How to Introduce to and Engage Farmers with Sustainable Farming

In countries where food insecurity is a problem, the need for sustainable farming is more important than ever. Because the other option, an intensive approach to agricultural growth, can have environmental impacts.

There are ways to promote sustainable agriculture in these places. It’s all about taking the right steps to scale up sustainable farming practices.

How can the agricultural industry motivate farmers to engage in sustainable farming?

They need to address farmers’ concerns about the agricultural practice.

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farming

Are the benefits guaranteed and immediate?

If farmers are to change the way they grow their crops, they need to experience an immediate benefit. Proof that harvest time can be quicker for a specific type of crop is a good example. Unless farmers see that there are improvements, they will not adopt sustainable and conservation agriculture.

watering crops
technology and sustainable farming

But we don’t have the technology or the tools to engage sustainable farming.

Provide small scale farmers with the access to appropriate technology. Light machinery, affordable tools, and other intermediate technological solutions will encourage them to give the new technique a try.

apple on top of books
sustainable farming and developing knowledge

But we have little to no knowledge about farming more sustainably. Who can we talk to?

There should be research and technical staff that farmers can approach for consultation and information. Switching to innovative farming from non-conventional farming methods, poses many challenges for farmers. By providing them access to information, they will learn the skills needed and their interests will be increased.

hand painting of a crop growing
sustainable farming

Will farmers receive support from concerned agencies?

It’s one thing to know the benefits and have access to technology needed to grow crops sustainably. But it’s another story to be able to talk to technical agencies and to obtain assistance when the need arises. Farmers should be able to engage in an open and honest conversation with experts in the field.

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sustainable farming

Will farmers receive support from the government or the community?

Policies in agriculture must change to make room for sustainable farming. It is important to raise awareness and provide a common ground for local actors to pursue changes in agriculture policy and practice.

In Australia, there are plenty of agencies that support and provide sustainable farming solutions. You can study how the country implemented its policies and practices by visiting farms that practice sustainability. Get a free Australian visa assessment and you will be one step closer to your goal.

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Why Farming is Great For Fitness and Healthy Living

There are not many trades where you see old men still plugging away and performing hard labor. One where it is almost cliche is that of a farmer. Here is why Farming is Great for fitness and healthy living.

Why Farming is Great For Fitness and Healthy Living.

– Diet

Many farmers eat the food they harvest themselves. This is a whole food diet which incredibly balanced and more often than not, organic. This enables farmers to stay healthy and active through their lives with minimal unhealthy humps. Whereas our diet in the cities will so most older individuals with a great list of health defects. Farmers keep kicking because of the foods they put in their bellies.

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Minimalist Living, Minimal Stress and Maximum Health

There are no 2 ways about it, stress brings most of us to our knees at points in our lives but where a farmers lifestyle differs to that of us in the cities is life without prolonged stress. In the cities, we are stressed out about everything. Farmers have a livelihood which can sustain them regardless of financial income, their vanities are small and their way of living is almost stress-free. This gives them a great mental health and allows them to remain healthy throughout their days. Free from stress, farmers are happy and when we are happy we make better decisions rather than recycling negativity which will affect our physical health.

farmer smiling
farming and stress free life

Super Active

Think how many hours are spent sitting down in the city, seeing to emails, call centers or whatever, you name it and it almost is a guarantee that it involves a lot of sitting down. (minis construction work of course).

The simple fact is, farmers, stay active and thus, they stay healthy. The healthier they stay, the longer they can keep going and it would seem that farmers truly do love to keep going.

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hard working and active farmer

Sometimes staying fit and healthy is best done by doing what you love, which is why farming is great for fitness and healthy living.

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Three of the best and easiest farm animals to raise as a new farmer

If you are new to the world of farming, then you may need some advice on what animals are best to raise on your new farmland. It’s always best to investigate what each animals’ needs are before starting up, including space needed, produce and cost to raise.

1. Pekin Ducks

Pekin Ducks are by far the easiest animals to raise, so they are perfect for your start-up venture. Pekin ducks are a brilliant source of meat and produce generous eggs. In addition to this, they also require very little room to farm, you can create just a small enclosure and water area and they will be very happy. Ducks have much larger appetites than other farm birds such chickens but are also keen foragers as well. Birds of prey and neighboring dogs are your birds major threat but kept in secure fencing they will be safe.

