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Do you know how to prevent the roofs of your farm buildings from collapsing under snow?

Poll Results
Yes, we monitor and clear off roofs to prevent structural damage caused by snow.     (45.07%)
No, I need to learn more about how to safely clear snow off roofs.     (20.30%)
We don’t get snow in our area, so it’s not a major concern.     (34.63%)
Previous Poll Results

What winterizing activities are a must on your farm?

Poll Results
Stockpile animal feed    (4.26%)
Seal drafts in the farmhouse    (1.70%)
Perform equipment maintenance and winter-proofing    (9.79%)
Clean out and mulch the garden beds    (9.79%)
Fix fences and gates    (4.26%)
More than one above    (58.30%)
Something not listed    (11.91%)
Past Polls
Do you raise your own Thanksgiving turkey? 11/01/2015
What's your favorite thing to harvest in the fall? 09/30/2015
Do you allow children to take part in butchering on your farm? 08/30/2015
What is the primary purpose of a tractor on your farm? 07/26/2015
Do you kiss or snuggle your chickens? 07/19/2015
Do you work closely with your butcher on choosing cuts for your meat animals? 07/05/2015
Do you keep top-bar hives? 06/28/2015
Are you growing cucumbers this year? 06/21/2015
How much of your food do you source from with in 100 miles? 06/14/2015
Do you raise your own beef? 06/07/2015
Do you raise rabbits? 05/24/2015
Do you have problems with orchard pests? 05/17/2015
Do friends or extended family like helping out around the farm? 05/10/2015
Do you keep a dairy to provide milk for your homestead? 05/03/2015
Do you keep a container garden? 04/26/2015
Have you ever included edibles in a rain garden? 04/19/2015
Are you growing lettuce in your spring garden? 04/12/2015
Where do you store your flock's eggs? 04/05/2015
How long have you kept cattle? 03/29/2015
Do you think "farm-to-table" is just a fad? 03/22/2015
What do you do to increase your farm's egg sales? 03/15/2015
How often do you do maintenance on farm fences or gates? 03/08/2015
Do you use items grown or produced on your farm to barter? 03/01/2015
How often do you use items grown or produced on your farm to barter? 03/01/2015
Do you travel off-farm during your farm's off season? 02/22/2015
What livestock predators are you concerned about on your farm? 02/15/2015
Do you raise ducks for eggs? 02/08/2015
Have you written a farm business plan? 02/01/2015
Do you sell anything besides meat or produce at the farmers' market? 01/25/2015
Do you compost with worms (aka vermicompost)? 01/18/2015
Do you write a month-by-month garden plan? 01/11/2015
Do you keep your compost going in the winter? 01/04/2015
What are your favorite greens to grow? 12/25/2014
What's on your farm's holiday wish list? 12/14/2014
What do you do to boost pollinator populations around your farm? 12/07/2014
What's your biggest farm priority this winter? 11/30/2014
Do you have a go-to farm sitter when you need to go out of town? 11/23/2014
Do you keep bees for pollination purposes? 11/16/2014
Do you sell produce at market? 11/09/2014
Have you ever apprenticed on a farm? 11/02/2014
Do you feed treats to your chickens? 10/26/2014
Do you produce raw milk on your farm? 10/19/2014
Are food/farming issues important to you as you prepare to vote on Election Day? 10/12/2014
Do you keep yaks on your farm? 10/05/2014
Do you cook in cast iron pans? 09/21/2014
Do you have a barn on your property? 09/14/2014
Is your summer garden still producing? 09/07/2014
Would you rather eat: 08/31/2014
Did you grow eggplant this year? 08/24/2014
Do you drink raw milk? 08/17/2014
Are your chickens' eggshells so thin they break before you can use them? 08/10/2014
Have you ever rescued a farm animal? 08/03/2014
Are harlequin bugs a problem on your farm? 07/27/2014
How do you use your greenhouse? 07/20/2014
Do you grow okra? 07/13/2014
Have your crops been affected by powdery mildew? 07/06/2014
What type of tomatoes are you growing? 06/29/2014
Do you use companion plants to control pests in the garden? 06/22/2014
