Hello my name in this Forum is >JackCursor<. I am living on the other side of the big pond in Germany. So what I have to do here ? My daughter is married in New Jersey. In September she expects her 2. child. I was there during her marriage. I saw the "gardens" in the Garden State which looked like meadows, we say: Green deserts. No food for insekts, no food for birds, no food for animals, no food for humans, no food for the eyes, no food for the nose, no food for the ears. Here in Germany we plant a variety of flowers, trees and bushes. so there is food for every being.
Welcome to the forum jackcursor, I can't say we are all any better here, but I belong to a ladies sustainability group here and I know hundreds of families with small homesteads growing parts of their food organically. Where I live outside Vancouver BC , Canada, it is a heavily forested valley where I live but lower in the valley is a flood plain with some fairly conventional smaller scale monoculture farm practices over all , a very few organic farms . And there is a struggle to pass existing farm lands to anyone passionate about it due to the high land values and aging people who need that equity from their land to live on since the nuclear family concept is more prevalent, so elders are left on their own for the most part. I continue to plant withan overall permaculture perspective but as I age I wonder if my sons will ever appreciate it enough to live here and take it on rather than sell and live in condos.
Right now I dealing with less fruit pollination as it was cool and maybe I will have to keep bees on site , so I am pondering if I have to plant more that will be sustaining for the bees within a short distance for those cool spring days and actually terrace a bit of hillside to keep bees in my orchard and plant heathers which seem to be what our pollinators are gravitating to inearly spring .