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Build-A-(Mini) Farm by Erin Hilbrands 

August 11th, 2015

blog2blog1 Backyard farms are becoming increasingly popular. Creating vegetable gardens and flower gardens or planting fruit trees are great outdoor activities to do with your family. There are so many upsides to growing your own food. Here are just a few:

· They are pesticide free, or at least have less than store-bought produce

· Save money because you don’t have to buy as many fruits and vegetables

· Fresh fruits and veggies have more nutrients than store-bought ones

· Gardens make your house look even more awesome!
Another way to create a backyard farm is to introduce chickens or other livestock. Chickens are so great to have! I love mine and my family even named them: Leni, Cupcake, Dot, Pearl, and Belle. We got ours from Seaboard Ace in Raleigh. They sell baby chickens every spring. They become part of your family and are very beneficial. First of all, you’ll never waste food or throw away leftovers again! They will eat almost anything. You also won’t have to worry as much about bug destroying your garden. They will eat unwanted bugs and pests in your yard. And, you won’t have to buy eggs again! A chicken lays an egg about once a day, so depending on how many you have, you and your family could have eggs every day for breakfast and not have to go buy them. According to Mother Earth News, backyard chicken eggs have 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D and less saturated fat and cholesterol than store-bought ones. Creating your own backyard farm is a great experience and it leads the way to a much healthier lifestyle!