For women such as Sara Hunter and Alexa Lutovsky, the gender barriers typically associated with farming are not front of mind.
Growing up in a rural farming community, the sisters didn’t see female farmers as extraordinary. Rather, strong, dedicated women making contributions to their farms were just a normal part of life.
Their father, Greg Lutovsky, started Irish Eyes Garden Seeds when the girls were young. They’ve always been involved on the Ellensburg area farm — renowned for its organic seed potatoes and garlic and other vegetable seeds — whether that was cracking garlic in front of the TV or picking rocks out of the garden when they got into trouble. Today, the young women are mainstays of the family business — Hunter, 29, does the farm’s media and marketing, and Lutovsky, 26, manages accounts and logistics.
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