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Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer, HobbyFarms.com Contributor

Jodi Helmer combines her passion for writing with her love of the land to write articles about sustainable living for Hobby Farms, HobbyFarms.com, Urban Farm, UrbanFarmOnline.com, E: The Environmental Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Out Here, Energy Times and Backpacker. She has written several books, including The Green Year: 365 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Big Difference (Alpha, 2008). Her latest project, an agritourism guidebook called Farm Fresh Georgia, will be published by UNC Press in 2013.

As a sustainable-living advocate who supports the local farmers’ market, makes mozzarella, bakes bread and preserves produce, Jodi recently traded an urban townhouse for a bungalow on an oversized lot. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time poring over seed catalogs and coop designs. She plans to build raised vegetable beds and welcome a trio of chickens to her land this spring. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue, fostering abandoned and neglected dogs until they find their forever homes.

Jodi shares her North Carolina home with her favorite handyman and their dogs, Molly, Milo, Roxie and Noelle.

Learn more about her work at www.jodihelmer.com.

8 Terms You Need to Know to Talk GMOs
Before you jump into a debate over genetic modification, get your jargon straight so you can make an effective argument.

Beginning Farmers’ Guide to Preventing Blossom End Rot
What’s that big black mark on your tomato? It’s blossom end rot and you need to get calcium into your soil—fast!

Can a Refractometer Help Me Grow Tastier Food?
This underutilized tool measures Brix levels to tell you about the flavor and nutrient quality of your fruits and vegetables.

Foul Air at Factory Farms
A new report reveals that the air at factory farms is anything but fresh.

2011 Livestock Population Trends
The global human population reached 7 billion this month, but world food organizations wonder if livestock production can keep up.

Top 5 Rural-development Issues Facing Hobby Farmers in 2012
If you think growing tomatoes and managing your herd is tough, take a look at these hurdles faced by farmers across the U.S.

Infographic: Beat the Blight
If you struggle with crop failure, you’re not alone. Take a look at the forces that challenge America’s agriculture.

5 Pro Tips For Beginning Farmers
Ag experts from across the country share their advice for small-farm success.

5 Top States to Start Your Farm In
Looking for land? These states have the prices, resources and market outlets to make a beginning farmer’s venture successful.

Our 7 Favorite Farmers Markets’—and What We Learned
As the number of farmers’ markets across the country grows, so does the variety in what and how they sell. These tips from successful markets will help yours from getting lost in the crowd.



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