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Amy W. Richardson, Associate Editor

Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home
Amy W. Richardson

Amy W. Richardson is associate editor of Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home, based in Lexington, Ky. Amy joined the Hobby Farms team in June 2013 after serving two years as managing editor of Flow Control magazine, a trade publication focused on industrial fluid-handling processes.

After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Communication Studies, Amy has held many diverse positions in the world of journalism and communications starting off as a newspaper general assignment reporter in her home state of Alabama. In this role, she gained a foundation in the fundamentals of good journalism, as she covered small-town city council and school board meetings. But what she most enjoyed during this time was giving voice to the people who weave the fabric of everyday life in rural America, like the hard-working Chilton County peach farmers who held their breath at the threat of a late-spring freeze but always managed to deliver the best bushel of peaches she’s ever had. To this day, Amy still gets a hankering for Durbin Farms’ peach ice cream every summer.

From her Sweet Home Alabama, Amy moved to the Bluegrass State where she worked at the Frankfort State Journal before taking her first full-time magazine job as a staff writer at a long-established Thoroughbred racing and breeding publication. In that role, she had the privilege to visit some of Central Kentucky’s most prestigious horse farms and learn the ins and outs of the Commonwealth’s most colorful and distinguished industry. Throughout the years, Amy’s also worked as a copy editor and marketing professional for nonprofit associations.

Amy currently lives in Lexington with her adventurous husband, mild-mannered dog and very crazy cat. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she enjoys the great outdoors, from running to biking to kayaking and hiking. Every vacation, you’ll find her on a trail somewhere between California and Costa Rica or visiting the nearby Red River Gorge in east-central Kentucky on the weekends. Known as a thrifty kind of gal, she loves to bargain hunt and also spends her downtime scouring local thrift shops and antique stores looking for her next repurposed masterpiece.  She doesn’t consider herself much of a cook, but she’ll be happy to eat almost anything you put in front of her.

With her journalism background and budding interest in sustainability, Amy looks forward to learning more about the issues that affect small-scale farmers across the country and conveying information that is useful and impactful to their everyday livelihood. Just like her time in Alabama’s peach country, she’s excited about the people she’ll meet, the stories she’ll tell and the places she’ll go with Hobby Farms.


Prevent Disease and Dried-out Soil with Plasticulture
Modern plasticulture technology could be the small-scale farmer’s solution to a more productive farm.

Master Breeders in the Making
The Livestock Conservancy documents the knowledge of master breeders to pass along to new keepers of heritage livestock.

School Kids Garden Their Way to Learning
he Edible Schoolyard Project expands across the country to teach children about sustainable food.

Share Your Holiday Traditions!
Join the Hobby Farms editors for some holiday fun as we sip hot cocoa and share our favorite seasonal traditions.

Keep Your Farm in the Black
with 6 Record-keeping Tips

Downtime in the off-season is the perfect opportunity to get your farm business on track with proper record-keeping strategies.

Where's Your Attitude Taking You?
Your attitude determines your altitude.

Be Flexible
Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed. —Jason Kravitz

Fall Foliage
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. –Emily Bronte

Labor of Love
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. —James Whislter

Limitless Possibilities
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti

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