Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Solar Power Fencing

 Solar Power Fencing for NC Farms?

Whether you’re looking to replace or update current fencing or installing new fencing on your farm, you’ll have a range of products and materials available to you, depending on budget, property type and other specific needs. If your goal, however, is to keep livestock or horses safe and in place, solar farm fencing might be the best option for you.

How Solar-Powered Fencing Works

 Solar Power Fencing for NC FarmsThe use of solar fencing has grown over the years along with an increase in environmental sustainability, clean, low-carbon footprint energy, and eco-friendly farm living.

Solar-powered fencing functions much as traditional electric fencing works, and yet it’s unique in that energy absorbed from the sun via solar panels generates direct current, or DC, which powers the system’s battery. Output from this battery flows through an energizer, or charger, producing a certain voltage that is emitted in pulses of energy passing through the wires. Because the pulsating energy only lasts around 3 milliseconds at a time every 1 to 1.5 seconds, the chance of a person or an animal being injured should they come into contact with this type of fencing is extremely low. A voltage alarm system allows the owner to monitor power and sounds an alarm when power is cut, shorted, or grounded. Solar fencing is also frequently used at parks, zoos, schools, and hospitals and often in people’s homes.

Other Types of Fencing and the Pros and Cons of Each

In North Carolina, if you own livestock you are required to install permanent fencing. There are a variety of alternative fence types, of course, that may just as easily fulfill your needs, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

  • The most common, most time-proven material used for fencing is wood; low-tech and comparably low-cost, it is a very basic, effective means of keeping your animals penned in. Maintenance costs – painting, weatherproofing and repair – build up as years pass; however. It is still a widely used material for smaller areas like paddocks or handling facilities. Generally speaking, it is not ideal for perimeter fencing unless for decorative purposes or to simply mark a boundary.
  • Beautiful synthetic or PVC fencing is initially costly, both in terms of the product itself and installation, but it is hardier, lower-maintenance and more flexible than wood fencing and is guaranteed not to rot, rust, splinter or discolor over time. The drawback, of course, is the price tag; it is not often used on large pieces of land for this reason.
  • Barbed wire fencing, which is constructed with two intertwined strands of wire with sharp barbs that are attached to metal or wood posts, is strong and more effective at keeping animals in that other types of fencing. It also tends to carry a lower cost, which is more economical for fencing in large spaces. The major downside to using barbed wire is, naturally, the damage it might do to animals who get entangled in it, or to the humans who install and maintain it. In many states – though not in North Carolina – barbed wire fencing is illegal.
  • Woven or welded wire fencing, designed in a pattern of vertical and horizontal rows of wire woven together to create a sort of grid effect, is ideal for confining smaller animals or protecting garden areas or other more confined spaces. Chicken wire is a typical example of woven wire fencing.

Solar vs. Electric 

Either solar-powered or electric fencing is ideal if you’ve got large animals you’re trying to contain, or predators you’re trying to keep out. Durable and long-lasting, it consists of insulated wires running horizontally between vertical posts.

Besides a power outlet, electric fencing requires some sort of charger, or energizer, that sends energy through the wires; when an animal touches the wire, an extra impulse of energy is emitted which shocks the animal and tells that animal where the boundary is. Grounding rods, which are used to dissipate the charge from lighting or other sources of electricity into the earth, are also required, as is an insulator, which helps the system prevent a loss of voltage. It is difficult to move electric fencing from one location to another due to the power outlet requirement, but overall it is an excellent, economical and low-maintenance option.  

The benefits of using clean, reliable solar fencing over electric fencing is primarily the fact that NO electrical outlet will ever be needed; this type of off-the-grid farming is highly desirable for many farmers who either don’t have electric power sources, or don’t wish to be dependent on them. Other very valid reasons for considering solar-powered over electric fencing are these:

  • There is little to no risk of serious injury or even death in connection with accidents involving solar-powered fencing.
  • Solar fencing is easy to pick up and shift from one location to the other, for grazing or other purposes.
  • Beyond the initial cost to install, ongoing costs to maintain solar fencing are very low since power produced by the sun is absolutely free!
  • Solar fencing is easy to install and maintain.
  • Solar power isn’t vulnerable to power outages or other electrical issues.

