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Our Hobby Farms bloggers bring you first-hand accounts of their encounters with gardening, livestock, farmstead cooking and more.

Kristy Ziegler: Kids on the Homestead—Uncensored
Kids on the Homestead—Uncensored
Having an "I can do this” attitude is essential in starting and maintaining a homestead, unless the person with the attitude is 3 feet tall and picking all your veggies several weeks early.  In this blog, get practical homesteading tips for managing the extra "help” you get from the jelly-covered, chicken-chasing, two-legged tomato smashers we call our children. Enter the homestead with caution. »
Lisa Munniksma: The News Hog
The News Hog
Get the facts (and opinions) about what's happening outside of your farm gates. From Washington to your city hall, decisions are being made that affect your farm and food system. Diseases and discoveries are changing the face of small-scale farming. Former Hobby Farms editor Lisa Munniksma writes about these breakthroughs, issues and legislation—from the serious to the ridiculous—to help you take action in your community. Are you ready to get dirty? 
The Craft Hub
The Craft Hub
Gather your friends around the craft table: It’s time for a crafting party! Our favorite DIY experts share the projects they’re working on at their homesteads—from painting to sewing to crafting with kids—and you can join the fun. Come back each week for a new project and tips for getting at the heart of homemade. Let's start crafting. »
Interested in guest blogging on The Craft Hub? Email us with your ideas!
John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist: Farmstead Chef
Farmstead Chef
Join John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist as they share recipes and tips for using your garden abundance to eat seasonally. From creative ways to cook up zucchini to making homemade pantry staples, John and Lisa make it fun and easy to create a more self-sufficient, sustainable farmstead kitchen—and save money in the process. Start cooking now. »
Dawn Combs: The Prescription Gardener
The Prescription Gardener
Growing a garden can do more than feed your family—the plants can become your medicine, too. Follow Dawn Combs, farmer, herbalist and owner of Mockingbird Meadows herb and honey farm, as she teaches you how to cultivate herbs to nourish and heal your body. Stop by each week and discover how delicious your medicine can be. Grow your medicine. »
Jessica Walliser: Dirt on Gardening
Dirt on Gardening
From Jessica Walliser, regular contributor to Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home comes a blog about gardening: Seeds, compost, pests and cultivating, as well as tips and tricks, year-round growing, finds and suggestions. Brush the dirt off your hands and click here. »
Cory Hershberger: Plowing Through
Plowing Through
Hobby Farms assistant editor Cory Hershberger scours the wide world of farming literature to find the books best suited to small-scale farmers and homesteaders. From livestock husbandry and plant care to home remodeling and farm-to-table cooking, he leaves no page unturned in his thirst for agricultural knowledge—and he’s sharing his findings with you. Open to the first page. »
Hobby Farms' "Farm Inspiration Fridays"
Farm Inspiration Fridays
Farming can be a tough job that receives little thanks. If you need a pick-me-up after a long week of plowing, planting and livestock wrangling, stop by each week for quotes, photos and encouraging words from the Hobby Farms editors. Get inspired now. »

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