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The Woman Hobby Farmer

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Celebrate the role of women in taking homes and family back to self-sufficiency and farm living, and learn the skills needed to go back to basics. Hobby farming is alive and thriving in semi-rural, suburban, and rural areas across the country, and women farmers have been cited as the fastest growing sector within the farming community in recent years. Here you'll find: *The who, what, why, and where of hobby farming *Deciding on your farming goals and making a plan *What to expect in your new endeavor *How to decide what to plant and prepare your planting sites *Advice on feeding, caring for, and housing different types of livestock *A look at running and marketing your hobby farm as a successful business *Stories, quotes, and advice from successful female hobby farmers *And more! With more than 1 million women in the United States and Canada describing farming as their primary source of income, and many more for whom hobby farming is really just a hobby, the time is right for a publication dedicated to hobby farming from a female perspective. Written for women by a woman, this insightful volume is packed with stories and advice from women hobby farmers and


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Pages 240
Publish Date 2017-09-05
Size 7.0" x 9.0" x 0.54"
Author Karen Lanier


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Library Journal
Library Journal: The title of author (Wildlife in Your Garden) and magazine contributor (Hobby Farms Magazine) Lanier's book is somewhat deceptive because her work isn't about farming as a hobby. Rather, it's intended for women who are interested in farming as a profession. Farming in this instance covers a variety of agricultural careers and situations, from urban to flower farming and from owning acres to working someone else's land. That more and more women are choosing to farm is what's important here, not the kind of career one selects. This volume is not a how-to but instead offers stories of women farmers, information on how to navigate in a male-dominated profession, advice on taking care of self and farm, and exercises to help assess and clarify one's goals, skills, and experience. Full of photos, resources, and bite-size bits of information, this is a useful introduction for women considering a career in farming. The author acknowledges the challenges, especially for single women, but doesn't dwell on them. Instead, she emphasizes how rewarding and fulfilling farming can be. VERDICT: An uplifting, can-do book that is sure to present encouragement and inspiration to women interested in small-scale farming.


About the Author

Karen Lanier is a naturalist, documentarian, teacher, artist, and gardener who explores the intersections of nature and culture. Karen holds degrees in photography, foreign language, conservation studies, and documentary studies as well as a professional environmental educator certificate. Karen worked as a seasonal park ranger in state and national parks across the US before settling in Kentucky. Her Americorps volunteer experience with Seedleaf, a community gardening nonprofit, helped her shift her migratory perspective on life toward putting down roots. She is actively involved with native plant, community gardening, and environmental education groups in her area.

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