We are young women: unconventional on the Iowa farm scene, to say the least. We’re grounded in this landscape and driven to make a difference in this place, so maybe you’ll be seeing more lady farmers in the future! Get to know us more:
Hannah Breckbill grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She’s been farming since 2009 when she interned as a CSA manager at World Hunger Relief outside of Waco, Texas. She moved to Decorah, Iowa in 2010 to work at Rock Spring Farm and was part of Land Stewardship Project’s Farm Beginnings and Journeyperson programs where she crafted a vision (and a business plan!) for her farm. She also participated in LSP’s racial justice and community organizing cohorts. After a brief stint at Seed Savers Exchange, she founded Humble Hands Harvest in 2013. Hannah participated in the Savings Incentive Program with the Practical Farmers of Iowa and now works as a trainer for their “Labor 4 Learning” program. She serves on the board of Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center and the Iowa Food Hub, and she volunteers as a facilitator for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for all ages. Besides loving growing things very very much, Hannah plays upright bass with klezmer/Balkan band Martiza and an up-and coming bluegrass band, Squirrel Tail. She is queer (instagram @queerdirt), a 4-part harmony-singing Mennonite, and spends her winters dreaming, fermenting things, building community, and traveling with peacemakers and craftmakers.
Emily Fagan‘s vegetable growing experience began in high school in Iowa City when her parents so generously let her dig up half of the backyard and fill it with too many beets and many other experiments. She took a step away from the soil to get a degree in physics, but returned to it immediately after graduation, to be a garden educator at Zenger Farm in Portland, OR. From there she interned at Cure Organic Farm in Boulder, CO, before returning to Iowa to work at Patchwork Green Farm in Decorah. There she reunited with Hannah (the two are second cousins!) and decided to join her farm in 2017. So excited to be back in her home state in such a welcoming community, she put down roots and is here to stay. What better way to fuel the vibrant place of Decorah than with beautiful cabbages, glowing carrots, and adorable eggplants? When she’s not in the fields, you’ll find her eating vegetables, throwing pots at the Clay Studio, singing in the Decorah Chorale, and working on art projects.