Farming usually refers to the production of food or some kind goods. However these farms don’t produce anything that you would expect. See below 8 of the most original agricultural practices in the world.
Solucar Solar Power Complex, Spain
This farm happens to be Europe’s largest solar power facility. It was established in 2007, and since then it contributes highly to the country’s energy budget. Two ‘solar furnace’ towers are paired with a movable amount of mirrors that direct sunlight to a heat exchanger on the top of the tower. This converts the sunlight into steam which drives turbines and produces electricity.
Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm, Thailand
This extraordinary farm located Thailand is actually a tourist attraction which you can visit to view the 60,000 crocodiles that live there and other exotic animals such as Asian elephants, tigers and range of different species of monkeys.
Hobbiton- New Zealand
In North Island of New Zealand a working sheep farm is found in the setting of where film adaptions from the Shire of the Lord of The Rings trilogy were filmed. The tiny hobbit houses have now been taken over by the sheep. Vistors are welcome to tour the the farm, to see the quaint houses nested among the hills and to pop into the Green Dragon Pub for a drink.
Tehachapi Pass Wind Farm, North America
This wind farm is an important power source for the state, providing 800 kilowatt hours of electricity for use all over California. This was one of North America’s first large scale wind farms, being founded in the 1980’s. The differences can be spotted between the original windmills and the more modern ones, as over time technology and science has improved and the windmills have been adapted accordingly.
Kostroma Moose Farm, Russia
Kostroma Moose Farm produces moose milk for medical purposes. The milk is rich in iron, selenium, zinc and lypozyme and is used to treat conditions such as peptic ulcers. The farm is also a research facility, as all the moose’s are fitted with radio- transmitters to track and learn their behaviour.
Hogpen Hill Farms, North America
This farm is an amazing depiction of physical art, designed and created by Edward Tufte. The farm is 284 acres, scattered with sculpture gardens and installation work. Open houses are held one day every year for visitors to view the farm.
Pasona O2 Urban Farm, Japan
In the global headquarters of a Japanese headhunting company in the city of Tokyo is placed one of the most innovative agricultural farms in the world. The farm is located underground, using high-tech artificial lamps as a substitute for sunlight. The farm is used to experiment with new technologies and provide training for young people interested in farming.
Growing Power Farms, Wisconsin
Former basketball star Will Allen established a farm with the purpose to provide fresh foods at a low cost for local residents. The farm runs on an extremely efficient three- tiered water system. Perch and Tilapia fish species are housed in a water tank buried underground and the wastewater is recycled to the watercress plants and tomato plants at ground level in a greenhouse.
Top 10 Farm Stories in a Sentence
- 1. Sheep at a second farm in North-West Victoria have died of anthrax, following similar occurrences on a Swan Hill farm. It has not yet spread to humans.
- 2. The majority of new farming debt is going towards expanding existing farms, sparking concerns that young farmers will find it difficult to break into the market.
- 3. Indoor farming is becoming increasing possible, with LED lighting costs dropping by 90 per cent and doubling their lifespan.
- 4. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that by the end of this financial year, Australian farm production will hit a record gross value of $63.8 billion.
- 5. Glencore Grain hosted a three day tour for a Japanese liquor company looking to improve commercial relations with Australian grain exporters.
- 6. Entrepreneur-billionaire Elon Musk has said that he would consider building a 100 megawatt solar electricity farm in South Australia in 100 days, prompting the SA Premier and Prime Minister to scramble to accept the offer.
- 7. A Chinese company has claimed they are soon to purchase Australia’s biggest avocado farm for $192 million. The farm itself, however, has refuted the claims, saying they are still arrange sale and are still considering Australian buyers.
- 8. Leftover brewer’s grain used by major beer manufacturers is being fed to cows to increase milk productivity, also saving dairy farmers money.
- 9. More than 87% of Queensland is officially in drought, with warnings that circumstances are likely to worsen before being alleviated.
- 10. A series of Australian-style butchers are gaining popularity in China, with four shops already open & 16 more in planning. The stores import and sell 100 tonnes of Australian beef a month.