Empowering Women Leaders at the Hunger Task Force Farm: Celebrating Our Sarah’s on International Women’s Day

Mar 7, 2024

This International Women’s Day, we’re doubling the impact of “Sarahs” at the Hunger Task Force Farm. Let’s celebrate the remarkable leadership of not one but two outstanding women, Sarah Bressler, Farm Manager and Sarah Christman, Farm Produce Manager, who are breaking barriers in the male-dominated field of agriculture. With a combined history of 33 years working in agriculture, including an impressive 19 years at the Hunger Task Force Farm, they are seasoned farmers and compassionate environmental advocates.

Sarah Bressler’s journey at the Hunger Task Force Farm began in 2015 as an intern. Having previously owned her own mushroom farm, she joined The Farm seeking additional hands-on experience. Quickly rising through the ranks, she became a full-time farmer and later assumed the role of Produce Manager. In 2021, she was promoted to the position of Farm Manager, in recognition of her dedication and expertise.

Sarah Christman joined The Farm in 2016. As Farm Produce Manager, her responsibilities include staff and volunteer training, farm safety and quality control of the produce grown at The Farm. Additionally, she serves as the lead beekeeper and actively supports the SNAP-Education program in the School Garden and Education Kitchen.

The Hunger Task Force Farm boasts a team of seven full-time year-round staff members and a team of seasonal Farm Hands that join during the growing season. Nearly half are women. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, having strong women leaders like the “Sarahs” brings a unique perspective and attention to detail that sets our team apart.

“As women farmers, we are very compassionate, empathetic people,” shares Sarah Bressler. “We’re also both very detail oriented. As you can imagine, running a farm requires a very high level of attention to detail.”

Sarah Bressler, Farm Manager

Sarah Christman, Farm Produce Manager

Both women recognize the significance of their roles in challenging the norm in a field where many farmers are older men. Sarah Bressler emphasizes, “Having two strong women leaders at The Farm definitely gives us an edge here for sure.” The “Sarahs” actively encourage and empower the next generation of female farmers.

Sarah Christman reflects on the unique work culture at Hunger Task Force in which women in leadership have set the tone for decades. “I’ve been so spoiled in thinking this is just how the industry operates because I get to work at an organization and be a part of a work culture here where strong talented women, including Sherrie Tussler, are our leaders.”

The impact of the Hunger Task Force Farm extends beyond empowering women in agriculture. It plays a crucial role in connecting hungry individuals to nutrient-dense foods in Milwaukee. Sarah Bressler expresses the cooperative relationship between The Farm and the community, saying, “It’s a total blessing to work here and provide food to the most vulnerable population in the community, our neighbors.”

Sarah Christman adds, “We have a lot of passion for farming; this is kind of a dream job for us. Pinch me!”

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the inspiring leadership of the “Sarahs” at the Hunger Task Force Farm. By doubling the number of “Sarahs,” we’re not just adding farmers, we’re amplifying the unique perspectives and approaches that women leaders bring to the table. Celebrating the women in leadership at Hunger Task Force signifies a doubling down on positive change for our community, ensuring a future where powerful women like the “Sarahs” continue to drive progress and innovation.

Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s Free & Local food bank and Wisconsin’s anti-hunger leader. The organization’s core values are Dignity, Justice, Equity, Compassion and Stewardship. Hunger Task Force feeds people today by providing healthy and culturally appropriate food to hungry children, families and seniors in the community absolutely free of charge. Hunger Task Force also works to end future hunger by advocating for strong public policies and nutrition programs at the local, state and federal level.