Friday, December 4, 2015

Organic Vegetable Gardening Is the Way to Go (part 2 of 2)

The government or the Department of Agriculture is not the only one who should push farmers to shift towards organic farming. You can do your share by talking to the farmers themselves as they are the ones who plant them. You can also start planting organically grown vegetables yourself because they cost a bit more in the supermarket.

Before you start planting, check how big is the area so you have an idea what kind of vegetables can be planted given your limited space. You then need to buy the necessary tools and make some of them yourself. This information can be found online, in books and from the gardening store.

If you don’t want to start making an organic vegetable garden using seeds, you can get starter plants instead but be aware that they cost a bit more and this takes the thrill out of gardening.

But if money is no object to you, by all means get this from the store. Just make sure that there is a stamp which certifies that this has been approved by the Department of Health, Quality Assurance International, California Certified Organic Farmers or the Oregon Tilth Farm Verified Organic.

If everyone does their share, no one will use chemicals and fertilizers anymore. Everyone can live healthy and eat healthy. At the same time, we are able to protect the environment so future generations will be able to use the land we have used to plant their crops in the future.

Organic vegetable gardening is truly the way to go. If you noticed, some restaurants have done their share as well by making people know that whatever they use is organic.

Organic Vegetable Gardening Is the Way to Go (part 1 of 2)

In the US, farming is $6 billion industry. To keep it that way and with the health and welfare of the public in mind, the Department of Agriculture has taken steps so farmers can shift to organic farming. This does not only save money but also has some health benefits.

But first, we have to know what organic farming is. This is a technique that has been practiced by ancient civilizations that simply relied on the land they worked on, the sun and the water to make the harvests grow.

It was only when scientists invented fertilizers and pesticides that we moved away from this technique because it was thought that this will make the crops bigger and harvesting faster.

Unfortunately, the use of fertilizers and pesticides has done more harm than good. The chemicals used are harmful but never in small dosages. But imagine what if somebody consumes this in excessive amounts and unknowingly develops an illness or their baby has birth defects.

Such threats are real which is why we have to do something before it happens. Before the Department of Agriculture wanted everyone to go into organic farming, tests were conducted.

The results show that organically grown vegetables have more nutrients and vitamins compared to conventional farming. The same goes for its taste.

Organic vegetables do not have hydrogenated fats, artificial flavor or coloring, sweeteners, additives, preservatives or residual antibiotics. This means that what you get is all natural. But don’t forget to wash these first before it is cooked to remove any residue from the compost used in helping it grow.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Mineral Makeup Business Opportunity (part 2 of 2)

If your friends or family have opinions on your cosmetics, welcome it.  What they think is how most customers would also think.  So ask them for their opinions.

When you are still starting, it is important to meet customers personally.  This would build your credibility.  Try going to beauty salons and provide them samples.  By doing this, you are introducing your product first- hand.  This would help you build your credibility, since they would get to know you as the business owner and not think that your product is a scam.

To make sure that your business will be successful, then you have to make sure that you would have returning customers and new customers.  Your customers should be satisfied, not only with the product, but also with the care that you provide.  Try having a shindig at home and show them your cosmetic line.  You can even demonstrate make-up application techniques.  If you are not that good, then ask a friend or somebody to do that for you.

Once, customer relation is already done.  Then market your products online. Having a dedicated site or blog for your product would definitely boost your mineral makeup popularity.  Make sure that there are testimonies about your product.  If there are suggestions or questions posted by potential online customers, make sure that you always answer them promptly.  This is also another part of credibility building and customer relationship.

Mineral makeup business is a great opportunity.  Some entrepreneurs would only need around $200 to start.  Since mineral make-up is not yet mass-produced,  home based mineral make-up business will surely step up.

Mineral Makeup Business Opportunity (part 1 of 2)

Mineral makeup is getting much attention nowadays specially from women who have decided to follow a healthy lifestyle.  Mineral makeup claims that they are free from chemical and preservatives that could give harmful effects on the skin in the long run.  Since there is an increasing demand due to change of lifestyle, setting up a business taking advantage the mineral makeup trend would be ideal.

So, how to start?

Of course, in order to promote the product well, you need to testify its effectiveness.  How can you do that if you do not even use or support the product yourself?  Start learning about the product.  Learn the ingredients and their different effects, whether they are positive or negative effects.  There would be prospects or future customers who would definitely ask about mineral makeup.  Since this would be your main product, you should be equipped to answer all the questions.

There are two options to choose from when have decided to go into this business:

1. There are some business owners or entrepreneurs who decide to mix or create their own products at home.

2. There are some owners who prefer to buy makeup which are already mixed.  They can be labelled and sold privately.  They can also be bought in bulk.