Some Pekin Ducks
Three Pekin Ducks

2. Goats

Farming goats is an amazing first animal to keep. A good meat source, and also producing milk for dairy. If your farm has less available land, goats are a brilliant option for you as they don’t need a lot of acreages. Goats will consume shrubbery and wood so are great area clearers, but also love to feed on hay, vegetables. If your animals are kept in a smaller area, then creating a section of sheltered space will keep then healthy and happy in the wetter, cooler weather.

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A baby goat

3. Honeybees

Often an opportunity missed by many farmers. Honeybees are actually ideal creatures to farm as they need very little upkeep. On set up, you will need hive boxes and a water source, allowing the bees to break and drink. The brilliant thing about becoming a bee farmer is that the bees will come to you, at no cost at all. Have your hives prepared just after winter as they begin swarming mostly in the spring. To feed your bees you will need a simple sugar solution but they will also travel to collect food and not rely too heavily on what you feed them. The obvious reason for keeping bees is the production of honey to sell and also enjoy.

Bees
Bees in the hive

So there you have it, our top three simple start up recommendations for animals to begin your farming career. However, regardless of the amount of research done, raising livestock is always a learn on the job process for you and your animals.

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Four Of Britain’s Best Farms For Visitors

Want to relive your childhood countryside memories? Here are our top four favorite farms in Britain.

 

Vauxhall City Farm

A farm operated by volunteers, these helpers have impressively created and managed a city farm in the center of London. A brilliant farm that seems to be getting everything right! Free to enter and if their lucky, the children can spend the afternoon with farms goose Waffle and Stinker the ferret.

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London City

Odds Farm

Ideal for a family day out. The kids can be taught about farm animals, both living outdoors and in the barn and spend time playing in the ball pool pits, whilst parents sneak off to the espresso bar. There are many yearly events held, with Halloween being the most popular; children can enjoy pumpkin carving and a visit to the scary “Boo Barn”.

Childrens ball pit
Ball Pool Pit

Cannon Hall Farm

This farm is home to the popular creatures the alpaca and playful pygmy goats. Be sure not to miss their pumpkin carving festival, an impressive 5,000 pumpkins were cleverly calved and displayed last year.

An alpaca
Friendly Alpaca

Hall Hill Farm

Hall Hill Farm is an award-winning farm. It has 290-hectares to explore along with the all-time favorites such as donkey rides, tractor rides and the farm train. Again a popular farm for the annual events such as Easter and Halloween, kids can take part in face-painting, fancy-dress and Easter hunts.

A donkey
A happy donkey

So if you fancy getting your wellies on and exploring the countryside or meeting some fun and friendly farm animals, then here are our top four most recommended farms. With brilliant activities for the children and lovely cafes to relax and unwind, these farms will have everyone smiling.

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WWOOFing – What’s It All About?

In the more recent years, where eco farming and permaculture is becoming more and more popular, you may of heard people talking about WWOOFing, but what exactly is it? Here is an article explain what it’s all about, how to become part of the WWOOFing scene and also the pros of volunteering at a farm.

 

What it is

WWOOF stands for ‘World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms’ and is an exchange program where in return for volunteer help, your hosts provide food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about an organic farming existence. It is designed to allow helpers to have involvement in a rural setting or a foreign country. The roles often include supporting the host for around 4 hours in day to day running of the farm, tasks including scattering seed, making compost, gardening and caring for farm livestock.

A lamb lying down
A lamb lying

How to get involved

The easiest way to get into the world of WWOOFing and hear about upcoming WWOOFing openings is to search the web. There are numerous websites advertising amazing experiences, some will require registration, but this is well worth it, as it means the host has been checked and certified, and you can also see comments and feedback from previous volunteers. WWOFFing is popular amongst a wide range of people, from all social and cultural backgrounds. There are many reasons for this, from the love of farming and animals to the appreciation of a calm and basic lifestyle. Volunteers usually spend around 1-3 months helping at a farm, with very often the invitation to stay longer.

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A group sorting beans

Why WWOOF?

An experience like this on a farm has so many attributes. The first is gaining real life knowledge of organic and bio-dynamic farming, something that is becoming a real focus point in the twenty-first century and so important for the worlds future wellness. Another reason is the brilliant atmosphere that the hosts and other volunteers creates, the owners and helpers are often the calmest and most peaceful of people making it a very calming and communal practice.

A scarecrow
A scarecrow in a vegetable patch

 

All in all, WWOOFFing is a brilliant insight into the world of farming and permaculture. It is the perfect opportunity to spend time learning practical skills and experiencing a rural and real lifestyle. Volunteers are well received, and your host will look after you well, with accommodation, and often beautiful organic, fresh meals.

