No, we’re not talking about ditching credit cards and going to live in a shack in India. This isn’t a Jason Bourne novel! In this post, we’re going to look at how to generate power without using the traditional grid method. Let’s face it – private energy companies are going too far. Nowadays, the cost of energy is more expensive than the monthly mortgage payments, and that is saying something. The only way to make a difference to the planet and your bank balance is to get off the grid. But, which option should you choose once you’re off the grid? Here are the pros and cons of the four best methods available to the average homeowner.Read More
Who doesn't love a delicious meal? There isn't a person alive who doesn't love getting to sit down and tuck into some seriously tasty food. However, that doesn't mean that everyone is quite so interested in actually making it. For every person who loves to eat good food, less than half of those people actually the time and effort that goes into getting it onto a plate. However, it hardly takes a genius to work out that you probably aren't going to be able to rely on someone else to cook your meals every single day for your entire life. Because of that, it only makes sense that you take the time to learn how to cook your own meals. Not only that but cooking can actually be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things that you can do. If you think a delicious meal is good, just think about how much better it's going to taste when you can say that you made it yourself from scratch.Read More
A massive priority is keeping your farming equipment up to a high standard. If you look after it, it will look after you and your farming business. Properly maintained equipment will mean a lot less investment in buying new machines because of a breakdown, and it will also mean much less stress! We all know the impact of one broken machine on the impact of workload, so here is how to keep on top of your machinery, so the cost of repair doesn’t get on top of you!Read More
Restaurants aren’t usually considered among the most environmentally friendly businesses out there. When we think about them, we tend to think of absurd amounts of food waste, as well as water and energy waste. We think about all the food-related activities and energy use we have at home - cooking, refrigerating, washing - and multiply is many times over. Restaurants don’t seem all that great for the environment at all.Read More
Healthy living can be a difficult task when you aren’t interested in the kitchen. You might hate cooking or you might find that you never have the rights tools and appliances to follow a delicious looking recipe that your friend gave you. In most cases, this will just lead to unhealthy habits, such as using the microwave or cooking oven meals for convenience. However, as convenient as a traditional microwave and oven can be, there are plenty of other kitchen appliances you can use to promote a healthy lifestyle.Read More
Bugs, to many gardeners, are considered to be a nuisance. We are instantly reminded of the hole-ridden broccoli leaves, the caterpillar-eaten tomatoes, and the unmistakable aphid infestation that leaves us searching for a solution. Funnily enough, bugs are the solution. Mother Nature knows what she is doing because there are many insects that actually help your garden grow strong and beautiful. The next time you see bugs moving friends and family into their new home (amidst your kale crop), check this list to find out if they will help your garden or destroy it.Read More
It is all too easy to be unaware of our own carbon footprint, particularly when living in a busy, bustling city. However there are many simple ways that we can look at our every lifestyle and make practical steps in being more responsible and resourceful in reducing our carbon footprint and living in a more environmentally friendly way.Read More
If you’re a farmer, you’ve probably experienced money troubles at least once in your agricultural career. Despite what many people think, making a living as a farmer isn’t always easy. Sure, it can be a lot of fun and being outdoors is great, but the profit margins are often slim, and it only takes one thing to go wrong (weather, price drop, etc.) for your business to be in trouble.Read More
It’s well known that those who run a farm or a ranch are serious, risk-taking business people who aren’t afraid to try something new. Running a farm, no matter the size, is a tough, busy job. When starting a small farm business, it’s important to have a solid business plan with a strong growth strategy. Growing your business isn’t just about profit, but about expanding on your success and allowing yourself room for more of it.Read More
Renewable energies as a concept has taken off like a rocket since the turn of the millennium. Before 2000, countries were still blind to their chase of economic growth, wealth, and power. However, with science now leading the charge in social concerns, such as common cancers, mental health and now global warming, it seems that the world is finally starting to pay attention to the dangers that loom ahead. However, cities are severely combusted and difficult to change quickly, because the energy consumption is directly tied to economic output to the national GDP. Cities like London and New York at their respective country’s powerhouses where the almighty dollar or pound sterling is chased after with passionate resolve. The only way for consistent and powerful green energies to start powering the majority of the world’s needs, the green technology needs room and the perfect location to harness the forces of mother nature. Hence, the countryside has come to the rescue.Read More
When it comes to farming, livestock is always much more profitable than crops. Even though there is a much larger amount of cash needed to set up a livestock farm, you will find that you can sell the meat and animals for a far higher price than crops. And once your livestock farm is all set up and ready to go, the costs shouldn’t be too extortionate.Read More
Farming is a different beast to what it used to be. Customers want the best deals, so supermarkets pay less for produce. While we would all like to stick to our guns and refuse these cheap offerings, we also need to make a living. And, if you aren’t selling, that isn’t going to happen. But, with prices as low as they are, even selling isn’t enough to see decent profits. So, the face of farming is changing. We’re finding cheaper ways to produce the same products. We’re also trying to be innovative with ideas. Anything that makes extra money is worth trying. One thing that might be worth considering is opening your farm to the public. Of course, it’s your home and your business. This can be a hard decision. But, you don’t have to open all year round. One open day a month could be enough to see you through. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to make the public aware of the work you do. Here are a few things worth considering if you think this is the way to go.Read More
Just because you’ve retired doesn’t mean you can’t carry on doing what you love. Buying a retirement property which can also be used as a platform for a business, can give you a new lease of life. However, food is an explosively diverse market, and almost anything goes, because there’s a use for almost anything that’s well made. Entrepreneurs with ‘professional hobbies’ are dreaming up new ways of reinventing the wheel, and the world is being made to pay attention. Giving sanctuary to a startup or successful entrepreneur who has proven their idea will yield a high return is something you could take pride in fostering. Perhaps it’s something you could leave for the children or grandkids for the future.
Very rarely do you meet a one of a kind entrepreneur, who rather than go the traditional route of setting up an online business, would rather get their hands dirty and do something physically wonderful. Craft ciders that are utterly unique sell well in metropolitan cities with large populations of young people. The younger generation is more inclined to appreciate complex and new flavors which veer off from the stereotypical line.
Lots of independent entrepreneurs are willing to put a lot of the hard work it requires to plant, nurture, grow and harvest apples which make the cider. Those who have shown themselves to be passionate about creating unique flavors and involving themselves at every step of the process to keep quality levels high may be leasing the land they use. Investing in the person is just as important as investing in their product. After a one on one meeting, you may see a spark of genius in them that’s worth investing in and buying shared equity in their business. And if you wish to get the product off the ground quickly, you’ve got to supply them with the real-world amenities. Real estate such as the Van Dyke Farms Homes for Sale, generally have around 1 acre of land which could be used to grow the produce. As the soil will be up-turned, proper environment safety laws must be adhered to.
Slicing through the mainstream market in shopping stores are the enthusiasts turned professional cheese farmers. Independent entrepreneurs are breaking through the cheese market due to their unique vision of flavors and different recipes which their cheeses are created for. Hardworking youngsters like Beehive, are the case in point. They make delicious hard cheeses specifically designed to be used for melting into a panini sandwich, or sub. Not too stiff, but packed full of flavor, cafes and even global coffee chains will be interested in buying something new, rich and quintessentially unique in flavor.
As little as 20 dairy cows are needed for an entrepreneur to get a decent sized batch of cheese ready to sell at a farmer’s market. Investors are always out on the hunt looking to scoop up any cheeses which tickle their taste buds. The great thing about innovation is, it can very profoundly make a business take off like a rocket. All popular companies started off somewhere and without someone who believed in them, no one would even know they existed.