Running a farm is a very difficult job, but when people decide they are going to run an organic farm the difficulty level of the farm just increased ten fold. However, a lot of people are not aware of the challenges of running an organic farm and how these challenges can affect the daily life of the farmer. By knowing about some of the challenges an organic dairy farm faces, it will be easier for people to see why the organic products cost more, but also come to appreciate the work the farmer is doing quite a bit more.   Lack Of Treatment For Illness Cows are expensive animals and when they are not able to be treated with medications it often means the farmers are going to do everything they can do in their power to keep the animal from getting sick. Since this is the case, people […]

  A dairy farm is used to produce milk, but for a lot of people they think of a dairy farm only as for cows. However, they need to realize the dairy farm can also be classified as goats as well. So this is something else which people need to know about. This is when people need to know more about what makes a dairy farm organic, instead of being the traditional type of farm that a lot of people are used to seeing. With that being the case, here is the information that people should know about when they are considering what an organic dairy farm is.   What Does Organic Mean This is a common question that a lot of people have because they are not really sure about what the term organic means. However, people need to realize this is a term they are going to need […]

  Thanks to the increasing media attention on growing health issues, many people all over the world have switched to organic products. The biggest difference between organic and non-organic products is that organic products are grown without the use of any artificial or synthetic chemicals. There are a number of other conditions that need to be fulfilled for a produce to be certified as organic food. However, organic farming is not as straightforward as it seems. Here are some interesting organic farming facts for you:   One of the biggest advantages of organic farming for farmers is that the organic food is normally priced higher than the conventional food. The price is up to 30% higher in some cases and in other cases, the premium can be twice the price of conventional food. Such high premium on organic food is extremely important for small farmers for them to continue organic […]

  Small scale farming has become quite widespread in many areas of the world. It can be a viable alternative to factory farming or intensive agriculture. When done right, it can be a sustainable activity that can feed a family and provide them enough money to pay for everything they need for living a good life. Although small scale farming is much better than conventional farming systems, it can be quite challenging at times, as farmers may not always have the proper means and workforce to work their land effectively.   Advantages of Small Scale Farming   Economic advantages are among the biggest pros of small scale agriculture. Local farmers buy almost everything they need locally, thus contributing to the development and growth of their rural communities. Since they don’t need big volumes of things, they prefer to shop locally and pay a little more, rather than spending a lot […]

  Do you love fresh fruits and vegetables? If you live in an urban area, it may be difficult to find farm-fresh produce. If you are fortunate to have a Farmer’s Market nearby, you can usually find organically and locally grown fruits and vegetables. If there is no farmer’s market nearby, you might consider trying your hand at urban farming. This type of farming is one of the quickest growing areas of agriculture and includes cultivating and distributing food in or near a town, city or village.   Urban farming is not limited to only plant crops. It can also include aquaculture, animal husbandry, urban beekeeping, agroforestry, and horticulture. Each has different characteristics, but all can be adapted to urban farming. Urban farming can be done in almost any city space and it does not take much to get started.   How To Get Started Many urban dwellers have their […]

Farm equipment is not cheap, but for a farmer it is one of the most important investments they are going to make. This is when a lot of people, especially those who have never had any type of interaction with a local agriculture business outside of the farmers market may need to discover the different types of farm equipment. By knowing about this equipment and some of the associated cost of working on the equipment, people will tend to stop complaining about the price of their food and start to appreciate it quite a bit more than what they did before. Tractors are one piece of equipment that everyone is familiar with. While people may not realize this it is also one of the more expensive parts of equipment for a farmer to buy as well. The reason for this is a combine is partially a tractor and a tool […]

  Nothing beats the taste of fresh eggs in the morning that come from your own chickens. Raising chickens is becoming more and more popular. They provide you with organic eggs that are pesticide and antibiotic free. Before you set up a chicken coop, you will want to make sure that it is legal to have chickens on your property.   When you are first thinking about raising chickens you will want to check with your landlord if you are a renter. If you own your home, be sure to check with the city to see if this is legal. Many cities don’t allow homeowners to keep chickens in their backyards and if you get caught, you could end up having to pay a big fine. Chickens are often considered as livestock instead of pets, so do your research if you don’t want any problems.     You might want […]

Organic agriculture was born from the desire to eat higher quality foods, free from pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals. As more people understand a wrong nutrition can be the source of many diseases, they become more aware of the fact that we are what we eat. From here to rejecting unhealthy foods there is only one small step. Farmers who have switched to growing organic crops have proved once more that it is possible to obtain excellent results without using all those pesky chemicals. Natural fertilizers such as manure, compost and bone meal can be as effective as artificial ones. Besides, clever farming techniques such as companion planting and crop rotation can secure a sustainable supply of food, year after year, for a very long time.   Why Switch to Organic Agriculture? Humans are the direct beneficiaries of organic agriculture. They eat better foods, thus enjoying a better health, consequence […]

Farming can be a lucrative and rewarding activity, provided that you start it the right way. If you consider starting a farm, you have to inform yourself on the main steps to be taken. This article is a brief guide to setting up and running a small farm. You may need some additional resources to get started, but at least you can gain a better understanding of the operating principles of a farm.     How to Set up and Run a Small Farm   The first thing to do is to decide whether you want to start a new enterprise or you’d rather buy an existing one. If you want to start from scratch, you need to gather information on how to plan your new farm, how to find funding and how to choose the best land to start your farm on. All these details are very important, as […]

While a lot of people tout the benefits of eating organic, there are few people who know why organic food is so good for you. They know that organic is the healthiest choice, but they don’t know why. Benefits of Organic Diet   If you’re not convinced that eating organic food is the best choice for you, keep on reading. You’ll see that an organic diet has all kinds of advantages.   You Can Avoid Additives A lot of foods on the market contain tons of additives. These additives have been linked to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, migraines, and osteoporosis.   Thankfully, when you choose to buy organics, additives aren’t going to be a problem. Any product that’s sold as organic is 100% additive free.   Pesticides Won’t Be A Problem Every year, the chemical pesticides used on farms become more harsh. Even if you […]

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