Farming ideas

Starting a lavender farm

 Have you purchased a small farm, or are you interested in lavender and thinking of starting a lavender farm? Many people do, some as a paying hobby and  others that go on to make a successful business from it.

Part two: Calf housing and bedding requirements for successful calf rearing

 For small landholders wanting to make a success of calf rearing and make a supplementary income from it, calf housing will be an important  consideration. Providing suitable housing for calves at night and in bad weather for the first 4 weeks of their life can result in growth rates of up to 25%  above those of non-housed calves.

Part one: Calf rearing – small farmers’ guide to feeding and raising calves

 Hand rearing calves is a popular business for small farmers. The initial investment required for calf rearing is relatively low while labour can generally be  easily worked around off-farm commitments.

Starting out in olives

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions of small and hobby farmer's who want to start farming olives.

Worm farming: an introduction for the small farmer

Small farmers can use compost worm's to reduce organic garden and kitchen waste, whilst also minimising dependence on artificial fertilisers.

Starting out in aquaponics

Aquaponics is a combination of Aquaculture & Hydroponics.This means that fish and plants are grown in an integrated system, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two.

A guide to small scale beekeeping

If you are new to keeping bees, this information will help answer some of the most important questions before you start. This article is intended to be used as a start-up guide, with questions answered that will not be found in standard beekeeping books.

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