Do you butcher your own meat? 06/15/2014
Do you take a holistic approach to beekeeping? 06/08/2014
Do you use vertical gardening techniques on your farm? 06/01/2014
Do you use vertical gardening techniques on your farm? 06/01/2014
Have you ever made compost tea? 05/25/2014
Do you foliar feed your crops with liquid fertilizer? 05/18/2014
What social media sites do you use most often for either farm promotion or personal use? 05/11/2014
Are you giving your mom a farm-inspired gift for Mother's Day? 05/04/2014
Do you operate a farm-stay for tourists who want to spend time on your farm? 04/27/2014
Do you plan to make a farm-equipment purchase in the next year? 04/20/2014
Do you grow your own livestock feed? 04/13/2014
Do you help deliver baby animals on the farm? 04/06/2014
Is there fracking activity near your farm? 03/30/2014
How do you plan to deter garden pests this year? 03/23/2014
Is there a farmers' market in your town? 03/16/2014
Do you use a smartphone app to track your chickens’ nutrition? 03/09/2014
How often do you take advantage of your local cooperative extension? 03/02/2014
Are you currently looking for grant funding to start a farm? 02/23/2014
Do you use homeopathic remedies on your livestock? 02/16/2014
Are you GAP certified? 02/09/2014
Do you start seeds in soil blocks? 02/02/2014
Do you start seeds in soil blocks? 02/02/2014
What kind of eggs do you sell from your farm besides chicken eggs? 01/26/2014
Do you use the HobbyFarms.com calendar to learn about farming events in your area? 01/19/2014
Have you tried marketing your farm products to local restaurants? 01/12/2014
Do you supplement your family's food supply through hunting? 01/05/2014
Do you plan to sell at a farmers' market in 2014? 12/29/2013
Do you decorate with evergreens for the holidays? 12/22/2013
Do you make holiday crafts with your kids? 12/15/2013
Do you breed cattle? 12/08/2013
Do you start seeds indoors in the winter? 11/29/2013
Are you eating a heritage turkey at your Thanksgiving feast? 11/24/2013
Do you harvest your own maple syrup? 11/17/2013
Do you use a pressure canner? 11/10/2013
Do you raise beef cattle? 11/03/2013
Did you save seeds from this year's garden? 10/27/2013
Do you use a livestock or equine grooming product? 10/20/2013
Do you show or exhibit livestock? 10/13/2013
Do you dress your farm animals in costume for Halloween? 10/06/2013
Do you have working farm dogs? 09/29/2013
Do you keep chickens? 09/22/2013
Do you use permaculture design principles on your farm? 09/15/2013
What farming practices do you use on your farm? 09/01/2013
Do you breed goats for milk? 08/26/2013
Do you like to buy new or used garden tools? 08/18/2013
Do you use Google+? 08/11/2013
What are your favorite types of recipes on HobbyFarms.com? 08/04/2013
Do you use a geothermal system to heat and cool your farmhouse? 07/28/2013
Have you made your own plant-based milks? 07/21/2013
Do you use cover crops in your backyard or kitchen garden? 07/14/2013
What do you do to encourage native bees to pollinate your farm? 07/07/2013
Have you noticed an influx of spiders on your farm this year? 06/30/2013
Do you raise pastured pigs? 06/23/2013
What products do you offer as part of your farm’s CSA? 06/16/2013
Do you grow mushrooms on your farm? 06/09/2013
What is your favorite style of barbecue? 06/02/2013
Do you use working goats on your farm? 05/26/2013
What is your favorite color of tomato to grow? 05/19/2013
Do you want to learn more about wild birds on your farm? 05/12/2013
Have you ever grafted tomatoes? 05/05/2013
My favorite homesteading projects take place: 04/28/2013
Do you own a tractor? 04/21/2013
Would you be interested in having a barn-style home? 04/14/2013
Do you subscribe to digital magazines? 04/07/2013
Do you use a rain barrel to water your garden? 03/31/2013
Do you use the Hobby Farms event calendar for information on upcoming workshops and conferences in your area? 03/24/2013
Do you make fermented foods? 03/17/2013
What is the next improvement you want to make to your barn? 03/10/2013
Do you save seeds from your garden? 03/03/2013
