The organic lifestyle is picking up speed because people are beginning to focus more on their health. However, small organic operations usually only supply their wares; it’s the large organic operations that are reaping the benefits of that awareness.

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There are still ways to get off the ground and turn your small operation into a large one. If you or someone you know would rather remain small, then here’s what they or you can do to run with the big boys.

Sell at your Farm. This is best if you have neighbors around who can buy or if you’re a bit techie. Do note that, if you choose to do this, you’re responsible for selling your own produce. Learn to advertise or even create your own website if you decide to do this. You’re going to have to create awareness about your products. If you want a wider reach than just posting ‘for sale’ notices on lamp posts, then the Internet is the way to go.

Go for CSA. A CSA, or a Community Supported Agriculture, helps you get the community involved by offering parts of your farm as ‘shares’ or  ‘subscriptions.’ It’s also a plan where you could get volunteers by offering these schemes to volunteers. Many farms do this as a way of helping others, while others do it solely for profit. It’s a lot of work to get one started but it’s definitely worth it.

Sell Small. This is the usual situation when you’re in a small town or near several small towns: most of the small grocers/co-ops there are your best chance at selling your produce. Organically grown food is a big hit at these grocers, and recently, people have gone out of their way to buy from them. If you want to make a profit with your produce, learn to speak to some grocer owners near you.

Online Selling/CSA. Again, if you’re a bit of a techie, you can opt to sell most of your produce or, perhaps, look for volunteers or CSA partners online. This requires a quality website as well as people willing to invest or buy from you. While it may be hard to sell bigger produce online, most people would look for organic herbs and food as well as substitutes for everyday items like soap and lotions online.

We might be living in further modernized times right now, but organically-grown, natural food is still popular. They keep you healthy, rarely have chemical ingredients, and are also a cheaper option.

With the movement shifting towards more local, freshly-grown or cultivated produce landing on the table, it’s easy to give some love and awareness toward farmers. Healthy foods mean a more productive and longer life. By supporting organics, we also support the Earth that has given us so much.

Growing crops is to give back to both people and the Earth. However, farming is a serious life; there are many farmers that are barely making ends meet as it is. If you plan to support local farming, you should do it all the way. Here are ways on how you might do it.

Restaurants that support and use locally grown produce/Check

Restaurants always use fresh ingredients, but some of them go all the way. There are those that use locally grown vegetables and meat fresh from the farm, whether they source it from large- or small-scale farming operations. The Eat Well Guide as well as Diners’ Guide to Ethical Eating are only some of the guides you can look to if you want to know which ones support local farmers. Alternatively, you can call restaurants to inquire whether they support local produce or not.

Pay attention to ALL your food/Check

Farmers grow crops and there are some popular food choices that always get the nod; asparagus, tomatoes, and wheat are only some of the crops that always feature. Humble pie crops like beans and mustard seeds don’t always get the nod, but rotation is required to always make the soil healthy and high-yield. Learn to eat those crops as well if you plan to support farmers all the way.

Eat rare/Check

Rare here doesn’t mean a rare steak. What it means is to search for food which is considered native to your area. These are known as ‘heritage breeds’ and they differ from place to place, but are considered cheaper to race. If you want to plan a diet, include more of these local varieties than food that grows in other places. Doing so supports farmers whose budgets are mostly restricted they only have space for local produce.

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This might be too much work, but it’s required if you want to make a difference in supporting your local farmers. As the seasons change, learn to shift your diet into seasonal crops to maximize buying local produce. For example, shift colder month crops like kale or beet greens when you cook pesto. If you want to create pasta for summer, substitute peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes.

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The biggest support that you can give, though, is to volunteer your time to local farms. A local farm near you might need extra hands to support a large variety of tasks. Use your time wisely and you’ll find that you can grow your own food.

Perhaps the way to healthier, more affordable food is to go back to the basics. Farms are always in need of help; be aware of what is happening in your community and lend a hand or two. Doing this will go a long way in supporting local farms.

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Dip into some Fun: Fun Dips that are Healthy Too

Everybody loves snacks, who doesn’t? However, those salty, crispy chips, by themselves, aren’t worth what leafy green salads and celery sticks are. There’s a compromise you can have, though; you can substitute your snack dip for something healthy. If you’d rather have a bag of chips to go for Super Bowl Sundays or even just […]

Everybody loves snacks, who doesn’t? However, those salty, crispy chips, by themselves, aren’t worth what leafy green salads and celery sticks are. There’s a compromise you can have, though; you can substitute your snack dip for something healthy.

If you’d rather have a bag of chips to go for Super Bowl Sundays or even just for kicking back, here are some healthy dip ideas to pair with your favorite snack.

