...happy to find this site, and learn a few things from the community. i consider myself an environmentalist at heart, but you won't find me marching in protest....i prefer to quietly do what i can to lessen my personal impact on the urban landscape:, drive a frugal car, in a frugal house, grow trees and plants to filter the air, passively cool the house and micro-climate, and a garden to feed my soul (and stomach). i stopped pesticide use on my 1/8acre of Dallas about 25 years ago. (and most chemical fertilizer, tho i sometimes put on chelated iron to battle the alkaline sols around my trees.) my nearest neighbors are now ginkos, swifts, garden snakes, dragon and damsel flies, wild honey bees, beneficial wasps (and daubers) bumble bees, fire flies, visiting owls and a host of other creatures that inhabit the urban landscape beneath our very noses (racoons, squirrels, opposums, rats, mice, i am in year 4 of an aquaponics system. i am researching humanure composting vs BSF composting for the recycling of yard, pet and human nutrients (please do NOT tell my neighbors, i would prefer to stay under the radar on this one.)..hopefully the bsf grubs will be enjoyed by my fish in the aquaponics system. i will be seeking guidance from you all, but will first search the topics here, and then create new topics for my specific concerns in the appropriate venue. thank you all for being here.....talk to you soon, i am sure.