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Reno Patagonia : Free Organic Food, Learn Local Composting too!

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The composting event was a HUGE success with over 84 people who showed up to learn how to compost in their own homes and communities…

Patagonia is hosting an event tonight to help promote composting in Northern Nevada.

 

I’m excited to see their new digs in downtown Reno.

*New address is:

Address130 S Center St, Reno, NV 89501

Their events are usually packed with fun, creative locals who are positive change makers in the areas of organic food production, healthy eco systems and the local food movements. This event is no different. Last years Mini Documentary screening was a blast. Locals brought in their organic dishes for the community potluck, we packed the place out! Read article on last years organic panel event here.

Bee Habitat supports all forms of promoting healthy, organic soils. Did you know that the health of any plant begins and ends in the soil you grow it in? Did you know that using synthetic fertilizers, soils and compost break down the overall health of the soil forcing you to have to keep buying synthetic fertilizers and amendments to keep the plants alive? Crazy huh? but very smart business strategy from big ag. Bee Habitat strongly encourages the local composter’ and/or gardener to look for the USDA Certified Organic sticker/logo on any garden product you put into your precious soils. If it does not have that USDA logo, chances are, it is not 100% organic and/or safe.

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With that being said, we have to start somewhere as a community. Bee Habitat presented a year ago to Reno City Council ideas to help compost most of the cities food wastes and re use throughout the city parks, schools and public areas. Although this compost would not be able to be certified USDA organic, it would be a HUGE leap in the right direction to help repair damage to our local eco-systems that have been treated with tons of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and GMO by products.

Healthy soils promote healthy food…and thus healthy people. The speakers at tonight’s FREE event are all promoting these ideas and working to heal our damaged food systems.

 

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We’re thrilled to host an event dedicated to all things COMPOST!

Reno is home to many organizations that are utilizing compost in a big way, and on Thursday, Aug. 31 we’ll welcome some local leaders into the store to answer all of your questions and show you how to get the most out of your composting. Plus, it’s FREE and all donations/raffle sales will benefit the nonprofit Reno Rot Riders.

Here are our guests:

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Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Reno Rot Riders

 


Cody Witt, Full Circle Compost

 

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Jana Vanderhaar, Verdant Connections Landscape Architecture LLC

Linnea Whitney, Tahoe Food Hub

Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager for the City of Reno
Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager for the City of Reno

Doors open at 7, with the presentations and Q&A beginning at 7:30. We’ll have drinks from Under the Rose Brewing Company and Davidson’s Organic Teas plus local food and a raffle to win sweet Patagonia gear!

All ages welcome!

 

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Event promoted via SEO & Social Media Marketing by local Internet Marketing & Web Design Expert, Sandy Rowley of www.RenoWebDesignER.com 775-870-0488 sandy @ renowebdesigner . com. Sandy is an official Webby Award Honoree for creative design.

Services offered: creativity coach, custom web design, search engine marketing, social media networking, SEO, PPC and SEO Audits.

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Patagonia : Unbroken Ground Film

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View Organic Food Composting event happening August 31st 2017 here!

The organic food movement is growing to meet the demand for healthy, non gmo foods, sustainable practices and regenerative farming. Over 90% of customers prefer foods grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and/or unhealthy farming practices.

Patagonia has stepped up to the plate and leading the way for other large corporate entities looking to maximize growth, foster customer loyalty and leave this world better than they found it.

Sandy Rowley, with MarketMyShop! promoted the event. Her local activism blog, BeeHabitat.com promotes organic land management, pesticide free parks and policy geared towards protecting pollinators.

Last nights viewing of the documentary, Unbroken Ground, was a home run. Over 80 locals showed up with organic dishes and drinks and a thirst for knowledge about regenerative agriculture and our place within it.

“It’s encouraging to see an industry leader taking a big step outside its wheelhouse to promote the grassroots change many in the agricultural world have been calling for.” Gear Junkie

Local organic activist, farmers, landscape architects and organic food magazines answered questions, gave advice on how to start your own movement around the issue as well as practical resources to help homeowners practice organic land management at home.

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Panel members at the event were:

Kunal Patel with Davidson’s Organic Teas #davidsonteas  Ask about their co-packing services.

Delaney Battista, BSc with Natural Grocers #naturalgrocers Ask about her nutritional coaching programs.

Jacob Nachel, with #greatbasinfoodcoop Organic Beekeeper and Grocery manager for Great Basin Food Coop.

Jana Vanderhaar founder Verdant Connections #janavanderhaar Ask her about her organic architect services.

Amanda Burden with Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine #edibletahoemagazine Subscribe to the areas top food magazine!!!

Benjamin Rush with Basin and Range Organics #BasinAndRangeOrganics Interested in starting your own organic farm? BARO has competitive rates to help small organic farmers get USDA certified organic. www.Basinandrangeorganics.org

Sandy Rowley with BeeHabitat.com #beehabitat and MarketMyShop!

“Locals were creative with using ingredients from Patagonia Provisions. Fish tacos, bean dip and blue corn chips were some of the delicious dishes shared at the event. Volunteers made organic hummus, fruit pie, casseroles and other scrumptious side dishes. No one left hungry last night.” Sandy Rowley, promoter.

PATAGONIA

Wild Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Mango Salsa

A perfect fusion of flavors compliments our Wild Pink Salmon in this taco recipe by Lynn Leishman.

WILD LUMMI ISLAND PINK SALMON WITH BLACK PEPPER

INGREDIENTS

CILANTRO SLAW

  • 2 cups finely shredded fresh cabbage (green or a combination of green and red)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar, lime juice and zest then add shredded cabbage and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Note: Add dressing to cabbage right before serving, especially if using red cabbage.)

MANGO SALSA

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 or 2 Serrano or Jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mix together mango, onion, chili pepper and lime. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

ASSEMBLY

  • Spoon cilantro slaw into warm tortillas and top with flaked salmon. Top with a dollop of mango salsa (or serve salsa on the side).

GARNISH

  • Lime wedges, additional cilantro and crumbled Mexican cotija cheese Sliced avocado and/or thinly sliced radishes (optional)

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Kunal Patel, Davidson’s Organic Teas, enjoying Joel L. Photo Bomb moment. 😉

My favorite drink was the Organic Pomegranate Iced Tea from Davidson’s. I will post the hummus recipe once I swindle Joel out of it.

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Missy Ames, with Ames Family Farm, and Country Side Magazine, made a delicious Italian dish, was gone in 60 seconds.

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Organic fruit tart was a sweet surprise.

Last nights event at Patagonia shows how committed and passionate Reno citizens are around issues that really matter, our food.

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Proceeds from the raffle go to benefit organic gardening classes for children at Urban Roots.

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Best question of the night was “What can we do as local citizens to stop the spray of toxic weed killers in our communities.”

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Learn more about small business marketing, social media management and non profit marketing on Sandy’s website here.

Watch full documentary, Unbroken Ground, here…

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City of Reno Pesticide Free Parks

Reno Nevada Working towards Pesticide free!

Sandy Rowley, a local activist, worked for the better part of a year to educate local authorities on pollinator friendly alternatives to managing school playgrounds, parks and public spaces.

She secured a national non profit, Beyond Pesticides and their experts in organic land care to train over 45 municipalities throughout Northern Nevada. KUNR Story here.

Currently we have these locations in a transition period for organic land care:

State Capitol Building for Nevada

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3 large use public parks in Carson City Nevada

13 large use parks in Reno Nevada

2 large use parks in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Fernley Nevada

Working on 60 schools in the state of Wisconsin

Mt. Rose Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

Washoe Valley Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

and several other pesticide free and organic land care projects in the works.

Sandy Rowley is an independent contractor available for hire to create pollinator friendly marketing initiatives, education, public speaking and healthy partnerships to create sustainable eco systems. 775 453 6120

KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video –

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/City-of-Reno-Introduces-Pesticide-Free-Parks-Program-329295281.html

http://www.ktvn.com/story/30111276/city-of-reno-introduces-pesticide-free-parks-program

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Getting Good Things Done For Nevadans – A Year in Review

Thank you for wanting to learn more about Bee Habitat and our work. Our intentions are to save our pollinators, reduce pesticides and their affects on our health as well as pets and wildlife.

We have accomplished a great deal in a relatively short amount of time. Most of the work we do involves a steady commitment to make sure that our goals are met.  These goals include Cleaner water, air, land to grow healthy organic food, safe and healthy playgrounds, sports fields and parks for our children, pets, wildlife and to protect our future food supply by saving our pollinators.

We are constantly arranging meetings, going door to door, holding meetings in person and  on the phone with media and/or a volunteers looking to spread the word with our community.

Setting up classes and meetings with local parks and recreation departments at city, county and state levels. Calling school boards, requesting documentation of pesticide use around children. Providing proven organic solutions and case studies to encourage dependence on natural methods of pest management.

We leverage social media, email newsletters, phone trees as part of our outreach. Our focus is on a goal, not just spreading the word. Continuous and persistent communication & education with our local authorities on safer alternatives, case studies and solutions.

Liking a post on Facebook is helpful, but actually doing the ground work with your community is where the real magic takes place. Following through on our promises ensures success in our endeavors.

Want to actually do something great for our world? We would love to welcome you as a friend and a leader. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120.

Here are A list of items that Bee Habitat has achieved for the community in Northern Nevada over the course of one year:

1. Educated thousands of people on the harmful affects of weed killers and pesticide use. Taught safer alternatives and gave resources to help them make the switch to organic.

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BeeHabitat.com volunteers at our first meeting with Washoe County Parks Department.

2. Organized our first meeting with Washoe County, City of Sparks, City of Reno and Reno Urban Forester to discuss the improper use of toxic chemicals at city parks. Bee Habitat and a group of volunteers attended this meeting in hopes to motivate and education our parks departments to use safer alternatives at local parks. City of Sparks director offered Bee Habitat 27 parks as pesticide free, with some serious strings attached. Later fell through because of the fine print. Currently working to secure more parks and pesticide free signage with the Adopt a Park program with corporations and non profits. The key point here is, we did NOT GIVE UP and now have several cities and counties going pesticide free because of our work!

https://www.newsreview.com/reno/parks-rec/content?oid=14740680

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3. Organized and marketed a Peaceful Bee Parade on Riverside Drive in Reno Nv. 80 attendees, covered by Fox news. Children, pets and local activists dressed up as their favorite pollinator and took the streets of Reno dancing, drumming and singing their way to downtown Reno. Children and teens performed an art protest on stage at Wingfield Park Amphitheater. The same park is now converted and maintained as pesticide free a year later! https://www.facebook.com/events/322044251304480/

4. Scheduled and held private meetings with local politicians on the health benefits of going pesticide free. Researched free solutions to help the city make the switch to organic best practices and then presented to council .

5. Public comments at city hall educating the council members, mayor and public on pesticides and bee deaths. Worked with City Councilwoman Jenny Brekhus to create the Right To Know item that would make it mandatory for city employees to put signs up in areas that were recently treated with pesticides. This fell through because of lack of support. We are still looking to implement signs at all parks and public spaces that are treated with toxic pesticides. Right To Know signs stating “Keep off area. Treated with pesticides” signs as well as a text alert message to local residents when an area is treated with a chemical. Presented this idea to Jenny Brekhus. We are hoping to work with city council to vote on this item to review possibilities of implementing this program. We presented a presentation to the city of Reno including case studies of other cities and states with this successful program in place. http://renocitynv.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Motion.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=1100&MinutesID=1124&MediaPosition=654.238&ID=10007&Type=70&CssClass=%20style=

5b. Also presented this idea to Washoe County Health Department to notify citizens before they spray with the carcinogenic pesticides to kill mosquitoes in Washoe County. They were a no show for our scheduled meeting and have yet to return our phone calls, but started a NO SPRAY hotline that you can call and get on. Meaning, the county will not spray the toxic chemicals close to your home, but down the street. Did you know that pesticide exposure killed over 300,000 people last year? Did you know that west nile virus killed less than 300? Out of those 300 individuals who died from west nile virus, most were in hospice care. WNV is a common flu we all have been exposed to at one time in our life. Most of us never even know it.

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Bryan, Elrik and Michael worked very hard to design, build and install our BeeYouTiful Bee Hotel. Thank you to Galena Volunteers who kicked in some extra back up when we needed it. Built at The Generator in Sparks Nevada, then transported onsite and installed.

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6. Won a grant to build Nevada’s largest Bee Hotel and Pesticide free garden. Used $4500 to build large insect hotel, two pesticide free pollinators gardens, hire Elrik Du Sallient to help with our Bee Hotel project and create k – 12 curriculum to teach students in Washoe County about pollinators and how to protect them. http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/12/17/rsar-selects-build-better-block-project-winner/20563171/

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Reno Sparks Association of Realtors Build a Better Block Grant Team!

http://www.ktvn.com/story/28709030/welcome-to-galenas-bee-hotel-3

7. Lobbied for pesticide free parks in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Dayton and Lyon County with phone conferences, school districts, local leaders, Beyond Pesticides and local government via phone calls, in person meetings and social media.

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Chip Osborn – Beyond Pesticides Training at City Hall

8. Organized, marketed and secured free Pesticide Free training for 58 city, state, county and school park officials with Chip Osborn and Beyond Pesticides. As a result, now have 12 parks in City of Reno, 3 parks in Carson City Nevada and two large parks with Washoe County.

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9. Helped secure 2 parks in the city of Reno to be converted and maintained as pesticide free.  Wingfield Park and Barbara Bennett park: https://www.newsreview.com/reno/fly-away/content?oid=17430288

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Carson City Nevada State Legislature is going pesticide free!

10. Help secure pesticide free grounds for our state legislature in Carson City Nevada. Currently training staff and monitoring soil for organic systems.

11. Worked with Carson City Nv Mayor Robert Crowell and his team to secure 3 large parks in Carson City Nevada as pesticide free.

12. Encouraged local Washoe County Health Department to begin to advertise their NO SPRAY zone. Gained media coverage on how fighting West Nile Virus with toxic chemicals defeats the counties purpose of protecting the health of its citizens.

13. Provided low cost and free organic lawn care classes in our community as well as presentations at local organizations.

14. Organized and promoted art shows to raise awareness about neonicotinoids and pesticide use at our public parks. Neonics are a class of pesticides found on every plant you buy that is not certified organic. This pesticide lasts up to 5 years, killing bees and other pollinators. Worked to have media coverage to share more organic lawn care tips to the public.

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/2015/06/08/nadadada-transform-motel-rooms-art-exhibits/28714857/

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Bee Habitat volunteers working hard for 3 days straight!

15. Planned and Installed an organic pollinator garden at Wildflower Village. We had to drive up to Grass Valley to buy certified organic flowers. Creative Gardens in Sparks Nevada donated organic flowers and soil thanks to Brian Eubanks our city Urban Forester.

16. Secured two of Washoe Counties largest parks to be converted and maintained as pesticide free. Currently working on obtaining sports fields within the county as pesticide free.

17. Created and maintained 4 large organic/wildlife related Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, Pinterest boards and Linkedin articles. We have over 11k followers.

18. Volunteer admin for How To Create A Toxic Free Community with world wide leaders in the organic movement. Educate, motivate and inspire moms, dads and members of the world to reduce the amount of toxins in their communities.

19. Organized a meeting of the minds dinner with Reno City Council Woman Naomi Duerr. Local environmental groups met for an evening of food and drinks, to share in an open forum what their groups are working on, what help they need if any and to network in a way to help foster growth in sustainability.

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Marcia Litsinger shows off a pumpkin growing at her market garden, Churchill Butte Organics. The Litsingers are part of the coalition of organic producers creating a new private organization, Basin and Range Organics, to continue organic.

20. Committee member for BAR O a new Nevada Organics Certified program to replace the defunct Nevada Agriculture Certification program. Working with Pat Lynch and board to market, educate and establish a NEW and Improved Organic Certification Program in Nevada. http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/17457660-113/organization-plowing-ahead-to-provide-organic-certification

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Mandela African Scholars at Silver Sage School in Nevada

21. Meet with Mandela African Scholars to discuss sustainability, pesticides exposures, GMO’s and organic farming alternatives at Silver Sage School and Healthy Communities event in Northern Nevada.

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22. Help create and market The Pollinator Fair at Urban Roots. Led a kid friendly spelling bee, gave awards and prizes while educating the public on how to buy plants that are pesticide free. Face painting, honey bee watching, insects, organic plants and more! Kelsey and the team at Urban Roots rocked our socks that day!

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22. Encourage YOU to Partner with local environmental groups to create real and immediate positive change for our community, friends and our children. Call Sandy at 775 453 6120 or email her at sandy @ bee habitat dot com.

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Pesticide Free Parks in Northern Nevada and Beyond!

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Reported by: Jaime Hayden

City of Reno beginning pesticide free pilot program

RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — A pesticide free training took place at Reno City Hall Tuesday. City officials learned alternative ways to keep Reno parks green, but with more natural products.