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First dip: Tzatziki

This Greek dip is not too difficult to make; the only problem, however, is obtaining some of the ingredients. You have to have a thick whipped Greek Yogurt as well as fresh cucumber, dill, garlic, lemon juice, as well as salt and pepper to taste. It’s better if you have your own garden for them.

Second dip: Greek Yogurt Ranch

Another dip with a Greek ingredient in it, this is a meshing of two cultures—American and Greek. It is American because of the ranch part. Aside from your chips, this is a great dip to create for your vegetable salad as well. You only have to have garlic, onion (both powdered), as well as dill and parsley (dried), a squeeze of lemon and good ol’ salt and pepper.

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Third dip: White Bean

White bean can be grown as a rotation crop for others. When you’ve got a surplus of it, mix it together with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil, among others, to create a tasty dip. Aside from the main ingredients, spice up the variety by mixing other stuff in it.

Fourth dip: Hummus

If you’re planning something kosher for that snack time, why not try batching up a super tasty hummus dip? What you need for this is to get chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Aside from those ingredients, you can add other materials to create good taste.

These are only a few options for your healthy snack time. If you’d rather have thin-sliced, deep fried potatoes—commonly known as potato chips—consider making it healthy with these dips!

Clean Your Farm House Tips

Clean Your Farm House Tips

Owning a farmhouse is absolutely necessary for the farmer or any individual with a farm. It gives your workers a place to lay their heads at night and it provides you with extra storage in the event that you need it. Of course, this doesn’t make keeping the home any cleaner. In fact, keeping an […]

Owning a farmhouse is absolutely necessary for the farmer or any individual with a farm. It gives your workers a place to lay their heads at night and it provides you with extra storage in the event that you need it. Of course, this doesn’t make keeping the home any cleaner. In fact, keeping an old farmhouse clean probably seems like an up hill battle most of the time. With the right know-how and strategies, it is completely possible to not only clean the farmhouse effectively, but you can learn how to keep in clean.

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Creating a Transition Area For Workers And Dirty Individuals

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Farm work can be dirty, hard work. When you constantly have workers and lots of other dirty individuals walking in and out of the farmhouse all day long, it can make it incredibly hard to keep the home clean. Just imagine working in the fields all day picking berries and then walking straight into the farmhouse kitchen, fixing a sandwich, and then sitting down to eat it. This would make a huge mess! This is why you need a transition area located on the outside of the home.

You can include rugs, shoe cleaners, sinks, and soaps in the area. This will give individuals the opportunity to clean their hands and feet before walking right into the home. You could even go as far as including a shower, washer, and dryer if you want. Whatever the situation is, having these individuals clean off before entering the farmhouse will make all the difference in the world.

Learn To Reduce Dust With Mats And Other Techniques

Just because you have a new transition room, it doesn’t mean that you still don’t need to utilize dust mats and other dust reducing techniques. Dust is without a doubt the number one cause for allergies and sicknesses in any home. Not to mention that it also makes quite the mess. Make sure that you are installing place mats at all the entryways, which will save your floors a lot of wear and tear, while saving you extra work in the process.

Since farms are extremely dusty it might even be an excellent ideal to utilize an air purifier or a HEPA filter for your AC system.

Keep Those Carpet Clean Regularly

It really doesn’t matter how many mats or dust-reducing techniques you practice it is going to be hard to keep every bit of dust off the carpets. As mentioned-above farms are extremely dusty, which means you are going to have to keep your carpets clean on a regular basis. If at all possible you might even want to consider scheduling a good thorough carpet cleaning with a company like book a simplymaid. Not only will this company help you find a good maid who come in and thoroughly clean your carpets, but the maid can take care of the rest of the housework as well if you don’t have the time.

Once a year should be enough to suffice for carpet cleanings, unless you constantly have a lot of foot traffic in which case you might want to consider more frequent visits. Dogs and kids can greatly contribute to dirty carpets, so make sure you are taking this into consideration as well.

Tackle Those Windows On A Regular Basis

When it comes to farmhouses there are two major challenges that you will find yourself tackling on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. First, you will have to learn how to keep the dirt and dust on the outside. And, second you are going to need to learn how to keep the dust from building up inside the home. It is safe to assume that you are constantly opening the windows in the summertime to let the cool breeze in the home. While this might be an excellent technique for cutting down on electric bills, it can let a lot of dirt and debris in the home.

This is especially true if the windows themselves are dirty on the outside. As least once a month you need to utilize a water house and spray down the outsides of the windows. A pressure washer might even be better if you have access to one. When you are doing this it will probably also be a good ideal to vacuum out the insides of the window seals at the same time. This will help remove bugs, debris, and other dust particles.

