Please click through the photos above for a summary of this EcoPeace Treaty.
Please read the story below in order to understand what EcoPeace Treaties are all about.
1st EcoPeace Treaty Research with a Mammal by Dr. Jim Conroy
The Director of an EcoLiteracy Center, farm, and community supported garden in New Jersey wanted to grow demonstration garden close to the edge of the forest in a little valley. But she did not want to put up a fence in order to keep the deer from eating the vegetables and fruit. The Director wanted a different approach, more consistent with her values. She knew about my successful work with crop health at the community supported garden that is part of her property. In early 2013, she wondered aloud to me if I could help with her situation.
I had already done EcoPeace Treaties® for years with trees, plants, insects, micro-organisms, and others, but never with mammals. Still, I told her that I would give it a try.
Through my intuitive communications interface, I contacted Deer Spirit. I didn’t actually see any deer. Communicating with their spirit is similar to when a person is on a cell phone call. I didn’t know where the deer were. They didn’t know where I was. But, we “talked” on the “intuitive channel.” This way, Deer Spirit told me what the deer needed and wanted. It’s always a two-way dialog. I asked questions. The Intelligence or Spirit of Deer provided answers.
Deer and I worked out an EcoPeace Treaty to accomplish the director’s goal. The whole story is in our 2 books of the Live and Let Live series, Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems, and Live and Let Live: Enlightened Stewardship.
The underlying philosophies of the work are “Live and Let Live” and “Everyone is Connected.” The basic concept is inclusion of the deer, not exclusion.
In the first year, Spirit of Deer and I settled on an arrangement whereby I would mark off the areas that the people wanted them to avoid. They were willing to collaborate with humans and wanted a way to know where they were not supposed to go. They needed a marking system. Together, we decided on small utility flags.
I set about mediating the EcoPeace Treaty in collaboration with the deer, with the demonstration gardens and with the people.
Knowing what the deer needed to survive and to live set up the first corner of the triangular EcoPeace Treaty format. There was plenty for the deer to eat considering that the forest’s edge was close. There was a stream running through the property at the base of the little valley where the demonstration plots and orchard were located. So, the deer had water available. The Director stopped people from hunting on the property, therefore the deer had safety. And, with food, water, and safety, the deer had a good place to bear their young.
In the opposite corner, the vegetables of the demonstration gardens explained that they needed to grow to maturity, when I asked them.
The Director wanted intact demonstration gardens; not eaten by deer. She and her staff wanted to be able to harvest mature vegetables.
The Plant Kingdom as a whole Intelligence offered to make the EcoPeace Treaty possible. The trees and plants at the forest’s edge were willing to grow more greenery for the deer to eat, and gave their permission accordingly.
So, Deer Spirit agreed on behalf of the local deer families “saying” that they would avoid eating the vegetables in the demonstration gardens, avoid the leaves and fruit on the fruit trees, and avoid the Hosta plants in front of the farm house as long as they had forest-edge food available to them. And they wanted the areas to avoid to be well marked–hence the green utility flags.
Each year of the EcoPeace Treaty Research Study has shown improvement. In the first year, a few young deer tested the boundaries by nibbling at the edges of the low growing vegetables.
I renewed the agreements each year. I learned a lot about deer along the way so new things were integrated into the agreements. Please read abaout those in our Live and Let Live series of books.
Generally, over the three years, the deer have kept their agreements. In 2015, full heads of cabbage remained intact as of October 10th, attaining their need to grow to maturity. The deer ate the grasses nearby but not the cabbages.
The Director and her staff have continued to respect and honor the deer on the property. Often they give tokens of corn kernals or blueberry pancakes to the deer during seasonal ceremonies.
Most importantly, the plants and trees at the forest’s edge were lush and green throughout the summer and into the autumn so that the deer would have as much food as possible.
By the way, there is no magic in the flags.
The flags are simply mutually agreed-upon markers within the scope of the EcoPeace Treaty. The flags by themselves do not keep the deer away. It’s the communication and collaboration among all parties in the framework of the EcoPeace Treaty that gets the results that everyone wants.
The EcoPeace Treaty was started in early 2013 and research continues.