2013 Deer and Vegetable Gardens EcoPeace Treaty Research Begins
The Director of an EcoLiteracy Center, farm, and community supported garden in New Jersey wanted to grow a demonstration vegetable garden and fruit tree orchard close to the edge of the forest. She knew about my successful work with crops grown at the nearby community supported garden.
She did not want to put up a fence in her valley in order to keep the deer from eating the vegetables and fruit.
The Director wanted an approach that was consistent with her values. She asked for my help.
EcoPeace Treaties® were already successful… …with insects, disease organisms, trees, and plants for years. I had not yet done one with mammals.
I decided to give it a try! I didn’t actually see any deer but I connected intuitively with the Deer spirit. Doing that is similar to when a person is on a cell phone call. We “talked” on the “intuitive channel.” This way, the Deer Spirit told me what deer needed and wanted. I asked questions. The Intelligence or Spirit of the Deer provided answers. It’s always a two-way dialog.
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 as markers.
The green flags are not repellents!!! They simply mark the areas involved in my EcoPeace Treaty with the deer.
All EcoPeace Treaties are three-way, triangular agreements between living beings and people.
After several days of experimenting, this is the structure of the EcoPeace Treaty that the Deer and I made. It may change.