Seattle Documentary Photographer, Writer, TEDx Speaker, James Beard Nominee, The Female Farmer Project™, Women's Work Documentary Film
Audra Mulkern is a 2019 James Beard finalist, writer, photographer and international speaker who is changing the way we look at farming and the people who grow our food. She is the founder of “The Female Farmer Project™” – a multi-platform documentary project that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world. From in-depth stories, personal essays, photographic portraits, a podcast, and in-development documentary film -- the project gives a powerful voice to the fastest-growing demographic in agriculture-- the female farmer.
Audra is the Co-Executive Producer, Director and Host of the in-progress documentary film, Women’s Work: The Untold Story of America’s Female Farmers. She is also the host and Executive Producer of Female Farmer Project: the podcast Audra and her storytelling partner, Debbie Weingarten are 2019 James Beard Award nominees for their investigative reporting work on discrimination practices against black farmers. 'It's not fair, not right': how America treats its black farmers.
The Female Farmer Project™ has garnered international recognition, and has been featured and published in a number of outlets including The Guardian, The Today Show, Condé Nast, Huffington Post, PBS, The Seattle Times, and has been in exhibition at the United Nations in New York, the IFAD building in Rome, La Maison Rouge Gallery in Paris, FarmAid30, TEDxManhattan 2015 and is in the permanent exhibition at the USDA in Washington DC.
Readers Digest Country Woman Magazine identified 45 "Amazing Women" in honor of their 45th Anniversary. Audra Mulkern was honored alongside Temple Grandin, Krysta Harden, Sandra Day O'Connor and many others who represent the movement in embracing and celebrating women and the country way of life.
Audra also won the Cascade Harvest Coalition Wendell Berry award for 2015, the PCC Farmland Trust Barn Raiser award in 2018 and the Tilth Alliance ‘Advocate of the Year’ award in 2018 for her work on passing legislation to help fund mental health resources at the state and federal levels.
Audra currently serves on the Refresh Food and Tech Working Group representing women in agriculture. The Refresh Working Group brings together farmers, small business owners, researchers, corporate partners, nonprofit leaders, educators, community organizers, and innovators working across the food system to explore—and hopefully finding consensus around—intersecting policy issues at the nexus of food and technology. The project is funded by Google and led by Swell Creative Group.