Stangl’s, More than SustainabilityMarch 21, 2017
Anyone who lives in the Niagara peninsula, or has ever even just heard about it, knows that vineyards are crucial to our economy. Our climate makes for perfect grape-growing conditions, and it’s true. We produce some of the best wines in the world. Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with a vineyard in the area and talk to them about their sustainability practices. What we found, and what we heard, was discouraging.
What the vineyards are focusing on is sustainability, thinking that is going to be what saves the environment in their corner of the world. Truthfully, there’s so much more that has to happen in order for that to be true.
The vineyard was using California as their model, because they are sustainable and because, with Hollywood supporting them, they are often considered the first to adopt sustainable vineyard practices. But what do these practices really include? And are they enough?
The main ways vineyards point to their sustainability – both in California and right here in Niagara – is by the amount of energy they’ve been able to reduce. They do it with the help of solar panels, night farming that requires less refrigeration at the vineyard, and by using organic pesticides and fertilizers.
This is great for vineyards that are trying to get benefits back from the government for their energy-conserving efforts, and it certainly lowers their utility bills. But while these may be sustainable practices, they’re still wreaking havoc on the environment. And vineyards and homeowners could be doing so much more!
Listening to the vineyard staff members speak, it was clear that they are still completely unaware of how much CO2 they’re blowing off into the atmosphere every day. And in some cases, they’re not even aware that there’s any blow-off. And they’re also not aware that those organic products aren’t helping the environment as much as those applying them think they are.
The problem is not only with getting rid of the toxins in synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic pesticides and fertilizers still harm the environment. They still continue to put salt into our earth and they still compact the soil to the point where it’s so damaged, it takes years to rebuild and revitalize.
At Stangl’s, we know better and we try to make others aware, just as we did with the vineyard. We know that it takes more than organic fertilizers and pesticides.
It takes life! Life needs to be literally put back into the soil in order for it to become healthy and fertile again. At Stangl’s, we know it and currently, we’re the only ones in Canada that do.
Through the use of compost teas and biology made up of fungus, protozoa, nematodes, fish hydrolysate, fluvic and humic acids, and other elements that come directly from Mother Nature, we can get the soil back to what it used to be – what it was always meant to be!
That’s because at Stangl’s, we are not an organic lawn care company. We are not even a sustainable lawn care company. We are so much more. We are a biological lawn care company that uses practices that are SAFE – safe for you, safe for your pets and children, and safe for the environment.
We are aware that these practices may take a little more time, and a little more thought. And currently, the government does not give any returns on these investments. But what you’ll get is so much more. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint and reduce climate change. And what’s more, you’ll get the benefit of knowing that you were one of the pioneers that helped change our world.
Isn’t that so much better than just being sustainable? Call 905-641-8133 today! OR visit stangls.com