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Pick Your Own Farms: Spring Fruits
By: Admin    March 27 2018 , 03:59 pm
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Category: Seasons , Farming
Hello, spring! It may be a little chilly in some parts of the country, but as of March 20th, it is officially spring! With a new season comes new and delicious fruits. Farmers across the country are preparing and growing them at this moment and as the weather gets warmer they will be ready in no time.In-Season FruitsThere are quite a few fruits that make their annual appearance in the spring. Some of the most popular include apricots, strawberries, and apples. You can tell if an apricot is ripe when it changes color from green to yellow. They will be soft, but still relatively firm. Apricots will fall off of the tree naturally, so the ones in the tree and on the ground are up for grabs. For flavorful strawberries, look out for a deep red without any green left. Strawberries will be one of the softest fruits when you put slight pressure on them. If the strawberry appears ripe by these standards, it is r...
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A Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving
By: Admin    November 10 2017 , 10:07 am
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Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather around a tasty meal and consciously give thanks for the many blessings in life. But what is the central point of this heartwarming holiday? The meal. It is at the table where all the magic takes place. The art of eating has been celebrated for centuries and is known to build relationships and enhance life. Since gathering around the table cultivates a plethora of benefits, why not serve food in its purest form? Organic farmers have been working hard year-round to provide you with the very best.What is a Farm-to-Table Meal?There are many variations of enjoying a farm-to-table meal. Farm-to-table meals can be enjoyed at farm fresh food festivals, farmers markets, or at your own farm house. Even if you do not live on a farm, products can be purchased from a farmer and bro...
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Beyond Local: The True Meaning of Farm-to-Table
By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 11:45 am
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What is Farm-to-Table?Uniting people and communities one fresh, locally-sourced meal at a time, the American farm-to-table restaurant movement deserves a closer look. Where did this movement begin? Are all farm-to-table models the same? What are you getting in return for your money (besides the tasty food!) at a local restaurant? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, read on to discover more about this important movement, and how supporting local eateries is good citizenship.One fact of life is that great food brings people together, and often helps foster a much larger sense of community. From wild grain gathering in 10,000 BC to the early formation of farming organizations in the 1800s, creating sustainable food has always been an active work in the USA. Farmers – especially in the Midwest – often created wholly sustainable land through their own efforts, growing diverse and hearty cro...
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How Farmers are Using Solar Energy to Their Benefit
By: Admin    October 27 2017 , 01:11 pm
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Solar Power is Increasing in PopularitySolar power in the United States is continuing to grow and homeowners, businesses, and farmers are cashing in on the cost-effective benefits. The government provides numerous funding opportunities to help those who install solar panels in their homes, businesses, or farms - which equates to more money in your pocket. According to the U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:“Solar power is more affordable, accessible, and prevalent in the United States than ever before. Since 2008, U.S. installations have grown seventeen-fold from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 30 GW today. This is enough capacity to power the equivalent of 5.7 million average American homes. Since 2010, the average cost of solar PV panels has dropped more than 60% and the cost of a solar electric system has dropped by about 50%. Markets for solar energy are maturing ra...
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How Robotics are Aiding Growth in the Green Industry
By: Admin    October 17 2017 , 02:40 pm
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Agricultural Aid from… Robots?Robotics offer promising new innovations that are making waves in agriculture and landscaping industries. Farmers and greenhouse owners are using robotic innovations to help with labor shortages, maximize production, and save money. Take a look at popular crowd founding websites for a glimpse at what the future holds.Picking and Harvesting ProduceThese robots use vacuums to pick apples, and are able to gently remove them from trees in large quantities.A firm called Abundant Robotics is building a robotic apple picker with the help of a $10 million investment from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Here is a YouTube video showing their robot vacuuming apples off trees.In an article for Tech Crunch, CEO Dan Steere explained: “It’s very difficult to locate fruit that’s ready to be picked within a canopy and then retrieve it without turning it into apple sauce.” Yet, tha...
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