Category: Lifestyle

Water Quality Gets a Thumbs-Up from the Otters

With the availability of the likes of solar geysers, water pumps and water tanks, rural living isn’t quite the huge sacrifice it once was. In fact, the only real disadvantage to it is being far away from fast-food outlets and convenience stores which are open 24 hours a day. It’s all relative of course and some people would gladly say that rural living is not quite as “rural” as it used to be. A drive into town every so often makes for a nice “outing” to occasionally look forward to, otherwise it’s really hard to miss the insane peak-hour traffic and noise pollution city-living has to offer. (more…)

Interior design trends to consider this summer

Modern interior designs which were considered new and revolutionary a couple of years ago are not necessarily on trend now, and can look out of place in a rural home. Classic interior trends have long been popular because they embrace the style, form and function needed for modern living while standing the test of time. (more…)

Saving Time and Money Shopping While Living Rural

When you live in a rural location, you don’t have time to waste. You are up and out from sun up ‘til sun down taking care of all of the animals, plants, and buildings that need your daily maintenance, or else they may just fall apart. It’s important to take care of your animals and your home, but it’s also equally important to take care of yourself. (more…)

5 Farming Industries You’ve Never Heard Of

When someone talks about agriculture, you probably think of pigs, cows, and chickens. This trinity makes up a pretty big part of the industry, but it certainly doesn’t stop there! There are all kinds of weird and wonderful agricultural projects scattered around the world. Here are five which I bet you didn’t know about!

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  1. Spider Goat Farm, USA

You’ve probably never heard of spider goats before, let alone a farm for one. That’s because they’re a genetically engineered animal, that have only existed for a few years! On the surface, they look like your normal goat. The difference is that they contain spider DNA. Their milk, containing golden orb spider silk, is used to create many durable materials. The next time you see fishing line or a parachute, there’s a fair chance it came from these remarkable animals.

  1. Leech Farm, Wales

Some people think the leech industry is a relic of primitive medieval medicine. However, the medical benefits of leeches are still getting a lot of attention. The Biopharm leech farm in Swansea is just one place where leeches are raised for medical applications. This, and other centres provide around 60,000 leeches a year to European hospitals. They’re also used to treat a variety of conditions in animals.

  1. Bird Nest Farm, Indonesia

Far eastern cultures have always been known for their unique cuisine. I bet you had no idea that bird’s nests make up part of it! In these operations, an open, wooden house is built specifically to attract swiftlets. After being used, their nests are harvested, dried, and processed for use in a range of dishes. The finished product is something truly beautiful, and is sold soaked in an aromatic flavouring. As you can imagine, this is quite the delicacy, and doesn’t come cheap! Here’s where you can find a natural bird nest for sale.

  1. Elephant Dung Farm, Thailand

Everyone seems to be a coffee connoisseur these days. You can’t really wave that title around without having tried elephant dung coffee! That’s right, for around $500 a pound, you can buy coffee beans which have been plucked from the dung of Asian elephants. Many of the elephants used in this operation are rescued from the streets of Thailand, and get a pretty sweet gig out of it too! I’m sure if you can get past the mental block, you’ll have one great espresso.

  1. Tiger Farm, China

In case you’re wondering, yes this is heavily opposed. Tiger farming is one of the most unique and most controversial agricultural operations on earth. Animal rights groups the world over have been fighting against it, considering less than 4,000 tigers in Asia remain free in the wild. There’s still a high demand for tiger body parts, both for their fur and their meat. Recently, it was still perfectly legal to buy tiger steaks straight from the farm. While there are still illegal tiger farms operating, the trade is under fire from all sides. Hopefully, we won’t be hearing about it for much longer.

 

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