Small Farm Makeover: Essential Equipment for Farm and Ranch

A good tractor with a bucket on it can do a lot of the heavy lifting around an equine property. Photo by Kim Roe.

The Tools I Can’t Live Without Having horses at home is wonderful. We can fuss over them whenever and however we want, go for a ride without getting in a car, and give them the life they deserve. But keeping a horse property, whether small or large, involves a lot …

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Small Farm Makeover: Horizon Structures Presents Series: Fire Safety in the Barn

Horizon Structures Presents Series Fire Safety
Photo courtesy of Horizon Structures.

Overlooked Farm Practices Can Be Dangerous Fire safety in the barn often involves common concerns such as moisture content of hay and its storage, providing evacuation plans and emergency services contact numbers, 24/7 illuminated exit signs, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, removal of cobwebs from light fixtures, no smoking signs, keeping …

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Small Farm Makeover: Fire Safety in Equestrian Stable Barns

Fire Safety
Consult your local fire department to improve fire safety in your barn and let them get familiar with your property in case of an emergency.

Your local fire department is a great resource. This year alone, 77 horses have already died in the U.S due to barn fire—already in June, surpassing the annual average for the last three years. One of my responsibilities, as an architect, is to design buildings that safeguard the health and …

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Small Farm Makeover: Will the Barn You Build Be Good for the Neighborhood?

Barn

Sensitivity in Barn Design as a Steward of the Land Land development comes with responsibilities that go beyond paying taxes and keeping the grass, cover crop, or woods maintained. Ideally, when property owners seek to construct permanent structures, such as houses and barns, consideration for all aspects of environmental impact …

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Create Climate Resilience on Your Horse Property – 6 Ways Horse Owners Can Help the Earth

Rotational grazing improves pasture productivity. Photos from Alayne Blickle

Climate change is a defining issue of our time, and we’re at a pivotal moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and increasing at a mind-numbing rate. Climate resilience is the …

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