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    Why is Chemical-Free Cotton Important?

    Why is Chemical-Free Cotton Important?


    Get the Answers (and Chemical-Free Cotton) at Thunder Acres!

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     Whether you are using cotton for clothing or you want to use it as stuffing or mulch, it’s a good idea to know where your cotton comes from and what has been used on it. While it would be nice to think that all of the cotton that we come into contact with is clean and natural, the fact is that cotton can be ridden with chemicals. Chemical-free cotton is really important for a number of reasons that we’ll discuss below.

    If you need some cotton that is all-natural and grown on a family farm in Kansas, head on over to our store

    Chemical-Free Cotton Doesn’t Cause As Much Pollution

    cotton plants

    Modern cotton growing techniques are responsible for a lot of pollution. More than 10% of the pesticides and insecticides used on the planet are applied to cotton. Even if all of those pesticides and insecticides were organic (they aren’t), they could still cause problems with the environment when they get into the air and water. Organic cotton is grown without all of those potentially harmful chemicals.


     

    Organic Cotton Uses Less Water

     cotton plants growing outdoors

    There is some research that shows that it takes almost 2,000 gallons of water to produce enough cotton to make a pair of denim jeans. In some parts of the world, cotton production has lead to catastrophic environmental issues, including the draining of the Aral Sea. Organic cotton requires 71% less water and far less energy to produce.

     


    Chemical-Free Cotton is A More Sustainable Crop

    cotton growing in a field with trees in the background

     

    Because of the reasons mentioned above, organic cotton is a more sustainable crop. Preserving and protecting the environment means that we’ll be able to keep growing cotton (along with all other crops) for a long time. The reduced costs of processing cotton also help make it more sustainable.

     


    Chemical-Free Cotton is Better For You (and the Planet)

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    A lot of modern fabrics and fillers may start with cotton but in order to save money, many companies combine cotton with synthetic fibers. A lot of people have reactions to these fibers. While most of these reactions are minor, being itchy isn’t fun! Cotton grown without chemicals is also more likely to have safer dyes used on it. That means it’s better for you and the environment.

     

    If you are looking for chemical-free raw cotton, stop by our online store today. We also have a great selection of seeds grown at our Kansas farm.

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    Tips For Growing Wheatgrass Seed

    Tips For Growing Wheatgrass Seed

    Thunder Acres Makes it Fast and Easy to Grow Wheatgrass From Our Fields at Your Home

    Order Yours Today

     

    Wheatgrass is one of those things that doesn’t seem like it should cost a ton of money, but the price when you go to a health food store or smoothie place is always shockingly high. If you want to be able to enjoy wheatgrass at your home, Thunder Acres has a solution for you — our wheatgrass seed! 


    Keep reading to learn how to easily grow this wonderful plant, then head on over to our online store to find Kansas-grown wheatgrass seeds that could soon be sprouting up at your place!

    field of green grass

    Start With Non-GMO Wheatgrass Seeds and Organic Fertilizer

    If you had to pick between something that had been tampered with and something that hadn’t been messed with, you would always choose the untouched item, right? That should especially be true when you are talking about things that you eat. When you get your wheatgrass somewhere else, there’s no knowing where it came from and how it has been grown. But when you buy wheatgrass seed from Thunder Acres, you’re starting as fresh as possible with our non-GMO seeds! Add some of our organic crab meal fertilizer to speed up the process without chemicals.


    a split coconut on a wood surface

    Use Coco Coir

    While a lot of wheatgrass growing guides suggest using peat moss as the base for your wheat grass, we have a more environmentally friendly way to get your grass growing — coco coir! Coco coir is a fiber that is harvested from the outer shell of a coconut. There’s tons of this stuff to go around and it doesn’t disturb any delicate peat bogs. 

    wheatgrass growing in a bowl

    Be Patient (Don’t Worry — It Won’t Be Long)

    Once you’ve got everything you need (hint: check out our online store to find seeds, fertilizer, coco coir, and growing trays), mix it together, water it regularly, and you’ll have fresh wheatgrass in about 10 days!


    Glass filled with green juice with wheatgrass behind it

    Enjoy Having Wheatgrass at Home!

    After the grass has grown, just clip it, grind it, and add it to your food or smoothies! Wheatgrass is also good for cats — it can help aid their digestion and it can stop them from eating other houseplants, some of which can be poisonous to kitties.


    To read detailed instructions on how to grow wheatgrass/cat grass at home, visit our website. While you’re there, make sure to check out the other seed options we have available. And if you love cats, our Ultimate Cat Lovers Kit comes with cat grass seed, catnip seed, a toy, and containers to grow everything in!

