Amy Jo Ehman, Saskatoon, Canada

Amy Jo Ehman is a Female Food Hero because she is a leader in the local food movement in Saskatchewan, the agricultural breadbasket of Canada. In 2005, Amy Jo and her husband, John, embarked on a challenge to eat only the foods of Saskatchewan for one year, which she chronicled in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and in her book Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner, which was named Best First Book in Saskatchewan in 2010 and shortlisted for a Cuisine Canada Book Award. “Back in early 2005, people thought we were crazy. The local food movement had not yet hit the national radar. Now, it’s gratifying to see so many people aware of what Saskatchewan has to offer the culinary scene and issues of food security,” she says. Amy Jo grew up on a farm at Craik, Sask., and now lives in Saskatoon, where she gardens, bakes bread and promotes the bounty of Saskatchewan as a newspaper columnist, blogger and community speaker.