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Welcome to our sharing page, where we bring together contributions from our online community. Would you like to ask a question or share an experience (perhaps a photo or video) with everyone? Please contact us at mail@farmingwithcarnivoresnetwork.com.

Creatures of Empire

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Historians write that it is important to know the PAST so that we can come to understand the PRESENT, and by doing so create a more enlightened FUTURE.

So I wish to share with you this excellent book, Creatures of Empire, by author Virginia De John Anderson.  It is a book that anyone who cares for livestock on their farm should read.

How did the colonists from Britain and elsewhere in Western Europe view their animals? How did our Native Peoples view wild animals, (as they did not make use of domestic livestock)?

And how did the Europeans view the Land and how it would be used by their livestock?  And what about the wild animals, especially the carnivores…how did they view them?

This ideology that became entrenched in the East moved westward over time. Can we learn anything from these relationships that changed our continent, our wildlife and ourselves?

Farming of the Future & You are Invited

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This is how a COLLABORATIVE EFFORT can be a great support to our farmers seeking to farm in peace with the carnivores with whom they share their land. We are so excited to be presenting this presentation together. We encourage you to do the same.

Your Farm is an Ecosystem

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SHARING AN EXCITING COLLABORATIVE EVENT

 

Sponsored by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance. 

 

Whole Farm Biodiversity: Co-existing with Carnivores ~

An ecosystem is defined as “a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment,” yet the term is rarely used to describe a farm! A farm is indeed an ecosystem and one of the key elements in any healthy ecological system is a healthy predator-prey balance. However, carnivores are often viewed as a problem for livestock farmers and their role in herbivore control may be underappreciated by veggie growers.  

 

On Saturday, September 29 from 1-4pm at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville, join farmers, foresters and wildlife professionals to gain critical insights into how your farm functions as an ecosystem and how you can actively promote biodiversity to keep that ecosystem healthy and productive.

Presenters Andy Schultz and Morten Moesswilde, Maine Forest Service; Deborah Perkins, wildlife ecologist; Geri Vistein, carnivore biologist; and Pumpkin Vine farmers Kelly and Anil Roopchand will each explore this subject from their own professional background and experience. Following the presentations, Kelly and Anil will lead a tour to demonstrate how they are putting these principles into practice.

This free program is the seventh in the 2018 Farmer & Gardener Workshop Series presented by Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Midcoast Farmers Alliance. Pumpkin Vine Family Farm is located at 217 Hewett Rd in Somerville, ME. From Rt 17, turn north on Hewitt Rd (Jones Corner). The farm is at the end of Hewitt Rd (about one mile).

For more information or to register: www.knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer, hildy@knox-lincoln.org or 596-2040.

 

Excellent Great Pyrenees Puppies Available

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING, CARING, AND ETHICAL BREEDER OF GREAT PYRENEES

IT IS PETER SANNICANDRO IN MILLBURY MASSACHUSETTS

Shown here are two of his beautiful 7 month old girls, whose blood line is 75% European and 25% American.  The raising of these special dogs is a complete labor of love for him & his commitment to supporting our farmers who wish to coexist with the carnivores on their land. He gives them a very happy and socialized life that also includes living with goats and chickens. Right now he has three of these girls available.  Oh the lucky farmer who gets to have one of them as a farming partner. You can contact Peter via email at : guardthehive@gmail.com  or phone him at (508) 740-8643.

*** You can read more about Peter in our Meet the Farmers section of our website here.

Vanishing Insects & Ecosystem of your Farm

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YOUR FARM IS AN ECOSYSTEM ~ ITS NEEDS TO HAVE ALL THE PLAYERS PRESENT

Insects play a vital role on our planet ~ they are the essential pollinators, and without them there would be no plant life on our planet. They are also the essential prey….. the food for birds that require them to feed protein to their growing young. Without them there is nest failure….

BUT INSECT NUMBERS ARE DECLINING SIGNIFICANTLY WORLD WIDE.

And why ……. by the widespread use of poisons and habitat loss for them.

This is why it is so important for you to see your farm as an ECOSYSTEM. When you treat it as such, poisons are out of the question, and your land becomes a diverse habitat that supports all the members of that system.

See the link below that details this significant situation: https://e360.yale.edu/features/insect_numbers_declining_why_it_matters

Raccoons: Break in Artists

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CARNIVORES ARE VERY INTELLIGENT…..THEIR KIND OF INTELLIGENCE

IF THEY ARE NOT, THEY WOULD NOT SURVIVE

YES ~ large carnivores live on our farms, the medium size ones do too. Like the Raccoon! They know how to survive, and it is valuable for the farmer to get to know them. When you get to know them, you then are able to institute animal husbandry practices that work. Sharing here a great link about this native carnivore~  https://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/raccoons-hands

Carnivores control Lyme Disease

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LYME DISEASE IS AN EPIDEMIC IN THE UNTIED STATES

And our farmers and their farm animals are increasingly being exposed to it. ENTER CARNIVORES!  Carnivores like Coyotes especially,  and foxes offer you the service of rodent patrol. And rodents (white footed mice) are the carriers of the Lyme disease bacterium and other life threatening bacterium.  Below is a link regarding the serious need to treat your farm as an ecosystem that needs all it parts.

ALSO… THE OPOSSUM! You may not think they are cute, but they do serious work in tick control. They groom themselves fastidiously, like cats. If they find a tick, they lick it off and swallow it. In one season, a opossum can kill 5,000 ticks. They literally vacuum the landscape as they move along.

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/humans_have_paved_way_for_global_lyme_disease_epidemic/

Raising a Guardian Dog Puppy

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GUARDIAN DOGS ARE LIKE A NEW PHD PROFESSOR AT A UNIVERSITY

They come to you with all the genetic know how that has been passed down for many generations in their breed. BUT….. like a new professor at a university, they have to learn everything about this new place where they will be working: the rules, getting to know the ones they will nurture, safety, relationships with their fellow humans and others, and the limits of their environment.

SO IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO RAISE A NEW PUPPY WELL.