2013 Summary Deer and Gardens EcoPeace Treaty, Goals and Progress

2013 EcoPeace Treaty Work Between Deer and Vegetable Gardens and People.

The goal of this research is to show that the deer, vegetable gardens and people can co-exist

(a) without… … the people having to put up fences or kill the deer,

(b) with the deer getting their needs met while NOT having to eat the vegetables,

(c) with the vegetables being able to mature and with the people being able to harvest the mature vegetables. 


  • improving the bioenergetic interconnectivity of all living Beings in the defined ecosystem,
  • improving the health of all living Beings in that defined ecosystem, including people,
  • establishing a condition of dynamic balance in that ecosystem wherein all organisms support the WHOLE. The WHOLE ecosystem is greater than the sum of is parts.

This Institute for Cooperative BioBalance® research is based on 4 principles:

  1. “Live and Let Live” means collaborating in partnership and cooperation, not attempting to dominate or control. Killing is obsolete.
  2. If all are healthy, living Beings can co-exist–live in dynamic balance–with each other.
  3. People can communicate with the deep intelligence in Nature Beings, including so-called “invasives,” and, therefore, can co-create and co-exist in a situation where everybody thrives.
  4. People need to come from the other living Being’s point of view and collaborate as equals by asking Nature first, with humility! People should not assume superiority or presume that they know best.

2013 Summary and Results So Far with the Deer and Gardens EcoPeace Treaty


In my personal view, I believe that the whole idea of inclusion through this form of collaboration with the deer reinforces the (perhaps) radical idea that killing is obsolete. Humanity’s beliefs and values are evolving. I foresee in the future how the new tolerance, compassion, and respect for all ecosystem members can actually be implemented in a practical way through EcoPeace Treaties.

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.  (Please see a previous post.)

As of July 30th, 2013, about 4 months after the EcoPeace Treaty with the deer was forged, lettuce in one of the demonstration gardens was fully grown.


A small breach in the vegetable garden happened in August. I believe it was my error. Periodically I would have to replace green flags because of lawn-mowing. That time, I didn’t put up enough flags to clearly mark the area.

In early September, a more significant breach occurred. I believe that young deer  went into the green-flag marked areas in the same way that human children would not pay any attention to barriers and rush toward something they wanted.

Despite these breaches, four and a half months of all Beings totally honoring their agreements was remarkable. Considering that 2013 was the first year and we are all learning, the results were phenomenal and hold great promise for the future.

Additionally, I learned that I need to include the role of the deer in Nature as part of the EcoPeace Treaty. For example, one of Deer’s purposes in the ecosystem is to spread seeds. They want the right to graze in areas with mature fruit or seeds so as to propagate those seeds elsewhere in the ecosystem. This purposeful aspect of Deer’s place in the ecosystem will need to be included in the EcoPeace Treaty in 2014.

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