What kind of fencing do you have on your farm? 02/24/2013
To what level do you accessorize your chicken coop? 02/17/2013
Have you started seeds for this year's garden? 02/10/2013
How old is your farmhouse? 02/03/2013
What composting method do you use? 01/28/2013
Do you line dry your laundry? 01/21/2013
Do you integrate chickens into your garden for pest and weed control? 01/14/2013
Have you ever re-queened a bee hive? 01/07/2013
Did you set a 2013 New Year’s resolution for your hobby farm? 12/31/2012
Do you know how to prevent the roofs of your farm buildings from collapsing under snow? 12/24/2012
Do you grow microgreens? 12/17/2012
Do your kids help you cook? 12/10/2012
Do you treat your farm animals to gifts around the holidays? 12/03/2012
Have you collected your farm’s last harvest of the season? 11/26/2012
Do you use a tractor on your farm? 11/19/2012
Do you use high tunnels on your farm as a season extender? 11/12/2012
Do you keep dairy cattle? 11/05/2012
Do you till your farm garden? 10/29/2012
Do you subscribe to the free HobbyFarms.com newsletter? 10/22/2012
Do you grow herbs for medicinal purposes? 10/15/2012
Do you host autumn agritourism events on your farm? 10/08/2012
Do you write a blog about your farm? 09/30/2012
Do you encourage native wildlife on your farm? 09/24/2012
Do you keep small or miniature livestock? 09/17/2012
Is your farm certified organic? 09/10/2012
What type of mulch do you use in your edible garden? 09/03/2012
Do you plant organic seeds? 08/27/2012
Will you have a child participating in FFA this year? 08/20/2012
Do you grow grapes on your farm? 08/13/2012
What is your favorite way to preserve excess harvest? 08/06/2012
How has the country's widespread drought affected your hobby farm? 07/30/2012
Do you make your own stocks or broths? 07/23/2012
Do you grow grain crops on your farm? 07/16/2012
Do you have a livestock first-aid kit prepared for emergencies? 07/09/2012
If you keep livestock, do you have a large-animal vet or poultry vet in your area that you trust? 07/02/2012
Do you raise hogs for pork? 06/25/2012
Do you can your farm produce? 06/18/2012
Which of these marketing strategies have you tried on your farm? 06/11/2012
Have pests been a problem for your crops so far this growing season? 06/04/2012
Do you raise bees for honey? 05/28/2012
Do you have a root cellar? 05/21/2012
Do you raise grassfed beef? 05/14/2012
Do you practice agroforestry on your farm? 05/07/2012
Have you ever applied for a grant for your farm? 04/30/2012
How big is your dream farm? 04/23/2012
How do you maintain your farm equipment? 04/15/2012
What is your first go-to source for farming advice? 04/09/2012
How much of your family’s food do you produce on your farm? 04/02/2012
Do you hunt as a way to feed your family? 03/26/2012
Is your farm enrolled in a land-conservation program? 03/19/2012
Do you use the social networking website Pinterest? 03/12/2012
What type of concentrate do you feed your cattle? 03/04/2012
What birds do you keep on your farm besides your traditional barnyard poultry and fowl? 02/27/2012
Which pet would you welcome into your farm home in addition to a dog or cat? 02/20/2012
Have you ever made your own wine? 02/13/2012
Have you ever hosted a wedding on your farm? 02/06/2012
Do you have an e-reader? 01/30/2012
What type of videos would you like to see more of on HobbyFarms.com? 01/23/2012
How often do you seek out your local cooperative-extension office for farming-related information? 01/16/2012
Have you considered forming a farmer's cooperative with other producers in your area? 01/09/2012
Do you sell eggs from your farm? 01/02/2012
How are you ringing in 2012? 12/26/2011
Do you grow a garden during winter? 12/19/2011
Do you incorporate barnyard animals into your holiday festivities? 12/12/2011
Are you a Master Gardener? 12/05/2011
Do you have an outdoor kitchen? 11/25/2011
Will a heritage turkey be served at your Thanksgiving dinner this year? 11/21/2011
What animal would you most like to see on the cover of Hobby Farms? 11/14/2011
