As students, at Pomona College in the late 90's, the founders of Natural Earth became early adopters of sustainability when they began cultivating fruit trees and vegetables on the Lower east side of Pomona College's grounds. The wash quickly gave way to over 200 budding fruit trees and delicate vegetables. Black Pakistani mulberries, lemons, avocados, guavas and persimmon trees were vitalized by the care of student volunteers and the Farm quickly flourished into a community wide sustainability project. The farm took on a life of its own with the construction of LA's first permitted earth dome. Biology, permaculture, and sustainability classes added to its value and quickly became the most sought after classes during open enrollment. After transforming a wasteland into a fruit orchard and garden, it was time to move into Claremont's neighborhoods to promote sustainability. Natural Earth Landscaping was organized to take on this rewarding task.
Plant More Natives: Lean on the natural beauties of plants found in the California foothills. Penstemons, sages, salvias, oaks, and drifts of native grasses are a great place to start.
Re-establish Ecosystems: Promote bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds by planting natives. Eliminate excessive lawn areas, artificial turf, and destructive chemicals.
Harvest Rain Water: Promote water catchment through construction of bio swales, riparian plantings, rain gardens, and rain harvest systems.
Re-purpose Materials: Reconstruct sidewalks with antique brick, broken concrete, and low impact gravel.
Conserve Water: Use quality drip irrigation materials to deliver water to plants species. Longer soak times with less frequent watering to promote resilience and optimal vibrancy in each species.
Lean on Technology: Convert antiquated irrigation controllers to smart controllers. Conserve water through automation and weather based shut off times.
Love Local: Prioritize local and organic food production, water conservation, use of natives, and integrated pest management without traditional chemical herbicides or pesticides.