PLEASE CLICK THROUGH THE PHOTOS. . . . . . . . . . The Deer and Garden EcoPeace Treaty started in spring of 2013 and continues with great success today. In this photo, please note the demonstration garden's location very close to the forest's edge. Also, note the green utility marker flags. Please go to our sister site, EcoPeaceTreaties.org for a more detailed explanation.
In September of the 2015 season--the 3rd year of the EcoPeace Treaty reserach- the same garden was harvested by the people but was untouched by the deer.
September 12, 2015. This view shows more lush vegetable growth in the gardens. Behind the gardens, see the stream bed, a small orchard, and the other side of the valley. The heavily forested area is where the deer live. They can easily enter the valley to browse, but don't because of the EcoPeace Treaty.
September 12, 2015. The utility flags are simply markers for the deer. They are not repellents. They simply inform the deer about the areas they themselves agreed to stay out of in their mediated agreement with the garden plants and the people. In exchange for honoring the flagged boundaries, the deer get what they need to live: food in the forest, water in the stream, safety, a place to bear their young, and RESPECT from the responsible people.
In 2015, the Hosta in front of the farm house were included in the EcoPeace Treaty. However, the Hosta behind the farmhouse were not. The deer honored their agreement to avoid the marked areas, but were not expected to stay out of unmarked areas. This shows that the deer, the garden plants, and the people have successfully collaborated inside of the structure of an EcoPeace Treaty.