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Leslie J. Wyatt

Leslie J. Wyatt, Contributor

Before the sun comes up on any given morning, you can find freelance writer Leslie J. Wyatt with a cup of good coffee and a gray calico shadow-of-a-cat snoozing nearby. Leslie writes for both children and adults, so depending on which deadline is breathing down her neck at the time, she may be interviewing editors or experts of all kinds, researching topics ranging from chicken tractors to grazing genetics, or working on her latest book for middle schoolers. She contributes to Hobby Farms, Hobby Farm Home and  their accompanying website, with more than 200 articles and stories in other magazines, websites and anthologies.

Leslie grew up on a small ranch in western Montana, where from age 6 she milked cows, hoed endless rows of corn or green beans in the vegetable garden, and rode horses bareback at breakneck speed. Perhaps it was all that time spent outdoors, but a love of land and sky and growing things is integral to who she is. These interests, coupled with her experience with farm animals and farm life, raising and preserving fruits and vegetables, and creating beauty in any available corner not only give her pleasure but endless writing opportunities, as well.

A hobby farmer to her core, Leslie loves coaxing the land to life. Prior to their move to northern California in 2012, she, her husband and their six children lived in an 1880s Victorian farmhouse in rural Missouri. Over time, they acquired three horses, a fluctuating flock of laying hens, a sprinkling of barn cats and a Jersey milk cow named Rosie. Leslie was milking once again! This, of course, gave rise to a whole new raft of article ideas, to say nothing of fresh raw milk, butter and cheese.

Leslie, her family, the aforementioned shadow-cat named Toots and Leslie’s Arab/Quarter Horse gelding, Honor, now live on 1¼ acres dotted with oaks and Manzanita. Current projects include a cute and efficient chicken coop to which they will add hens that lay colored eggs (a direct result of researching an article for Hobby Farms). They have already been adopted by an outside cat, which they have named "Porchess,” and Leslie is busy researching how to bring this particular piece of ground to life.

You can find Leslie at www.lesliejwyatt.com, or read her musings about life, love, and the wonder and wisdom in the everyday on her blog, www.journeywithhonor.blogspot.com.

4 DIY Insect Repellents for You and Your Animals
Mix up a non-toxic insect spray so you and your farm animals can avoid bites and stings this summer without worry of chemical overload.

3 Hive Types And How To Choose The Right One
As a beginning beekeeper, you’re not limited to one type of hive design. Give some additional consideration to best home for your bees.

3 Mulches Perfect For Clay Soil
Clay soil can certainly be a nuisance for the eager gardener. Line up your amendment strategy starting with one of these mulches.

3 Ways To Harvest Honey
One of beekeeping’s great joys is harvesting honey—here are three methods you can use to get your hands on that golden nectar

6 Ways to Control Tomato Hornworms
While the only thing vicious about these plump, horned caterpillars is their appetite for your tomatoes, keep them out of your garden with these tips.

Beginning Farmer’s Guide to Powdery Mildew
It seems as though none of your crops are safe from the destruction of powdery mildew, but here’s how you can stop this disease in its tracks.

Grow and Use Lemongrass
The invigorating flavor and scent of lemongrass can enhance your cooking, as well as ward off garden pests.

8 Fast-Growing Shade Trees For Your Pasture
Green up your farm landscape and give your livestock a place to take cover by planting these shade trees.

How To Harvest And Pack Herbs For Market
Use these tips to keep your herbs fresh from the time your harvest them until your customers take them home.

Should I Dredge My Farm Pond?
A mucky pond is a waste of farmland space. Dredge and refill it so you can stock it with fish and have a place to swim or water livestock.



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