How To Go Green On Your Farm

| 8/29/2016 12:13:00 PM

Megan WildIf you follow the latest developments in homesteading and farming, you're certainly familiar with the booming popularity of eco-friendly operations and other greening trends. According to studies from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, organic farms have increased their sales by 72% between 2008 and 2014.

These numbers provide a rather convincing argument in support of green and organic farming across the United States, but there are a number of factors to consider before making the conversion for yourself.

Pest Control

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The issue of pest control is a huge concern when planning an eco-friendly farm or homestead. Pesky critters were once regulated through toxic chemicals, some of which are equally as poisonous to the environment and ourselves as they are to the pests they’re meant to control. Green farmers and homesteaders are left to seek alternative forms of pest control.

Fortunately, plenty of organic solutions are readily available. Various types of eco-friendly soap, dormant oil, and herbs can help with insect control within a green farming operation, as can some petroleum-based products. Additionally, certain insect extracts, ground crustacean shells, and even sulfur can be used to keep pests in check naturally.

Organic pest control helps the environment in a number of ways. You can effectively divert more chemicals from the land, water, and your crops if you reduce the amount of chemical pesticides needed for your farming operation.

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