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Cory Hershberger

Associate Editor
Cory Hershberger

Cory Hershberger is asscociate editor of Hobby Farms, located in Lexington, Ky. He is a 2010 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where he triple-majored in English, communication sciences and psychology, mainly because he is a glutton for punishment. He worked for his college newspaper, The Observer, all four years of his college tenure, serving as focus editor for two years and managing editor for one. A lifelong lover of the written word, he also graduated from the University of Kentucky with a master’s degree in library and information science in 2012.

Hailing from the heart of Ohio Amish country, Cory has been surrounded by agriculture all his life. This experience taught him the value of community from a young age, in addition to a love of locally produced foods. After you’ve had a thick slice of fresh-baked wheat bread loaded with creamy Amish peanut butter or a slice of still-warm Dutch apple pie, baked goods never seem the same. A relatively recent Kentucky transplant, he finds himself taken daily by the southern charm of the Bluegrass State, and he has so far been most impressed with Lexington’s abundance of ethnic eateries and the natural beauty of the Appalachian foothills in eastern Kentucky.

Cory has a greenish thumb, enjoying moderate success with house plants in the past, but working at Hobby Farms shows him more and more each day that a container garden is not beyond his reach. He spends a significant amount of time in the kitchen, as well, preparing classic dishes from his childhood and dabbling in the cuisine of as many different cultures as he can. He remains convinced that the Amish are among the best cooks in the country but does concede that condiments don’t really get better than sriracha hot sauce and sesame oil. He also owns a spastic ginger kitten named Seymour, and whether the furball is climbing shower curtains, meowing a 6 a.m. wake-up call, or attempting to chew anything and everything in his immediate surroundings, he teaches Cory the meaning of patience on a daily basis.

Every day at work, Cory is constantly encountering new ideas and plans he can’t wait to implement in his own attempts at apartment farming. (He is currently trying to convince his roommate that keeping a bantam hen or two on their apartment balcony is not only possible but desirable—a slow-going process.) From new recipes and gardening tips to small-scale husbandry suggestions and DIY projects, he relishes the advice and wisdom the Hobby Farms community has to offer. He’d love nothing more than to hear your ideas, as well.

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Female Veteran-to-Farmer Programs Rising
The country’s women veterans are receiving assistance from a variety of programs designed to help them begin or continue careers in agriculture after returning from their tours of duty.

8 Editor Gift Picks for 2012
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Bread Wheat Genome—Broken Down
The first comprehensive bread-wheat genome analysis helps scientists understand the inner workings of this essential crop and could lead to sustainable production increases.

California Gets Organic Seed Boost
The Organic Seed Alliance is working to increase organic seed prevalence and use in the largest U.S. agricultural state.

Farm Rental Rates Set to Rise
Based on land value and crop commodity prices, farmland rental rates are projected to climb in 2013.

Cooler Soil Temperatures Could Shorten Growing Season
After 2012’s record highs and lengthy drought, 2013 is getting off to a noticeably cooler start.

No Body Can Be Prevented from Farming
The National AgrAbility Project offers assistive technologies to help farmers with disabilities continue their agricultural work.

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

Farm Business: Blue Heron Farm
Inspired by The Ominvore’s Dilemma Lisa and Christian Seger have turned their land into a thriving goat dairy farm.

13 Farm Superstitions for Friday the 13th
Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational—but how much does it cost you to knock on wood? —Judith Viorst



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