American Small Farm & Country Life is a general-circulation digital magazine, directed to hobby and small farmers and those simply living (or wishing to live) in the country. We serve the needs of Organic and Market Farmers selling high-end products to restaurants & at farmer's markets. We also have readers who arc hobby farmers and homesteaders, and those living in rural areas near larger, suburban areas. They raise traditional livestock like cows, horses, goats, pigs and chickens, alternative livestock and fruits & vegetables. The magazine caters to the on-farm aspects of rural living as told by knowledgeable experts and stories written by our readers. This base of readers is growing younger, more affluent and live and produce in the only expanding area of agriculture world-wide.
American Small Farm, a nationally published farm magazine founded in 1992 by Magnet Communications and purchased in 2000 by Andy Stevens and Marti Smith has been acquired by Back 40 Group, Incorporated of Hartshorn, Missouri and will expand from 10 issues to 11 per year. The name of the publication is also broadening to “American Small Farm & Country Life” to indicate a wider focus on subjects of interest to all rural residents. Additionally, the magazine's average number of pages will increase from 24 pages to 50 – 60 per issue.
Herman Beck, Chief Executive Officer for Back 40 Group, states that Paul Berg, formerly the Editor of Small Farm Today magazine has been hired to head up the division and Rebecca DeCourley will serve as the magazine's Art Director. The magazine will be a fully optimized web-only publication and will be accessible via PC, Mac, Kindle, I-Pad and Nook. A demo version of the publication can be viewed on-line here. Live links will allow readers to access web resources such as a monthly calendar of events and access to advertisers web sites. American Small Farm & Country Life will be the first farm magazine in America to be exclusively a web-based publication. The first issue is scheduled for September 18, 2012 publication.
In addition to the magazine, all trademarks, back issues and editorial content for the past ten years is included and ALL articles will be archived for use by current subscribers and also available for purchase and download by non-subscribers as well. American Small Farm & Country Life will also continue to co-sponsor the Center for Small Farms exhibit area at the Ohio Farm Science Review held each year near Columbus, Ohio.
The Review, held every year since 1962, welcomes over 500,000 visitors over three days and will run this year from September 18 - 20th. Back 40 Group divisions have been actively involved in the show since 2006. The trade show area will continue to be anchored by the Back 40 Books & Music Store and Back 40's Pleasant Valley Productions Division will continue to provide sound re-enforcement and video taping services to extension presenters. The completed videos will continue to be marketed by Pleasant Valley Productions through a continuing agreement with The Ohio State University. All presentations will be available as instant downloads via computer or on HD DVD.