Iowa Organic Farm Grows Non-Traditional Opportunities for New Farmers

Many sets of helping hands, groups of supportive friends and well-timed opportunities, sit at the heart of Hannah Breckbill’s journey from Carleton College math degree graduate to queer organic farmer and beginning farmer advocate.

As Hannah worked to create and continues to grow Humble Hands, she said she experienced unique issues as an LGBTQI+ farmer. “The main challenge that I associate with being a queer farmer is the societal and even legal expectations associated with ‘family+’.”

“Our farm is different from what people expect from a family farm because we’re two women who are not in a romantic partnership who own and operate the business together,” she said, referring to her farming partnership with her cousin.