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Three Of The Best Countries To Work As A Fruit Picker

Have you ever considered working on a farm? Here are the top three countries that we recommend to work as a picker, a great way to experience culture, learn a skill or fund a gap year.

  1. Australia

The picking season usually starts in December and finishes in May. Fruit picking is mostly outdoors which means you can continue to soak up the Australian rays whilst you work. A huge perk of becoming a picker in Australia is the wages; as a fruit picker, you can be paid in two different ways; either per hour or for the amount of fruit you pick, in Australia the minimum wage for this sort of work is AUD $21.6 per hour, and if you are a quick and enthusiastic picker then you can easily take home way above this. In Australia the fruit picking community is brilliant, with people from all over joining the industry, they love to work hard then play hard.

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Australian Wallaby in bush

 

  1. Italy

When you think of Italy you think of beautiful vine yards and fruit farms, so why not really experience it. Get amongst the traditional family run farms and truly become part of the Italian culture, be welcomed into the family whilst working, learn a new language and meet amazing hospitable people. We recommend Tuscany a truly gorgeous region of Italy.

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Italian countryside

 

  1. New Zealand

In New Zealand you will find an abundance of wine, pear and apricot farms.  Fruit picking jobs in NZ are also a fantastic way to see parts of the countryside you may otherwise never see. We recommend Hawkes Bay a region with picking work available throughout the year. With gorgeous weather in the summer months and stunning snowy mountains in the winter, New Zealand must be home to some of the words most beautiful scenery.

Beautiful scenic view of NZ
The countryside in New Zealand

So if you fancy a stint of agricultural work, love the outdoor lifestyle and getting stuck in then one of these three countries is bound to have what you’re looking for.  Fruit picking should not be mistaken for just a last minute fall back for poor backpackers, instead it can offer a truly brilliant and rewarding experience, as well as a viable method of travelling the world.

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3 Profitable Farm Projects

Looking to make a living from  farming? Have you considered these three easy farming ventures to get the money rolling…?

Farming can be a sluggish business during the start-up period, so when you’re decide to own a farm you must begin with one high-profit idea. This original idea should link with your final farm plan; for example, a plant for plant farms, a certain animal for livestock farming. It must most importantly be able to fund its early investment within a few weeks or sometimes months. This will then be able to pay for your end goal, that is maybe a slower farming endeavor.

  1. Microgreens

If square footage is valued on your farm, a brilliant option can be microgreens. Although they can be a fastidious and hard work, microgreens can produce a large income very swiftly. The majority of varieties are complete and ready to harvest in two to three weeks and bring over £10 per pound. One big consideration when deciding to grow Microgreens is that they must be sold fresh, and have demand in the market.

Farming Microgreens
Growing Microgreens
  1. Chickens

If you’re starting an animal farm you must consider beginning with a fast-producing livestock such as chickens. Chickens are fast growing and prepared for market in six to eight weeks. Chickens take a very small amount of room compared to many other animals and can be fed on pasture which in addition can increase their worth, bringing in a large pay packets rapidly.

Farming Chickens
Chickens being farmed
  1. Rabbits

Another brilliantly speedy-producing animal for farming is rabbit. Similar to chickens, you can have rabbits matured for market in eight to ten weeks. We would suggest investigating your local processors or home-processing regulations before setting up this venture to ensure its legally viable. Yet, rabbit is in high demand among chefs making them highly sought-after and lucrative.

Farming rabbits
Rabbit Farming

 

So there you have it, if you are ready to start up your first farm and need that first stop money maker, then there are our top three suggestions. Do however consider your farming space, local law and product demand before diving too heavily into your initial set up venture.

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Three Reasons To Own A Dairy Farm

Having a dairy farm business that is yours has such a huge number of positives, the freedom of being your own boss is fantastic, and once you have stepped into the world of farming you will look back and wonder why you didn’t jump in and reap the benefits earlier. 

  1. The Money

You are your own boss. If you are passionate, business minded and ready to excel, then owning your own dairy farm could be your money maker. With a wide market and high demand, a successfully run dairy farm can produce a brilliant annual salary. Match this with a beautiful farm cottage and view of the country side and you could not ask for more.

Farming Wage
Creating money through farming

 

  1. The Outdoor Lifestyle

Another brilliant reason to own your own dairy farm is the outdoor lifestyle that goes with it. Waking up to rolling hills and fresh air and a stroll across the paddock is a pretty idyllic walk to work. Owning a farm allows you to surround yourself with the natural environment day to day and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Muddy wellies, sunshine and country life, yes please.

