If you love farming but are not looking to make it your livelihood, hobby farm life might be for you. Unlike commercial farms, hobby farms are for pleasure instead of profit. Hobby farmers need to have an income from another job in order to support their lifestyle. “There is no way a hobby farmer is going to have an income stream from hobby farming,” laughed Fawn “Tarma” Richardson, a self-described hobby farmer in Greenfield, Maine. “Maybe an income trickle or a seasonal swamp.” Though some people dream of starting their own hobby farm, the journey to get there — and the daily grind of the hobby farm life — involves more commitment than your average pastime. Still, hobby farming can be deeply fulfilling, as Richardson has experienced on her own personal journey. One woman’s path to hobby farm life Richardson moved to Greenfield around 2015, after her husband died unexpectedly of a heart attack the year before. They lived in Arizona … [Read more...] about A look inside the hobby farm life
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Only in Arizona: Farm in Eloy shows promise for domestic cultivation of plant that produces natural latex Our first introduction to rubber trees likely came from vintage Looney Tunes or Disney cartoons. Some of the plot lines were set in the rainforests of Burma or Brazil, and the whimsical animated rubber trees would do something silly, like bounce the antagonist out of the story and over the horizon. But, all we knew was that rubber trees weren't from around here, and if we needed entertainment beyond Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, rubber bands were pretty cool, too. And it's true that rubber trees, or hevea brasiliensis, grow primarily in the rain forests of South America and the Far East; its milky latex is extracted like maple syrup into buckets to make tires and car parts, soles of shoes, medical products and lots of other everyday items, including rubber bands. So when I heard that we were growing plants in Arizona to make rubber, I didn't believe it. How can Popeye and Porky Pig … [Read more...] about Does Arizona really grow plants for rubber production?
ARIVACA — It was a whodunnit. A team of researchers had placed four pig carcasses in the searing southern Arizona desert. Six days later, one — what had been a 170-pound adult pig — had vanished overnight. The pigs had been placed there to help the researchers study what happens to the thousands of migrants who have perished in Sonoran desert. Two were clothed in shoes, pants and shirts typical of Mexican and Central American migrants. The team of forensic anthropologists turned to a trail camera set up to monitor scavenging and decay to solve the mystery of Pig No. 4. It had malfunctioned. So, they speculated: Vultures weren't big enough to carry off anything more than small pieces of flesh. Neither were the rats spotted earlier gnawing on the carcass, or a possum seen in the area. Some joked it was Bigfoot, evidenced by the camera's malfunction at the precise moment … [Read more...] about What dead pigs can teach us about missing bodies in the Arizona desert
FRESNO – Like so many craft breweries, it has a unique name. The Wooly Pig Farm Brewery. How’d they come up with a name like that? Well, it all started with the brewmaster himself, Kevin Ely. And it all started on a European bicycle trip. “I would regularly travel to Bavaria and Franconia in Germany,” Ely explained, “to go to expositions, source equipment, work with brewing engineers and visit breweries.” “On one of my trips,” he continued, “I was riding a bike through the Fränkishe Schweitz (Frankonian Switzerland) and I saw a wooly pig with piglets. The piglets were striped like a wild fawn deer. I took a few pictures and eventually returned home.” “A few years later,” he added, “we had the farm and a few wooly Mangalitsa pigs, so we settled on the name Wooly Pig Farm Brewery. Pretty straightforward, I guess.” Straightforward? Hmm. Unique? Definitely. Kevin Ely, now 42, grew up in … [Read more...] about Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
The August primary election is behind us now and Tennesseans have narrowed their choices for senator, governor, and federal and state legislators. The general election candidates may be tempted to pick wedge issues to drive their turnout. However, if they are really committed to public service and the greater good, they should address those things that affect Tennesseans’ daily lives. They should also be able to explain to voters how they can and will do something about it. Issues like immigration have dominated news coverage, and a June Gallup poll showed Americans consider immigration the No. 1 problem facing America. However, remember, the U.S.-Mexico border is 1,000 miles from Nashville. That is why the people running to lead Tennesseans ought to focus on the critical issues closest to home. Here are a few topics for candidates to consider: Fight against tariffs and for business growth Our leaders need to ensure that Tennessee’s … [Read more...] about What we expect from Tennessee’s new leaders