EDITOR’S LET­TER

Farm & Ranch Living - - CONTENTS - Jen­nifer Zei­gler,

I SAT IN ON A SES­SION LAST FALL at the Rocky Moun­tain Farm­ers Union con­ven­tion in Den­ver, Colorado. As I lis­tened to the farm­ers and ranch­ers talk about their ex­pe­ri­ences, I was struck by the open di­a­logue be­tween them. They were from a spec­trum of agri­cul­ture—cat­tle ranches, fruit or­chards and row crop farms. But they were con­nected by their willing­ness to share ad­vice and ideas with one another.

Here at Farm & Ranch Liv­ing we want to help fa­cil­i­tate that ex­change of ideas. This is­sue con­tains a few new col­umns de­signed to help you con­nect with fel­low farm­ers. Those new to agri­cul­ture and in need of a lit­tle ad­vice can reach out and ask a ques­tion; we’ll track down read­ers who have the an­swer. Find this help­ful ex­change of ideas on page 54. In this is­sue, the con­ver­sa­tion is be­tween two cat­tle­women. The next is­sue could solve the big co­nun­drum on your farm—all you have to do is ask.

You’ll also find a page of work­around so­lu­tions to ev­ery­day farm prob­lems. Teenager Sara Kar­ras shares her idea for keep­ing the tack room tidy, while Melissa Griffiths of­fers in­struc­tions on a DIY chicken wa­terer made with reused sup­plies that are prob­a­bly ly­ing about the work­shop right now. Find these handy ideas on page 56, and be sure to send in your own tips and tricks—they could wind up in a fu­ture is­sue.

We’d love to hear what you think about the new ad­di­tions, as well as any ideas for other fea­tures you want to see in the fu­ture. So dig in and then drop us a line at feed­back@far­mand ranch­liv­ing.com. It will be plant­ing time soon enough.

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