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Backyard Gardener Wants an EcoPeace Treaty

Victoria has used her small back yard to grow food and beauty in an urban setting.  She has a raised bed vegetable garden, fruit trees, a container garden, flowering hedges, and a tiny bit of poison ivy.

She wanted Dr. Jim Conroy, The Tree Whisperer’s® help with it–not getting rid of it–by making an EcoPeace Treaty. Luckily, she is not allergic to it. She believes that all living Beings, even including poison ivy, have a right to live. Read more…

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2014 Omega Workshop Participant Gets “Extra Credit” for Doing an EcoPeace Treaty

2014 Omega Workshop Participant, Adaela, experiments with an EcoPeace Treaty between the Garlic Mustard (an “unwanted plant”) and the native plants on the Omega campus.

We applaud her initiative and persistence!

 

2014 – Ash/EAB Map of Sharon, CT, Research Site

This is Basia’s hand-drawn map of the Sharon, CT, site for Ash tree and Emerald Ash Borer Research.

Each dot represents at least 1 Ash tree along the road on the left of the map.

On the right of the map, each dot represents an entire grove of Ash trees since there are more in the forested area.

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EcoPeace Treaties Explained! New Book-Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals Ecosystems

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This new book shows the development and implementation of EcoPeace Treaties.  Research into their development started in 2005 with CoExistence Technologies.  The first formal EcoPeace Treaty was implemented in 2011.

EcoPeace Treaties are illuminated in detail, complete with extensive diagrams and photos of results.

You’ll see how… Read more…

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PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW. ASH TREE leaflettes are grouped in 5-7 opposite arrangements. Each has its own little short stem.
PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW.  ASH TREE leaflettes are grouped in 5-7 opposite arrangements. Each has its own little short stem.
Notice the upward "tv antenae" style opposite arrangement of branches.
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Notice the upward "tv antenae" style opposite arrangement of branches.
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Light grey colored trunks with a "diamond" shape.
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Many Ash trees have a very large root on the uphill site which anchors them on a slope.
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Identifying Ash Trees

How do you know an Ash tree when you see one, even if it’s in winter when there are no leaves?

  • “Opposite” arrangement of branches and stems that go a bit upward and look like old-style tv antennae.
  • “Diamond” shapes in the light-colored bark.
  • Clusters of 5-7 leaflets, also arranged in “opposite” structure.
  • Often very tall and narrow trees in the forest.  In landscapes, they can be either very tall and narrow or shorter and full.
  • They tend to like gentle slopes, not steep grades. When growing on a slope, they  tend to have at least one very large visible root which supports them, often on the uphill side.

New Book, Live and Let Live, to be About EcoPeace Treaties

Dr. Jim Conroy and Ms. Basia Alexander are dedicating this winter to writing their newest book, Live and Let Live: How Multidimensional Collaboration Heals EcoSystesms.

It will be an authoritative and practical must-have tool for… Read more…

PLEASE CLICK TO SEE SLIDE SHOW. . . . To continue keeping her end of the agreement to support the deer, during a December 21st seasonal ceremony, the director asked participants to put corn on the snow at the forests’ edge for the deer.
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To continue keeping her end of the agreement to support the deer, during a December 21st seasonal ceremony, the director asked participants to put corn on the snow at the forests’ edge for the deer.
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Deer tracks in snow, corn scattered
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Deer tracks in the forest.
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Deer tracks in the forest.
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No deer tracks in the orchard area of the demonstration gardens which were still flagged. .
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No deer tracks in the orchard area of the demonstration gardens which were still flagged.
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2013 Deer Respected at Solstice Ceremony

The director of the EcoLiteracy Center where we are doing the EcoPeace Treaty research project with the deer included them in her seasonal ceremony.

To continue keeping her end of the agreement to support the deer, during a December 21st seasonal ceremony, the director asked participants to put corn on the snow at the forests’ edge for the deer.

Tracks in the snow showed where deer were moving in forested areas, but no tracks were found around the demonstration gardens or the orchard. Even when no foliage was growing, the deer were heeding the agreements of the EcoPeace Treaty.

CLICK TO SEE SLIDE SHOW . . . . The demonstration garden would be a very short walk for deer from the forest's edge. However, with the EcoPeace Treaty, the deer honor the marker flags and avoid eating the marked areas.
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This is a few from the other direction. Again, the demonstration garden would be a very short walk for deer from the forest's edge. However, with the EcoPeace Treaty, the deer honor the marker flags and avoid eating the marked areas.
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Hosta by the farmhouse were NOT marked, NOT part of the EcoPeace Treaty. Therefore, they were available to deer, and the deer ate those by the farmhouse.
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However, Hosta by the demonstration gardens WERE MARKED. The deer avoided those. This shows a high degree of participation in the agreement by all parties and therefore a high degree of success.
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Pear trees were part of the demonstration gardens. They were included in the EcoPeace Treaty and marked with green flags.
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This and many other lovely ripe pears went untouched by deer.
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This and many other lovely ripe pears went untouched by deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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Demonstration garden areas were marked and therefore avoided by the deer.
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2013 Successes and Lessons with the Deer and Gardens EcoPeace Treaty

On one visit, Basia and I bumped into the director on one hillside in the valley. She told the story of a morning where she came out to the very spot we were standing and looked across the valley.  She said she saw a family of deer walking down from the ridge toward the orchard. She said that they walked down to the green flags, stopped, looked around, then turned around and headed back up the hill. Her experience reinforced everyone’s confidence that the EcoPeace Treaty was working.

From April through mid-summer, 2013, the deer stayed out of the demonstration gardens and the orchard completely.

We know that the deer were present in the valley because Hosta plants, nearby at the farmhouse (but not in the demonstration gardens and not marked off with green flags) were chewed down.

As of July 30th, 2013, about 4 months after the EcoPeace Treaty… Read more…

CLICK TO SEE SLIDE SHOW. . . . . . 2013 Summary: this map shows the 5 Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree EcoPeace Treaty Research sites in the Hudson Valley of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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This map show the Blairstown, NJ, Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Tree EcoPeace Treaty Research site.
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"Main" Ash Tree at Omega Institute site
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Young Ash trees at the Red Hook site.
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Key Ash tree right in front of the owner's home at the Sharon, CT site.
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One of the tallest Ash trees at the Alford, MA, site
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At the Salisbury, CT, site, this Ash tree is actually healthy but just needs some dead branches pruned away.
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Almost all the trees on this treeline in Blairstown, NJ, are Ash trees.
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2013 Summary EcoPeace Treaty Work Between the Emerald Ash Borer and Ash Trees; Goals and Principles.

What is the EcoPeace Treaty agreement?

An EcoPeace Treaty is a mutual agreement among 2 organisms that are usually at odds with each other and people.

EcoPeace Treaties are based on the idea…  Read more…

PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE SLIDE SHOW . . . . . . . April 13, 2013. These are 3 of the backyard Apple trees in Alford, MA.
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Apple Picking Day! October 12, 2013
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Old Apple Orchard in Alford, MA

This is the third year of EcoPeace Treaty work at this Alford, Massachusetts, property with a small, very old Apple orchard. Usually Apple Trees get similar diseases as rose bushes.  They often have Black Spot and Powdery Mildew organisms living on their leaves and fruit.  They can get other disease organisms as well.  The EcoPeace Treaty doesn’t need to specifiy; all organisms are included.

In 2013, the EcoPeace Treaty came together this way.

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