We might think that wildlife and environmental issues are big and complex, something we have little influence on, but the reality is that small things matter and there is a great deal we can do on our properties to help wildlife and the environment. I have devoted my life to this interest, contact me - lets talk.
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Eco-friendly Building Maintenance
While it may not be possible to live in a bubble, there is much we can do to limit our negative impact on the natural world. In fact with awareness, our homes, buildings and properties can help mitigate negative environmental affects and attract an abundance of wildlife, help clean water and air, and amend damaged soils and landscapes.
What we buy for our homes (and where we buy it) is as important as its design, form, and function. We often have the option of using building materials that are locally grown and/or manufactured. We can choose re-used or re-cycled materials or those left over from a project. All too often new building materials are hauled to the landfill because they are left over from a job.
Cleaning products, coatings such as paints and stains, waxes and such also can be chosen with the environment in mind.
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Sustainable Veganic Gardening
I have developed a gardening system that is no-till, organic, veganic, uses only mulch, is sustainable, and can be closed looped.
It is no-till because this type of garden never needs tilling. By layering mulch on top of the garden, we are not only farming plants, we are farming microbes. microbes love rotting hay and go to work converting it into small usable nutrient rich components for plants. The worms and microbes do the tilling for us - slowly and gently. Machine tilling would kill many of these microbes.
This method is organic because it needs no chemicals to keep it looking and working great. The garden gets everything it needs from the mulch, though I'm not opposed to using bio char, green sand, compost, and other veganic amendments.
It is "veganic" because we need no animal inputs. We apply no manure, bone meal, blood meal, etc. It's also veganic because it requires no animal slavery for tilling, and no confined animals to generate manure.
It is sustainable because we use plants to grow plants. It requires less watering, less weeding, does not erode, and feeds the soil as natural as the forest or prairie fed the soil for a millennium .
When done in a particular way, this method of gardening is considered closed looped - importing nothing into the system. Above all, this method WORKS! It will produce amazing gardens in just about ANY kind of soil.
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Wildlife Habitat Enhancement
Because so much of our arable land is either covered in concrete and asphalt, planted in soy, corn or alfalfa, or grazed by cattle, our remaining lands are ever so precious. Many wildlife species are desperate for places to live. Even our forested lands are in a fast harvest rotation resulting in a type of even aged mono-culture and leaving very few old and dead trees or course woody debris laying on the ground. Our lakes and rivers are ringed with development so there are fewer fallen trees in the water and fewer wildlife "bridges" to sustain a healthy aquatic food chain. For all these reasons and more, our wildlife, wild plants, and other living treasures desperately need our help. Our properties can be biologically rich islands - safe zones for remaining wildlife.
Offering food, shelter, water, and space greatly increases the chance of attracting wildlife. Done intelligently, we can attract the wildlife we want and hopefully discourage those we don't want.
Though attracting wildlife enhances photography and viewing opportunities, it is also good for other wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole. For instance when we plant flowers that offer good pollen, those pollinators may spill over onto our vegetable garden and help pollinate there as well. A more diverse property will always attract more wildlife. which will attract even more wildlife.
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