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legion gum to works and Quayle hill farm in Long Island and as a non binary trans gender person is changing perceptions of water farmer looks like it's such a healing profession for %HESITATION queers trans person to be able to be out and working the land and to to to feel really empowered in really present in their bodies and their work , Gunther is part of a growing group of gender diverse college graduates and young women who are drawn to the land specifically to organic farming in fact nearly fifty nine percent of organic farmers are female while women make up only thirty six percent of conventional farmers according to the most recent data from the USDA experts say the gender diverse groups are drawn to organic and sustainable farming because of the driving desire for social impact California and Wisconsin have the largest number of organic farms followed by New York state where businesses like amber waves farm a thriving owned and operated by two women the femme grows vegetables wheat and herbs over about twenty acres of farmland and is now training a new generation of young FAMAS like Alec wrestler when I first started driving tractors I was really intimidated because of their , I'd never driven manual you cars before and tractors are old manual and I think because of the scalar so large it was so nice to have another woman tell me no you're not dumb this is how you do it and to just really sit there and take the time to explain things to you even established farms in New York are diversifying merrily foster's family has been farming in Long Island since the mid eighteen hundreds but merrily is the first woman in the family to fully co manage the farm and has helped transition to organic farming