Working the Land: New Mexico Ranch and Farm Women Tell their Stories

Sandra Schackel

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

From driving tractors to laying irrigation pipe to running a guest ranch, agricultural women in New Mexico are active, resourceful, and determined ranchers and farmers. Despite the continuing decline of family farms into the twenty-first century, life working the land remains of paramount importance to these women. Some prefer fieldwork, others opt for more traditional domestic tasks, still others take off-farm jobs, and many become activists for ranch and farm issues. In the women’s words, Dr. Sandra Schackel recounts the many facets of life on New Mexico farms and ranches. Dr. Schackel is Professor Emerita at Boise State University, where she taught American history for twenty-one years.

Sponsored by SAR President’s Council

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