The homely vision of a farm in ones mind is totally up ended when viewing these extraordinary farms whom have cultivated as tourist curiosities due to their one of a kind activities.
Snake Ranch, Australia
This snake farm is one of the largest reptile farms in the world. 15 species of snakes are bred on the farm, most of which are pythons. What makes this reptile farm unique is that the ideal habitats for the snakes have been designed for their residence, these are known as snake nurseries.
Spider Goat Farm, United States
The goats bred on this farm have been genetically modified, being inoculated with the spider gene. This means the goats give milk containing Nephila comaci silk. The silk is separated from the milk and used in products such as fishing line, surgical thread and bullet proof vests.
Black Ivory Coffee Farm, Thailand
Black Ivory is a very expensive coffee, the price for 450gm being close to 500 dollars. on this farm elephants play a key role in the production of the coffee. After the beans are collected they are fed to the elephants and then the elephant dung is cleaned to reveal the peeled coffee beans. This process ensures the coffee to be devoid of bitterness unlike other similar products.
Swansea Biopharm Leech Farm, United Kingdom
This unusual farm does not look like a farm, but rather like a sterile laboratory. Each year the farm supplies about 60000 leeches to health centres and hospitals for medical healing processes.
Armstrong’s Cricket Farm, United States
This farm raises crickets for the purpose of fishing bait. in addition to crickets, other kinds of feeding such as worms are bred. The farm is particularly remarkable for breeding domestic crickets. The farm is open to visitors, being an interesting attraction.
Georgetown Swiftlet Farm, Malaysia
A special breed of birds known as Swiflets are bred on this farm. The purpose for the breeding is unique as it is the birds nests which are the purpose for this absurd farm. The nests are a delicacy served in the world’s best restaurants, used in the famous bird’s nest soup.
How Buildings Change The Way Kids Learn
We spent the vast majority of our time inside buildings, but we often overlook just how much the affect us. Children can be particularly susceptible to changes in buildings when they’re learning and developing.
So how exactly does a building affect a child’s learning ability?
Certain colours are more suitable for learning than others, and allow students to get the most from their experiences.
Brighter colours have a positive impact on pre-teen childrens’ learning, while more subtle, subdued colours are better for teenagers.
Temperature and airflow –
These were found to be the two most important influences on student achievement. Temperatures that are too high can cause kids to slow down, whilst stuffy air has the same effect. The simplest way to improve your students’ learning? Open a window.
Noise pollution –
School are usually designed to reduce the amount of noise interference from nearby. Rooms are closed-off and students are encouraged to be quiet. This is for good reason; noise from nearby makes it much harder for students to process what they are learning.
Room to move –
Buildings change learning by changing the behaviour of the people in them. A great way to keep the brain active is to move around every now and then. Large buildings with open spaces that students are encouraged to move through can ensure that students keep fresh, active minds and retain what they learn.
Large rooms –
Another benefits of large rooms is that they encourage creative, out-of-the-box thinking. Being stuck in a small space limits your ability to create fresh ideas.
Natural light –
Natural light works wonders in improving productivity. Studies consistently show that sunlight makes people happier, more active and more productive, whether they’re working or studying.
Areas that have low rates of school graduation benefit from transparent windows. Allowing people in the community to see into the resources and activities of the school encourage enrolment and makes children value their educational experience more.
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