When it comes to running your farm, it can often be a side thought about the costs of energy and the actual running of it. But with so much focus on that these days, is it really possible to have an eco-friendly approach to your farm? I think there is a way that things can be changed to not only keep a farm running smoothly but to also help and do their bit towards the environment. I wanted to share with you some of my ideas.
How To Have An Eco-friendly Approach To Your Farm
Rainwater is something that we get a lot of during the winter months. However, did you know that it could actually come in handy for all sorts of practices within the farm? Possibly not. Collecting it is easy thanks to companies like Team Poly. The tanks are designed to withstand UV rays and also harsh weather that can come there way. Collecting the water can then be used for other factors. It could be an ideal water source for crops and watering plants and vegetables. It can also be used for cleaning down barns and animal sheds. This reuses something that is natural, and also could help reduce water bills.
Solar panels as an energy source
Energy is one of the biggest costs for any household, or farm, and so looking at alternative methods of energy sources can help you keep your farm running smoothly, while also reducing the overall costs. Solar panels are a really eco-friendly approach of running the energy on your farm. From lights in your barns to heating water in the farmhouse. Having them installed on barn roofs or on the roof of your home can make it an easy way to capture the solar energy.
Making changes in the farmhouse
Sometimes the simplest of changes can be the most effective. Many people who run farms live onsite in farmhouses. So have you thought about whether or not you can make some simple changes in your home? Think about changing the light bulbs that you use to LED or energy efficient ones. It could be switching things off instead of leaving them on standby. It might even be switching lights off when not used. All of these will bring an eco-friendly approach to your farm.
Using manure to fertilize crops
Instead of getting rid of manure that you have, especially of the horse variety, it can actually be an amazing natural fertilizer for crops and fields on your farm. Many people have a pile of it. They will pay for it to be taken away. It can be extremely useful. You could also sell it to the general public for gardens and vegetable patches.
Being self-sufficient with food
As a farm, you may be in the perfect position to be completely self-sufficient when it comes to food. Vegetable patches growing an array of fruit and vegetables. Cows producing milk, hens producing eggs, and even having animals on sight to supply meat. Being self-sufficient means that you are reducing your overall carbon footprint. This is a great eco-friendly approach also!
I hope this has you inspired for some of the ways your farm could take an eco-friendly approach.