Scenic Countryside view
A farm – countryside scene

 

  1. A love for animals

Some people just connect with animals, they know how to keep them calm, healthy and happy. If you have this magic touch, then dairy farming could be the industry for you. Cows are gentle animals who are affectionate, emotional and intelligent. Owning your own farm allows you to have the space for your cows and also other more domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats.

Dairy Cow
A happy looking cow

All in all, there are many reasons why owning a dairy cattle farm is so brilliant! Whether for your bank, lifestyle or happiness, having a job that allows you to live the existence that is perfect for you, allowing you to spend time with these brilliant animals, look after the land and enjoy the outdoors.

 

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What I learned by working and Listening to Music on Headphones

It is extremely common for parents to adopt the method of giving their kids chores around the back yard, which can help teaching  them the faculties of responsibility. If asked, most adults would be able to detail  earning pocket money by doing various tasks around the house hold when they were kids and I believe this is a great way to keep on top of things around the yard. Because so many parents teach in this form, it is little wander then that companies such as Snuggly Rascals have been offering ultra-comfortable and super soft Headphones by the thousands. But how does listening to music help us work around the work around the yard.

This is why my kids listen to music when doing chores.

Focus

Listening to music can put us into a state of focus and it is vastly common to see kids singing along whilst and enjoying the household chores. This actually aid kids in understanding that focusing on a task helps them to get the task at hand completed faster and more effectively.

Fun

Listening to music can create a fun and enjoyable atmosphere whilst working around the house. If you like to teach your kids the art of responsibility by doing house hold chores, what better way than to show them that it can in fact be a blast. Ultimately this also shows kids that the things you find fun are the things you will do with great accomplishment and so it works to make every task as fun as possible.

Singing out Loud

As obvious as this may sound but listening to music whilst doing tasks enables kids to sing to the top of the voices. What may not be recognised amongst adults, is that this in fact helps to burn all of that energy they have stored up and therefore, makes house hold chores a great way for kids to start to wind down once they have finished.

Ultimately music Through Snuggly Rascals headphones can make most activates fun and enjoyable but we believe there is a great opportunity that is created my companies like Snuggly Rascals to show kids the art of responsibility whilst making it exciting.

 

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Farmers Turning To Fibre Optics

It is rare to find a business that can say it is not touched by the advances of technology and it has now become the case, where a business must go with the new stream or be left behind. Beyond what is recognised as old technology is the newly released creation of Fibre Optics and Fibre Optics Optical Transceivers, and now many industries such as, the Farming Industry is turning into the direction of the advantages of this technology to ensure a level efficiency regarding the way they network and maintain a presence online. This is why so many companies that exist in the Farming Industry move toward the high tech products that ProLabs has on offer.

Fibre Optics

How many practical applications can there exist by pushing light down a plastic pipe? Well, just as electricity powers machinery, beams of light  can power and carry information. Within society, business owners rarely notice how commonplace fibre-optic cables have become, which is mostly due to the light-powered signals they carry are actually  beneath our feet. The industries that are now using this technology is now countless and is still progressing, so how does it help with businesses such as Farming.

 

Computer networks

Fibre Optic cables is now the most common  way of transferring information over vast distances. This is because they have three huge advantages over copper cables:

Less Attenuation:
 Information travels nearly 10 times further, which makes fibre networks simpler and cheaper to operate and maintain.

No interference:
Fortunately, unlike with copper cables, fibre optics does not have any “crosstalk” (electromagnetic interference) between fibres, so they transmit information more reliably with better signal quality and carry information more efficiently.

Higher bandwidth:
Fibre-optic cables carry far more data than copper cables of the same diameter meaning that all data is being transferred without interruption but with higher quantity.

 

Fibre Optics For My Business?

We most commonly wish to see the differences with our own eyes to be certain we have made the best choice. However, with technology like Fibre Optics, the changes that you will  see is the transformation of network and communication. This means, the most likely change above all, is consistency and efficiency. By turning to Fibre Optics Optical Transceivers, communicating is now easier, more reliable and furthermore, whilst you are transferring data, it will be without disruption. As a result, Fibre Optics is not only more effective, more efficient, it is also incredibly cheaper to maintain.

 

More and more Farmers are realising that it is what goes on behind there scenes that help their businesses only in this case, it is what goes on beneath the ground. This is why people have been seeking out companies like ProLabs to ensure all of their systems will function without default.

 

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