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Air
Biodiversity
Energy
Food Gardening
Processes
Soil
Water

 

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The guide is organized as water, air, soil, energy, food gardening, biodiversity, and a section called processes.  In this section we have included mulching, composting, recycling, and saying no to chemicals as these foster or promote necessary natural processes.  These are human resources that should be included in the larger ecosystem. 

 

Each entry contains a citation to enable the reader to access the entire document.  References could be anything from websites and brochures, to groups of newsletters put out by the USDA or a university extension office.  With this in mind, we have provided you with the most current of sources, and all of the information that was available to us at the time of publication (in the case of websites, the latest update). With regard to the internet sources, online linkages do break down; people change providers, search engines vary in their connective linkages, and universities and agencies restructure their websites from time to time.  In all cases, the full URL or web address is included. 

 

In a guide of this sort, overlap is inevitable.  Compost could have been put in the soil section but we felt it was directly related to a process; hence it resides in the processes section.  Hopefully, you will find the time to look through this entire guide and locate all that you need, but since we understand that that may be an impossible feat for folks with busy lives, we include a comprehensive index to help you locate what you need. 

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Cover:  Illustration by Dianne Tolman, a small business owner of Big Pine Native Plants.

2008 Deborah Tolman, Ph.D., Michelle Lasley, and Joe Parker