In the world today, it is more important than ever to find sustainable ways of living. One way to achieve this is by keeping a small farm. Small farms can provide a variety of sustainable products and services while also preserving the environment. We will explore some of the benefits of keeping a small farm and how it can be a viable business model. So, let’s get started!
Setting Up A Small Farm
Before we dive into the benefits of keeping a small farm, it is important to understand what exactly a small farm is. A small farm is defined as an agricultural enterprise that employs fewer than ten workers (excluding family members). Small farms can be operated as sole proprietorships, partnerships, or corporations. The majority of small farms are family-owned and -operated. On a small farm, you can keep anything from chickens to cows, and some vegetables. Supplies you’ll need on such a farm include chicken feed, coops, fencing, and other basic equipment. Additionally, you will need to obtain the proper permits and licenses before setting up your small farm.
1. Local Production Of Food
One of the main benefits of keeping a small farm is that it allows for the local production of food. As the world population continues to grow, the demand for food will only increase. Small farms can meet this demand by producing food locally. This is important because it cuts down on transportation costs and helps to reduce the carbon footprint of the food that is consumed. Additionally, locally-grown food is typically fresher and tastier than food that has been transported long distances.
2. Preservation Of The Environment
Another benefit of keeping a small farm is that it helps to preserve the environment. Small farms tend to use fewer pesticides and chemical fertilizers than large commercial farms. They also require less land, which means that there is less deforestation. Small farms also tend to have a more diversified crop rotation, which helps to improve soil health. All of these factors help to create a more sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural system.
3. Improved Mental And Physical Health
Keeping a small farm can also have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that working in nature can reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Additionally, working on a small farm can provide you with a moderate amount of exercise, which is beneficial for your physical health. Studies have also shown that people who work on farms have a lower risk of developing dementia.
4. Economic Stimulation
Small farms can also have a positive impact on the economy. When you buy products from a small farm, you are supporting local businesses and farmers. This helps to stimulate the local economy and keep money within the community. Additionally, small farms typically use less energy than large commercial farms. This means that there is less of a demand for fossil fuels, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
5. Community Engagement
Finally, keeping a small farm can help to engage the community. Small farms provide an opportunity for people to learn about where their food comes from and how it is produced. They also offer a space for people to come together and connect with nature. On a small farm, you are more likely to develop relationships with your neighbours and other members of the community. Additionally, small farms can be used as a venue for events such as farm-to-table dinners, weddings, and other gatherings.
How To Keep Your Farm Sustainable
Most small farms start as sustainable but soon become unsustainable when they expand and try to produce more. The key to keeping your small farm sustainable is to focus on quality, not quantity. Here are some tips for how to do this:
1. Use Natural Farming Methods
One of the best ways to keep your small farm sustainable is to use natural farming methods. This means avoiding the use of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other harmful chemicals. Instead, focus on using organic methods to grow your crops and raise your animals. This will help to preserve the environment and improve the quality of your products.
2. Diversify Your Crop Rotation
Another way to keep your small farm sustainable is to diversify your crop rotation. This means growing a variety of different crops to improve soil health. When you diversify your crop rotation, you will also reduce the risk of crop failure. This will help to ensure that you always have a reliable source of income.
3. Keep Your Animals Healthy
Another important aspect of keeping your small farm sustainable is to keep your animals healthy. This means providing them with a clean and safe environment. It also means feeding them a healthy diet and ensuring that they get enough exercise. By keeping your animals healthy, you will be able to produce high-quality products that are in demand.
4. Invest In Renewable Energy
Finally, one of the best ways to keep your small farm sustainable is to invest in renewable energy. This includes solar panels, wind turbines, and other green energy technologies. By investing in renewable energy, you will be able to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels. This will help to protect the environment and save money in the long run.
Financing Your Farm
Starting a small farm can be a costly endeavour. However, there are several ways to finance your farm. One option is to take out a loan from the government or a private lender. Another option is to seek out grants and other forms of financial assistance. Additionally, you can also crowdfund your farm or sell products to raise money. Also, be sure to look into tax breaks and other incentives that may be available to farmers.