Does daylight savings time affect your livestock’s behaviors? 11/07/2011
Do your children take agriculture-education classes at school? 10/30/2011
Do guardian animals keep watch over the livestock on your farm? 10/23/2011
Do you operate a CSA on your farm? 10/17/2011
Do you take steps to protect your garden crops from food-borne illness. 10/10/2011
Do you raise livestock for meat? 10/03/2011
Have you ever made your own sausage? 09/26/2011
Do you create home videos of your hobby farm? 09/19/2011
What type of power equipment do you find most useful on the farm? 09/12/2011
Do you host a U-pick operation on your farm? 09/05/2011
Do you grow a kitchen garden? 08/29/2011
What's the main function of your farm's tractor? 08/22/2011
What do you think about the USDA’s proposed rule to the animal-disease-traceability program regarding interstate livestock transport? 08/15/2011
Do you have a community-supported-agriculture operation on your farm? 08/08/2011
What weeding method works best in your field or garden? 08/01/2011
Do you process your own chickens? 07/25/2011
Do you practice holistic veterinary care for your livestock and pets? 07/18/2011
Do you think it’s OK to breed bees for certain genetic traits, like disease resistance? 07/11/2011
How do you practice food independence? 07/05/2011
Do you use renewable energy on your farm? 06/27/2011
Do you have a fire-safety plan in place on your farm? 06/20/2011
Where do you prefer to buy farm tools? 06/13/2011
Have you ever raised pigs for homegrown pork? 06/06/2011
How has weather affected your planting this season? 05/30/2011
Have you ever grown luffa gourds? 05/23/2011
Should GMO produce and food products containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled as such at farmers’ markets? 05/16/2011
Do you subscribe to the twicemonthly HobbyFarms.com eNewsletter, and if not, why? 05/09/2011
Do you keep bees? 05/04/2011
Would you be interested in trying Hobby Farms magazine? 04/27/2011
How do you manage weeds in your garden or fields? 04/18/2011
What are you doing on your farm to counteract rising gas prices? 04/11/2011
What are you doing on your farm to counteract rising gas prices? 04/11/2011
Do you use a wood stove for heat? 04/04/2011
Do you raise any rare-breed livestock? 03/28/2011
Do you have an e-reader? 03/21/2011
Do you use a greenhouse on your farm to start seeds? 03/14/2011
Do you keep bees on your farm? 03/07/2011
Did you buy your tractor new or used? 02/28/2011
Do you farm organically? 02/21/2011
Was your barn affected by this month’s snow storms? 02/14/2011
What are you doing now to prep for the upcoming growing season? 02/07/2011
How many acres do you have in hay? 01/31/2011
Have you ever used a smoker to cook meat or vegetables? 01/24/2011
How many acres do you dedicate to crop production? 01/17/2011
How any acres of pasture land do you have? 01/10/2011
What aspect of your hobby farm do you want to focus on most in 2011? 01/03/2011
How do you protect your chickens in cold weather? 12/27/2010
What strategy do you use to control crop pests? 12/20/2010
Have you been following news about the Food Safety Modernization Act? 12/13/2010
What kind of chicken coop do you have? 12/06/2010
Have you ever made your own olive oil? 11/29/2010
Do you show livestock? 11/22/2010
What is your favorite pumpkin or squash dish? 11/15/2010
What type of fence is on your farm? 11/08/2010
Do you use biofuels in your farm equipment or vehicle? 11/01/2010
Do you have a disaster-preparedness plan for your farm? 10/25/2010
How do you conserve energy on your farm? 10/18/2010
Do you spin fiber? 10/11/2010
Do you have an iPad? 10/04/2010
Do you use herding dogs on your farm? 09/27/2010
Why do you raise cattle? 09/20/2010
Do you use a pressure cooker on a regular basis to prepare meals? 09/13/2010
Do you vermicompost? 09/06/2010
What security measures do you use on the farm? 08/30/2010
What is the biggest challenge to your crops? 08/23/2010
What is the biggest expense on your farm? 08/16/2010
Are you or were you a member of FFA? 08/09/2010
How often do you bird watch? 08/02/2010
