More and more people are becoming aware of how necessary it is to eat healthy and exercise. Farmers markets are seeing a rise in business which benefits the family owned farms that supply the goods to markets and stores. Across the world, farmers get up at six in the morning and start work on sustaining their way of life. The number of farms varies greatly from state to state. California has at least 2,000 organic farms throughout the state. This isn’t surprising as California is known for its fanatical approach to healthier living through organic foods.
A lot goes in to keeping a farm working. One method called permaculture is becoming beneficial to many farms. The core idea starts with seperating the farm in to zones and assess how each section can flourish. The natural ecosystem of the land has to be taken in to factor as well as the type of fertilizer and grass feed to use. Farmers have to factor in the science of their soil and how it works with the terrain. If the dirt isn’t good enough to grow anything in, the farm is wasted. When looking for a farm to own, prospective buyers take samples of the soil to analyze its ability to produce good vegetables and fruits.
For many family owned operations, the problem can be finding people to assist them in growing their produce and feeding the livestock. A organization called WWOOFERS that’s comprised of hundreds of volunteers willing to travel to small organic farms acrosss the world and help the business floursh. The help is especially needed in the late spring and summer when growth is at its highest.
Hopefully, the success of farms will only get better as people realize how much healthier they are compared to store bought produce and processed meats.