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Jodi Helmer

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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.


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 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.

Don’t Give Up on Your Failed Guard Dog
It is possible to teach a failed LGD new tricks, turning it into a useful farmhand or companion.

Build Your Dream House with
6 Barn-inspired Features

Draw on the rustic architecture of America’s barns when designing a barn-style home with these six features.

5 Ways to Cool Off Pigs This Summer
Is it too hot for your hogs? Use these strategies to help them beat the summer’s heat.

 

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