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Urban Farm

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Who Reads Urban Farm?
Urban Farm reaches out to those in the city and suburbs who endeavor to live more self-sufficiently, are inspired by the local-food movement and want to raise chickens and other small livestock. They grow food for themselves, support local agriculture and live more sustainably by reducing their impact on the environment.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue: Regular Sections

  • Backyard Coop: Everything a backyard chicken keeper needs to know to have a healthy, well-cared-for flock. Each issue focuses on a different topic of urban chicken keeping.
  • Green Thumb: Seasonal backyard and container-gardening advice, including fruit and vegetable variety selection and cultivation, fertilizer recipes, composting techniques, and useful tools.
  • Urban Feast: Bringing the eat-local mantra home. This column covers seasonal recipes, kitchen tools, serving ideas and more.
  • Curbside Tools: A round-up of tools and equipment related to one feature in every issue. The column topic might be composting tools, wine- and beer-making equipment, chicken-keeping equipment or any other area of sustainable living covered in the magazine.
  • One Thing: A piece of advice from a successful and well-known urban farmer. This page offers one thing you can do to live more sustainably right now.
  • Road Trip: Urban Farm visits one city or town in every issue and focuses on its sustainability initiatives, famous urban farmers and green happenings.
What You Can Expect in Each Issue: Feature Articles
Urban Farm's feature articles are written to inspire people as they develop their city or suburban farm or garden. They cover what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle, including conserving, growing our own food, eating locally and in season, recycling, composting, and making intentional buying decisions. Articles include how-to projects for self-sufficiency, sustainable community initiatives, profiles of successful urban farmers, beekeeping, backyard goat keeping, raising rabbits, small-space gardening techniques, community-building advice, crop profiles, protecting your urban farm from wildlife, step-by-step cooking projects, alternative energy and more.

Urban Farm contributors are urban farmers themselves. Whether they are professional gardeners, keep a community-supported-agriculture operation on a small suburban lot or simply live a green lifestyle, our writers understand the challenges and the triumphs of living a sustainable life. Some of our writers are published and respected authors; others work hard every day to build a self-sufficient life for themselves and their families. Regular contributors include Erik Knutzen, Deborah Madison, Amy Colter, Barbara Kilarski, R.J. Ruppenthal, Jessica Walliser, Frank Hyman, Kelly Wood, Cherie Langlois and Debbie Moors.

Magazine Layout:
The magazine features easy-to-follow sections based on article topic. Urban Farm's design is engaging and easy to read. The photos, graphics and design are fun and edgy, reflecting an urban audience. There is a fluid mix of text and images that illustrate the articles and concepts.

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
From the editors of Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home, Urban Farm's mission is to promote the benefits of self sufficiency and to provide the tools with which to do it on any size property. Urban farms are popping up all over America. However, things are different on an urban farm, versus a rural hobby farm. With less space to work with, projects must be scaled down, efficiency becomes crucial, and one must be resourceful to use every inch of space and recycle every unused object into something useful. Urban Farm is informational and inspirational in context with no political undertones. Throughout each issue, weblinks direct readers to additional, free resources related to the magazine's content on the UrbanFarmOnline.com website.

Advertising is relevant to the magazine, offering products and services designed to assist in living more self-sufficiently, such as feed and small-livestock products, kitchen appliances and tools, cooking and baking products, hardware, tools, gardening and composting supplies, beekeeping supplies and equipment, and alternative-energy products.

Additional Information:
The tone of Urban Farm is upbeat and informational. The magazine provides information, highlights the benefits and lets the reader draw their own conclusions. Urban Farm is expertly written and beautifully illustrated to appeal to the intelligent consumer who understands the need for more sustainable practices.

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A guide for those in cities or suburbs looking to become more self-sufficient by growing some of their own food and treadig lightly on the environment in the space they have. Articles include how-to projects, gardening basics, composting, beekeeping, roof-top gardening, preserving and freezing, and time and money-saving ideas.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: I-5 Publishing
  • ASIN: B0047ERVHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended February 7, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I like magazine overall. Great articles teaching you how to make hybrid trees and bee keeping for example. There a few articles that seemed a bit contrived - community action. I get the social aspect, but I would rather have more focus on the techniques, how-tos, and learning than the social aspects. I would recommend this magazine to people living in urban areas.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, curious and a little off-beat March 13, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I ordered this magazine on a whim during a promotion and both my husband and I are fans. My husband has previously remarked he would like to try keeping chickens and bees, and this magazine gives practical information and stories of those as well as on topics like container and community gardens. The content focuses on sustainable living without being preachy, with beautiful pictures. The magazine arrived quickly, within 2-3 weeks of placing my order. Most of the ads are in the back of the magazine, except when related to article content. Overall, the magazine is informative, a little quirky and fun.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
`Green' magazines often preach instead of teach with a finger-wagging attitude that makes reading a chore. Urban Farm makes sustainable living a fun, informative read.

The clean, easy-to-read design blends nicely with beautiful, full-color photographs and how-to illustrations that appear cover-to-cover.

