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The Joyful Journey of FarmHer Founder Marji Guyler-Alaniz

The dream that Marji Guyler-Alaniz envisioned about telling the story of women in agriculture though pictures has blossomed beyond her expectations first with the launching of a television show on RFD-TV and more recently with the creation of a radio show and podcast. “Imagine, I was given the chance to tell these wonderful stories of women in agriculture, and this has touched off a movement,” she told a standing-room-only crowd at the Main Stage during the recent Commodity Classic.   

FarmHer, which just celebrated its five-year anniversary last October, continues to grow in popularity and now includes FarmHer events. “These are beautiful women doing beautiful work in agriculture. Our goal is to capture that beauty in their everyday,” Guyler-Alaniz explained. “The FarmHer journey has allowed me to meet some amazing women, inspirational women. And that journey continues.”

What has surprised Guyler-Alaniz since launching FarmHer is the number of stories she has uncovered about women in farming. “We keep getting so many good suggestions from around the country.”

For example, one lead led Guyler-Alaniz and her television crew to feature an oyster farmer near Bar Harbor, Maine. “We drove to these GPS coordinates that led us to a beach. There we met Joanna Fogg who makes a living off the sea, using a boat, not a tractor, to do so. There she is out on the water picking up oyster cages that are 300 pounds and waiting years before she can market a crop.”

Guyler-Alaniz captivated attendees at the Main Stage with stories that bring her personal joy as well. “One of my favorite television episodes features 84-year-old Wanda Shanks from Tennessee who raises cattle and who is a Senior Olympic (for women 80-plus years old) basketball player,” she added. “You can’t help but revel in such beautiful people.” 

Guyler-Alaniz’s most recent venture, the radio program Shining Bright, “allows us to go more in-depth about our guests as well as catch up with women we have featured in past FarmHer television segments.”

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