3 Rules when Running a Farm Business

So, you decided to start a farming business—growing livestock not just for yourself, but for the greater community. You think you’re ready because you know how to work with the soil? Have you seen the risks of dealing with intellectual challenges? Are you ready to face uncertain finances? Are you really willing to give up the corporate world, switch in your suit and tie for sturdy boots and a dilapidated hat?

farm-businessFirst of all, I want to congratulate you. The world needs more people like you. According to reports, there are currently more bus drivers than farmers in the United States today. At first glimpse, it might seem like a subjective statistic. Just try to ask which is more likely to happen first, a bus driver who needs to eat, or a farmer who needs to ride a bus? Of course, food comes first in the human physiological needs.

Everyone deserves to eat nutritious food. This is why you need we need well-established farms. And to reach these goals, you need to do a lot of research. Owning a farm is a commitment. Before you make a decision, you should understand the risks. Many farm owners become successful not only because they are good business people, but they also have the passion to what they are doing. So, before you make a decision, try to anticipate the consequences. Again, it may take a while for you to get the cash flowing.

If you are really serious about this path, here are some rules to remember. Following these guidelines may not guarantee your success, but they may put on the right path to economic and agricultural sustainability. Read on.

Rule #1:  Pay your debts

For over the years, debts have tanked more farms than drought, pestilence, and farmer-calculatorplague combined. As I mentioned earlier, it’s not just about learning how to raise farm animals. It involves financial management as well. Even those who are top producers are experiencing financial crisis due to finance mismanagement. So make sure to pay your debts on time.

Rule #2: Allow yourself the opportunity to fail

Wait, what? This was supposed to be about not failing, so why am I saying failure is an opportunity? Well pretty ironic, right? Just hear me out. The problem with us is that we are so obsessed with failure to the point that we are already terrified and have adapted to the concept.  And because we are so afraid of failing, we tend to not do anything at all—meaning, we just play it safe all the time even if you know you have bright ideas that can cultivate your assets. This is why I strongly suggest to everyone out there, take the risks! If you think you have better ideas, then get out of your comfort zone.

Rule #3: Know your market

Just like any other business, you need to identify your market. At first, you need to decide on which animals or plants you want to raise—whether cattle, cucumbers, or start a sauerkraut business.  Check the products that are in-demand in your area. Observe the community. What do they need? What are the top selling products? This will help you determine your target market.

Again, running a farm is not that easy. It takes a lot of will to be successful with your goals.

 

How to Make Your Kids Eat Vegetables

Making your children eat vegetables is a nightmare for every parent. The moment they see those green veggies on their plate, they suddenly lose their appetite. So, just to fill their empty stomach before they go to school or go out and play, you probably end up preparing their favorite meal – hotdog, bacon, sausage, chicken nuggets, and the list goes on. Feeding this kind of meal everyday is not healthy at all. So, to help you solve this problem, I have prepared kid-friendly veggie meals to get your picky kid to start trying and yes loving vegetables in a month.

Here’s a week-by-week plan for delicious and healthy meals that will have your child ask for more.

Week 1: Making familiar veggies more fun

Option 1 – Cucumber Ribbon Salad 

IMG_51054-1024x737While cucumbers are not really the most hated veggies, you can still make it taste more satisfying and look more delicious. Remember, presentation is everything. One way to make cucumbers look more fun is to make a salad. First, you need to choose fresh cucumbers. Trim the ends off then cut it in half. Peel into strips. Pour 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 table spoon canola oil, honey, salt and pepper. You may also add toasted sesame oil. Toss the dressing with cucumber and you have a ribbon salad.

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Option 2 – Sunny Broccoli

boSlightly boil 3 cups of broccoli florets for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 1 tablespoon of canola oil, 1 clove minced garlic, salt and pepper. Make it look more delicious by spooning the broccoli mixture onto Clementine slices arranged in different figures like a shape of a star, swirl, or a flower.

