- Hobby Farms
title = Hobby Farms
image_size = 200px
image_caption = The July/August 2007 issue of "Hobby Farms"
editor = Karen Keb Acevedo
editor_title = Editor in Chief
frequency = Bimonthly
publisher = BowTie Magazines
firstdate = March 2001
country = USA
language = English
website = [http://www.hobbyfarms.com www.hobbyfarms.com]
issn = 1533-0931
"Hobby Farms" is a bimonthly
magazine. Its editorial offices are based in Lexington, Kentucky. Hobby Farms magazine’s tagline is “Rural Living for Pleasure and Profit”. The magazine is known for its award-winning design [ [http://www.ageditors.com/awards/design.html 2006 AAEA DESIGN AWARDS] . Cover Page Design, Two-Plus Page Design, Overall Magazine Design, Best Use of Typography. [http://www.ageditors.com/ American Agricultural Editors Association] .] and photography [ [http://www.ageditors.com/awards/photography.html 2006 AAEA PHOTO AWARDS] . Best Use of Photos. [http://www.ageditors.com/ American Agricultural Editors Association] .] .
"Hobby Farms" magazine is devoted to the life of hobby farmers, homesteaders and small producers in the United States and around the world, and helps them turn their hobby into a viable business. Focused on the modern "
back-to-the-land movement", the magazine is designed to appeal to older Gen Xers, Baby Boomersand the growing population in between who are in tune with organic growing methods and lifestyle.
"Hobby Farms" features articles on raising livestock humanely,
sustainable agriculture,marketing a small farm, self sufficiency, history and preservation, and the dangers of factory farms. Columns cover farm equipment and tools, cooking, buying land, and agricultural news and trends.
The magazine was the brainchild of Norman Ridker, founder and chairman of BowTie Inc. In 1999, he was visiting a friend and business associate in upstate New York who enjoyed making maple syrup on his farm in his spare time. Looking around at the farm and his friend’s life — a working professional who enjoyed farming as a hobby — he realized that no magazine existed that served him and others like him. He enlisted editors to begin researching "hobby farmers" and the seeming groundswell of urban professionals moving to the country seeking a more meaningful existence and with a desire to farm in their spare time. Finding that a very real need existed for education and basic information about farming for such individuals, BowTie trademarked the term "
hobby farm", and launched "Hobby Farms" magazine in the spring of 2001.
Karen Keb Acevedo was named editor in 2002, and serves the publication today as editor in chief.In 2004 "Hobby Farms" editorial office moved from
Irvine, California, to Lexington, Kentucky.
The magazine has thrived during its relatively short existence, and is the fastest-growing farm publication in the country. [Wilson, Craig. " [http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2006-09-10-farmlet_x.htm Home is where the farm is] ". "
USA TODAY". September 10, 2006.]
* [http://www.hobbyfarms.com Official Hobby Farms Website]
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