Drawbacks of using solar power vs. electric include a dependency on good weather – you’ll need enough sunny hours each day to keep the system running at its most efficient levels – as well as the human energy required to keep solar panels clean and free from snow and other debris. This is especially important as the charger must be able to create energy even on days when there is relatively little sun or hours of daylight. Eco-Friendly, Low-Maintenance Solar Power Fencing

North Carolina Vendors and Suppliers

Carolina Solar Sources

2544 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd.

Durham, NC 27707

(919) 808-5285

Tractor Supply Co.

3004 South Horner Blvd.
Sanford, NC 27332

(919) 708-9057


409 US Hwy 70 East

Garner, NC 27529

(919) 772-0865

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Apex NC Horse Farm for Sale near Jordan Lake!

Exquisitely Designed Newly Constructed Carriage House and Picturesque Equestrian Property with 21 Acres! Amazing Transformation from Previous Ownership! Perfect Retreat Property with Private Setting w/ Access to Jordan Lake! Well Manicured Grounds with Private Garden and Pond. State of the Art Technology in Home including Solar, Tesla Charger, Security w/ Cameras and More! 6 Stall Barn, w/Tack and Hay Storage, Lit Dressage Arena, Trails and Fenced Pastures Ready for Horses. Property Joins US Corps Land.

Solar entry gate, whole house generator, and more. Plenty of room to build second home!

505 Clyde Farrell Road, Apex! Showings by appointment only. $1,595,000

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Little Mountain Creek Road Land

11 Acres in Little Mountain Creek Road

(UNDER CONTRACT) $62,500! MULTIPLE USE LAND TRACT PERFECT FOR RESIDENTIAL OR FARM USE! Beautiful Open Land Combined with Mature Hardwoods Offers Lots of Privacy and Makes this a Perfect Diverse Property! Road Frontage on Little Mountain Creek Road! Nice Estate Layout for Home and Horse Farm with Plenty of Open Space for Pasture. Gentle Rolling Hills and Lots of Woods for Riding Trails! Small Pond! Additional Acreage Available! Call for Details!

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Just Listed Land for Sale in Franklin County NC

7 Acres on Herman Wilkerson Road

(UNDER CONTRACT) $42,500! Nice Heavily Wooded Tract of Land with Road Frontage / Access on Herman Wilkerson Road! Perfect for Residential Home or Mini Farm! Additional Acreage Available! This 7+/- Acres is Ideal for Country Retreat / Home site. See Covenants and Tax Map. No Single Wide Trailers Allowed. Ask about Covenants.

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Just listed land for sale in Castalia NC

3.57 Acres on Herman Wilkerson Road in Castalia

(UNDER CONTRACT) $24,500! Nice Heavily Wooded Lot on Herman Wilkerson Road! Build Your Dream Home or Cabin with Privacy! Easy Access with Lots of Potential! Additional Acreage 11 and 7 Acres Parcels Available! Call Agents for Details! Ask about Restrictive Covenants. No Single Wide Homes Allowed.

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Log Homes in North Carolina

­Log Homes for Sale in NCLog Home Life! Find your Log Homes in North Carolina!


There’s no denying the charming, rustic beauty of a solidly built log home. The warm, simple style of log home living is about as basic to our ideas of back-to-nature comfort and timeless appeal as it gets.

Log Homes in America

In centuries past, of course, as explorers settled new areas, they used whatever resources they came across to construct the most basic of housing: timber, stone, mud, and other natural materials. Often as families moved from one spot to another, further and further into unsettled lands, they disassembled their homes and took the pieces along, re-constructing their houses wherever they re-settled; but often these structures were left behind for other pioneers to use as they migrated West. Unbelievably – though rare – some American log homes from as long ago as the mid-1600s are still in existence.

Building Techniques Specific to Log Home Craftsmanship

Chinking” is the material that log homes use between logs (much as mortar is used on brick homes) to seal the walls and make them solid. Although chinking originally may have been created using straw, cloth, mud or whatever other resources were on hand, today’s chinking is adhesive and elastic, keeping out moisture and forming an impermeable, insulating bond.

