Hobby Farm (the magazine)

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  1. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    I love Countryside & SSJ I always look forward to reading it, but I have also noticed that I am beginning to enjoy the Hobby Farm Magazine quite a bit more now too. In HF I find the things that it seems the people are wanting (agriculturally, I mean). Stories of people who are making a living on their small farms/orchards, some interviews and some good resources. I really get inspired when I see more than just the sustainable/self-reliant type articles (I love those too) because I begin to think, I MAY just be able to make this thing work and be able make a living soley from here.

    Any one else like this or have another magazine BESIDES Countryside & SSJ which I am sure we will all agree is good.
     
  2. marisal

    marisal Well-Known Member

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    Whats ssj?

    I get countryside, backwoods home, mother earth news, hobby farm, and progressive farmer.

    My favorites are backwoods home and hobby farm.

    ~Marisa :)
     

  3. Pony

    Pony STILL not Alice Supporter

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    Well, I am particularly fond of Countryside, but also very much enjoy Backwoods Home Magazine. I have some old copies of Mother Earth News (I'm talking 20 years old!) that I picked up on eBay, and I like those, but I totally dislike the "new" MEN.

    I picked up a copy of Hobby Farm but wasn't too impressed. Maybe they were having an off month? I'll give it another look on your recommendation.

    Pony!
     
  4. katlupe

    katlupe Off-The-Grid Homesteader Supporter

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    I've wanted to try that magazine for a long time. So maybe I will.

    The other magazine I like besides Countryside and Backwoods Home is Small Farmer's Journal. It is more "pricey" than most. I think it's close to $30. for 4 issues. But it's big, like a book. And sometimes, they will have a special when you order on the telephone and give you a whole back years worth of issues!

    It is centered on farming with horses or oxen. But it has lots of other info that is inspiring for me. Alot of self sufficiency articles, even some written by teen-agers that are so interesting. And lots of gardening, recipes, livestock, farm equipment, also Amish people read this, and write in it too.
     
  5. Ken in Maine

    Ken in Maine Well-Known Member

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    I have been a subscriber to Countryside for many years and have enjoyed it very much. Unfortunately the magazine like this forum has way too much mis- information. Most of those who contribute their opinions have very small agricultural operations and minimal experience. It is however, an excellent way for someone with a desire to learn to gain valuable options from which they may develope skills that work for them. Magazines and forums should not be the place to get your major education but does fit in well with rounding out your knowledge. Just remember that something might work well in one part of the country and be totally ineffictive in other areas.
     
  6. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    SSJ is countryside & small stock journal (the official name of the magazine)

    Hobby farm probably isn't really for everyone (as if any magazine is) I just like the "commercial" aspect of it. I see it more as a "trade" magazine than a "how-to" which is how I see Countryside.
     
  7. .Marie.

    .Marie. Registered Human

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    I subscribe to Hobby Farms...it's my favorite. I also get Mother Earth News and Back Woods Home. I used to get Fine Gardening, but it became too expensive. Organic Gardening used to be good, but the format changed after the founder passed away and one of his children took it over and so I lost interest in it.
    About a year ago I found a magazine/catalog called Mary Jane...if I recall correctly, it only comes out a couple times a year. It is put out by a company that sells organic foods raised on their farm, and the back part of the magazine is the catalog....there were some very good articles, recipes, and photos in it. Not the usual kind of articles in farming mags....one article was about farm folks' hands. ('Hands' as in palms, wrists, fingers...not 'hands' as in people who help out on a farm.)
    That Small Farmers Journal sounds interesting...I may give that a try.
     
  8. trixiwick

    trixiwick bunny slave

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    I get Hobby Farms as well as Countryside. HF is a fun read, especially since they seem to always have a cover story on whatever I happen to be doing at the moment. :cool: It's also much "prettier" and slicker than Countryside. But in terms of solid, practical advice that actually works, you can't beat Countryside.

    I like reading MEN also, but sometimes the information in it is just plain silly. Sometimes it seems like they write down what they think OUGHT to work. Some guy posted here once that he was going to become self-sufficient in Alaska based on no gardening experience but a lot of back issues of MEN, and I thought...good luck to you, dude.
     
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    tnborn Well-Known Member

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    I buy Hobby farmers off the magazine rack. I can honestly say that I enjoy this magazine more than mother earth which I feel have gone more commerical(sp) and less self-sufficient. I used to subscribe to backwoods magazine which I like. I have to cut costs somewhere so I did away with certain subscriptions.
    Goat rancher is good. Caprine and Hoegger magazines have subscription offers for this.
    tnborn
     
  10. homebirtha

    homebirtha Well-Known Member

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    I like Countryside, but agree that the information in there is often a bit iffy. Lots of opinions and this-is-how-we-do-it, but not much editing of that information. Still, taken with a grain of salt, there is a lot of really useful info there.

    We still get MEN although it ain't what it used to be.

    I like the new one, Back Home Magazine. It reminds me a lot of Countryside, except the articles are written by writers, not just letters from readers. It's sort of got the things I like about Countryside, but a little higher caliber of writing and fact-checking, like MEN. Pretty good so far.
     
  11. Darren

    Darren Still an :censored:

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    Small Farm is another magazine for folks who intend to make a living off their farm. I think it's right on target for those looking for info for small operations. It's published in Missouri. Unfortunately it's not sold on newstands so most folks have never seen it.

    I would rate it the best for it's intended audience compared to the ones mentioned. It's not a slick magazine, but it always has lots of articles. I've never found bogus info in any issue. It's the one I re-read. Countryside I'd rate a close second. Small Farmer's Journal is about the same as Countryside in my book but it would be number one if you're interested in farming with horses. MEN, Backhome and Backwoods Home are the third tier. Too much commercialism although Backwoods Home is better.

    I've seen so much incorrect info in Hobby Farm that I usually look through it at the newstand to see where they screwed up for laughs. I've enailed (not a misspelling) the editors a couple of times because one of the regular authors/editors seems to have no actual knowledge of what they're writing about. Unfortunately they don't seem to know how to be a good reporter to get the facts correct when they talk to people who have the info either.

    Lots of the articles seem padded with useless info with pertinent info missing or incomplete especially on articles that survey equipment and other stuff that's needed on a farm. I do think they picked the correct title.
     
  12. TimandPatti

    TimandPatti Texas

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    I get Hobby Farms and Country woman, good magazines. :sing: