I’m looking out my office window, located on the 3rd floor of our city hall. It’s a beautiful day, with a perfectly blue sky. I immediately see the leaves falling from the old oaks. It’s late fall here. The system is at work…with the trees going into dormant state, dropping their leaves to nourish the soil and the soil’s food web below. However, in the far distance, I can see bags stuffed with, what I assume are the leaves. This breaks the system cycle and all the benefits that would be derived from allowing the leaves to decompose where they fall. So, two things come to mind: 1) why are we still bagging the leaves? And 2) are they being taken to a compost pile? The search is on.