What does it mean to be green
It means that we care about our impact on the environment. We try to lessen Tigg’s Pond’s carbon footprint by selecting products carefully, conserving, recycling, composting, and repurposing. We protect our fragile ecology by not using pesticides and non-organic fertilizer. We take care of the pond and the streams and check their water quality often. We closely monitor our consumption of water and ask our guests to do the same. After all, that’s what we drink, cook in, wash with and water our garden with. It is a precious, non-renewable resource. We use organic compounds to clean with and organic food to eat. We don’t use paper products, Styrofoam or plastic for food service. We have china and glassware and cloth napkins. It takes a little more effort to do this but we feel its right action and we know it’s healthier for us and Tigg’s Pond. What goes into the soil and the water and the air around here goes into us too. Spiritually as well as physically, we’re all part of the same system, created by the same source, and we want to honor this unity.
Tigg’s Pond is a smoke free environment. There is no hunting or fishing on the grounds and we encourage our guests to respect all manner of wildlife. We are a Certified Wildlife Habitat (from the National Wildlife Federation) because we provide food, water, cover and places to raise young for all the wild species that frequent our area. We are blessed to share the hollow with a wide variety of animals, birds, insects, reptiles and human being s- both wild and domestic – and we coexist peaceably within this ecosystem.
We are reducing our need for a paper office and a gasoline engine. We use cfl’s and other long term use light bulbs and we designed the Event Barn to use significantly less electricity because of its architecture and siting. We keep our thermostats at 65 degrees in the winter and 80 degrees in the summer (when we even use the ac. We like open doors and windows and are blessed with continual breezes.) We use Energy Star appliances and Fair Trade coffee and tea. We grow a good deal of what we eat (or I should say we eat everything we grow), can and dry some of what’s left and give away a little too. We serve seasonal, local organic food when we feed our guests. We did the best we could to build green buildings and use the most natural, low impact products to finish them off. We used our own lumber to build the Event Barn and the gazebo and used local suppliers to outfit the whole facility.
We’re not doing it all right, we know that. We can’t afford some solutions and we’ve probably overlooked others. The point is that we’re trying. We feel our choices are, in themselves, a profound teaching tool and statement about our beliefs. We want what we talk about and what we do to be consistent with these values. We know that whatever we can do to be more responsible and careful with our environment will make a difference. We want to find more and better ways to waste less, reuse more, and rely totally on natural, organic products. We want to buy more locally and give more back. We would like to go off the grid, so we’re investigating hydro power and solar panels for all the buildings on the site.
We care about our environment because it sustains us in every possible way. This area is one of the most beautiful and special places on the planet and we want to help keep it that way. Being good stewards of Tigg’s Pond demonstrates our gratitude and respect for this life-giving gift.