The Women in Denim Inspiration Award

The Women in Denim Inspiration Award recognizes the contributions of an individual woman to her family, her community, and the world of agriculture. Past winners have been women who farmed locally for many years to nationally-recognized heroines.

The recipient of this award is a woman who is an inspiration to others through her dedication to family, community, and the rural way of life. This is a woman who loves what she does and it shows to those around her. This nominee can be a woman who works quietly in agriculture or speaks to a national audience.


This year proved to be a different kind of nomination process for selecting the person who would get the Women in Denim Inspiration Award. The idea this year was to put a paper heart under one random seat during dinner. After everyone had finished eating the awards ceremony began. Gretchen asked everyone to check under their seat and one lucky person would have a heart under their seat. This would then lead to the Inspiration Award winner. She told tales of how she grew up and now manages the farm that she lives on. She certainly was the perfect winner for the Women in Denim Inspiration Award.