Ever Considered Farming as a Hobby?
Enjoy some country livin’ even if you don’t have a farm!
Did you ever visit relatives or friends who lived on a farm when you were a child? Chances are you have some fond memories of those visits. Maybe you even lived on one yourself or do so today. One of the new trends in farming is to own or manage a Hobby Farm. That’s a small farm that is not a source of primary income, but rather a way to provide a country lifestyle without the expense and dawn ‘til dusk labor. Usually the owner or manager (often a family) of a Hobby Farm enjoys several acres of land where they raise a small number of animals and grow food for the animals and themselves. They may raise chickens and sell the eggs.
The August Molly Magazine will help you recall your favorite farm experiences and lend to trying out some new ones—even if you live in the city. Maybe you will be inspired to own or manage a Hobby Farm yourself!
- Get out your old cast iron skillet and learn how to use it again. Molly teaches you how to clean, season, store, and cook in it properly. Don’t have one? Ask an older member of your family or go to a flea market, peddler’s mall, or estate auction.
- Mark your calendar with upcoming special days and events for August. National Kids Day and Best Friend’s Day occur this month. And in spite of the hot August weather, it’s time to blanket your water heater!
- Learn how to save money by saving seeds for next year’s garden. Laura Williams shares great ideas on how to choose the right seeds, and how to dry and store them.
- Use your crock pot to make an imitation rotisserie chicken dinner for your family and at a fraction of the cost. While it’s cookin’, learn farmhouse decorating on a dime.
- Turn a pair of old jeans into a handy tote that will help keep you organized and supplied with everything you need for those odd jobs. Sharon White shares step-by-step instructions complete with photos.
- Walk through a Hobby Farm with Betsy Chastain as she takes you on a personal tour of how her family enjoys a country lifestyle. Complete with guidelines and pictures.
- Be amazed at the entrepreneurship of Terren Jace Thomas as he shares the business sense that helped him develop a new product to make teen drivers safer as well as others on the road.
- Grow your own salad from now through fall with Emilee Gettle as your guide.
- Care for your skin with Molly’s tips on making homemade soaps and lotions.
- Replace your lawnmower with a grass-eating animal—or at least read about how Linda Hadley did it!
- Cook like a pioneer woman when you purchase the cookbook Molly recommends this month.
- Put on your flip flops as you read about Midge’s first country life experience and how she set a personal record running in flip flops. And Molly encourages Midge to continue to implement country lifestyle choices.
- Do your August shopping with Sarah Dugger’s shopping guide in hand.
Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.
Contributing Writers: Alayna Cann, Dena Wood, Patricia Hunter, Emilee Gettle, Linda Hadley, Shannon Reilly, Inger Koppenhaver, Becky Gustafson, Sarah Dugger, Sharon White, Betsy Chastain
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