Earth Day on the Farm

Here are our favorite ways right now for farmers of all sizes--urban and rural--to honor the land we live on.

by Dani Yokhna

Think of at least ONE way to make a difference on your farm this Earth Day

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Here are our favorite ways right now for farmers of all sizes, both urban and rural, to honor the land we live on.

In Garden, Field and Yard

  • Use a rain barrel. The typical roof on a house can direct as much as 200 gallons of water into its downspouts during a ¼-inch rain shower. In other words, they’re not just cute art projects anymore—they’ll help us save up one the farm’s most precious resources. You can find already-assembled rain barrels at many garden centers and online, or you can make your own (you’ll find step-by-step instructions in the March/April 2009 issue of Hobby Farms magazine).
  • Decrease the size of your lawn by 25 percent. Need inspiration, read a book about the benefits of natural grasses and plants–and even so-called weeds. Here’s a suggestion; this book is by an author who loves to see a mix of greens in her lawn: A Weed By Any Other Name: The Virtue of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don’t Plant (Beacon Press, $23.95).
  • Plant a tree; make sure tree placement and type are appropriate for your region and for your property (i.e., avoid planting certain trees near electrical wires).
  • Avoid chemicals; instead, try one or two new ways to keep the bad bugs away from your crops.

In the Kitchen (And At the Store)  

In the Home

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