Many residents have caught a sweet wind of change; MULCH! "Smart Farm Permaculture" rejuvenating barren land isn't all roses though, a small handful of folks have made a "stink" about "minor inconvenience" over "innovative evolution." After various EPA officials have deemed the air, water & earth tested, prime & begging to be fertile again with a nudge of mulch to resurrect it! every wasted acre would obviously feed many families/ livestock & create jobs!
What is Permaculture? "A branch of ecological design, ecological engineering, and environmental design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. The term refers to "permanent agriculture" / "permanent culture," as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture
"Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system." - Bill Mollison