Farms Signs

Custom Farm Sign or Ranch Sign

Farm signs are popular.  Recently, a nice influx of farm signs have come through our shop.  We enjoy doing these signs as it gives us the opportunity to add chickens, horses, cows and tractors to our work.  Such things rarely appear on the other signs that we do.

 

A Little Farm History

I imagine from the beginning of time people have been farmers and ranchers.  Shaking my own family tree a bunch of farmers fall out, with some are still hanging onto this profession.  In early America, most small farmers planted and grew crops for their own survival.  I am told that 90% of the population at that time relied on agriculture for their livelihood.  As America grew so did farming.  Throughout the early days in America, farmers saw good times and not so good times.  When FDR appeared on the scene he thought that true prosperity in the country was directly related to farmers being prosperous.  When he enacted the New Deal, many new programs came into being which helped the American Farmer.

Wellington Farm Sign letters mounted on a stone wall

Ranchers on the Horizon

Early in the 19th century long horn cattle ranches started cropping up in Mexico, the area now known as the state of Texas.  In 1836 when Texas became independent many farmers took to ranching inheriting cattle left behind by the Mexicans.  In the early days there was not much profit or demand for beef.  This did not change until after the Civil War when a northern states created a market for beef.  This change along with the invention of barbed wire fence and windmill water pumping stations caused the industry to grow.

What Do American Farms Look Like Today

The Farm Bureau tells us that 99 percent of the 2.1 million farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships and family corporations.  The average farm or ranch size is 434 acres.  An acre is 43,560 square feet and may be comprised of many shapes.  Most people think a farmer’s or ranchers work is seasonal.  This is a misconception.  There is always something to do on a farm or ranch.  Currently, the United States farmer export more food than we import making a positive trade balance.  Current cattle inventory in the U.S. is approximately 93.5 million head.   According to Cattle Fax Data U.S. beef production in 2016 was 25.2 billion pounds.

 

Who are the Farmers

I often wonder who makes up our farm community in the United States.  Living in rural Alabama where cotton, soy beans, wheat, peanuts and canola are grown I know of a few the families that run farms.  In my opinion, they are just like me, hardworking, every day people.  This point is further cemented in my mind when I read of other farm families throughout the US.  In fact check out this link: http://www.americasfarmers.com/ . I see that men, women, Mom’s, Dad’s and kids make up our farm work force.  Reading stories on the “America’s Farmer’s” website I see the generational legacy of many.  What I read again and again is they love what they do.  Families members working side by side.   One thing that really stuck out in my mind was something the Boyd family said.  “Farming isn’t what they do, it’s what they are.”

 

Facing the Challenges of Today

From my observation only, I think one of the many challenges that farmers face today is the inconsistent weather.  I know that here in North Alabama the drought of last summer left to corn fields decimated with little or no crop to harvest.  Some of the biggest news stories I observe are about strange weather occurrences. Either fields are starved for water or flooded from too much water.

Food Demands Continue to Grow

The world population and demand for food continues to increase.  To meet the demand, current farms and ranches must expand.  But is there available land at affordable prices to expand to?  I am told this is a big challenge for today’s farmer.  Ranchers face the same challenge as range and pasture land sells at a premium price making expansion a challenge.

 

A Strong Breed

Regardless of all the challenges and hard work required today in the agricultural world, farmers and ranchers continue to hold on. Their determination affords us with an abundance of many great food products.  In 1862 when Abraham Lincoln created the U.S. Department of Agriculture 90 out 100 American were farmers.  Today that number has shrunk to 2 out of 100.  What this tells me is you have to be determined to remain a farmer or a rancher.

We feel privileged to provide a service of making custom farm and ranch signs for this business group.  Full Circle Farm Sign witch a Cow and Calf mounted to a stone entryway

 Rutherford Farm Sign

One day we had a local customer stop in from one county over from Florence.  He gave us the challenge to come up with a two foot by ten-foot entry sign for his farm.  I believe it was the largest sign we had done to date.  This sign also gave us the opportunity to be creative during the design process.  Since that time, we have continued in this creative vein leveraging off the Rutherford Farm design.

 

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One very unique farm sign we did was for Sorella Farms located in Virginia.   Sorella Farms is a wedding venue based around an 1800’s built Shaker Barn.  Not a farm in the true sense anymore but none the less a farm.  In this instance, we created several layered signs featuring several colors.  The idea was to match the logo they used for their business.

Sorella Farms multi color sign mounted onto the outside wall of a barn

 

Why A Sign for Your Ranch or Farm

I moved to the country after growing up in a small city where there were rows of houses on nicely named streets like Pleasant Street, School Street and Cottage Ave.  Living in rural Alabama there are roads, not streets.  At first when I moved here I could never find my way around.  What I noticed there were names on all the chicken farms.  It was a great way to find my way around.  Since then I have notice that many farms have signs out as well.

We Can “Get-Er” Done for Your Farm or Ranch

We like to think that there are few challenges we cannot meet when it come to a farm or ranch sign.  Although our powder coating oven can only take sign that are 10 feet long we have been able to create signs that can be bolted together.  So, if you have an idea for your farm or ranch, let us take a shot at making the ideal sign for you.  You can reach us Monday thru Friday 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM CST at 256-246-0001 or drop us an email at info@alabamametalart.com.  Contact us today!

 

 

 

HASRA – Heart of Alabama. Save. Rescue. Adopt.

 

Heart of Alabama. Save. Rescue. Adopt.

