Hey Joyful Ones,
Here’s the last in this series of videos with organic agriculture and organic certifications expert Ryan Merck.
Here’s a quick summary of what’s in the video PLUS some information that we covered off-camera.
- There are many kinds of bees and other wildlife (not just honeybees) that depend on native plants.
- As individuals and businesses, we can leave some land “as is,” letting weeds and wildflowers grow.
- When we plan landscaping, we can include native plants which do not need as much fertilizer or pest control.
- Gardeners can choose to use organic fertilizers such as manure and compost.
- Fertilizers like 10-10-10 and Miracle-Gro, as well as many pest and weed control chemicals, are highly soluble and penetrate into groundwater and bodies of water.
Getting informed through this visit with Ryan motivated me to take action! I want to make choices that are good for my health and good for our planet.
Here are some action steps you can take:
- Grow some organic food at home.
- Purchase local, organic food.
- Use organic body care and housecleaning products (which are washed down a drain and eventually return to the water cycle).
- Transition your landscaping to include more native plants, and transition away from chemical lawn treatments and weed control to an organic approach. Here’s 8 easy ways to improve your lawn with no chemicals.
- When shopping look for USDA Organic and Non-GMO product labels.
- Here’s a great article from GVLtoday.com with more info about what you can do to keep local streams and rivers healthy.