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Barbara Berst Adams

Barbara Berst Adams

Barbara Berst Adams is the author of two eco-farming books, Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth (New World Publishing, 2004), introducing readers to the local, small-scale farm trend in the earlier part of the century, and The New Agritourism: Hosting Community & Tourists on Your Farm (New World Publishing, 2008), showing farmers, ranchers and rural communities how they can enhance both their lifestyle and bottom line by bringing visitors onto their land. She is also a long-established feature writer for various print magazines and began writing for Hobby Farms, Hobby Farms Home and Urban Farm in 2005.

As a descendant of many generations of farmers, ranchers and horticulturists, she grew up exploring and participating in her grandparents small farm and greenhouse. Eventually, she raised her own children on small acreage, where they sold hay, grew heirloom and specialty vegetables and herbs for local restaurants and a small CSA, and operated an autumn pumpkin and ornamental gourd patch, which they opened up to local families each October. Her family also tended their own apple orchard, held community apple pressings, and raised rare-breed chickens, ducks and geese for the family’s own supply of pastured eggs. Their pet goats and ponies also drew crowds during pumpkin season.

Barbara has enjoyed travelling to Holland, Liechtenstein, Mexico, Switzerland, France, London and South Africa, visiting many different farms and agriculture operations along the way. Currently living on an island in Washington State, she enjoys traveling to small towns and eco-farms in the U.S., Canada and beyond.

Along with her book and magazine writing, she is a writer, editor and photographer for the Micro Eco-Farming Center and Great Group Activities.

Make Money with Homemade Paper Products
Turn homemade paper from recycled and farm-grown ingredients into a myriad personalized, artisan paper products or gifts.

How to Make Homemade Paper
From the ingredients to the mold to the final product, here's a way to make artful paper at home.

Garden Fruits: Sweet Heirloom Melons
Melons are the candy of garden fruits and vegetables. Many heirloom melons are especially tasty. Find out if growing a sweet heirloom melon variety is right for you.

Cash in on Agritourism
Explore three ways to start your agritourism business and take advantage of this booming area of entrepreneurship.

Making a Culinary Connection
Imagine flipping open a menu and seeing your farm fare featured. Make that dream a reality by becoming a chef farmer with these tips.

Ice Cream Making Activities
Make ice cream a cooperative project. Try these fun, group activities with your next ice cream making gathering.

Chickens in the Greenhouse? 4 Questions to Ask Before You Make the Move
Could raising your layer hens along side your tomato starts be your farm’s match made in heaven? Ask yourself these four questions to find out.


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