The Hidden Life of Trees

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What do forests have to do with the success of your farm? Actually ….a great deal!

The forests on your farm play an important role in keeping your farm healthy and protecting life on your farm from disease. First of all, the forests are refuges for the carnivores, who are important in balancing their prey populations, (herbivores) who can have a serious affect on the landscape if their populations are not balanced.

These herbivores can also diminish the homes of important bird species that control insects on your farm.

So we encourage you to pick up this wonderful book pictured above. it will open a whole new world to you, and you will never look at your forest in the same way.

And speaking of important birds whose homes the predators keep available to them ~ the following is a delightful link that speaks about what your wintering birds – namely our chickadees and nuthatches – do to keep your trees healthy and insects in check. (Though they are referring to the trees in the West, it all holds true for our trees in the east)

The tiny friends of a forest giant

 

 

Essex Farm Institute & Carnivores

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WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR FARMERS AND THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND LEARN ABOUT AND SHARE EXPERIENCES REGARDING CARNIVORES
AND THEIR ROLES ON OUR FARMS.

COME JOINS US!

If you are not able to come, organize such a gathering where you live

The following is a short description of our gathering ~

Farms are not isolated parcels but are part of an entire community. Carnivores play an important role in the Earth’s ecosystems; systems that agriculture thrives in. This lyceum will be a panel discussion with  Geri Vistein, a Carnivore Conservation Biologist who will take us into the lives of the carnivores living in the North Country, describing their sociology, hunting habits and life cycles. Abby Sadauckas, whose family owns the Applecreek Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine, and is a member of the Farming with Carnivores Network, will share her farm’s understanding of the carnivores around them, and what they do to live together with them. Shaun and Linda Gilliland are local livestock farmers who use a combination of tools to protect against predators. They will discuss their experiences farming with carnivores over the years.

Your Farm is an Ecosystem

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HPIM0200How many of you have read the new book Half the Earth by renowned ecologist E.O. Wilson. He has written that we humans need to be thinking about saving half the Earth for all the other living beings with whom we share our planet.

What about your farm? You need not save half, but maybe think more of it being an ecosystem, and how healthy you want it to be. Here is a link from a farm in Florida who have decided on saving parts of their farm as “non-human zones.” They wanted to share it with you.

When you read their blog post, note a short comment when referring to predators ~ Note that they write “The draw back?” note the question mark. You can almost feel how they have moved through the presence of predators by themselves …as you read on. Here is the link: http://floridahomesteading.com/non-human-zones/