Hummingbirds Bring Joy and Health
by Michael and Kathi Rock We, along with thousands of other people across the United States and Canada, have hummingbird fever, and it’s incurable! Many scientific studies have shown that a connection with nature and animals, wild or domestic, has so many physical and mental health benefits. An easy and almost cost-free way to bring those health-enhancing benefits into your life is to begin attracting hummingbirds to your own backyard. These “glittering fragments of the rainbow” are exotic and magical birds, but they are also birds that will visit your Wisconsin garden as readily as a robin if you can provide ...
Insects Are Your Allies
by Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff When people think of insects, they often think of them as pests. Little do they realize that many insects are our garden allies and provide numerous beneficial services free of charge. To the insect enthusiast, insects are priceless jewels, but according to recent research, the ecological services provided by native insects are estimated to be worth as much as $57 billion/year. Insect ecological services include pollination, pest control (predation and parasitism), and dung burial (decomposition). Insects are also food for other animals, thus contributing to the recreational value of activities such as fishing and birdwatching. Unfortunately, the ...
Gardeners Beware: The Dangers of Pesticides
by Dr Michael Court, Naturopath and Health Educator There is nothing that pleases those with green thumbs more than the arrival of spring. Life is sprouting on the budding trees, flowers, and garden plants. You can almost begin to taste those first vegetables out of the garden. Gardeners beware; those pesticides that seem so harmless and useful may be negatively affecting the soil, your health, and the health of your loved ones. Pesticides are mainly used by gardeners to kill insects that threaten our trees and garden plants. The pesticide is usually applied through spraying or shaking. So what is the problem? ...
The Farm Days Are Coming
by Amanda Soine As we transition from what seems like a drawn-out Wisconsin winter, it is time to think about what the spring and summer months have to offer. Besides plenty of sunshine and warmer weather, there are many great festivals and days ahead of us. While July seems like it is a ways away, it is only three calendar months away! So it is time to start planning for the 2013 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. July 9 through the 11 marks this three-day event this year. This agricultural event has been going on for the last fifty-eight years and is the ...
Eco Dream Home
by Amber Erickson Gabbey When Douglas and Suzanne Owens-Pike decided to build their dream home in Wheeler, Wisconsin, they had a vision of a modern, comfortable home featuring the best technology in green design. Like many people, the Owens-Pikes are concerned about global warming and the future viability and cost of fossil fuels and wanted to become more self-sufficient. They wanted to create a space where they could live off-grid, grow their own food, and be at peace with nature around them, all while serving as an example to others that this type of design and build is possible and affordable. Environmentally ...
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