Seven Oaks Farm, our hobby farm, started as a tract of heavily forested land. It was part of an older farmstead that had been sold off, piece by piece, and planted in pine trees. We are gradually reclaiming and replanting it.
When we bought our hobby farm, the only resource we knew of to help us was Hobby Farms magazine. I read every issue from cover to cover!
Then, after we moved, we found out about events at the local Cooperative Extension Office. I went to classes on raising goats and sheep and how to grow fruit trees. I eventually became a master gardener through the extension office. All of this helped me feel more confident and gain important skills to maintain and grow my farm.
There are also certain websites and blogs which I really enjoy reading and which also add to my understanding of farming, beekeeping, and gardening. This page includes a list of my personal favorites. (I didn’t receive compensation for including these links – I just like them).
P.S.: If you find a link that no longer works, please let me know so that I can update it. Thank you.
Resources for New Gardeners and Hobby Farmers
Hobby Farms Magazine – good information on gardening, livestock, and hobby farming
USDA Cooperative Extension – start here to find your local office
Scottsville Supply Company – local Virginia beekeeping resources and a great Facebook page
Fresh Preserving – the Ball Canning Company’s website to help you learn everything you ever wanted to know about home canning
Homemaking and Housekeeping
FlyLady – the original housekeeping system expert
Brocante Home – creating a warm, welcome nest
Victoria Magazine – I get this one just for the pictures!
Gardening & Herbs
Tending My Garden – great blog on organic gardening
Heirloom Gardener – I love heirloom vegetables
Strictly Medicinal Seeds – my source for all thing medicinal seeds
Learning Herbs – a community and educational resources for new herbalists