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes

Option 3 – Minty Peas

20070803peas-with-mintThis should be pretty easy and good for breakfast or your kids can also take it for school snacks. Just sauté 2 cups of peas in olive oil for one to two minutes. Add tablespoon of fresh mint and lemon peel. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Week 2: Ending the battle

Option 1 – Roasted Red Pepper Soup

2801669396_6ede675f42You can use a 120-ounce jar of roasted red sweet peppers packed in water. Drain the fluid and add a garlic clove. Add chicken broth and tomato paste to add more flavor. Heat it for 5 minutes and stir 1 tablespoon fresh basil. Others also prefer putting a smudge of honey, salt and pepper.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Option 2- Crinkly Carrot Fries

carrot-fries-1024x904Slice carrots into ½ or 1-inch wide sticks using a crinkle cutter. Toss some olive oil and dried thyme and a pinch of salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or whatever texture your child wants.

Preparation time: 20-25 minutes

Week 3: Mixing the veggie with the favorite meals

Option 1 – Veggie Cakes

Combine corn muffin with 1 egg white and 3 tablespoons of water. Add ¾ cup of Chesapeake_Veggie_Cakes_Mainshredded zucchini and ½ cp of chopped canned beets. Drop batter by the tablespoon into hot canola coil. Cook it for 2 minutes or until browned. Check the texture as well.

Option 2 – Roasted Veggie Medley

You can use tiny potatoes (quartered) and mix it with butternut squash pieces. Add balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil. Let it roast, uncovered at 440 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. If you wish to add red bell pepper, roast it for 10 minutes more or until tender. Garnish it with fresh thyme. Always check the texture.

Now, you have a lot of options to complete the 3-week plan. If you have suggestions, please drop them at the comment box.

Practical Ways to Improve your Lawn

During springtime, people cannot wait any longer to get busy in the garden. They check the soil anxiously to see if its war and dry enough to work in. Springtime could possibly mean shifting into high gear and “to-dos” start sprouting up like so many dandelions. And all the while the rush of daily life surges forward. Now the question is: do you really need to give up your ambitious garden plants? No, you just need to use these time-saving tips I have prepared. This gives you more time to enjoy and less stress about what you haven’t done yet.

Know your boundaries

boundariesThe first thing you need to do is to know your boundaries. Make a deep observation before setting your objectives. Always consider what meets the eye. Every detail should complement each feature. For example, putting brick walls or a sturdy fence is not always necessary. Think outside the box. Try something new like bundles of tall hazel rods sewn together with rough manila rope.  Just make sure to consult an expert since growing hazels requires more knowledge.

Keep it simple

Ever heard of the phrase, “less is more”? The same thing goes when designing your lawn. Don’t go overboard. If your lawn is not big enough, there is no need to put more furniture. Your goal here is to make it look more spacious. The best option here is to go for vertical garden. This allows you to create more space without removing your favourite plants.

Use pots and containers

6a00d83451b60269e20112793e481528a4-500wiPlants require a lot of space, water, and more stability. The purpose of pots and containers is to control the growth of the plants or shrubs. The size of containers needed may also depend on what type of plants.

Choose functional garden furniture and fixtures

Be particular with the furniture you want to add in your garden. As much as possible, choose functional items. Start with the basic items like adding a few benches and lighting. You should also have proper wiring and improve your pipelines for water source. This makes it easier to maintain your garden.

There are many other practical ways to improve your garden. But if you are on the budget, it is best to hire a professional. This helps you save more time and effort and also gives you peace of mind of having your dream garden.

Gardening 101: Adding a Gazebo for your Garden

asda-garden-gazeboA garden gazebo can be a good additional feature to your home. Other than making your garden look more breathtaking, it also gives enough shelter for you and your family to relax and unwind. If you think there’s still a missing piece to your lawn, I strongly suggest you to fill up those empty spaces. So why not enjoy a great view with a little style? Before you start looking for suppliers or service providers, here are some tips you could use to make sure you’re on the right track:

Is gazebo a perfect addition for your garden?

86866245_90d899c734Yes, gazebos can make your garden look much better, but it all comes down to how much space you have. Keep in mind that these gazebos should be at least 2m wide. You can get them a little smaller, but make sure they look proportion to their height.

If you don’t have much space, you can always be creative and resourceful. The good thing about these gazebos is you can actually make your garden look more spacious. You just need to find the right spot and design. For limited spaces, you can have a customized circular gazebo in the middle of the garden. You may also try building an extension to connect your gazebo from another structure. Just make sure there is a strong foundation to provide more support.

What type of gazebo should you choose?

