Posted by Jennifer Smith on March 20, 2017
Agriculture: Food For Life
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973. (AgDay.org)
Why We Care About Agriculture
It's important for Americans to understand how our food goes from being in the ground to on our plate; which is why Mastergardening is celebrating National Ag Week on March 19-25, 2017 and National Ag Day on March 21, 2017. Farmers and home growers know that this is more than a hobby; it's a way of living. In addition to giving our families fresh fruits and vegetables, we must spread the word that agriculture is vital to our economy.
Manage Gardens, Vineyards and Home Orchards
Gardeners take great pride in their gardens; and for obvious reasons! Gardening is a skill that takes years to master, from trial and error mistakes; and even more years to maintain on a seasonal basis. But, the reward is fresh fruits and vegetables that can supply a family of four for enough organic goods for one month! To help gardeners manage gardens, and farmers with farm management, Mastergardening.com experts suggests installing a garden fence.
Deer have poor vision (20/200) and even poorer vertical vision. For this reason, deer will not attempt to jump a fence [unless they are being chased] without first walking around the fence, or trying to dig underneath the fence.
“When deer are getting into vineyards and a deer fence is installed a deer will first push against the fence to test it and then put their noses to the ground in an attempt to go under, Mastergardening Office Manager, Martin Havrilla explains. “It’s important to have the fence all the way to the ground and properly staked to keep the deer from getting in underneath. Once they’ve pushed the fence and tried to go under it, they will simply walk along the fence line until they either find an entry point or end up at a new food source.”
This National Ag Day, we wish to give thanks to our hardworking farmers and gardeners who give us healthy organic food options. If you are a new gardener, install a deer fence to protect crops. Contact Mastergardening to help you find the right fence for your yard.
For light deer pressure, we recommend that gardeners and farmers install a poly deer fence. Don't let the plastic fool you; this durable plastic fence will stop deer from entering gardens and halt digging rodents with an added reinforced bottom edge. If deer pressure is higher, and chewing and digging is a concern, go with a virtually invisible metal fence in a Steel Hex Web.