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Lisa Munniksma

Lisa Munniksma, HobbyFarms.com Contributor

You might recognize Lisa Munniksma's name because, in addition to being a contributor to HobbyFarms.com, Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home (not to mention their sister website UrbanFarmOnline.com and sister publications Urban Farm, Chickens and Horse Illustrated), she's also the former editor of Hobby Farms and Urban Farm.

Lisa grew up in rural New Jersey, fell in love with horses when she was a teenager, and quickly got involved in her high school's ag-education and FFA programs. Lisa received a degree in animal science from Delaware Valley College, but while studying for a livestock-nutrition exam during her junior year, she concluded that the technical side of animal science was not where she belonged. It didn't take long for her to realize she could combine her passion for agriculture with her talents in writing, so that's what she's done ever since. Lisa has lived across the U.S., including on a small farm in Indiana, and worked in various writing, marketing and editing jobs before she joined the Hobby Farms team in Lexington, Ky.

In 2011, Lisa bid farewell to day-to-day life as a magazine editor and hit the road to pursue a journey that had been in the making for more than a decade: traveling to learn about agriculture, food systems and sustainable living around the world. So far, she has volunteered on farms and eco-villages in five countries and visited many others throughout Europe and Asia while working as a freelance writer and editor. (Ask her about foraging for sloe berries in Bulgaria, making goat cheese in France or working with a veterinarian rehabilitating injured horses in the Netherlands!)

"Home” is still in Lexington, but adventures in agriculture await Lisa far and wide with future trips planned for India, Australia, Asia and Europe—plus the U.S. and Canada, of course. Find out where she's picking turnips next in her blog, www.freelancefarmerchick.com.

6 Simple Steps to Crop Rotation
Rotating plant families through your garden reduces pest pressure, improves soil nutrition and increases your harvest.

Turn a Dresser into a Potting Bench
Repurpose an old dresser into a station for organizing your seeds, pots and other garden essentials.

3 Beneficial Spiders and How to Befriend Them On Your Farm
Spiders can be a huge help around the farm, so don't squish one until you learn about the role it plays.

4 Reasons Your Greenhouse Tomatoes Are Failing
Treat your tomatoes well when you plant them in a greenhouse, hoop house or high tunnel for a year-round tomato crop.

5 Reasons Not to Spray Pesticides—Even Organic Ones
Pests can devastate a garden, but before you spray, think twice about how your pesticides could harm helpful garden bugs.

5 Tips for the Lazy Beekeeper
Helping save bee populations by keeping a hive on your farm doesn’t have to be a lot of work. These tips will help you maintain a hive with ease.

7 Diseases that Could Be Killing Your Beans
Down on your legume luck? Identify what could be plaguing your crop and take steps right away to remedy the situation.

7 Steps to Healthier Soil
Build garden confidence and better soil with these tips for reducing soil-borne disease and growing strong plants.

About Christmas Tree Farms
If you’ve always wanted to become a Christmas tree farmer, your farm dream isn’t too far out of reach.

How To Use Plant Heat Zones
You know all about the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; now learn how to garden with the American Horticultural Society's Heat Zone Map, too.



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