Month: June 2018

  • Save the Bees Campaign

    The save the bee campaign is a campaign that is taken seriously, like global warming, or heart attacks or even finding a cure for cancer. Now we all know that bees and other flower insect help in pollination and cross-pollination, it is thanks to them that we get to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of these flowers, we all know that. But what we don’t know is that, if these bees don’t do their thing, then, not only will the beauty and fragrance be gone as well, it will be the end of the world, because, the plants’ end product (oxygen), is our only hope of survival. But, what then, is the need for the save the bees campaign? A recent evaluation of the survival of bees has shown that bees are nearly extinct, as bee farmers are to cultivate bees on closed door and bee breeding houses. One of the strategies that have been devised to the save the bees is the ‘bring back the bee campaign.’ This campaign was initiated to try and control the rate in which the bees are declining, thus the hashtags. Apart from the fact that, farmers now cultivate bees in farmhouses, which drastically causes harm to nature, the bees that are not bred are still in danger of extinction. Another major cause of the decline of the bees is the pesticides used to kill other plant-eating insects. The neonicotinoids which the pesticides contain helps in keeping pests away, but it also kills the bees. These pesticides are now used everywhere; in the farm, garden centers, even at home, on our lawn, and every other plant growing vicinity. As soon as the bees get in contact with the pesticide, they die. Even if they do survive, don’t get your hopes up yet, the possibility of them contacting other diseases is about 98 percent high; the odds are not in their favor. There is a need to create an awareness that, the bee is vital to our survival as humans; and as pollinators, the plants also depend on the bees for their survival as well. Luckily, several organizations have devoted their time to trying to fight the rapid decline of these pollinators. There has been an improvement in Europe. The guardians have reported the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in the fields of Europe will be banned, within six months. These efforts aim at raising the pollination rates of the bees in that region. In the meantime, Scientists are developing new ways to fight the pest problem. These efforts have all been targeted at saving the bees. The need to save the bees has gone to the political level, as top-notch politicians, around the world, use the bees as a failsafe in their political campaign. The promise to save the bees, by the politicians, arouses the support of bee enthusiasts, and they are compelled to vote. Although the reason for the campaign may be wrong (political ambitions), it is a step further towards saving the bees. Let’s do our part, let’s save the bees.

  • How to Become a Farmer Market Vendor

      Because of the frenzy going on in the various farmers market around the globe, a lot of eager young farmers are beginning to venture into this lucrative money making the opportunity. For centuries, the farmers market has been the most common of selling farm products. And over time, the farmers market has become an integral part of a community, regarding providing the community with fresh fruits and vegetables. In some part of the world, and most probably in your local communities, you find out that, some supermarkets and grocery stores do not even sell most of the farm produce. The farmer's markets are the only places you can find these special products. The income generated from the farmer's markets is beginning to gain attention among non-farmers. It is quite easy to be a vendor of your local farmers market, selling your homegrown farm products, or other house produced foods. But for an effective and lucrative sale, you’ll have to follow some steps.

    • Be Prepared. Make A List Of All That You Need
    To be a very successful farmer, you have to prepare and work hard. You have to ensure that you have all you need to start up a farmers market. You have to check and cross check all your items, so you do not get agitated when you don’t have a particular item. Like I said before, being a farmer’s market vendor is hard work; you have to prepare you to produce and drive them to your vendor stand before your customers arrive. If you do not have a stand in the farmers market, then you may need to carry your stand, which can be inconvenient. For you to be good at what you do, it will be a nice idea to smile a lot when attending to customers. That charm and convivial attitude will bring customers your way. Don’t get discouraged, because even your lunch may be in a rush.
    • Decide What You’re Going to Sell
    One of the reasons why the farmers market tends to have so many customers is because the produce in the farmers market is usually fresh. You come in as a farmers market vendor here; not only must you sell fresh products, you must also pick a particular product to sell. You could sell freshly killed meats, fresh fish milk fruits, and veggies, even hot or cold drinks (depending on the mood it is to be served) can be sold in the farmers market; pick a product to sell. The fresher the farm products are, the better your chances of having more customers. Advertising and arranging your products in a special also help your competition.
    • Acquire a Board of Health Certification
    To get customers to trust you more, and to purchase your products, it will be wise that you get certified. The certification always comes in handy for those in the food selling business, and also for those vendors who deal with fresh products, like fruits and vegetables, milk, cottage products, fresh meat, and fish. The reason for getting the certificate is simply because of the potential health hazard threat it poses. Getting a certificate from your local board of health increases your chances of being accepted into the farmers’ market vendor family.
    • Try to Create and Maintain a Healthy Relationship with the Owner of the Market
    The moment you create a friendly and healthy relationship with the organizers, there is a 95 percent probability you’ll last in the market. When you want to meet with the organizers, try to give a great sales pitch. Also, ask questions about customers and other market vendors.
    • Prepare or Have your Stall
    You don’t expect to share a stall with another vendor. You need to have your stall. In some markets, there are premade stalls, all you have to do is pay the rental fee. In other markets, you have to provide your stall, to keep in the space provided for you. Your stall has to be made according to the mode it is made in the particular market, or to suit your product. There is usually a provision for that.
    • Always be Prepared.
    To make it in the farmer’s market vendor’s competition, you need to follow these principles. Always prepare your product beforehand; go to bed early and wake up early as well.