BY USING NATIVE PLANTS ECOFLUENT OFFERS VARIOUS TREES WITH LITTLE NEED FOR OUTSIDE INTERVENTION.
There are four types of blueberries: highbush, lowbush, hybrid half-high, and rabbiteye.
Blueberry bushes are a shallow rooted plant with a pH preference of 4-5.
-oatmeal and wheat flour blueberry pancakes
-help heart health
- build bone strength
- aid in skin health, blood pressure, diabetes management, cancer prevention, and mental health.
Plum trees prefer soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Plum trees may need protection from winter winds. Plum trees can grow to 16 feet tall.
-lower risk of heart disease
-lowers blood pressure
Peach trees should have full sun and should not be shaded by other trees if possible to ensure good air circulation. Also, for pollination purposes, peach trees are self-pollinating. In other words, it only takes one tree to have a good harvest of peaches.
-peach crisps and crumbles
-peach pecan scone
-reduce allergy symptoms
-improves heart health
Pear trees can take anywhere from 2-5 years to start producing fruit. Pear trees prefer soil with a pH of 6-7 and will be very large when mature and just one tree can produce up to 50 pounds in one fruiting season.
-vanilla pear muffins
-dried for trail mix
-grilled brie and pear sandwich
-reduce risk of cancer, diabetes, AND heart disease
-high in fiber
-helps to metabolize cholesterol
THE BEHIND THE SCENES AT ECOFLUENT
Michael Clark serves on the Board of Directors for Sustainable Springfield, as the president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO/FACE) at Lanphier High School and founder of Ecofluent. He teaches aircraft maintenance for a federal certification through Lincoln Land Community College. After an injury on an oil rig he moved to Springfield, where he began to pursue his passion for the environment and helping people.