Pesticides

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  Underneath it all, most of us are driven by some deeply hidden desire to dominate nature. And this human tendency to control and manage things out there has been picked up by industry and the media. Like the false … Continued

Recycling

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Here on the Northern Neck, the importance of recycling cannot be overemphasized. Across the nation, landfill space has become a precious commodity. Establishing new landfills is expensive and politically difficult, since none of us wants one in our backyard. But … Continued

Composting

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Decomposed organic kitchen waste, combined with organic waste from your yard, makes great stuff. The black nuggets produced over time, generally between two and five months, will enrich your soil and promote the growth of healthy, vibrant plants and vegetables. … Continued

BayScaping

BayScapes are landscapes well adapted to the Chesapeake Bay region. They incorporate conservation practices—creating diversity, conserving water, and using beneficial plants. The BayScapes program was developed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, … Continued

Wildlife

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  Early Northern Neck letters and diary entries often mention the great bounty and variety of wildlife found throughout the uplands and along the waters’ edges. Today, in our rush to make the next meeting or get to work on … Continued

Sand & Soils

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  Northern Neck farmers have wrestled with soils that are a mixture of sands and loams for centuries. That they have been commercially successful is largely due to clever management, regular applications of fertilizers and water, and a benevolent climate, … Continued