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If you’ve ever visited the countryside, you know the joy of having animals on the farm that you can take care of. In the city, you’ll never see a cow except for on a milk carton and the same applies to other farm animals. The obvious reason for this is that larger breeds of farm animals need a specific environment to live in; so the city’s pollution and noise are a big no-no. Luckily, you can keep a few kinds of farm animals at your city home. While it does depend on your area’s jurisdiction, these animals pose the least problems.

Chickens

I’ve already written about the basics of how you can raise chickens from chicks and then move them into a coop. Chickens are also very quiet (not talking about roosters!) so you won’t get in trouble with the neighbors either. Not only will you be raising home-bred chickens that taste better, you’ll also get fresh eggs at home. You can choose to sell these products to your neighbors or consume them yourself. Moreover, they also provide high-quality manure that works well as fertilizer or an addition to compost. You can choose from a variety of breeds, based on whether you’re raising them for the eggs or meat.

Quail

For city dwellers, quail are the best farm animal to keep if you have minimal space. Though they mature a little slowly, you will find that they’re much more fun to keep than chickens. When 24 weeks old, quail begin to lay eggs so if you want to grow some chicks, you’ll require an incubator. While the bird itself tastes delicious, their eggs are too; you can raise a fine amount selling quail eggs.

Ducks

If you can handle their sometimes-aggressive attitude and loud quacking, I recommend that you raise ducks. Now, most people don’t consider duck meat and eggs to be a delicacy, but they are expensive from their ordinary chicken-based counterparts.

Therefore, whether you have a taste for duck eggs, want to make some extra money on the side, or simply think ducks are adorable; you have your answer. You’ll find that a few rare species can even lay almost as many eggs as a chicken, which would be a score. You’ll need more space for these ducks, not to mention a small pool, but other than that you’ll be fine.

Pygmy Goats

Enough about the birds, you want a herd, don’t you? Pygmy goats aren’t just your ordinary petting zoo animal, but they make great urban farm companions as well. Although they don’t serve as a large source of meat and milk, you can’t underestimate certain breeds like Nigerian Dwarfs.

If you’re interested in drinking fresh organic milk, you’ll be happy to know that they can produce up to a liter of milk every day, as long as you feed them good quality produce. However, if you are not interested in keeping them for their meat, there is always the option of having them as pets that produce manure that is rich in nitrogen.

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The Health Benefits Of Gardening

We love growing and cultivating plants. Trees, flowers, shrubs, fruits, vegetables, on a large farm, in the backyard, and even on the apartment balcony. And we should be aware of the health benefits of such activities.

Exercise

Gardeners are actually exercising, like running, swimming or going to the gym. Access to fresh air enables the blood to flow freely, you burn more calories helping you to keep fit, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack.

Energy and Strength

Women who farm can endure more since farm work involves stretching, lifting and carrying heavy materials. Just pushing a wheelbarrow can strengthen your muscles and bones. Engaging in challenging activities really isn’t a challenge at all… you’re just stronger and can do a whole lot more.

Reduced Stress

Gardeners have proven to recover from stress and depression quicker since the levels of cortisol and stress hormones is drastically reduced while working in the garden. Research by CNN shows that when stressed, spending time in the garden drastically improves your mood than if you stayed indoors.

Proper Nutrition

Women farmers grow their own food; this food is fresh and has more nutritional benefits. Most of the time these plants are not sprayed, compared to food bought at the market and grown commercially. Research shows that gardeners eat more fruit and vegetables than the average person, building up immunity to illnesses. And the time spent out in the sun is your best source for vitamin D.

Better Relationships

The sense of care and goodwill helps women have a better and healthier relationship with other people. We spend much of our time taking care of everyone, it’s just how we’re built. Feeding our family and friends food grown on the farm is the ultimate expression of love. And the people in our lives know that, strengthening those bonds.

Tips for enhancing your gardening activities:

  • Raised beds can help reduce the risk of joint and back pain because you’ll be avoiding a lot of bending while planting, weeding or harvesting.
  • Always choose the right tools with the right weight for you. Heavy gardening tools can actually cause overexertion and swelling.
  • Take time to rest and relax every night. Don’t overdo it, you’ll strain both the mind and body which can have an effect on you, not just physically, but mentally too.
  • Chemicals not only destroy microorganisms in the soil necessary for plant growth but using it is harmful to our bodies. Try to find a natural alternative first and stay healthy.

 
Remember to think of gardening as a way to stay fit, mentally and physically. It really is a healthier way to live.


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