Small farms offer several benefits, both for the environment and for the people who work on them. They are typically more sustainable than large commercial farms and can provide several economic, social, and health benefits. If you are thinking about starting a small farm, be sure to keep these tips in mind to make sure that it is sustainable. And also check out this guide on how to start a successful small farm.
US Markets May Give Back Ground In Early Trading
The major US markets are currently pointing to a lower open on Wednesday, with stocks likely to give back ground after moving notably higher in the previous session.
Traders may look to cash in on some of yesterday’s gains, which came amid a positive reaction to comments by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
Powell acknowledged recent indications of easing inflation but noted that the disinflationary process has a long way to go and cautioned further interest rate hikes could be needed.
Overall trading activity may be somewhat subdued, however, with a relatively light economic calendar keeping some traders on the sidelines.
Reports on initial jobless claims and consumer sentiment are likely to attract attention in the coming days, with the consumer sentiment report including readings on inflation expectations.
Despite staying weak until noon and suffering a setback after a subsequent recovery, U.S. stocks closed on a buoyant note on Tuesday thanks to strong buying at several counters.
The major averages all ended with impressive gains. The Dow ended higher by 265.67 points or 0.8 per cent at 34,156.69. The S&P 500 closed up 52.92 points or 1.3 per cent at 4,164.00, and the Nasdaq surged 226.34 points or 1.9 per cent to 12,113.79.
A positive reaction to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks at the Economic Club of Washington lifted the market.
In a Q&A session at the Economic Club of Washington, Powell told Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein that he expects 2023 to be a year of “significant declines in inflation.”
Powell said inflation is beginning to ease, though he expects it to be a long process and cautioned that interest rates could rise more than markets expect if the economic data doesn’t cooperate.
“The disinflationary process, the process of getting inflation down, has begun, and it’s begun in the goods sector, which is about a quarter of our economy,” Powell said. “But it has a long way to go. These are the very early stages.”
Microsoft shares gained nearly 4 per cent. Boeing surged 3.8 per cent, and Chevron climbed 2.6 per cent.
Walt Disney, Merck, Travelers Companies, Apple, Intel, Salesforce.com, JP Morgan Chase, American Express, Goldman Sachs and Walgreens Boots Alliance also posted impressive gains.
Hertz climbed 7.5 per cent, and DuPont shares surged 7.8 per cent on stronger-than-expected results.
Verizon, Home Depot, P&G and Caterpillar ended weak. Chegg plunged more than 17 per cent after the company came out with disappointing guidance.
In economic news, data showed the US trade deficit widened to $67.4 billion in December 2022 from a downwardly revised $61.0 billion in November.
Naira Swap: Governors Saved Nigeria from Needless Political, Economic Chaos
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25, 2023, election, Mr Bola Tinubu, has praised Nigerian governors, especially those of Kaduna, Kogi, and Zamfara States, for standing by the people of Nigeria.
On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court granted an interim injunction seeking to stop the federal government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from banning the use of old N200, N500, and N1,000 notes as legal tender in the country from February 10.
In a statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the former Governor of Lagos State, noted that the policy has subjected the masses to pains.
He stated that the Governors intervened and saved Nigeria from needless political and economic chaos and miseries, which have clearly become the unintended consequences of the monetary policy of the apex bank.
However, Mr Tinubu called on the CBN to ensure the execution of the Supreme Court ruling by taking all necessary steps to ensure sufficient availability of old and new Naira notes to citizens and properly sensitise the public on the ruling and the consequent validity of old Naira.
“I want to salute the courage of our Governors and most especially the Progressives Governors in APC who acted to save our country from avoidable and dangerous political crises and social unrest which the Central Bank policy on new Naira notes has brought on our country.
“Our country was dangerously careering toward anarchy and political and economic shutdown. But with the Supreme Court interim ruling, our country has been pulled back from the precipice. We thank our Supreme Court Justices for ruling wisely on the side of the people who have been subjected to undue agony and pain since this policy was announced.
“The Federal Government and relevant stakeholders can now sit down and work out a better framework on how to proceed with the new policy without causing any social and economic disruption and inconvenience to our people. We have examples of other countries that have successfully and seamlessly changed their currencies to learn from.
“Those countries give a long time, at least 12 months, to effect the currency change. They do not engage in a CBN-like fire brigade approach.
