James and Francine Herrgott | Natural Refuge

What's your connection to the land? 

We bought 5 acres in 2000 in a neighborhood. We wanted the least impact as to what existed when we bought it. We left many native trees and shrubs, with a front area that is a restful shade garden.

What actions have you taken as a steward that you're most proud of and/or that you feel have made the biggest difference? 

We have maintained many naturally existing plants, plus we added many more native plants from the Snohomish Conservation District over the years. We have debris piles for critters and we use minimal pesticide. All plant material stays on the property to be composted, shredded or piled.

What’s your hope for the next 75 years? And/or what advice do you have for those next 75 years?

We have several hopes - plant TREES - and lots of them. Minimize pollution by reducing oil spills; reduce synthetic fertilizers and pesticides; prioritize labeling for waste reduction and recycling.

Anything else you want to share or feel is important?

Yes - educate people to use water wisely. We see mass misuse of a precious resource.

Who are you?

  • Name: James and Francine Herrgott
  • Where is home? Camano Island
  • Where are you from? We both come from the Midwest.