It took a couple of years to find the right way in to this book. At first, I wanted a group of women to be the main character, since they trained and worked in teams. But once I let Helen Stevens (a real Farmerette) take the wheel, the story really took shape.
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… The government folks made speeches. The farmers fretted. And the women, well, they did what they’d always done. They got together and figured out a way.
They recruited volunteers– women who were willing to uproot themselves from their colleges, their factory jobs, their families. Together, those women learned how to work the land, to do their bit to serve their country.