I am often asked as the “organic expert” how it is I don’t get angry and lash-out at the degradation of the Earth at the hands of my landscape peers? After all, we are building a business that proves to our customers that the organic way of installing and maintaining properties is far superior to chemically treated landscapes that the vast majority of my peers subscribe to.
It’s not that we are turning a blind-eye to the realities of what synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are doing to our world — after all, we are out everyday trying to fix the problems perpetrated by our chemically-based peers — it’s just that we are building a new reality based on working with Nature instead of always battling her. We think focusing on a different way instead of battling the existing structure is a better way to move environmental conscious forward.
A thousand years from now we will look back at this time on Earth and probably label it “The Great Chemistry Experiment” and wonder how we could have thought that man had a better system than Nature’s system. And while going down the organic and sustainable path sometimes feels like we are inventing something new let’s not forget that for 12,000 years we were an organic agricultural society until recently when man came up with what we thought was a better system than Nature’s.
I hope history will hold dear those that inherently knew that the chemistry experiment was a mistake from the beginning and continue to farm and manage our landscapes using organic principles… The Dick and Terry Carkner’s of the world — a 40 acre organic produce farm in Puyallup, WA. They have been organic farmers for more than 35 years. If it wasn’t for them and people like them we may have completely lost the organic language and wouldn’t know where to turn in this time of great need at fixing the crimes committed against Nature.
So, to my organic peers, friends and all those who are looking for a different way, let’s hold our heads up high as we march forward building a new reality based on working with Nature. And remember, as we exit this current state of affairs a new world awaits us — a world of great joy — a world brought to us by our ancestors — a world we can feel proud about leaving to our children.