On a windy day in late September I finally had the chance to travel every-so-slightly west to visit Danelle Myer of One Farm in Logan, Iowa. I say finally because Danelle was one of those first few women who said “yes” to my FarmHer project and I was initially supposed to visit her in May but that trip was cancelled due to SNOW. Yes, I live in Iowa, and yes, we expect all kinds of weather here but snow in May is as crazy as it gets! So, nearly five months later I finally had the time to visit this FarmHer and photograph her as she worked.
I photographed Danelle on a day she prepped for and sold her produce at the Harrison County Welcome Center Farmers Market. When I arrived it was a perfectly warm late-September day but the wind was serious. Like 40 miles per hour serious. There is never a dull moment in a FarmHers world as I have learned in recent months! When I arrived I caught Danelle and a friend, there helping that day, at the tail end of her harvest for market. I watched and we talked as she picked fresh tomatoes, greens, herbs and more. As the morning wore on she told me more about herself and her business. To read more about One Farm and Danelle, I encourage you to visit her website.
At the Farmers Market that I attended with her, it was clear that she has a strong network of customers and friends who appreciate the food she grows. I bought a bag of yellow bell peppers to take home and must say, those were the sweetest and most delicious peppers I can ever remember eating.
As you can see by the story told through the photographs, Danelle grows good food. She cares about the food she grows, the land she tends to, and about the people in her community that eat her produce. She is in the midst of expanding her operation to include a newly constructed high tunnel and more land for expanded growing. I have no doubt that we will see great things from Danelle and One Farm in the future. I encourage you to follow her journey on Facebook. I promise you it will be worth your time. Whether she is sharing a recipe or starting a good conversation, Danelle is a FarmHer with a great message and positive vision!