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.
The 21st century has seen the expanding technological advancements, taking every known field into its own territory. Be it business, finance, health, or agriculture, technology has dominated each and every field in a good way.
Our world can be described as a cruise of progress, with humans as its anchor, constantly progressing towards new innovations. It was no shock that farming would also see some groundbreaking changes in its core. The change came thanks to the technological revolution. Read more
The human eye is an incredibly complex organ. It absorbs reflected light, focusses it, converts it into an electromechanical signal and sends that signal to the brain. And there you have it – the miracle of vision!
But there’s one thing the eyes aren’t too good at and that’s protecting themselves from UV rays. Our eyes react to bright light by forcing us to squint and constricting our pupils but they can’t actually filter UV. The biggest risk to our vision, especially as we age, is the thing that gives us sight in the first place, the sun.
CBD oil, also known as cannabidiol, is an extract made from the hemp plant. As cannabis based products flood the drugstore shelves, many people want to learn more about this natural product. In fact, dog owners may have noticed it’s showing up at pet boutiques, and indeed, even the retail section at your veterinarian’s office.
So, what is all the hub-bub about this plant based compound, and, is it just a marketing fad or is there more to it? This article will explore the basics of CBD for dogs so you can decide if it is right for your dog.
Hey friends! This is a guest post from fellow blogger Paul Watson. As midwesterners, we ice fish every year. By following Paul’s tips, you can make your ice fishing hobby a fun and safe event! Are you looking for a winter hobby? How about ice fishing for Perch? Ice fishing is a great way to gets out and enjoy nature’s winter beauty, spends time with friends and family and catch supper while you are at it! If you have never been ice fishing before,
It will be four years ago next month that we sold our home in the ‘burbs and moved to a hobby farm about forty-five minutes out of town. The farm life is in many ways a much harder life than suburbia life, but the blessings are well worth the effort and we wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since a fair number of people seem to be considering moving out to the country these days, I thought I’d share a to-do list of things one should consider before making the move to a farm, whether it be a smaller hobby farm like ours or a larger working farm. Here are some thoughts. Read more
Whenever I mention that we have horses on our farm, I would estimate that at least half of the people I’m talking to say “Yeah, my kid wants a horse.”
Having a horse or pony is a dream for many children – and adults alike. But it’s important to know what you’re getting into before taking the plunge into horse ownership. We’ve been “horse people” for 5 years now, and we’ve learned a lot over the last five years. For the first year or so of owning our first horse, we boarded him at a boarding stable, and we’ve had our horses at home now for nearly four years.
I’m by no means a horse expert (that’s oldest daughter’s area of expertise) but I think we’ve learned enough to share some valuable information that people should consider before they make a decision to buy their first horse.
Here are some things you should consider if you’re thinking about buying a horse for your child. Read more
You open the drawer, and there it is: teeny little mice droppings. The scatter of ants. Or the “click, click, click” of roach feet as they make a mad dash for a hiding place.
If you’ve ever had to deal with pest infestations such as mice, ants or roaches, you know what a massive job it is to get rid of the problem.
My goal today is to help you avoid having to deal with those types of pest infestations. Living in the country, we have more than our fair share of mice, ants and other pests endowing our land with their not-so-enticing presence.
How do we –and how can you – keep them at bay, away from the home and securely outside? Here are some solid tips for ensuring your home gets and stays free of mice, ants and other pests. Read more
Greetings, my frugal friends! Today we’re featuring a fun and heart-warming post from life coach Lisa Hoashi. Lisa shares about the hard work and also the inevitable joys of living life on a working farm. Her words will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Enjoy!
How I Met the Love of My Life
I didn’t set out to find love. Truly.
The reason why I quit my job and gave away most of my possessions was because I’d long had the dream to travel for at least a year, unfettered and carefree. Sure, as I talked about my plans with my other single friends, they often looked at me with a twinkle in their eye. “You’ll be sure to meet someone when you’re traveling,” they said. Read more
Setting goals is something I do personally and we do as a family every single year. Usually, I look forward to these goal-setting session with great anticipation. This year, not so much. It’s been an exhausting year here from a personal standpoint, and although we are praising God that we came through the many bumps in the road that we experienced with success, I’m Just. Plain Tired. Although I can’t share all of the details of our hurdles, they were intense to say the least.
Have you ever had a year like that? No need to share the details, it’s just that, in spite of the many tribulations I’ve experienced in my life (see more on that here, here and here) I’ve usually come out with a victorious attitude. This year I just feel kind of like I escaped certain destruction by the skin of my nose and I’m darn worn out. Read more