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Hobby Farms

September/October 2019

Hobby Farms magazine helps readers realize their farming goals with expert articles on subjects such as livestock husbandry, sustainable agriculture, equipment purchasing, irrigation, pest control, new technologies, and more.

United States
EG Media
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bee-ing proactive

By now, the major issues facing honeybees and their survival are common knowledge. Articles frequently appear about colony collapse disorder, varroa mites, neonicotinoids and so on. Yet it seems like few people are talking about ways to stop this decline. That’s why I was excited when I got word that Hobby Farms contributor Jodi Helmer was working on a new book, which is now completed and on newsstands: Protecting Pollinators: How to save the creatures that feed our world (Island Press, 2019). Jodi is more than a great writer; she knows full well the heartbreak of losing bees, as she’s a beekeeper herself. From her introduction: “On a sweltering afternoon last June, I stood over a beehive, removing one frame after another, looking for signs of life. Small hive beetles (Aethina…

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hobby farms

EDITORIAL Group Editor Roger Sipe Senior Web Editor Keith Bowers Art Director Cindy Kassebaum Senior Executive Print Prod. Vipin Marwaha Subscription Manager Shailesh Khandelwal Marketing Lead Ajay Anand ADVERTISE WITH US! Account Manager Rima Dorsey rdorsey@egmediamags.com Account Manager Kenrick Murrell kmurrell@egmediamags.com Account Manager Angel Ross aross@egmediamags.com Classified Sales Rep Darien Boughrum darienb@egmediamags.com CEO Sandeep Dua VP, Sales & Marketing Kevin Isaacson CFO Ajay Sharma HR Director Robert Turnbo Logistics Director Alberto Chavez…

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upcycled benefits

When you buy an old farm, you buy a lot more than the land. Aside from the obvious examples of improved property — outbuildings, fences, wells and so on — you might get some old machinery, random piles of scrap metal, old tires and who knows what else. Some of these items are mere trash, but you can salvage others in creative ways. Here are three old items that can be put to new uses by clever hobby farmers. 1. BARNWOOD If you renovate a barn — perhaps by replacing worn-out siding or rickety floorboards — save any wood you remove. The weathered patina of old barnwood takes a long time to develop, and even if it’s no longer good for structural use, it does have an aesthetic value. What’s more, there’s…

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breeding pigs

The appeal of piglets is hard to deny. With floppy ears, expressive eyes, playful trots and host of grunty little noises, baby hogs seem specially designed for maximum adorableness. The sight of piglets piled together in sleep as whispy wheezing sounds escape their upturned snouts is, for lack of a better word, just really cute. Even the frenetic frenzy of feeding time holds a special charm when pigs are small. My farm’s first two pigs, a pair of Berkshire gilts, were technically in the “piglet” age range, generally considered to be from birth to 3 months. They were about 2 months old and just small enough to lift into a carrier, but they were way too big to casually pick up for a quick cuddle. My family and I enjoyed getting…

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metrics matter

If you’ve taken the time to create your own website — or had someone else create it for you — you’re invested in maintaining an online presence outside of Facebook, Instagram and the other usual suspects. But how can you be sure potential visitors not only can find you online but also like what they see? Following some basic best practices can make a difference. So can taking advantage of some of the sophisticated — and free! — online tools which offer valuable insights into users’ experiences with your website. Of course, knowing exactly where you should start depends on the goals you have for your website. Attracting Locals Unless you sell nonperishable products such as homemade soap or homespun yarn, odds are you hope to attract local customers via your online presence.…

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extend your seasons

For most produce growers, we face a small problem: A 365-day year often only gives us a 180-or-so-day growing season. Maybe a bit more or less depending on our location, but for much of the United States, only half or so of the year is available to do crops in the ground. Even if temperatures cooperate, the lack of sufficient sunlight begins to slow or completely halt production. This problem means that for much of the year we have less possible income and less personal resilience. Grocery stores are great and all, but if I can get something from my ground, generally I know it’s going to be much better for me, if for no other reason than the immense edge freshness-wise. Of course, we could preserve and store some of…