Organic Love: Shopping your Way to an Organic Lifestyle

Have you ever wondered why simpler lifestyles in the country or a rural setting has supported—or spawned—longer lives and healthier people? It’s because they live off the land and have better lives than us, despite the urban setting having statistically the best chance at modest living and because they usually have lesser problems stemming from […]

Have you ever wondered why simpler lifestyles in the country or a rural setting has supported—or spawned—longer lives and healthier people? It’s because they live off the land and have better lives than us, despite the urban setting having statistically the best chance at modest living and because they usually have lesser problems stemming from the modern life to think about.

Another added asset is they probably ate off the land too. Vegetables, leafy greens, and produce—animals and dairy—off the land is what they had. Here’s how you could emulate them too.

Local Staples

The best organic replacements for processed food come from your local farmers or, better yet, your own backyard. If you can’t afford the time to grow or cultivate your own food, you can start by buying local produce like free range eggs or chicken meat as well as farm-grown vegetables and fresh fruit. It’s a form of supporting farmers as well as creating a better diet for your body.

The Fine Print

The problem sometimes with people buying products is that they rarely read the labels—particularly the ingredients. Most of the products you buy on store shelves are made to last through the use of chemicals. If you’re shifting to organics, you should learn to read labels. Have someone with you that can read or have your reading glasses with you. If you probably don’t know some of the ingredients, then it’s not organic.

Weekend Market search

Most local farms sell their wares in weekend markets. These are often out of the way and mostly set-up in the outskirts. If you’re searching for organic food, though, your best bet in buying one would be to drive up to these markets. You shouldn’t mind the extra mile if you want your fill of locally-grown food; it’s your way of supporting these farmers and their lives, after all.

Talk to your Local Farmers

Farmers are anyone who grows or takes care of food that goes to your table. If you’ve got farmers living locally, you should go out of your way and talk to them. More often than not, they’re in weekend markets and, sometimes, have stores where they sell their wares near you. If not, their products might be at the shelves of your favorite store. You’ll never know until you manage to talk to them.

Cultivate your Own

It might require a lot of time on your part, but you should start growing something—anything—in your backyard. This is helpful if your work is particularly stressful. The joy of growing something, coupled with the thrill of harvesting your own food, can be a source of relaxation for most people.

There are different ways how you can start an organic lifestyle. In the process, you’re helping people; your local farmer is a prime example. You’ll also learn a lot about plants if you plan to grow your own garden. Either way, going organic gives you the benefits of a healthier life.

When you’re on a diet to lower blood pressure or bring back your norm, they say greens are the way to go. Aside from being naturally grown, greens don’t also feature preservatives or chemicals that are man-made. You know what they say about man-made greens; if it’s man-made, it’s probably got a few cons for you.

If you’re planning a green diet or want to have a greener one, here’s what you should go after.

Substitute Junk Food with Celery

If you’ve seen celery sticks being eaten raw, that’s because they have good benefits. Their green color is a natural aid to losing weight and increased metabolism of the body. Apart from that, celery sticks are also a natural source of potassium. Potassium, for those who want to know, brings back a bit of lost energy as well as lowers blood pressure, helping your nerves and blood.

Fruits and Vegetable for Happiness

Looking for a way to stay positives? Studies have shown that vegetables and fruits are a natural aid in staying happy. People who have a steady diet of them also are more positive and more optimistic than their non-eating counterparts. Aside from that, eating papaya and green tea leaves—particularly—gives you a better fighting chance against diabetes, which is another reason to be positive.

Peas and Green Juice—stay young

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, the color of the liquid would be green. That is one of the benefits of green vegetables. Specifically, green peas help in increasing your immune system’s health. Another benefit of these vegetables is that they help in stopping blood from clotting as well as a natural source of Vitamin K, a stop-gap for certain conditions because of age.

Spring Greens and Broccoli—for health

If you’re looking for something that helps keep your body strong and young at the same time, go for leafy spring greens and broccoli. These vegetables are a good source of Vitamins C and K, as well as a good source of folate and sulforaphan and indoles, respectively. Folate helps you regulate cell growth and reproduction while sulforaphane and indoles are naturally occurring compounds.

A Natural Cancer deterrent

Cancer, specifically of the colon, cowers when you have kale and mustard greens in your body. Broccoli and cabbage have the same effect—a study done in 2011 showed that eating these greens gave the body a higher fighting chance against cancer. Colorectal cancer chance was reduced to 1 out of 15 when the presence of these greens was in the body.

The next time someone offers you salad or celery sticks, you know what to do. You should learn to love vegetables; aside from being generally easier to eat than meat and usually a cheaper choice, they’re also healthier for the body.

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