Modern Homesteading with a Mission
While we may never actually get a mango harvest in Vermont, in the past few decades our home in Central Vermont has warmed considerably, and all predictions tell us to expect a much warmer and wetter northeast in our lifetime. A warmer climate opens some doors, for example we can now grow peaches and ginger, but it also places vulnerable species in threat, namely pollinators and amphibians.
We went back to the land to live a simpler more meaningful life, and helping vulnerable but essential species weather the change helps provide meaning for our life’s work. Here on this blog you can follow along on our homestead journey, as we relearn basic skills from generations past, and steward our land so that future generations may know its bounty.
The best way to protect pollinators is to learn about them and their diverse needs so that your actions help preserve not only the honey bee, but all the varied and valued native pollinator species within your ecosystem.
- Learn to identify Native Pollinator Species
- Plant Nectar and Pollen Rich Plants that produce across the seasons
- Learn about the Impacts of Chemicals on pollinators
Amphibians are the first indicator species of an ecosystem out of balance. Inhabiting both land and water, they’re highly vulnerable to disturbance, climate change and chemical pollutants. Encouraging a robust amphibian community helps to ensure a viable ecosystem for other species, including both human and wildlife.
- Identify your Native Amphibian Species
- Understand the impacts of Chemicals on Amphibians in waterways
- Reduce environmental disturbance to create more Stable Ecosystems
Beyond actions that directly promote pollinators and ensure habitat for amphibians, many actions and values indirectly affect their viability.
- Working towards Self Sufficiency to shorten global supply chains helps to reduce ambient levels of polution
- promoting natural healing through Herbalism and Food Based Medicine reduces the concentration of synthetic hormones and chemicals that enter our waterways
- encouraging Mushrooms and Microrizal Activity promotes resilient stable ecosystems