5 Ideas For a Special Easter

02/04/2015

So the holidays are almost here, huh? What we usually do when we have many days-off lined one after the other is to succumb to our escalating levels of laziness and spent all of our free time eating and…

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN`T KNOW ABOUT SHEEP

10/04/2013

Hello, hello :) As promised, the “10 things you didn`t know about…” series continues.  And how it continues! Oh, my, sheep are in order :) I`ve always thought of sheep as funny, but not exactly in the good way, animals. Just see what their Wikipedia definition is: “Sheep (Ovis aries) are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals…”. Quadrupedal! I mean, what kind of a word is that… yet, its weird ring somehow fits with those curly, used-to-be-white…

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN`T KNOW ABOUT PIGS

08/04/2013

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals” Sir Winston Churchill source: Google images Howdy, fellas :) This week we decided to write a series of articles about farm animals we all think we know sooo well.  Actually, I believe, we somehow think there isn`t that much to know :) Not true, you`ll see (OK, read, to be accurate). The idea came to me when we went to visit one of the pioneer farms, a few days ago. As we were walking around the…

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THE FUTURE IS NOW

27/03/2013

Middle aged at best, but usually in his sixties, bearded, wearing old – not only in style but also in age – clothes, not that conversable, maybe even a bit grumpy… this is the image that comes to mind when you think of the typical farmer. Yes, yes, don`t deny it, it`s highly likely yourself is not that different from the majority in that case :) Image credits here Up until recently it was no wonder, though. Working the land, growing your own food and taking care of animals is tough work. And dirty.…

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Pioneer Farm: AlAnn Ranch

27/02/2013

We are a 90-acre family-run alpaca and mohair farm. We - shear, spin and card, knit and crochet and felt - our own animals for fiber. We milk our goats and hand-raise some kids so we can make cheeses. We also breed Muscovy ducks for eggs and meat. The ducks help the chickens keep the insect populations down to a maintainable level. We compost all our manure for use on pastures and for sale. We are working hard to improve our pastures, using Yeoman's' techniques, and sustainable practices at all…

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An ancient Bulgarian tradition for sustainable farming

15/02/2013

This is what sheep and goats eat during the winter, the so called “listnitsi”, made of trimmed and bundled oak branches. To prevent rotting and animals` attacks they must be stored somewhere high. While still on the pasture, the shepherd puts the oak branches on the meadow so the animals can eat off the green leaves. After that the branches are left to rot on the ground, thus fertilizing the soil. Making “listnitsi” on tree trunks is an ancient Bulgarian tradition, which is preserved to…

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Pioneer Farm: Ecoagrobio - A Man With Mission

04/02/2013

At the most magical, east part of Rhodopa Mountain we found farm Ecoagrobio. Behind the complicated name is something very simple – one man’s dream. Living up in the mountain in a natural rhythm and surrounded by pristine beauty is what Georgi has wished for ever since he can remember. And here he is today, proud owner of a farm in the village of Chernichino. In 2007 Georgi decided to take care of an endangered species, Rhodopa short-horned ox, the oldest aboriginal breed in Europe. For a…

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Pioneer Farm: The Wild Farm

28/12/2012

The Wild Farm is located in the village of Gorno Pole in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. This family-run farm is managed by Blagovesta (Betty) and Nikolay Vasilevs. The family raises some 500 heads of cattle from two local breeds –the Rhodope gray and the Rhodope shorthorn cattle (both protected breeds). They also have sheep, horses and bee hives. Betty and Nikolay apply only traditional farming practices in their farm, and they have devoted their lives to developing the Wild…

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Pioneer Farms: Farm Perun

23/11/2012

Farm Perun is located nearby the beautiful town of Kresna in Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria. The farm is founded in the summer of 2008 by Todor Georgiev. He is a stock breeder, chief ranger at National Park Pirin, bachelor in Ecology and Nature Preservation and a lifetime shepherd. He comes from a bloodline of Macedonian shepherds that have raised sheep and goats for centuries. Farm Perun’s main goal is to restore and protect the Karakachanian sheep, the Mountain Longhaired goat and the Karakachanian dog.…

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