In November, I spent eleven days visiting with over 80 women farmers in Uganda.  They have many challenges.  Their water sources are rain and boreholes that make accessing water a major daily chore. They do not have electricity and use primarily one tool in their fields, a massive, heavy hoe.  The roads are bad.  The gravel road past my farm is better than their best roads.  Their diet is poor, consisting primarily of white starches and they have limited or no access to health care and the list goes on.  Yet despite the challenges, they are dedicated to feeding their families and their community.  They took the bicycle powered maize shellers and the soybean seeds that our March group of Iowa farmers brought to them and used them to improve their lives and the lives of those who depend upon them. 


Their commitment and willingness to learn and experiment with farming practices that are new to them  was moving and inspiring.  I felt a kinship with them as I thought of my own community back home – my children, my CSA families in Iowa and the many people in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and North Liberty who have benefitted from your generosity and that of my workers and the many volunteers who have made it possible for us to donate hundreds of pounds of vegetables to people who needed them.