On the latter, pre-mixed products can come with customized labels with your business name.  But some entrepreneurs choose not to have labelling included.  They tend to do the labelling on their own to save on manufacturing costs.

If you decided to mix your own, the internet is also a great source of ingredients.  There are even recipes for mixing your own make-up.  There are websites dedicated on providing customers updated mineral make up formulas, makeup kits, brochures, and even sponsor classes.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Humble Beginnings: Getting to Know Kauai Plantation and Railways (part 2 of 2)

There are still several Kauai plantations focusing on sugarcane today. The popular ones from the past include Gay and Robinson at Makaweli which was established in 1889, Kekaha Sugar Company at Kekaha which was established in 1856, Grove Farm Plantation at Lihue which was established in 1864, Koloa Sugar Company at Koloa which was established in 1835, Lihue Sugar Plantation at Lihue which was established in 1849, McBryde Plantation at Lawai which was established in 1899 and Kilauea Sugar Plantation at Kilauea which was established in 1877.

The Kauai Plantation Railway

The plantation railway offers a ride back through time in King Kalakaua style wooden cars beginning at the old station in Kilohana camp. The tour takes about 30 minutes wherein you go through 100 acres of fields and plantations featuring popular Hawaiian crops like coffee, sugarcane, pineapple, banana, papaya, hardwood trees and tropical flowers. The train operates daily just 1 mile south of Lihue.

As Kauai plantations continued to expand and flourish in different regions of the island, railroads were created as well bringing products to mills, markets and ports. The Kauai Plantation Railway is the pioneering new railroad built on the island in a century and still abides by traditional railroad practice.

More than 2.5 miles of roadbed have been created with over 6000 wood ties and iron rails spiked in place by human hands at a classic 3-foot gauge. The engines are similar to the ones used during Kauai’s agricultural peak.

Humble Beginnings: Getting to Know Kauai Plantation and Railways (part 1 of 2)

The original settlers of Hawaii actually came from the Marquesas anywhere between 400 to 700 A.D. Kauai plantation and agriculture started to develop as the explorers imported farm animals as well as other food crops like sugarcane, taro, banana, coconut, rice, sweet potato and breadfruit. Other visitors from Spain, America and Russia continued to bring in plants and products like coffee, pineapple, onions and oranges which up to now are produced abundantly in the island.

The Sugarcane System

Sugarcane is also known as Ko in Hawaii which has great taste, nutritional value as well as medicinal effects. Stalks are harvested then ground to produce liquid extracts resulting to juice which is then boiled to make raw sugar. Koloa, Kauai was the site of the first commercial sugarcane plantation created in 1835.

At this early stage, there were a variety of problems such as limited labor, water shortage and remote location. Irrigation systems and intricate canal networks were built beginning in 1856 which helped support the sugarcane plantations other fields growing different crops also followed the system yielding abundant harvests and vast amounts of profit.

The Treat of Reciprocity in 1876 allowed Hawaii to improve its raw sugar trade with the help of the United States. By 1932, raw sugar production has boomed to one million tons. Kauai was still under the Kingdom of Hawaii during this period. Sugarcane plantations became major commercial enterprises that became identical to small cities providing other benefits and services to workers such as housing, entertainment, power and electricity and transportation.

In 1881, the first train arrived on the island serving the Kilauea Plantation. Even after Hawaii became the 51st state of the United States, Kauai continued vast productions of raw sugar. Kauai used to have more than 70,000 acres of sugarcane plantation making the product the leading economic activity that greatly helped the economy in terms of tax revenues and job opportunities.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pave the Way for Art during Kids Birthday Parties (part 2 of 2)

To avoid too much clutter during the art themed party, make sure that you:

• cover the painting area with a waterproof covering or old newspapers

• provide an overall or old clothes to protect their clothing

• instead of using stamp for block painting, substitute a small sponge,  a ball of cotton wool, cork or tampon, or sliced fruits and vegetables

• provide powder water colors since these are more preferable than the usual watercolors because you can control the amount your children need

• make sure to keep the paints in small plastic containers which has a hole on top for the paint brush

• use plastic egg cartons as palettes

• add some liquid starch to thicken up the powder instead of adding extra powder or add liquid starch in a container and add some food coloring

If monitored properly, the art class theme can be the most memorable experience that your child as well as his or her friends or classmates could ever experience. Remember, it pays to have lots of patience when you use this theme because kids can be unruly if they start to have fun or mess around with the materials. When this happens, all you to do is to remind them subtly by telling them that they are in a party and they are not supposed to destroy the materials because the celebrator will be sad.

After the kids birthday party, you can give the artworks the children have made as souvenirs to one another or to their parents so these can be displayed on their respective houses.