Farm & Ranch

Tips for hobby farming

If you're just getting started with your hobby farm, things might seem overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you need to know first? With these guiding principles, you can stay on course.

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Family farm stays in the family

The Burnidges are holding out on selling their land- not to get more money for their 10.5 acre farm, but to make their living from the land and allow their youngest child, 11-year-old son, Martin, the advantages of growing up out in the country.

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Skin care products using natural ingredients

Here, in this "soap house," Gayl and her handful of employees create soaps and skincare products from natural ingredients — milk from her own goats, honey from her own bees, sweetgrass, green tea, essential oils, and flowers grown on her own property.

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Hydroponic farming in high demand

The Youngs have filled their farm with row after row of greenhouses using hydroponics. Instead of being planted in the ground, their crops sit in water or fertilizer solutions constantly fed by Fiberglas pipes. They grow in a tightly controlled environment, allowing the Youngs to manage every aspect of their growth and promising buyers a year-round supply of picture-perfect produce without dirt, bug bites, or blemishes.

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