Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Why Should Farmers Switch To Organic Farming?

The easy and quick answer would be profitability. In 2014, certified organic products have become an $80-billion industry. Recent studies have shown that organic farming is between 22 and 35 percent more profitable for farmers than conventional methods. 2017 projections should push these figures even higher.

The farmer has much to gain from organic farming since there’s no dependence on costly synthetic fertilizer and pesticides. Organic foods give more to the farmer for the produce, mainly because of the premium 21st-century consumers spend for them.

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Organic farming is the natural cultivation of plants, a process that uses biological materials and avoids synthetic substances, thus maintaining soil fertility and ecological balance while minimizing pollution and waste.

In organic farming, crops are grown and cultivated without synthetic-based fertilizers and pesticides, relying instead on ecologically friendly agricultural principles like using organic waste, biological pest control, green manure, and crop rotation.

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But more compelling than the profit is organic farming’s friendliness to the environment. At the heart of the organic farming principle is the conservation of natural resources and promotion of biodiversity. With the organic method, sources of water are uncontaminated. It creates less pollution, preserves sources of water, lessens the risk of cancer, and helps in pollination and care of domestic animals.

Geoffrey Morell, through his farm P.A. Bowen Farmstead, provides the community with the highest quality of farm products. More on the benefits of alternative farming here.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

When It Comes To Weeds In Farms

For farms where managed rotational grazing is done right, weeds won’t be so much of a problem. But that isn’t saying that they won’t be, eventually. In these kinds of farmlands, a huge portion of the niches already has already been occupied by forage species. What does this mean? It means weed will have a difficult time in establishing itself.

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In fact, it’s the usage of more than one species in rotational grazing that curtails weed growth. In addition to this, forage plants in managed rotational grazing are known to be healthy since there are periods when they aren’t the food. These plants are unstressed, and thus make the land more resistant to weeds. Compare that to cash grain crops wherein weed causes a lot of problems.

A lot of the plants in rotational grazing systems are very good for the animals, and have no need of management. But there are some plants like thistles, and a few known weeds that may either be impossible to digest, or even harmful. It is very important for farm owners to familiarize themselves with and identify these kinds of weeds. Farm owners also need to know that freeing a farm from weeds is almost impossible by using only a single method. Several methods have to be implemented, and a well-carved out plan has to be carried out.

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Geoffrey Morell provides the community with highest quality farm products from his farm, P.A. Bowen Farmstead. For more on farming, please visit this site.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Eat The Fats: Animal Fats Are Good For The Health

A common misconception about fats is that they are bad for one’s well-being.  That is only partially true as the types of fats that are unhealthy are the refined ones, such as vegetable fats processed from soy, corn, peanut, or others.

However, there are also good fats – examples are unrefined, saturated animal fats.  They contain protein and many more nutrients that are beneficial to the body.
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Some of the proven health benefits of consuming nourishing animal fats are the following:

Better body composition

Animal fats are rich in omega-3 and good cholesterol that improve the body processes that burn fat, e.g. metabolism and lipolysis, promotes hormonal balance, which maintains one’s lean physique and satiates cravings.

Improved cardiovascular health

Saturated fat is essential to cardiovascular health; they improve cholesterol ratio and reduces the risk of contracting heart diseases because the triglycerides are lowered, which, in turn, limits one’s sugar and carbohydrate intake.
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Stronger bones

The appropriate consumption of healthy animal fats helps calcium metabolism.While these fats do not provide the body with calcium and other nutrients needed for the bones, they enhance the bones’ absorption of these nutrients.  As a result, the bone mineral density is optimized, and osteoporosis can be prevented.

Geoffrey Morell is the co-owner of P.A. Bowen Farmstead, a farm that practices managed grazing to provide livestock with proper sustenance and shelter.  This ensures that the highest quality meat and dairy products are delivered to customers.  Follow this Twitter page to read more about the industry.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Common Pitfalls Every New Farmer Should Avoid

It’s easy to make mistakes when taking on a new endeavor. It takes a while to learn the new things when embarking on a new journey in life. This applies to anything, from learning a new sport, to starting a business, to putting up a farm. Here are some of the more common mistakes new farmers should look out for.

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Absence of a plan

Building a farm without a farm plan dooms the farm from the get-go. The layout of the farm is as important as any part of the farm. Farm plans help new farmers learn more about their lands, plotting out wetlands, drainage patterns, and the nature of the soil.

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Zero farming experience

A significant truth when starting a farm is the requirement of experience. Some people think farming is easy, without actually having tried their hand at it. People should have at least volunteered in a farm first to know how expert farmers use their time, seed, fertilizer, and water.

Neglecting transportation

Some new farmers neglect to consider and factor in transportation until it’s too late. This can cost the farm a lot of money in the long run. Without a solid transportation plan, taking all the yields from the farm to the market, especially if the market is located far away, can be a logistical and financial nightmare. Geoffrey Morell co-owns a farm that raises pasture-fed livestock and organically grown species. To know more about farming, visit this blog.