What You Can Do To Help Support Small Farms

Small local farms have a lot of overhead costs that often cause them to go out of business. Farming is no longer a booming industry for the small businessman who simply wants to earn a living. The best way to keep small local farms in business is by supporting them and buying their produce. It is often true that small farms normally charge more for their crops simply because they do not grow as much of them like a larger and more industrial farm is going Read more…

Some Ways That Small Farmers Are Coping

Farmers who opt out of cooperative farming and instead operate their own independent farms often cannot compete when it comes to bringing in large amounts of cash. Smaller farmers must find other ways to make money and support their families. Despite popular belief, support and help exists for farmers who operate smaller farms. While cooperative farming operations receive significant amounts of government support, smaller farmers can also receive assistance through the government.

Many independent farmers can receive grants and loans through the government. These sources of money can help farmers buy equipment, seed, Read more…

What A Typical Day On A Corporate Farm Is Like

As small family farms give way to corporate farming, outsiders may wonder how corporate farms differ from family-run farms. In fact, both farming styles focus on the same goals. Family farmers and corporate farmers alike want to make a profit and make it their duty each growing season to raise crops to maximum yield levels. However, corporate farming differs with the types of crops that are planted and harvested. Corporate farmers raise more cash crops than sustenance crops. Read more…

How Corporate Farming Impacts Our Way Of Life

No matter what aisle you visit in your local supermarket, the chances are good that the majority of products came from a corporate farm. Corporate farms are large enterprises that have replaced most of the country’s small family farms. Even though many people do not think about the various ways that corporate farming impacts their individual way of life, we all experience the results of corporate farming on a daily basis.

Produce and meat that were produced on corporate farms are likely to be laden with chemical from pesticides and Read more…

Farms – Where Do You Think It All Came From?

So imagine a scenario in which you are starting your day just like any other. You are having some breakfast, maybe you are still in your pajamas, and you are just in the process of waking up. You have your laptop open and you are looking at Texas Electricity in your area or just paying some bills or reading the email. You reach for that cup of coffee and decide you want some milk and reach for the pitcher. Holding it in your hand, do you ever stop and think about where it came from? Sure, you may have bought the milk at a supermarket like you buy all your food. That’s where all the food comes from, right? That’s where EVERYONE gets their foods. If you were to analyze it further, you might take a guess or hazard a hypothesis at all that stuff in the supermarket coming from farms and while you might have been right about twenty or thirty years ago, unless this super market looks after its own you are most likely wrong. Most of that food you see in the super market comes from the major corporations and processing facilities. It’s a real problem in this country and as more processing plants take the lead in mass-producing our food, the small time farms are falling by the wayside. While it might not seem like a problem to you, there are adverse side effects to overindulging on over-processed goods and we are seeing the effects on our youth. Next time you get your groceries, try to think about where they come from and how you can do something about that.

Why Small Family Farms Are Good For The Economy

In today’s economy, everyone is trying to save as much money as possible and make as much money as they can at the same time. The number of people who go to flea markets to shop for items and to sell the items they no longer need has grown significantly in the past few years. Another method of making money and providing for the community at the same time is the small farmer who grows their own vegetables.
A small family who grows Read more…

The Benefits Of Buying Local Produce From Family Farms

The reasons for purchasing goods from family-owned farms are nearly endless. Concern for the environment and support for regional economies are enough reason for most people to realize the importance of using local goods from local sources. Here are some other compelling arguments for keeping your buying close to home.

Insuring Family Health And Quality Time

Fresh produce, grown locally and harvested at the optimal moment is the most nutritious and best tasting. Picking your own fruits and vegetables, when allowed to do so, will give your family exposure to natural environments, fresh air and exercise. Farm outings are Read more…

Why Small Farmers Are Having To Take Outside Jobs

The agricultural business has changed drastically over the last 50 years. Equipment and farming practiced have allowed for the consolidation of most cash crops. Where the food supply was once provided by local farmers, major corporations now exist that serve this need. Most farmers are under contract with large corporations and must abide by their rules.

So where does the small farmer fit in? More often than not he or she is forced into a life where farming isn’t their only income. In fact, most small farmers use their crops as supplemental income. The reason Read more…

What A Typical Day On A Small Farm Is Like

Some people dream about what a typical day on a small farm is like? With the dangers in the food supplies, many people are looking at farming as a way to grow their own food. An average day on a small farm is still busy. The animals need feed, stalls need cleaned out and animals need attention just like any other animal.

Farming may include planting vegetation, water plants and vegetation and making sure that Read more…

How Corporate Farms Put Small Farmers Out Of Business

One of the biggest problems facing the small, independent farmer today is the massive amounts of capital needed to run a modern farming operation. There are equipment costs and maintenance, fertilizer expenses, and so on. The corporate farms have huge amounts of resources to work with that the small farmer simply does not have access to. Most small farms are heavily in debt through loan structures and credit buildup; if there is a bad harvest year, or international prices drop dramatically, the farmer may not be able to withstand the financial hardship. Modern farming is Read more…