In 1920, one out of three Americans lived and worked on farms and ranches. Today that is about one out of fifty. The change from a rural, agriculture nation to one that is mostly urban and industrialized has been constant over the past century in Nebraska and other states.
Many of those working the farms today are women and Ashley Pool is one of them. She is a spokesperson for CommonGround, a group of women farmers who are having conversations about the food they grow and how to protect our land. Pool says they are always thinking conservation.
Pool says, “We want to advocate that we are farm women. We are moms. We are not going to put anything into the soil. Put anything in seed related GMO’s. We are not going to do anything to harm our family, our soil. We want this to last generations.”
Pool says it is an exciting time for women in agriculture. She was raised in the city and says her transition to farm life has been an exciting adventure. CommonGround stresses the importance of technology that maximizes production while conserving resources and protecting our environment.