    The Best Seeds to Grow in Our Heavy Duty Growing Trays

    The Best Seeds to Grow in Our Heavy Duty Growing Trays

    Unleash Your Green Thumb With Help From Thunder Acres!

    Order Growing Trays Today

    If you’ve never gardened before and the idea of tearing up a big batch of you lawn in order to plant a bunch of stuff that you aren’t sure will grow sounds like too big of a commitment, you’re in luck. At Thunder Acres, we have growing trays, including trays with drain holes and trays without drain holes,  that will allow you to grow plants without taking up a big chunk of your yard. In addition to our grow trays, we have a variety of non-GMO seeds for wheatgrass, oat, catnip, and more! Check out our online store today


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    Wheatgrass/ Cat Grass Seeds

    Wheatgrass is one of those things that everyone wishes they had more of but no one wants to pay the price for it. Now, you can get all of that green nutrition without having to spend tons of money. Plus, you get the satisfaction of growing something that you’re going to use! If you aren’t a fan of wheatgrass, but you have a cat, growing cat grass (another name for wheat grass) is a great way to give your furry friend something to eat that will help its digestion while simultaneously stopping them from eating house plants that may be poisonous. We have several varieties of wheatgrass and cat grass in our store, along with growing trays that make it easy to sprout and maintain your grass.


    a bowl full of dried catnip

    Catnip Seeds

    Who doesn’t love watching their cat have a crazy good time on catnip? Instead of having to drive to a pet store and buy catnip from a store, now you can grow it at your house. When you order catnip seeds from Thunder Acres, remember to pick up some growing trays. Follow the simple instructions, here, then get ready to watch your cats frolic and play!


    oat seed growing into grass

    Oat Seeds

    Our oat seeds are an excellent option for cat/pet grass and they can be grown as a cover crop for gardens of any size. In addition to being a great option for taking care of your pets and your garden, oat seeds are easy to grow indoors using one of our growing trays. Best of all, our oat seeds are non-GMO and USDA-certified Organic!


    barley seeds

    Barley Seed

    At Thunder Acres, we take pride in growing and selling the highest quality seeds, including our barley seed. Barley is an amazing plant that works well as a cat grass, as a cover crop in your garden, or for grazing. If you want to keep your pets away from your other houseplants, they’ll love the taste of our USDA-certified Organic and non-GMO barley seed. This plant is another one that is easy to grow inside using our growing trays.


    If you want to provide your pet with some tasty greens and you don’t want to have to commit to a big outdoor garden, order some growing trays and seeds from Thunder Farms. We’re a family-owned farm in Kansas that is dedicated to providing our customers with excellent seeds and growing materials.

    A Cat's Perspective

    Hi, my name is Hank. I’m the best kind of animal there is, a cat. My orange fur is what makes me so likeable to my owners. The day I traveled to my new home at Thunder Acres was the best day. The farm is the best place to be no matter what the season. I love to play with the other cats but my best friend is Bandit the dog (Alaskan Malamute). You’ll always find me playing with Bandit when there’s nothing else to do. 

         

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Living the farm life is the best. I love having the “best of both worlds” as I like to say. I can play outside with people, Bandit, and my mice toys. I can also play in the work shed with my people. They always like when I come in. I like to think of myself as a comic relief. I lay on the floor as they package up boxes and bags. Oh, and boxes are so fun! I love to jump in them! I especially love modeling. The people will put me up on the table with the catgrass and I just sit there and they go crazy for me! The best part about it is being able to munch on the fresh catgrass. That stuff is amazing. I love eating and laying in it.


     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I also get to play outside. I get to lay in the wheat straw and watch the humans package up the straw. I also get to run and catch mice. But, when there’s no mice I go and find my mouse toy. I carry that everywhere. The thing I like most, besides sun naps, is the attention. There’s always people going in and out and they can’t walk by me without petting me. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you but the farm life is the best life out there.

    Hank

    Best Farm photos 2016

    This post is a photo dump of some of the best farm photos from 2016. Follow us on Instagram for all the photo taken throughout the year. 

    Unloading cotton into the module maker

    unloading cotton

    A beat up street sign at sunset

    street sign at sunset

    Another storm rolling in. 

    Tree with storm coming in

    Stormy clouds swirl over the farm

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    Stormy country road.

    stormy country road

     

    combines harvesting wheat. 

    wheat harvest

    Combine unloading into a semi truck during wheat harvest. 

    john deere combine dumping into truck

     

     Beautiful sunset reflecting off a farm pond. 

    Beautiful sunset reflection on a farm pond