Roger Sipe is the editor of Urban Farm, Chickens and UrbanFarmOnline.com, based in Irvine, Calif., as well as the Group Editor for Hobby Farms, Hobby Farm Home and HobbyFarms.com, based in Lexington, Ky. All titles are published by I-5 Publishing, LLC.
Roger grew up in the late '70s and '80s on a hobby farm in central Indiana. Riding his three-wheeler with his trusty collie by his side, he roamed the fertile farmland of the Hoosier State, spending his time planting and weeding the family garden, bush-hogging the pastures, feeding the cows and horses, and putting up hay — all under the direction of his parents, who grew up on small farms in central Arkansas decades before. (His wife seems to think he grew up in movie!)
Leaving the farm at the age of 18, Roger went to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., to become an engineer. But his best grades and interest were coming from his English classes. On the advice of a professor, he switched majors (several times), finally graduating with a degree in professional writing and a minor in creative writing. His dream was to write for a travel magazine.
Upon graduating, Roger landed a job in a small publishing company in Indianapolis, Ind., pushing an editing pen around a boring, mechanical-parts catalog. His boyhood home wasn't the hotbed of the publishing world. He knew he had to choose: move to New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles. As he watched the snow fall outside of his office cube, it was obvious: Southern California was the place to be. He convinced his buddy, a graphic designer, that their fortunes were waiting for them out West. After a few months of saving and planning, they packed a car with only the essentials and headed toward Route 66, without jobs, a place to stay or much money.
As luck would have it, BowTie Publications (now I-5 Publishing, LLC) was looking for an assistant editor, soon after he got an apartment in Huntington Beach, Calif. After three months of being a beach bum, followed by four months of working in the loan department of a local bank, Roger would take anything related to publishing. Not knowing what magazine the position was for, he sent in his resume. During the interview, he found out that the position was for a travel magazine called Hawaii Magazine. Dreams do come true!
Roger worked his way up to managing editor before the magazine was sold and relocated to Hawaii. With his heart broken and his dream job gone, he begrudgingly took a position with another editorial team. Little did he know that his future wife would be on that team, and he would propose to her a few years later (in Hawaii, of course). A new, better dream was underway!
With his farming background, Roger was then tapped in 2010 to oversee the Hobby Farms division of magazines within the company. He currently lives in Irvine, Calif., with his wife and son, spending his spare time trying to grow crops on his 1/12-acre home and reduce his carbon footprint.
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