If you’ve always dreamed of owning a farm or you wish to swap the concrete jungle for rolling pastures, the U.S. agriculture industry is sure to welcome you. Over the last 85 years, farming has declined. In 1935, there were nearly 7 million farms in the U.S. Today, there are about 2 million. And almost two-thirds of these are managed by an aging farming population.
America needs more farmers, especially younger farmers. Fortunately, as sustainable living becomes more attractive to the younger generation, many seeking a simpler purer life are turning to farming. According to the National Young Farmer Survey, more young people under the age of 40 are starting farming businesses.
If you’re thinking of starting a small farming business, here’s what you need to consider.
Plenty of people dream of running away from the fast-paced modern life and settling into the slower, more sustainable, more rewarding lifestyle of homesteading — but not everyone has the financial chops to do it. Succeeding as a homesteader doesn’t mean closing your bank accounts and moving onto any chunk of land you can find in the countryside; it means slowly and carefully making financial choices that give you more freedom and power in how you live. Here are a few of the most pernicious financial myths surrounding homesteading — and what you should think and do instead. Read more
A house is an expensive investment, and no matter how much you try to avoid it, you’re going to need to purchase one at some point in your life. Unless you have a massive amount of savings in your bank account, your best bet is a mortgage to finance the construction of a new home for your family in Syracuse. Read more
Farms have come a long way from the hand-tilled stretches of land from past decades. Today, farmers use a number of modern technologies on their farm properties. One of these advances is telescopic handlers, also called telehandlers. This multipurpose machine has both the properties of a forklift and a skid-steer loader, making it an ultimate piece of equipment to use on a farm. Explore three ways telehandlers can help out farmers. Read more
Country living offers many things: fresher air to breathe, being able to see the stars at night, escape from the sirens and hustle and bustle of a large city, and so much more. While many people decide that buying a farm or even just moving to the country is the best thing for them and their families, transitioning from the city life to the country can be a huge adjustment for everyone involved.
If you are used to city life, then the wide-open spaces of the country as opposed to close quarters can get to you, as well as the quiet of the country when you are used to constant noise. With that in mind, read on below for a few tips to help you and your family transition from city life to life in the country.
This is a question I get asked fairly often, so I thought I’d address it on the site. We’ve been homeschooling our kids for twelve years now, since the beginning of our oldest daughter’s education. We currently have an 11th grader, an 8th grader, a 6th grader and a 5th grader. The answer to the question “How much does it cost to homeschool? can have a wide variety of answers. Read more
When my husband and I decided to invest our savings in property, all we saw were potential dollar signs in our future. We envisioned our money multiplying quickly. While it is possible, there are a few things we learned the hard way about property investments. It’s not just about saving up capital then investing, it takes calculation and thoroughness before, during, and after the process. Read more
Today we have a guest post from fellow blogger, Lucy. Enjoy!
You have managed to build a lovely garden, all bright and colorful, and have also used the best HPS bulbs to ensure proper, healthy growth of your greeneries. You spend enough time learning how to harvest buttercrunch lettuce, and how to grow other vegetables and flowers in a perfect way, so as to make your garden look beautiful. However, chances are bright that your garden is not attractive to you alone but also wild animals that live nearby. This problem is going to be bigger if you grow food in your garden. Read more
Hey friends!! Today we have a guest post from Angelica, who blogs over at Tactical Guru. Enjoy!
For most individuals, power outages are a given. While many homesteaders and homeowners have the option of relying on alternative power sources, most of us are simply less equipped to deal with downed lines or grid failures. Usually, these events are brief—more of an inconvenience than a danger. However, in extreme situations, power outages last much longer. They can quickly become a crisis if you’re unprepared, especially for the young and the elderly. Read more
Gardening is not just a fun hobby – it can be a powerful, money-saving, life-saving skill. Back in the pioneer days, if you wanted to eat, you grew a garden. There weren’t mega stores in every town, filled with lush,
3-week-old fresh greens to fill your tummy. No, if you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself or work for someone who did. The thing about gardening though, is that learning to do it well doesn’t happen overnight. The blessed skill of gardening, once a must-have skill for every person, is now mostly a lost art. Most people don’t know how to garden – or to preserve the food that grows in the garden. Never fear, though, because today we’re going to share with you how you can get the most out of your garden, even if you’re a beginner gardener. Read more