Move Your Farm Off-Grid With These 4 Alternative Power Sources

Move Your Farm Off-Grid With These 4 Alternative Power Sources

Whether it’s through a desire to be greener, reduce energy bills or simply have another source of energy so you’re not over reliant on one, many farms are looking into different options for alternative energy sources. With a myriad of different choices out there, you may want to combine two or more of these options as a way of generating all the energy you need to power your farm.

Here are a few of the different energy options you have.

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Starting Seeds in Winter for a Spring Garden

Starting Seeds in Winter for a Spring Garden

January and February might be uneventful months for most people. However, they are exciting for gardeners who are devoted to seeds. If you’ve never grown your own plants from seeds before, winter might seem like an odd time to garden. But, in fact, the timing is perfect. Gardeners who start their vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seeds typically start them indoors during the cold months.

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Healthy Superfoods to Include in Your Daily Diet

Healthy Superfoods to Include in Your Daily Diet

Surveys show that more than 60 percent of the US population consumes a diet that is high in saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium. Along with being high in calories, unhealthy diets are also missing essential vitamins and nutrients. One of the studies found that if you eat poorly, don’t exercise, smoke, and drink, you are three times more likely to die from a cardiovascular disease.

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The Farmer's Breakfast Has Been Given a Makeover

The Farmer's Breakfast Has Been Given a Makeover

We’re in the middle of February, and that means we’re nearing the end of winter and gearing up for, what we hope will be, a quick spring and long summer. This means we can enjoy the return of farmer’s markets once more. All those fresh and locally sourced products readily available to make all those childhood dishes we remember like yesterday’s dinner. However, it is not the traditional nor the dinner that we are about to delve into and shed some morning sunlight on because we are going to show you exactly how inventive you can get with breakfasts. There are so many delicious and nutritious options available to you, that we’re not going to delay any longer.

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This Sustainable Farm Sanctuary and Art Center is Every Eco-Lover’s Dream

This Sustainable Farm Sanctuary and Art Center is Every Eco-Lover’s Dream

It began in 1970 with a field and a dream. Better Farm is a sustainability education center, artists’ colony, animal sanctuary, and a 65-acre organic farm located in Redwood, NY. It was founded on the idea that every experience is an opportunity for personal growth. The farm has since become a safe haven for artists, activists, and abused and neglected animals alike; a place where everything from deer to horses, wild birds, dogs, mice, and over a dozen “rescue” chickens have been rehabilitated.

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Storms, Rain & Hurricanes: Planning for Natural Occurences on Your Farm

Storms, Rain & Hurricanes: Planning for Natural Occurences on Your Farm

When you run a farm, there are plenty of problems that you can potentially face. For a start, you’re exposed to the elements. Throughout the year, you might have to deal with storms, rain and hurricanes, not to mention snow, ice and earthquakes. Where you are located will determine which of these natural occurrences will prove most of a threat to your farm. But it’s worth being prepared for them. Read the information below to plan for potential problems.

 

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Annual Snowshoe Hike and Craft Beer Tasting Slated for March 5

Annual Snowshoe Hike and Craft Beer Tasting Slated for March 5

Join betterArts board members Justin Chirico and Matthew Tardif on Sunday, March 5, for the third annual Snowshoe Hike and Craft Beer Tasting at Better Farm.

Bring your own snowshoes (weather permitting!), or borrow at pair at the farm (rentals subject to availability). The hiking trail encompasses beautiful views of the area's pristine beauty.

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4 Reasons to Buy Your Produce Locally Instead of Going to a Supermarket

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Many people are scared of what they eat. Does it contain chemicals? Does it contain additives? Is it even safe to eat? These are types of questions that far too many people ask and as a result, they’re scared about eating specific foods or jumping on diet trains that may or may not work.

For whatever reason, it seems that common sense tends to escape our reasoning. This is mainly because of market trends, brands and supermarket stores dampening our ability to think for ourselves with their flashy signs, addictive musical jingles and “massive sales!” billboards. Fortunately, not everyone has been indoctrinated by these marketing schemes, and there’s still plenty of reason why you should buy your produce locally instead of risking you and your family’s health by buying from a supermarket.

1. You know the source

There are some regulations that surround the use of the words “all natural” or “sourced from”, but a lot of that can be avoided and there are loopholes that allow companies to effectively trick consumers into believing that their produce comes from a certain region or country. Add to that the unlikelihood of “fresh” produce being shipped from another country and still retaining its natural taste and nutrients without some kind of chemical or synthetic intervention.

If you buy from local markets and farmers, you understand where the product comes from and because there’s no lengthy transportation process, you can be sure that whatever the farmer is selling, it’s fresh and full of healthy nutrients that aren’t affected by chemicals and pesticides.

2. You support local farmers

Farming is a dying business due to the rise of unnatural and synthetic means to produce crops. Large corporations are buying up acres of land and draining them of natural nutrients in the soil due to the use of chemicals, and because these big corporate farms aren’t varying the produce, it invites pests that love to snack on specific crops. Their way of dealing with those pests? More chemicals!

By supporting local family farms, you help to maintain traditional green farming that is both sustainable and good for the environment.

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3. It tastes amazing

Fresh food always tastes better. Meat, vegetables and fruits are best when they are fresh from the source, and you can’t get any closer to the source than buying from a farm. There are delicious PaleoHacks recipes that are both healthier and taste better when you use fresh farm ingredients as opposed to packaged junk from a supermarket. Fresh food will do wonders for your diet, and you’ll be surprised at how great fresh food tastes when you try it compared to the supermarket varieties.

4. It builds a community

When you support local farmers, you support a community. Food always brings communities together, and nothing supports that sense of being part of a larger community than helping them out. Buy from the farmers, make delicious food, and share it with your friends and family so that they learn to love fresh local produce. You can learn about agriculture, learn why their produce tastes better, and even invite your children onto their farm (with permission) to teach them the joys of sustainable living.

Living with Nature: How Moving to the Countryside Could Benefit Your Family

Living with Nature: How Moving to the Countryside Could Benefit Your Family

There are few things as liberating as a move to the countryside. The hustle and bustle of a busy city life can be stressful and often tiring. Returning home from work on a crowded late-night train, walking up several flights of stairs to reach your apartment, and being woken up by noisy neighbors at 5 a.m. in the morning is the typical routine for a city family. There are, of course, some pockets of tranquillity within the busy and noisy confines of a city. However, they’re often surrounded by skyscrapers that block out the sun and they’re swarmed by cars that are rushing to get to their destinations.

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Farmhouse Fanatics: Restoring A Farm To Its Former Glory

Farmhouse Fanatics: Restoring A Farm To Its Former Glory

Farms can be beautiful pieces of property. For investors, they present the chance to make a good return, if they decide to sell it, once it’s been restored. In recent times, farming has become a little less lucrative. Because of this, a lot of farms have been left to become derelict. This makes them much cheaper than they otherwise would be. But, they will need some work done. And, this post is going to go through some of it.

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