The “notch” technique of joining logs together in the joints, or corners, of a log building involves cutting the logs where they meet so that they solidly interlock and remain in place. Depending on the tools used, the expertise of the builder, and the desired aesthetic of the cabin, a notching pattern is selected that not only holds the walls of the cabin together but creates a weathertight effect.

Finally, the choice of using hand-cut or milled logs depends entirely on the skill level, budget and preference of the individual(s) who are building the log structure. Purchasing logs from a sawmill may raise the cost of a job substantially, yet the benefits of using milled logs that are uniform in size, shape and quality along with a shortened construction time and the assurance of a precision-cut, dependable product make this option a no-brainer for some people. 90% of the log homes built in America, in fact, are constructed of milled logs.

As far as hand-cut logs go, there’s no denying a certain satisfaction that may come from harvesting the timber on your own, from your own land, for your very own log home, but it’s also important to take into consideration the daunting task of finding the right size and healthiest trees and cutting those trees into logs that can actually be used. The advanced wood cutting skills and specialized equipment involved in this time-consuming, labor-intensive process often prevent builders from going this route.

Pre-Fab or Custom Built?

A pre-fabricated log home is built in one location, then shipped to another, in pieces, for assembly. Pre-fab kits come in every shape, size, design and price range, but the main benefit is that the buyer knows that the product they’re purchasing is complete and ready to go. Modular homes are perfect for those who may be uneasy about the idea of building a log home from scratch, or for builders who are budget-conscious or have time constraints. The process of purchasing a pre-fab home is simple, straightforward and usually the fastest way to go from project start to finish, and for the most part they come with plumbing, heating, insulation packages and many of the same quality building products you’d find in a traditionally built log home.

Log Homes for Sale in North CarolinaA custom-built log cabin is one that is built by a contractor on someone’s own property, exactly as any other custom-built home is. The average cost of a custom log home is quite a bit higher than that of a pre-fabricated one because everything is built from scratch, according to a customized plan, and with materials that are often quite a bit higher in cost than those included in a modular home kit. However, the extras that some of today’s custom-built log homes include – hot tubs, luxurious kitchens, full baths, wrap-around decks and more – are often well worth the additional cost.  

A hunting cabin is a smaller, more bare-bones structure than a typical cabin, made of logs or otherwise, in an area of abundant wildlife. Typically outfitted with a number of sleeping, storage and outdoor social areas (porch, firepit) as well as cozy indoor fireplace and/or wood-burning stove, hunting cabins are ideal for those who wish to experience as much of nature as possible, year-round. Although furnishings are usually sparse and modern comforts are few, all basic needs – shelter, a place to sleep, running water and some source of power for cooking and heat – are covered.

Historic Hart Square

One of North Carolina’s most fascinating resources is Hart Square Village, the largest collection of historic log cabins in the country. The complex features log structures and antiques collected by Dr. Bob and Becky Hart over a five-decade period, each cabin lovingly restored and displayed at the Harts’ Vale, NC wildlife preserve. Every cabin, furnished with 18th century Appalachian antiques, represents its own time and geographical location, and features authentic period furnishings and artifacts including rope beds and pewter utensils. Two major annual events – the October Annual Festival and Christmas in the Village – are held each year, the proceeds of which go toward educational resources and preservation of the historic property.

5055 Hope Road, Vale, NC 28168 (828) 528-5029 /

Piedmont-Area Log Home Builders / Contractors

Southland Log Homes

5692 Millstream Rd.

Whitsett, NC 27377

(800) 641-4754


Log Home Builders NC

3065 Crockers Nub Rd.

Kenly, NC 27542

(919) 202-4428


Bear Creek Log & Timber Homes

371 Valley Road

Mocksville, NC 27028

(336) 751-6180


Bear’s Den Log Homes

Newton, NC

(828) 465-3139


Log Cabin Homes

7677 N. Halifax Rd.

Battleboro, NC 27809

(252) 454-1599

**Upcoming Events –

            Construction Workshops & Seminars with Model Tour / Greensboro/Winston-Salem

            Log Cabin Homes Model Center, 145 Spring Forest Drive, Mebane, NC 27302

            February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, 2021 / 10am – 3pm

            Call (919) 563-5656 for more information


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Legacy Equestrian Farm for Sale in Durham


RECENT PRICE REDUCTION to $1,395,000! Welcome to the Lyondale Farm in Durham North Carolina!

