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Rachael Brugger, Managing Web Editor

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Rachael Brugger Rachael Brugger is managing web editor for HobbyFarms.com, the companion website to Hobby Farms magazine, based in Lexington, Ky. Rachael joined the Hobby Farms team in 2009 after a brief stint as editorial intern on the publication’s sister sites, BirdChannel.com and SmallAnimalChannel.com, and has been enjoying the bucolic scenery of the Kentucky bluegrass ever since. In May 2010, she helped launch sister site UrbanFarmOnline.com, an experience that inspired her to start her own "apartment farm.” She has also contributed to Ohio Magazine and 614 Magazine, located in her home state of Ohio.

Rachael's container garden has now grown to incorporate a raised-bed garden, where she grows basil, cukes, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, butternut squash and her beloved Meyer lemon tree. She can’t wait to one day have her own piece of land to grow the majority of her own food (and raise chickens), but until that day comes, she is indebted to her local CSA farm, which provides her with a weekly box of delicious farm-fresh fare—and you can bet it keeps her busy in the kitchen.

When she’s not behind her desk preparing this week’s news or monthly web exclusives, she gets to meet real-life hobby farmers who challenge her into new ways of thinking and new ways of acting. British journalist Walter Bagehot once said, "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do,” and Rachael has certainly found that to be true while working for Hobby Farms. Whether she’s taste-testing dozens of reader-submitted cake recipes or butchering her first chicken for the latest online video, she looks forward to what it takes to bring you more information on the hobby-farming life, and she can’t wait to hear your stories, as well.

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DIY Framed Chalkboard (+Bonus Spice Rack)
Build your own chalkboard that doubles as a spice rack or magnet board with this step-by-step guide.

Quick Craft: Felted Wool Dryer Balls
Green up your laundry practices by replacing dryer sheets with these easy-to-make dryer balls.

How to Card Wool
Process fiber from your farm flock with this simple cleaning and carding method.

9 Tile-stencil Designs
Give your kitchen or bathroom an easy update by painting wall tiles with one of these tile stencils.

Preserve Family Recipes with an Heirloom Cookbook
Making a family cookbook full of your family's favorite meals and food stories is a great gift and the perfect way to pass down your heritage.

Seed Saving for Beginners
Ready to continue the genetic heritage of your favorite heirloom plants? Get started with this guide.

11 Herbs for Indoor Container Gardening
Keep these herbs on your windowsill for easy access to ingredients for adding to recipes and scented crafts.

5 Pollinator-preservation Pointers
Help increase native-pollinator populations around your farm with these preservation tips.

8 Healing Uses for Farm-grown Herbs
Put away the first-aid kit. Your farmland is home to a number of medicinal herbs that can be used to treat what ails you.

7 Crop Record-keeping Charts
By keeping accurate and detailed farm records, you’ll be on your way to a successful harvest.

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