What do you most use HobbyFarms.com for? 07/26/2010
Do you keep pets on your farm? 07/19/2010
What items do you shop for at your local farmers’ market? 07/12/2010
Do you have a farm manager for your small farm? 07/05/2010
Do you collect solar energy on your farm? 06/28/2010
What motorized equipment do you use to work around the farm? 06/21/2010
Do you own an iPad? 06/14/2010
Do you belong to a CSA? 06/07/2010
What is the purpose of your farm pond? 05/31/2010
Do you sell your products at a farmers’ market? 05/24/2010
Are you part of a walking club in your rural community? 05/17/2010
What kind of heirloom peppers do you grow? 05/10/2010
Why do you keep sheep? 05/03/2010
My favorite HobbyFarms.com articles are about: 05/01/2010
What kind of Internet connection does your household use? 04/26/2010
How long have you owned goats? 04/19/2010
How frequently do you read HobbyFarms.com blogs? 04/12/2010
Do you grow fruit on your farm? 04/05/2010
What chicken variety do you have the most of? 03/29/2010
Which magazine do you read? 03/22/2010
What season extenders do you use to get a jump-start on the growing season? 03/15/2010
What style barn is on your farm? 03/08/2010
How do you most often use dried flowers? 03/01/2010
Do you feed the fish in your farm pond? 02/22/2010
How many head of cattle do you own? 02/15/2010
Are you attending the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky., this year? 02/08/2010
What is your favorite winter farm activity? 02/01/2010
What do you find most useful in the HobbyFarms.com eNewsletter? 01/25/2010
How do you purchase seeds for your garden? 01/18/2010
Why do you keep chickens? 01/11/2010
Aquaculture is: 01/04/2010
What herbs do grow to use in your kitchen? 12/28/2009
Are you planning to get another farm animal in the next 12 months? 12/21/2009
Why do you raise rabbits? 12/14/2009
Do you give gifts to your farm pets? 12/07/2009
What animals are the main pest on your farm? 11/30/2009
What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? 11/23/2009
What kind of agritourism activities does your farm offer? 11/16/2009
How big is your farm? 11/09/2009
What subjects do you like to read about in our hobby farms blogs? 11/02/2009
How long have you been farming? 10/26/2009
Where do you get your pumpkins? 10/19/2009
What type of value-added products do you sell? 10/12/2009
What do you like most about fall on the farm? 10/05/2009
Do you own a cat? 09/28/2009
Green building is: 09/21/2009
Have you ever tried haggling/negotiating prices with your farm and feed store? 09/14/2009
Do you own a dog? 09/07/2009
What type of value-added products do you sell? 08/31/2009
What type of livestock do you have the most of on your farm? 08/24/2009
Is your area experiencing a different weather pattern than normal? If so, how has this affected your farming choices? 08/17/2009
Do you use Facebook, MySpace or Twitter? 08/10/2009
This year, the number of livestock we own has: 08/03/2009
We: 07/27/2009
Do you have an iPhone? 07/20/2009
How does the work get done around your farm? 07/13/2009
How is the farm cared for when you are away? 07/06/2009
To help manage your crops or gardens, have you ever used a computer software program? 06/29/2009
This season, we’re eating: 06/22/2009
What would you like to see more of on HobbyFarms.com? 06/15/2009
I think the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is: 06/08/2009
Agritourism is: 06/01/2009
How important is keeping up on farm-related news to you? 05/25/2009
What sort of tilling technique do you practice? 05/18/2009
How likely are you to switch to a lower-priced food for your livestock? 05/11/2009
In Hobby Farms magazine, I'd like to see more about: 04/30/2009
Our household income comes mainly from: 04/20/2009
Do you grow heirloom fruits or vegetables? 03/24/2009
If you direct market your produce, has the local-food movement increased your sales this year? 02/24/2009
Do you plan to do anything special for your animals this month? 02/18/2009
Do you keep yaks on your farm?
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