2810 Old Oxford Hwy DurhamThe Lyondale Farm, a well-known landmark in Durham was formed in 1943 and originally consisted of 650 acres and was part of the Cameron Plantation, which was a land grant from the King of England.  The plantation stretched from what is now Hillsborough to Raleigh with the original plantation home place located 3 miles to the north.

Previous owners and founders Sara and John Lyon, Sr. built a home on the farm in 1945 and began raising registered Hereford cattle for beef and breeding.

The current owner John, Jr. Lyon has many cherished memories from growing up on the farm. “The Hole”, a local swimming place at the Eno River where all the kids congregated and went swimming and fishing during the summer. “Living off the land”, raising vegetables, pigs, cows, and chickens, and horseback riding till sunset are some of his favorites. 

The cattle operation blossomed until the late 60’s until the Falls Lake project began. Due to the expansive land acquisition in the area, it reduced the farm to 44 acres.

With the reduction of land, the cattle operation ceased and was replaced with horse boarding which continued until John,Sr.’s death in 1978.  Sara and the farm manager Durham NC Horse Farm for Sale managed the business until Sara’s death in 2005. At that time John, Jr. returned to his homeplace and has managed the farm since along with his wife, Connie.

There are two homes that remain on the property and the one that fronts Old Oxford Highway is better known as the “Eno Cottage” and was built to house the farm manager and later the family. This home was a popular Air B&B and now a monthly rental. The main home by the ponds was moved to its present location after the land acquisition in the 60’s. Click here to see photos of the Eno Cottage.

Durham Equestrian Farm for Sale NCThe land is exceptional and offers diverse rolling topography with Miles of Trails, Fenced Pastures, and Scenic Views througout. This is an income producing farm and currently boards 10 +/- horses with 10 stalls and rental income from rental house.

There are multiple outbuildings and shelters with a full working garage-shop with bathroom and studio space! The studio has a full bath with HVAC.

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail close by and the property borders the Army Corps Land and Game Lands. Beautiful!! Call us for details and a showing. $1,395,000

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62 Acres on Lower Moncure Road in Lee County NC

(UNDER CONTRACT) 62 Acres on Lower Moncure Road in Lee County NC! $310,000  This 62 acre parcel has over 1750 ft of paved road frontage on Lower Moncure Road and is minutes from US 1. Its layout is ideal for single lot development. The tract is primarily a pine plantation with 20 plus year timber that was thinned in 2008. Good investment opportunity. The price per acre is $5000.  Contact Frank Gombatz 919-785-4249 or Gardner Reynolds 919-749-3177 for maps or other information.

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Local North Carolina Oysters!

Oyster Time! Local North Carolina Oysters!

Local North Carolina Oysters

Welcome to the peak of oyster season in North Carolina, where the rich waters of the Outer Banks and northern coastline produce some of the most flavorful oysters in the world. Between October and March, when oysters are at their best in terms of flavor and texture, nothing can compare to the delicious experience of finding, harvesting and enjoying your own delicious oyster catch with family and friends on a chilly winter day.

North Carolina’s Ideal Oyster Habitat

Our state is the only one with two different types of oyster reefs along its coastline: intertidal reefs, found in salt marshes and estuary shorelines, and the deep water, subtidal reefs of Pamlico Sound. The majority of oysters in North Carolina from Cape Fear northward are found in subtidal waters, where water covers them consistently throughout low and high tides, but south of Cape Fear, most are intertidal, meaning they are found exposed between low and high tides.  

Oysters’ Economic and Ecological Benefits: The Three F’s

Not only are oysters delicious, but the environmental and economic benefits that they provide are numerous. These benefits are often broken down into three categories – popularly known as “The Three F’s.”  

  • Filter. As oysters pull water in through their gills in order to breathe and feed, they trap particles – nutrients and other solids – and either ingest them or release them back in the water as food for other reef organisms. Just one oyster can filter as much as 2 gallons of water per hour, dramatically improving water quality and clarity in that area of the reef.
  • Fish Habitat. Oysters are what are known as a keystone species, or a species which plays a critical role in the overall life of an ecosystem. Many fish species rely on the mussels, anemones, crabs and shrimp, for instance, that settle on or around oyster reefs for food. If the oyster reef suffers, or shrinks, then those other fish species will also be affected.
  • Food. Oyster reefs, of course, provide a food source for humans as well. Not only do we harvest this delicious culinary delicacy – the oyster – from North Carolina reefs, but these fertile grounds also support soft crabs, clams, and certain types of fish.

