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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.

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.

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.

7 Kitchen Pitfalls (and How to Fix Them)
When renovating your kitchen, keep these commonly overlooked assets in mind.

The Best Eco-Friendly Barn Insulation
These green insulation materials offer an alternative to fiberglass and foams made with petroleum products.

3 Homegrown Treats for Farm Babies
Save money on feed and supplement your baby animals' nutrition by growing these edible treats on your farm.

5 Qualities of a Reliable Baby-Livestock Sitter
In need of a getaway? Make sure your baby animals are in good hands by having a farm sitter that fits the bill.

7 Chickens to Raise for Colorful Eggs
Display a rainbow of eggs on your kitchen counter or farmers' market booth by keeping one of these colorful-egg-laying chickens.

Barnyard Babies: 5-Step Guide to Interspecies Co-Housing
Rear your baby animals side-by-side with these guidelines for shared interspecies living quarters.



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