"We encourage as many screech owls as possible because they help us control the colony of voles that call our vegetable garden home. You can encourage them, too, by building a screech owl nesting box like the ones we use."
"Despite their share of failures and headaches, not to mention the total exhaustion that comes from farming year round, Satterwhite and Grimstad are ready for what the future may bring, and their local community is lucky to have them."
"Making some of the equipment yourself can save money, and while in just about any other circumstance I’d be right there with you, let me stress how important it is not to take on this task as a brand new beekeeper."
"If we can understand that these animals are serving a great purpose in the ecosystem, cleaning up the remains that we’d rather not deal with, and then watch them gracefully glide, we may then realize that they have a complex life of their own to contend with."
"Perhaps one of the biggest downside in the local food movement is that not everyone gets to enjoy it. Cost can be prohibitive, and access to a good farmers market can put good, fresh food out of reach for many lower-income families."
"In all of this caution, what many of us don’t think about is the beneficial organisms that may be dwelling in the dirt—several of which are a beneficial or even vital part of a healthy human microbiome."