Let Nature Be Natural: Green Lawn Care

communicating with nature

The following post was written by Dr. David Dobbins, Emeritus Professor of Plant Anatomy and Development, Morphology, and Horticulture at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Thank you, David, for describing how chemical-free landscapers and homeowners can restore and protect the environment that sustains all beings. – Aggie Perilli

By Dr. David Dobbins

I grew up in the city of Indianapolis, with little exposure to nature, and had no real interest in the environment. My friends and I burned trash in a barrel, dumped oil and other items down the sewer, and threw garbage into vacant lots. Everyone did.

Can You Buy Love? Adopt a Pet

APCI’s holiday classic for our animal friends and the selfless volunteers who rescue them

by Aggie Perilli

The $295 my husband Michael and I paid to adopt a 15-pound Poodle Bichon Frise named Raphie from the Last Chance Ranch Animal Rescue in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, covered the cost of vaccinations, deworming, neutering, and medication for the prevention of kennel cough and other infections. That’s what our veterinarian charges for vaccinations alone.

The Last Chance Ranch had rescued Raphie from a high-kill shelter, where he lay in a fetal position in a far corner of his cage.

Geothermal Townhouses Turn Lawn into Regenerative Woods & Meadows

communicating with nature

by Aggie Perilli

The Grandview Chase Condominium Development (GCCD) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, owns approximately 27 acres of rolling lawns bordered by a field with a stream running through it. Over the past two years, GCCD board members Mark Wiker and I pursued a federal grant to transform GCCD’s unsustainable field of lawn into beautiful, regenerative woods and meadows.

Rewarded for our initiatives, this past spring, the GCCD townhouse association received a grant worth $66,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore GCCD’s riparian buffer with native trees, meadow grasses and rain gardens or, in this field, hundreds of wildflowers.

Happy New Year!

“Blessed is the season which engages the
whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

– HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE

APCI’s acclaimed artist and animator Jeff Bedrick captured the spirit of the season in A Christmas Carol, the above oil painting reproduced by Elms Puzzles as a high-end, hand-cut wood puzzle. Jeff’s inspiration came from the classic tale written by Charles Dickens to open the hearts of the fortunate so they’d seize the day and return the love. Dickens’ tale about the redemptive power of the human spirit remains as transformative today as it was in 1843, when A Christmas Carol was published.