Natural capital is the stock of unimpaired environmental assets (e.g. air, water,
land, flora, fauna, etc.) in a region. Natural capital is defined as having three major
components: 1) non-renewable resources such as oil and minerals that are extracted
from ecosystems, 2) renewable resources such as fish, wood, and drinking water
that are produced and maintained by the processes and functions of ecosystems, 3)
environmental services such as maintenance of the quality of the atmosphere, climate,
operation of the hydrological cycle including flood controls and drinking water
supply, waste assimilation, recycling of nutrients, generation of soils, pollination of
crops, and the maintenance of a vast genetic library. Investments in natural capital
include restoration and maintenance. Earnings or income includes a sustainable supply
of raw materials and environmental services. Natural capital and its systems are
essential for life. People can destroy, degrade, impair and/or restore natural capital
but cannot create it. per yellowwood

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Kopar Honey Farm

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The main purpose of my business is to be able to supply new apiarists with quality bees, equipment, and knowledge to begin their own hives.  I believe my work can be split up into thirds: pollination, propagation, and production.   I provide pollination services to farmers in the area while at the same time building up the health and numbers of my bees to sell them.  From the bees I create many products like honey and beeswax from which I make things such as lip balm, lotion, or candles.

Noni's Farm, LLC

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Currently operating as a small, urban farm, we are growing on 1/3 acre of hillside. We have additional land that will be prepare for future planting.  We have one small high tunnel and are installing a 30 x 36 tunnel in the fall of 2013.

ALE DC – the Agricultural Landscape and Ecosystem Design Collaborative

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We provide planning and design services for landowners seeking a sustainable  future for their farmland.  Using ecological principles for land management, social connection between the farm and surrounding communities, and enterprise diversity that connects the two, we balance social, economic and environmental dimensions of farm sustainability.  We specialize in GIS analysis of these multiple dimensions of agriculture to lay out possibilities for farmland and its connections with the surrounding landscape and communities that would improve agroecosystem health.  Service


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