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Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson, HobbyFarms.com Contributor

Samantha Johnson is an award-winning writer, as well as an editor, proofreader and pony wrangler. She resides in northern Wisconsin on a former dairy farm that is now home to a convivial cast of four-legged creatures. On any given day, you might find Samantha pursuing a variety of occupations: crafting words into articles, advertisements, or books; harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden; hauling hay and feeding livestock; delivering newborn foals; or experimenting with recipes that feature chocolate and potatoes (though maybe not in the same dish).

Samantha’s work appears regularly in Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home, and she has contributed to Urban Farm, Rabbits USA, and the Popular Kitchen series. She’s covered a range of topics from livestock art and farm signs to Hereford hogs and heirloom peppers. She’s had the opportunity to interview hobby farmers, potato experts, art authorities and livestock enthusiasts, and the insights she has gleaned from these enthusiastic individuals have influenced her own perspective on hobby farming.

She is also the author of several books, including How to Raise Horses (Voyageur Press, 2007), Horse Breeds: 65 Popular Horse, Pony, and Draft Horse Breeds (Voyageur Press, 2008), The Field Guide to Rabbits (Voyageur Press, 2008), How to Raise Rabbits (Voyageur Press, 2009), The Field Guide to Horses (Voyageur Press, 2009), and The Rabbit Book (Voyageur Press, 2011).

Since 1999, Samantha has been involved with raising purebred Welsh Mountain Ponies, a breed she loves for its exquisite beauty, hardy nature and spirited charm. She is also a horse-show judge, is certified with the Wisconsin State Horse Council and the Welsh Pony and Cob Society of America, and has judged horse shows across the United States from Maryland to California and locations in between. In addition to her ponies, Samantha keeps an assortment of purebred rabbits, including Mini Rexes and Holland Lops.

In other pursuits, Samantha enjoys growing heirloom vegetables (she’s excessively fond of Wapsipinicon Peach tomatoes and Dragon’s Tongue heirloom beans), making to-do lists, watching old episodes of Little House on the Prairie and daydreaming about owning sheep.

18 Vegetables for Your Autumn Garden
Fall is rich with hearty root vegetables and nutritious greens. Give the garden one last go before winter arrives with these cool-loving crops.

4 Nightshades You Never Thought To Grow
Do you love growing tomatoes and peppers? Then expand your garden to include these plant relatives.

4 Ways to Invite Bees to Your Orchard
Recruit a team of hard workers to pollinate your fruit and nut trees by implementing bee-friendly practices in your orchard.

4 Ways to Nourish Your Soil During Drought
Even if you’re not currently experiencing a dry spell, now’s the time to implement good soil maintenance so your garden won’t suffer when rain is scarce.

5 Carrot Cousins to Grow in Your Garden
Carrots, celery and parsnips—oh my! Not sure what members of the Apiaceae family to plant first? Try these heirlooms on for size.

5 Orchard Enemies and How to Control Them Naturally [VIDEO]
Protect your fruit trees and ensure an abundant fruit or nut harvest by keeping these orchard pests out!

Crop Profile: Broccoli
This tasty brassica crop has been a favorite on dinner plates for centuries.

Crop Profile: Brussels Sprouts
Try this brassica plant in your garden, a good crop for patient and experienced farmers.

Crop Profile: Cabbage
The head of the cabbage family, this brassica will have many uses on your hobby farm.

Crop Profile: Cauliflower
Add sophistication to your garden with this brassica crop.



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