Oyster reefs benefit the shoreline in other important ways as well. Not only do they create a natural breakwater system that prevents erosion during storms and strong tidal movements, but the economic benefits to an area of healthy oyster reefs can be substantial; fish and shellfish are all commercially valuable food products, and the harvesting of these species brings in millions to an economy the size of North Carolina.

Easy to Find, Easy to Harvest

North Carolina Oyster SteamerOyster harvesting is easy and fun, although planning for your oyster hunt should take into consideration the time of year (traditionally the best time of year to harvest is during the cooler winter months), weather (it’s best to wait at least three days after the most recent heavy rain, since soil runoff can sometimes hold pollutants and bacteria), and tidal schedules (the best time being during low tide, of course).  

As for the actual harvesting, some people rake what is called an oyster dredge across the reef to gather the oysters, but other individuals simply use a hammer or similar sort of heavy tool to knock oysters off by hand. Keep your oysters cool (stored at a temperature of 45 degrees or below), moist – either under a clean wet towel or on ice – and in the shade until ready to consume. 

Depending on the location, there are collection limits, but oysters collected must also be at least 3” long here in North Carolina so that a reef doesn’t become depleted too quickly through over-harvesting. Recreational harvesters do not need a shellfishing license and may collect oysters 24/7, but oysters must be taken for personal consumption and may not be sold. Commercial fishermen, on the other hand, are required to obtain a license to harvest oysters during the October-March oyster season and are ONLY allowed to harvest from sunup to sundown, Monday-Friday.

Several Delicious Ways to Enjoy Your Catch

The most classic way of consuming an oyster, of course, is raw on the half-shell, with or without a bit of lemon or lime, pepper, or mignonette sauce (often just shallots, vinegar and pepper), but there is an enormous variety of other tasty ways in which to prepare and consumer your oysters, too….

  • To enjoy fried oysters, heat the oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven, dredge the shucked oysters in flour, an egg mixture and either crushed potato chips or breadcrumbs, and cook them until they turn a deep, crunchy, golden brown. Fried oysters are often served with some sort of remoulade, tartar, or hot sauce.
  • Grilled, fresh oysters, typically shucked and cooked on a grill that’s been heated to a temperature of 450F or higher, are another favorite cooking method. Once a bit of butter, garlic butter or other savory mixture of wine, herbs, cheese, barbecue sauce or even pesto is added to the oysters, they transform into a level of irresistible deliciousness that is hard to resist.
  • Roasting oysters is, of course, is another traditional cooking method that might simply involve baking them in the oven at high heat for ten minutes, or building your own roasting pit – a sheet of metal on top of a smoldering fire, covered with a wet burlap sack or towel – and enjoying them steamed in their own juices.

North Carolina Soup PotAs you can imagine, there is a wide variety of specialty products available for preparing and enjoying your oysters. Carolina Cooker – – offers a full range of cooking supplies – grills, stew pots, fryers, burners, and burlap bags – as well as a popular line of sauces, seasonings, and boils. Agri Supply’s “Carolina Cooker Steamer Kit” – – is a great, high quality piece of equipment if you intend to steam or fry large quantities of oysters at a time. Carolina Shuckers’ ( handmade oyster knives are not just useful tools but items of great beauty, too.  


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Wendell Farm and 39.5 Acres for Sale

1780 Eagle Rock Road in Wendell! Beautiful Farm perfect for Family Compound or Small Development!

(UNDER CONTRACT) Don’t miss this opportunity in growing Wendell North Carolina! Perfect location close to town and shopping! This beautiful tract of land has mild rolling open pastures mixed with pockets of timber. Recent tenants juts moved out of mobile home and fields are still being farmed. Multiple home sites! No soils work has been performed. Future access will be from Patina Lane. Access from Eagle Rock Road but No deeded Access from Eagle Rock.  Call for details on access and maps! $790,000

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