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Sharon Biggs Waller

Sharon Biggs Waller

Sharon Biggs Waller, a freelance writer and hobby farmer in northwestern Indiana, is a contributor to many magazines in the I-5 Publishing family, including Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, Hobby Farm Home, Horse Illustrated, Horses USA and Veterinary Practice News. In addition, she’s written three nonfiction books: Advanced English Riding (BowTie Press), In One Arena: Top Dressage Experts Share their Knowledge through the Levels (Half Halt Press), and The Original Horse Bible (co-authored with Moira C. Reeve).

Sharon writes the Livestock Q&A column for Hobby Farms, allowing her to talk to some top experts in the world of farming, who she says "are the nicest people … so generous with their knowledge.” She also writes The Nest Box column for Hobby Farm Home, which is all about chickens in the garden, and was a featured trainer in Horse Illustrated’s Training Talk column because of her experiences as a classical dressage trainer specializing in seat and position.

Sharon started out her farming life at 15 as a volunteer at a historical farm at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where she took care of all the farm animals and drove the draft horse during maple sugar season. Later, she worked in the Youth Conservation Corps and as a park ranger at the same park, and then continued as a ranger at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego.

Sharon lived in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2007, where she, along with her husband, Mark, was a Civil Service Club instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace. During this stint, she would visit the coach horses and Prince Phillip’s personal riding horse, Phillipa, who enjoyed treats of wine gum. She briefly met the queen at one of the family Christmas events at the Mews. When the queen turned to her and her niece and said, "The children rather like this, don’t they?” they just giggled and turned red—like you do when you meet the queen.

Today, she and her husband live on a 10-acre organic farm in northwestern Indiana with 90 hens, four dairy goats, two horses, a Warré beehive, and multiple dogs and cats. She makes cheese with her goat’s milk and sells eggs to the locals and to a health-food store. She’s still trying to find a way to fit into one day all the things she loves to do on her farm, but it hasn’t happened yet! You can read more about her farming life in her blog at www.sharonbiggswaller.com

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When you grow your own food, you can take steps to prevent food-borne illness from creeping into your crops. Here’s how.

7 Great Garden Themes to Try
Get your creative juices flowing by designing a flowerbed to reflect your interests and complement your abode.

Animal to Acreage Ratio
Give your livestock room to roam and make sure that you have enough farm space to support them.

Artificial Insemination in Pigs
Breeding pigs with artificial insemination is easy. Find out how you can implement it on your farm.

Brucellosis in Cattle
Although now a controlled livestock disease, Brucellosis can cause problems for hobby-farm herds if carried by wildlife.

How to Dispose of Chicken Carcasses
Take caution when disposing of chicken carcasses so as not to spread disease.

Chicken Feather Loss
A chicken losing feathers could be a sign of molting or a more dangerous condition. Learn how to tell the difference with these cues.

Common Livestock Parasites
Use this list of as a reference when talking to your veterinarian about preventing common parasites from infecting your livestock.

Feral Mustang Hoof Care
When adopting a feral Mustang horse, hoof care needs to be a priority.

Frostbite in Chickens
Take precautions in the winter to prevent these signs of frostbite in your chickens.



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