There are many different styles you can choose from—from classic gazebos, pagoda, rotundas, pergola, pavilion, and many more. Some modern designs also offer great features like customized copper roofs, shutter curtains, and built-in seating with cushions. With so many options, you might find it difficult to get the best one. Just choose something that would fit your style and personality. If you have other things on mind, you can always look for customize services.

Having a well designed landscape can not only add property value. This can also one way to relive stress. In fact, according to recent studies, gardening is a healthy hobby.

Now, you’re just a few steps away from making your home much a better place. Before hiring a professional builder for your next garden project, it is best to search for more options. Always look for a reputable service provider. The easiest way to do this is to search online. Browse through their website and check out some of their previous works. This will help you gauge the quality of their services.

Green Lush Garden for Your Home

Gardening is a lot of work, especially if you need to start from scratch—from Lush-Landscape-Design-e1326060363572designing the layout, adding plants and furniture to choosing the right type of lawn grass and proper maintenance. And when it comes to renovating or reseeding your lawn, you need to choose the right type of grass. Fortunately, there are now gardening suppliers in every corner.

Before you choose which grass will work best for different areas of your lawn, here are some of the important things you need to know.

  • Shade tolerance

Keep in mind that sunlight is essential to their growth and development. It is advisable that they get at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day; while areas with much traffic require more exposure. If your light is marginal, fescues tolerate shade better than ryegrass or bluegrass. Another option you have is the Empire Zoysia which is perfect for shady areas.

  • Drought tolerance

If you don’t have time to water plants or your soil is not good enough to retain much water, fescues again are your best option.

  • Wear tolerance

Fine fescue does not stand well in traffic. So look for other types grass for lawn areas that are stronger and easier to maintain such as Zoysia grass or Buffalo grass.

  • Establishment

IMG_0097Perennial grass is one of the most popular choices when it comes to germinating and protecting the soil. Consider the stability of slopes. For example, Kentucky bluegrass is vulnerable to erosion. It might be better to go for grass with deep root system like Sapphire Buffalo.

  • Growth habit

The Sapphire Buffalo spreads by underground stems called rhizomes. It grows quickly to the ground and forms a tough sod. When damaged, it can easily regenerate to cover the bare spot.

  • Leaf texture

If you’re looking for fine texture grasses, your best option is to grow some fescue or buffalo grass. They both have fine leaves, which is perfect if you’re planning for a picnic with your friends or guests.

Choosing the right type of grass for your lawn requires more knowledge and experience. Before making a trip to the nearest turf supplier, it is best to do more research. It is also advisable to consult a seasoned gardener to know which type of grass works for you.

Go Green: Importance of Proper Waste Segregation

Despite the countless news about global warming, many people are still ignoring the importance of proper waste disposal. In this article, I will discuss some vast information about one of the most important methods of waste management.

Up until today, many people are still forgetting the importance of proper waste disposal. Today, advocates have come a long way to educate residents how to dispose their garbage properly. Be responsible and start protecting your own shelter!

Waste segregation

One of the most important methods of waste management is segregation. This process involves grouping or dividing waste products to increase recycling rate and efficiency. Segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes using bins and garbage bags. Advocates also recommend implementing colour-coded bins to indicate recyclable and non-recyclable wastes.

waste segragation

Sub-categories

You can also be more specific when segregating or disposing your waste. Look for eco-friendly trash bins and coordinate with your garbage collector agency for better waste management system.

Use this list for your reference:

  1. Wet waste – You may use yellow bins to dispose wet waste like left-over food or rotten fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to discard or remove spoiled or expired food from the package. You should also drain the liquid or any fluid from the container.

 

  1. Sanitary waste – Sanitary waste such as used panty liners, napkins, tissue papers or diapers should be wrapped properly in newspapers. Make sure to put label on it before handing it over to garbage collectors. Most people use green bins to specify sanitary waste.

 

  1. Dry waste – You may usually see blue bins for dry waste disposal. This is where you dispose various papers, cardboard, bottles, tetra packs, or plastics. Consider having a separate bin for fragile or sharp objects for safety.

 

  1. Hazardous waste – Take extra precautions when disposing hazardous household waste like air fresheners, paint, thinners, expired medicines, batteries, CDs, and just anything with chemical composition. Use a pair of gloves for your own protection.

Efficient waste management disposal promotes health and environmental awareness.  Enough with the lousy habit and start doing your part now!