Horseback Writer
Professional Freelance Writing for Agriculture and Equiculture

I write, I farm, I ride; not necessarily in that order.
 

My writing is diverse, ranging from pigs to poultry, horses to hemp, and crops to nutrient management. I have enjoyed writing and learning about everything from growing food in space to straw bale house construction. I specialize in concise, readable copy that leaves you informed, entertained, and feeling that your reading time was well spent.


DO YOU LIKE MY WEBSITE SO FAR? I CAN WRITE ONE FOR YOU!
Call me if you want concise content, clear messaging and a bit of fun!

Join my growing list of satisfied customers


Words For Hire has sold over 100 articles and reports annually since October 2002 as well as prize-winning story photos to the following customers:

  • All Breed Trail Newsletter
  • Alternative Crops
  • Amherstburg Echo
  • Better Farming
  • Better Pork
  • Canadian Home Builder
  • Canadian Cattleman
  • Canadian Poultry Magazine
  • Chatham Daily News
  • Corn Soy Wheat Handbook (cover)
  • Country Guide
  • Country Routes (regular column contributor)
  • Erin Advocate Fair Supplement (cover)
  • Farm Review
  • Fruit & Vegetable Magazine (cover)
  • Georgetown Independent
  • Harvestore
  • Hoard's Dairyman
  • International Thoroughbred Digest
  • Lanark Era
  • Manure Manager Magazine
  • Milton Champion
  • Mitchell Advocate
  • Nassagaweya News
  • North Halton Compass
  • Regional Country News (covers)
  • Oakville Today Trends
  • Ontario Dairy Farmer
  • Ontario Farmer (cover)
  • Ontario Pinto Horse Association Newsletter
  • Ontario Restaurant News
  • OSCIA Newsletter
  • Organic Ag. Centre Newsletter
  • Out Here
  • Peace Country Sun
  • PR Works
  • Sudbury Star
  • The Acton Tanner
  • The Harness Edge
  • The Rider
  • The Source - Credit Valley Conservation Newsletter
  • Tobacco & Ginseng Magazine
  • Today's Farmer
  • TROT Magazine
  • Voice of the Farmer (cover)
  • Western Horse Review
  • Western Producer
  • WHOA Magazine


I have also developed articles, advertising, promotional literature, website content, resumes and annual reports for Ontario Pork (Farm to Fork), Ontario Farm Animal Council (farmissues.com), Boehringer Ingleheim, System Fence & Equipment, Ontario Wheat Producers Marketing Board, REACH, Equine Guelph, www.oakwoodproducts.com, Elfie’s Townhouse Fashions, Leitch’s Honey, Orangeville Insurance, Canadian Farm Builders’ Association, Farm Credit Canada, Ontario Corn Producers, Horse Basics Equine Consulting and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show.

My column, Fourth Line Frolics, appeared regularly in Out Here and Country Routes for over 10 years; I was the editor of The Nib, the newsletter of the Eastern Canadian Farm Writers’ Association, and have been a proofreader for and contributor to the Heartland and Golden Horseshoe Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association newsletters.

In 2006 I was a finalist for a Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Best Agricultural Article with Beneficial Nematodes – Allies in Biocontrol, printed in the Fruit & Vegetable Magazine. I am the former Communications Coordinator and VP of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers’ Association (www.ecfwa.ca), past director with the Ontario Pinto Horse Association and past director with the Ontario Xtreme Cowboy Association, developing and running their widely acclaimed Rookie Racing Series from 2015 through 2017. 

In 2007 I was one of three winners in the Bright Ideas Contest with the Farmers Feed Cities Campaign – watch for those shopping bags sporting the yellow logo at a market near you. In 2012, I was honoured by my peers with the Q.H. Martinson Bronze Award in the Weekly Press Reporting through the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation.

My photo of our 'Sweet Grass Paints' on pasture place 7th in the 2012 Pinto Horse Association of America international photo competition. It's in the photo gallery on the News page. My photo 'Holly & Spike' was runner-up in 2014. I received a Bronze award at the 2016 Canadian Farm Writers' Federation awards for my news photo 'Cider Spirits', published on the cover of the Ontario Farmer. 

My first book project It's Been A Fun Ride has now been published (September 2013). It's a collection of stories by colourful local Erin businessman Ed Stewart, told in his own words. Copies are available at Stewart's Equipment in Brisbane, ON. I had the pleasure of interviewing Ed over the course of a year and transcribing and organizing the stories. It's a great read.

A few comments from readers, editors, and clients:

- "I just read a good summary article on HST in the horse industry and was happy to find your name when I reached the bottom! And I guess the fact that I read the whole article and not just the first 2 paragraphs, showed it was well written and worth the read."

- "Your leads really draw interest."

- "I like your writing. I think you connect with people. A nice talent to have."

- "Thank-you for writing an informative and accurate article. I am normally a little apprehensive about articles, but you hit it right on the $, everything in there is as was said."

- "I read the latest edition (of 'The Nib') a few minutes ago and found it both interesting and informative. Nicely done!"
 
- "I am retired now and don't pay much attention to agriculture anymore, but the occasional story catches my eye and lights a fire in my belly. Yours is the most recent. Keep up the good work Karen!"

To discuss the possibilities for your next writing project, contact me at 519-855-1127 or karen.dallimore@gmail.com
 
(Profile photo courtesy of M.J. Prosser Photography)