“All in a day’s work” is a celebration of women in agriculture


IMAGES capturing and celebrating the enterprise of women in the countryside were exhibited.

The photographic exhibition “All in a day’s work” tells the story of women entrepreneurs through an evocative collection of 27 black and white images. The images, by documentary photographer Lucy Saggers, are shared by the Women in Farming Network at the Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, North York Moors National Park.

The project is partly funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund and the National Farmers’ Union, with support from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS).

The artwork was originally unveiled at the Great Yorkshire Show last July. The exhibition will be at the Ryedale Folk Museum until June 5, following the museum’s recent reopening in the spring.

Kate Dale, who farms near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, and coordinates the Women in Farming Network, said: “I have been delighted with the great interest and positive response to ‘All in a day’s work’. I hope this will contribute to a much broader understanding of the important role women play in farm families, and not just in our great country.

Jennifer Smith, Director of the Museum, said: “Situated in the North York Moors National Park, the museum attracts a real diversity of visitors and so we have a great opportunity to share the story of female entrepreneurship in the countryside with a large audience. ”

Among the women photographed for the project was farmer Ruth Russell, of Duggleby High Barn, Duggleby, near Malton. His business consists of arable production, sheep, cattle and wildflower meadows.

Farmer Ruth Russell alongside her photograph taken by Lucy Saggers for the ‘All in a day’s work’ exhibition at the Ryedale Folk Museum Credit Gerard Binks

The farm also specializes in producing quality beef from a pedigree herd of native Longhorn cattle and embraces wildlife conservation to provide habitats and food for birds, insects and small mammals.

Ruth said: “It is a real joy to be part of this powerful portrait of working women in the Yorkshire countryside. Collectively, we have a great story to tell, and hopefully it answers a misconception or two people might have.

“For me it is also a useful platform to show how commercial farming and careful environmental stewardship can work hand in hand at a time when all of us in UK agriculture are being challenged. to find that delicate balance.

Others featured in the exhibit are Christine Ryder, of Blubberhouses; Becky Burniston, of Pateley Bridge; Charlotte and Eleanor Russell, of Thixendale; Becki Leach, of Allerton, near Bradford; Rachel Coates, of Baildon; Jill Smith, of Staxton, near Scarborough; Molly Sadler, of Sherburn, Malton; Mandy Shaw, of Monk Fryston, Selby; Annabel Makin-Jones, of Micklefield, Leeds; and Harriet Hudson, of Flaxton, near York.

Amanda Shaw and her daughter, Fran, cutting sheep on their farm at Monk Fryston Credit Lucy Saggers

Amanda Shaw and her daughter, Fran, cutting sheep on their farm at Monk Fryston Credit Lucy Saggers

Lucy Saggers, from Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, was commissioned because of her ability to capture the essence of people in their working environment.

The Women in Farming Network is a YAS supported group to connect, inspire and support like-minded women in rural Yorkshire. The network has a thriving Facebook community, holds an annual fall gathering as well as other networking events throughout the year.

The Women in Farming Network is free to join. For more details go to www.yas.co.uk/womeninfarming


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