how plentiful our harvest, homegrown …

view title info

New Society Publishers have decided to sell their ebooks without copy protection or DRM (Digital Rights Management) so that customers can enjoy full use of their ebook purchase. In return we expect our customers to respect this decision.

By clicking in the box below, you agree that you will:

  • NOT make illegal or unauthorized copies of our ebooks.
  • ONLY make copies of our ebooks for backup purposes.
  • NOT sell or give copies of our ebooks to family, friends, associates, etc., or upload to any file-sharing sites.
I agree to the above terms and conditions
Our ebooks are available in PDF or EPUB format.
Please choose the correct format for your device.
Buy PDF Version Buy EPUB Version