“We have seen how a good policy can be poorly implemented to cause unintended problems for the people who should be the beneficiaries. While lessons have been learnt, we must now move on as a country and people with a Renewed Hope for a better tomorrow.
“The sole aim of my running to be the president of our country is to make life better and more abundant for our people, and this is an ideal to which I will remain eternally committed,” he said.
Nigeria Records Highest Crypto Ownership, Use in 2022
By Adedapo Adesanya
A new research has revealed that Nigeria topped the countries with the highest rate of cryptocurrency use and ownership in 2022.
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, clinched the top spot, with almost half the population having used or owned cryptocurrency.
The study, conducted by an online casino guide Trading Browser, analysed data on crypto ownership and usage. The ranking was done via the percentage of the population that reported that they used or owned cryptocurrency each year from 2019 to 2022.
Nigeria tops the list, with 45 per cent of the population using or owning cryptocurrency in 2022. The nation boasts over 90 million people using cryptocurrency – that’s almost 150 per cent higher than the population of the United Kingdom.
From 2019 to 2022, Nigeria saw a 17 per cent total increase in ownership and use from 28 per cent to 45 per cent, equating to over 34 million people adopting cryptocurrency over the three years.
Coming in second place is Thailand. The Southeast Asian country has a massive 44 per cent of its population reporting to using or owning cryptocurrency – equal to just over 30 million people.
Despite being dwarfed by some of the other contenders on the list, Thailand has the biggest uptake in ownership and usage, with a huge 21 per cent increase from 23 per cent to 44 per cent. That’s equal to 14.6 million people, just over one in five of the population of the country, which is the highest percentage of the top ten.
The number three spot belongs to Turkey. The transcontinental country has 40 per cent of its population owning and using cryptocurrency in 2022, equal to over 33 million people. The adoption of cryptocurrency has doubled from 20 per cent to 40 per cent amongst the population from 2019 to 2022 – over 16 million people. This increase from 2019 to 2022 places Turkey second in terms of cryptocurrency uptake.
The first South American country on the list, Argentina, comes in fourth with an ownership and usage rate of 35 per cent in 2022 – almost 16 million people. This may well change in the near future, though, with several draft laws aimed at institutionalising and regulating various aspects of digital assets and the virtual currency industry.
In fifth place comes the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is hot on the heels of Argentina, with 34 per cent of the population owning or using cryptocurrency in 2022 – just over one in three people of the almost 10 million population.
Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, said in a recent interview with Bloomberg that a key area the UAE is looking to expand into, is cryptocurrencies. So, this might well mean that the 34 per cent figure is set to increase over the coming years.
The remainder of the top ten features the Philippines in sixth place with 29 per cent (15 million) of its population using or owning cryptocurrency. Vietnam is in seventh place with 27 per cent of the population, equalling just over 26 million people using or owning cryptocurrency.
Surprisingly, in joint eighth place, the country with the highest population in the top ten, India, is matched with the country with the lowest population in the top ten, Singapore. Both nations have a rate of 25 per cent of the population owning or using cryptocurrency in 2022, over 341 million and almost 1.5 million, respectively.
In ninth place is Brazil. The second South American country of the top ten has the lowest rate of cryptocurrency ownership and use at only 24 per cent – just over 51 million of the population. Last place in the top ten is South Africa, with a usage and ownership ship of 23 per cent, working out to over 13 million people.
Surprisingly, the United States ranks 22nd on the list, with only 16 per cent of the population owning or using cryptocurrency. That’s equivalent to just over one in six people. The United Kingdom ranks even lower, coming in at 50th place with only 11 per cent of the country owning or using cryptocurrency – equal to just over 7 million people.
Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson for Trading Browser said, “The information presented in the data offers valuable perspectives on the industry’s current status, specifically emphasizing the increasing adoption of digital assets worldwide. It is positive to observe various countries making strides in terms of cryptocurrency regulation and infrastructure. It is hoped that this data will contribute to the further development and widespread acceptance of digital assets.”
The study was conducted by Trading Browser, a one-stop solution for cryptocurrency traders and investors. They have a dedicated team of experienced crypto professionals on hand to guide and help people through cryptocurrency trading. They also provide information on the market, best practices for trading, and useful tools and resources for making informed decisions.
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