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Abby Tripp Heverin

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Abby Tripp Hevervin Abby Tripp Heverin is the former associate editor of Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home. Prior to joining the Hobby Farms team in 2010, she spent three years teaching first-year composition and business writing at the University of Kentucky. As an undergraduate English major and women's studies minor at Alfred University, she spent three years on the editorial board of The Alphadelphian newsletter and held several progressively responsible positions, including editor-in-chief, with the Fiat Lux student newspaper. She has also contributed articles to the Olean Times Herald and The Palladium-Times (Oswego, N.Y.).

A native of rural Adams Center, N.Y., Abby fell in love with fresh, local food at an early age: She still maintains that the best way to make macaroni and cheese is with her hometown's Adams Reserve cheddar and that the sweetest maple syrup comes from trees that you've tapped yourself. While she and her husband entertain dreams of one day owning their own hobby farm with a thriving vegetable garden, a small herd of dairy goats (her idea) and a buffalo (his idea), for now she's the happy caretaker of a backyard herb garden dominated by a couple of very prolific cilantro plants. When she's not relaxing on her front porch with a good book or hitting the road to explore the varied landscapes of the Bluegrass State, you'll probably find Abby in her kitchen using farm-fresh fruits and veggies to make tasty meals for her family and friends.

Abby loves hearing—and sharing—the stories of the sustainable-ag leaders, hobby farmers and hobby-farm dreamers she encounters through her work.

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Upcycled Sweater Mittens (with Printable Pattern!)
Give worn-out wool sweaters a second use by felting them into warm mittens for the whole family.

Riding Mower Buyer’s Guide
If you’re on the market for a riding mower to take care of your farm lawn, keep these thoughts in mind before hitting the dealership.

Ag Day Emphasizes Climate-Smart Strategies
Agriculture, climate change and food security come together at the 2010 Agriculture and Rural Development Day.

Agrarian Author Receives National Award
The National Humanities Medal is awarded to Wendell Berry, who promoted farm conservation through his writing.

Growing Grain for Japan
U.S. farmers raise funds to support victims of Japan’s March 2011 earthquake.

4-H Students Get ‘Wired for Wind’
As part of National 4-H Week and National Youth Science Day, students learn how wind technology can be implemented on the farm.

Hands-on High School Focuses on Ag-career Skills
A Kentucky high school gives students the tools for agriculture-related careers while modeling sustainability.

2011 Farm Policy Round-up
As the year draws to a close, take a look at some of the policies that will influence small-scale ag in 2012 and beyond.

Hobby Farms’ Resolutions for 2012
The Hobby Farms editorial team is starting fresh in the new year with goals for their gardens, kitchens and more.

Vilsack Announces USDA Cuts, Closures
A new cost-cutting plan calls for the closure of more than 250 offices and the streamlining of in-house practices.

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