If you are familiar with the Florence/Killen, area of North Alabama, you may be familiar with HASRA. Likewise, you know the good work they do.  If not, let me take a minute to tell you about this grand organization.  You may not see the facility when looking for it as it sits off highway 72 (Lee Highway) hidden behind Arx Mortis.  However, it is ideally located with lots of outside area for the animals they rescue.

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HASRA located in Killen, Alabama of highway 72

A Non-Profit Organization – HASRA

In brief, HASRA is a 501c(3) corporation established in 2009 by Debbie Rappuhn. HASRA stands for Heart of Alabama. Save. Rescue. Adopt.  Animals are rescued from high kill shelters by HASRA together with aiding communities with strays.  Their first action with a stray is to find its owner if there is one. Unfortunately, many strays are abandoned pets.

Educate the Public

Therefore, public awareness is needed to bring attention to the fact that animal shelters are often overwhelmed.  For example:

  • Pet overpopulation in the United States is a serious problem
  • Unwanted pets are often abandoned
  • Pets are often not spayed or neutered and produce more unwanted offspring’s

Helping Animal Shelters

Therefore, HSRA is committed to supporting the animal shelters in North Alabama. They are a No-Kill organization dedicated to the protection of animals that have been abandoned, neglected, abused, relinquished or found homeless.   Since its inception, HASRA has saved and found homes for 4000 animals. This type of organization relies both on volunteers and the generosity of donors. Can You Help?

Lastly, you should visit HASRA. There you will find a happy facility where rescued animals are cared for in a special way.  The animals have areas to run free and take off lease walks.  Volunteers take time to play and interact with animals. It is a fun place.  You will find happy animals.

Above all check out their website for further information. HASRA is a wonderful organization.  Maybe you have a love for animals and are looking to volunteer.  Do you have spare time for a worthy cause? Here is a link for you.  http://www.heartofalabamasra.com/index.html . Learn more about them today!

Alabama Metal Art

The proof is in the words…

alabama-metal-artAlabama Metal Art creates unique and one-of-a kind pieces of decorative metal art, created one at a time and designed, crafted, painted, and packaged in the United States. Our products are durable, made of top quality metal, and powder coated for use indoors and out. Our originality and creative designs are what make us different from everyone else. If you truly want a personalized piece of art you have come to the right place!

Our customers are our best advocates as to the quality and experience of working with Alabama Metal Art:

Lynne Bevis, owner of Sincerely Yours in Florence, Alabama, had Alabama Metal Art create a sign to display for her business at arts and crafts shows. This is what she had to say about working with Alabama Metal Art:  “When I purchased my custom sign from Alabama Metal Art  they were very prompt and professional. My custom designed sign was made in less than a week. The owner, Chris Roberson, even made a visit to see my sign displayed and to make sure that I was satisfied. Excellent craftsmanship!”

Shearell in Florida commented:”Thanks, this looks great and we love it! We have been very pleased with your work, service, and Chris has been great to work with each time! Alabama Metal Art employees are always pleasant when I call and very professional!! Again thanks to Robert and Chris for keeping me posted on the order. We will proudly display this as we travel in our motor home.”  The sign (from a previous order) at our driveway gets a lot of compliments! We highly recommend anyone who needs a custom sign to check out Alabama Metal Art”

Tracie in Oregon says “Wow fantastic work…the sign is so perfect., really beautiful and we both just love it…very creative!”

These quotes are proof that when you choose Alabama Metal Art to create your personal creation, you are selecting a company that is proven and that is diligently working to satisfy each customer!

Custom Signs for Home, Office, or Store Fronts

Custom Signs

For businesses the ability to easily be identified by their customers is so important.  A custom sign is one way to solve this problem.  Well established, or just starting out, most successful businesses know the importance of good signage.

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Custom Business Sign for Piano Studio

Custom signs not only help customers find the business or store they are looking for but they also serve to reinforce brand awareness.  Special fonts and logos can be used so that the visual branding of the business is consistent.  Take the “Par Lounge” sign shown below.  The image of the golfer and the specialized font both match this business’ already established logo.

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Par Lounge custom business sign

In addition custom signs can be used to enhance the inside of a business showroom or office.  The “Martin Foot Specialists” and “Britta’s Tea Room” signs are two examples of this.   These two signs both used established “Name Art” designs offered by Alabama Metal Art and were personalized with business names rather than a family name.  These Name Art pieces work well in areas (inside or out) where larger signs are not appropriate.

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Name Art designs personalized with business names.

Special Signs

Businesses and organizations often have needs for special signs other than for name, location, and brand awareness.  Take this “Secret Garden” sign for example.  This organization had a playground constructed where all the playground equipment and supplies were donated by local businesses and residents. This custom sign was developed as a means to recognize all those that so generously donated their time and money.

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Custom donor sign

Custom signs are not confined to the business world. “The Farm” sign shown below was shipped to Canada where it will be displayed on a family farm. “The Secret Garden” sign above and “The Farm” sign below share a similar feature.  On each sign the lettering and the floral detail (Secret Garden) are attached in a way so that they appear to “float” over the back plate. This method of construction allows for the lettering and back plate to receive separate contrasting decorative finishes so that the writing is more easily seen. In addition this method creates a 3-dimensional look that gives the sign some “depth” and character.

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Custom sign for family farm in Canada.

Whether it’s at home on a family farm, on an office wall, or identifying a store front custom signs come in many forms and serve a variety of purposes.  If you are in need of a custom sign for any reason contact Alabama Metal Art to see what we can create for you!

Alabama Metal Art Sign staged against an ice background

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