This edition included 12 feature stories, four columns - Backyard Coop, Curbside Tools, Green Thumb and Urban Feast - and a handful of other pieces. Here are Urban Farm's five cover teasers in the July/August 2011 edition:

* Grow Hot Peppers on a windowsill or a balcony
* Street Smarts: Forage for Urban Edibles
* 4 Easy Steps to Freezer Jam
* Simple Bio-Retention: Incorporate a Rain Garden into Your Landscape
* Sweet Corn Season Arrives! Details and recipes inside

The most interesting feature is Debbie Moors' story `Not Just Window Dressing.' The story features the Windowfarms Project and introduces home-hydroponic systems that are built from the contents of a recycling bin.

I can't say enough about the photography. Sure, there are some stock photos but the main features nicely balance all the elements. Rhoda Peacher's freezer jam photos are simply mouth-watering (Yum! Brambleberry!) There are eight step-by-step color photos accompanying Michael Locke's instructions on how to build a kitchen table from a salvaged pre-hung door (each photo is given enough real estate that you won't need to rummage through a junk drawer for a magnifying glass).

In summary, Urban Farm is my best, new magazine subscription in recent memory. I'm pleasantly surprised by the use of color, quality content and the friendly tone.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for October 8, 2011
By Rickard
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
I live in the suburbs with about a half acre of back yard to work with. I have a large garden, chickens, bees, and dreams for future projects. I also like Hobby Farm and thought this would be some of the same with the town dweller in mind. Unfortunately, I have not been excited by my subscription. I don't find anything I can't find in Mother Earth News and I'm not especially motivated to take many of the articles a step further. I have no problem with any ideological slant that might be present but I don't find myself inspired by it either. I honestly wished I liked it more but I'm sure I can get my backyard farmer fix filled by other sources.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative Magazine January 13, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
I received the first issue of this magazine and I like it. It has a lot of good articles that are applicable to gardening such as raising rabbits and chickens. Some of the articles tend to be a bit too left-wing envirnomentalist for me, but overall I still like the magazine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine March 8, 2011
Subscription Term Name:1 year auto-renewal|Verified Purchase
We were already into urban gardening before we subscribed to this magazine. When I found it on Amazon.com it piqued my interest. We read a copy and loved every article. It doesn't have really indepth articles but it sure gets you motivated to try out the various ideas. We love having fresh vegetables every day just about here in Florida and are not worried about any mass outbreak of illness because of production line veggies.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too many ads April 19, 2013
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I ordered a subscription to Urban Farm on Valentine's Day, February 14. My first issue didn't arrive until today, April 19, more than two months after I subscribed. That's a really slow subscription. But that's not the reason for the review.

My first issue is the May/June 2013 issue and this was its contents:
Inside front cover: Ad for Meyer chick hatchery
p. 1 Table of contents with 8 articles and 6 columns with a bonus recipe section.
p. 2 Sales pitch from magazine for ad space
p. 3 Editorial column--very boring
p. 4 Reader mail--also boring
p. 5 Ad for RedBrand poultry netting
p. 6 Newsfeed column--boring blurb about an annual event in Custer, WI
p. 7 Ad for solar generator
p. 8 Column about a garden in Queens, NY
p. 9 Ad for jitterbug plus cell phones
p. 10, 12 An actual article on raising chickens and curbing their curiosity about food
p. 11 Ad for Purina feed
p. 13 Four ads for foragecake, birdie booties, creative coops, and hobby farms magazine

By now you can already see the trend. In a novel, the author has to grab you by the first three pages or you won't buy the book. In a magazine, they are supposed to "grab" you within the first 10 pages. But the first 10 pages are mostly ads with one article that will only be interesting to chicken farmers who have birds that peck at other hens' eggs, which as I discovered from my chicken raising friends is a rarity. Onward...

p. 14, 15, 16 An article by the same author of the p. 10 article (she writes horribly) about the benefits of honey; very light on substance--I could Google this for free
p. 15 A huge ad for a beekeeping magazine
p. 17 Ads for beekeeping supplies and peonies
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun publication. Enjoy each issue.
Published 8 days ago by Kjhasle
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are an inner city gardener this magazine is for you
Bought it as a Father's Day gift for my stepfather and I am renewing it as a Christmas gift. He absolutely loves it. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Deirdre
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Excellent magazine. Very glad I got it and I'm not even mad at the auto-renewal because it's a great price for the bang. Great tips, stories, and information.
Published 27 days ago by Jordan Benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for smale scale food growing
I like this mag for all it's great advice for making farming work on a very small scale for city dwellers. I still put the advice to good use on my mini-farm. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Prophetess of Doom
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of my little farm
Lots and lots of fun to do stuff and really goo d usuable information. I will continue to subscribe and read. Can't wait till I get my parcel of land to put it all to use.
Published 3 months ago by Herb L List
5.0 out of 5 stars So useful
this charming magazine is not only visually attractive ,but incredibly useful the practical information any instructions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sheperdess
5.0 out of 5 stars city girl
This magazine allows you to think outside the box when it comes to sustainable living. From raising chickens to solar power I learn something useful with every magazine.
Published 3 months ago by Janet F. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
The only thing I hate about this magazine...is it only comes out 6 times a year! PLEASE, make this a monthly issue! I love everything about this magazine! Read more
Published 4 months ago by PinkPunk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great magazine and speedy arrival.
Order date was May 4, 2014 & received 1st issue today, May 14, 2014. That has to be a record for the arrival of the first issue of any magazine. I am impressed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tracy Paradis
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
With my farming heritage I was in hopes that this magazine would provide more indepth coverage of what I could do to increase my production and yield with my backyard farm. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Peterson
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