As a grower, you’re focused on providing nourishment for others, but you know you’re also providing for your own family, too. It’s a unique and important position that carries a lot of responsibility. Because the land you’re working will get passed down to your kids, and then to their children, sustainable farming practices are of the utmost importance. You want to feel certain that your land is in the best shape possible for your family, as well as for those in your community. Here are some key tips for preserving the land and making farming more sustainable:
1. Stay informed
While you need to remain informed about issues pertaining to your industry, it’s also essential to be aware when it comes to matters involving your city and state that might impact your business. Make it a point to participate in community discussions where appropriate.
2. Teach the next generation carefully
Ensure that the practices you’re teaching are forward thinking and focused on sustainability. Get future generations interested early, and teach them carefully. The steps you teach will be implemented for years to come, and have a direct impact on the health of the environment, both now and for future generations. Keep this in mind as you develop best practices.
Photo from Corey & Rebekah Proctor - Shelbyville, TN
3. Educate those outside of the farming world
Take time to visit classrooms, community groups, and political leaders to provide education about what you do. It’s important to make sure that the general public has a basic knowledge of where their food comes from, and doesn’t fall victim to common misconceptions about our industry.
4. Get involved with your community
While you should remain focused on growing and keeping your land healthy for generations to come, you also have an obligation to contribute positively to the fabric of your community. There are many ways in which you can do this. For example, the Wilson family, founders of Piedmont Chemicals, recently made an extremely generous contribution to North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. When asked about the gift, Fred Wilson said, “When we were talking to the chancellor about the college and about it being the only college of textiles remaining in the U.S., a light bulb really went off. Somebody’s got to draw a line in the sand. We’ve got to remember what got us here and recognize where we can go in the future. I’m happy that we could be the ones to do that.”
Whether it’s education-related, a non-profit in your community, or another worthy organization, make it a point to give back in a way that feels significant for you
Photo from Nathan & Anna Simpson - Casar, NC
5. Choose your products carefully
Each product you select has a major impact on your land, your animals, and the ability of future generations to be successful. Because of this, you’ll want to carefully choose which products make it into your cleaning regimen. At FarmLab Innovations, we’re proud to say that the quality of our products is rooted in science. Relying on the resources and expertise from Piedmont Chemicals’ over 80 years in business, we develop products that are carefully formulated to make sanitizing poultry and swine houses easier, while providing a dramatic reduction in water usage. The end result is a cleaner space, with reduced utility bills, as well as healthier animals for the consumer.
6. Conserve water when possible
The right choice of products makes it even easier to conserve water, thus protecting the planet and your wallet at the same time. Our SWASHHouseTM solution offers a reduced environmental footprint, with a 30-50 percent reduction in water usage. Additionally, you’ll enjoy up to a 50 percent reduction in cleaning time, allowing your staff to devote their time and attention to other essential aspects of animal care.
If you’re interested in bringing our lab to your farm and incorporating our products into your sanitation routine in order to promote sustainability for generations to come, click here. We’ll be in touch shortly!