“We just want to get out ahead of the curve, to the extent we can, and protect our citizens,” said Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr.

The city of Reno is implementing a pesticide free pilot program at Reno parks. “We have 86 parks in Reno and what we are doing is moving out with 12 of them on a trial basis, experimental basis, to see if we can go pesticide free.”

Instead, parks will use more natural soil. Duerr believes the program is vital to our community. “We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals both on our soil and on people, we want our parks to be as welcoming and safe as possible, and it’s a city council initiative.”

Duerr says the main goal of the program is to make Reno parks safer and more natural for kids to play in. “I think that would be wonderful, if they can find a way to do it more naturally and keep our parks still green and playable with playable surfaces, I think that would be wonderful,” said local mom Morningstar Helvey.

Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit group, explained to officials about the dangers of using chemicals. “We’re concerned about elevated rates of asthma in children and learning disabilities, and autism and long term effects such as cancer,” said Jay Feldman.

read full article on News 4 website here: http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/City-of-Reno-beginning-pesticide-free-pilot/DjzP_8LT6kStMYejN8ruOQ.cspx

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Want a Beautiful and Safe Yard?

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Going “green” is easy and fun. Once you realize that going organic will save you time and money, you will wonder why you thought those quick fix synthetic products were worth your time.

The secret is in the soil. Let’s get started.

The first step to a healthy yard, is to test your soils PH level.

You can do this yourself for about $10 through your cooperative extension office.

http://www.growyourownnevada.com/horticulture-programs/master-gardener-program/soil-testing/

Or you can buy your own testing equipment at a local garden shop or hardware store. Average costs start at $45.

Related UNCE Publications:

Once you know your soils ph levels, you can then choose the right organic solution to improve the soils health.

Most lawns, flower beds, trees and landscapes need organic composting once or twice a year.

When a plant has a “pest” or problem, it usually is an indicator of poor health, or poor soil.

Often by applying one inch of organic top soil on top of your lawn in the spring, will be all the fertilizer you will need all year. After year 2 and 3, the soil will hold more water, nutrients and fend off natural pests naturally.

Companion planting is another great example of how to build the health of your soil. Comfrey is a wonderful plant that helps feed the soil. Planting comfrey under fruit trees help add nutrients to your harvest, improving taste and yield.

Have a weed in a hard to reach spot? Try these simple and organic solutions for a quick fix:

1. Use vinegar at the hottest time of the day. Weed will die in 1 – 3 days.

2. Pour boiling hot water from an electric tea kettle. Weed will die in 1 – 3 days. Use at hottest time of the day.

3. Use a weed whacker or hula hoe.

4. Bend over, pull up weed and throw into your compost pile.

5. Use a flame torch. Seriously, they sell these at Home Depot and other hardware stores. They are fun, safer than ingesting cancer cause weed killers and can take care of the weeds in rocks, sidewalks and driveway cracks in one day.

6. Plant a cover crop to keep the weeds out. Plant ground covers, flowers or an acidic ever green tree.

7. Lay down an inch or two of organic compost, hay or leaves.

Want a safe and organic fertilizer for your plants? Make an organic compost tea at home.

You can take a pillow case, fill it with plant materials, compost and organic soil. Then soak in a bucket of water for 2 – 3 days. Use that mixture on your trees and plants.

You can SUPER CHARGE your free organic compost tea like this man did in this video:

There are several free solutions as well as organic products you can buy at most garden shops.

Remember, to save the bees, you need to be healthy too. Round up is a known carcinogen and also is known as a major contributing factor for contributing to Parkinsons, ALS and blood cancers.

Did you know that pesticides build up in our bodies? Did you know that you pass those toxins down to your children and grandchildren? Often the affects of pesticides remain hidden and are passed down through the blood stream from parent to child.

Autism, ADHD, Cancer and a number of other serious health problems all share the same cause, toxins and pesticide exposure. Over 54% of children in the USA have at least one chronic illness.

When you know better, you can do better. Starting at home gives your family a much need break from the amount of toxins they fight off every day. Schools, playgrounds, parks, churches and neighbors use these toxic pesticides, pre emergents and synthetic fertilizers each day.

Get the pesticides out of your home and life.  Give your children and their children a fighting chance.

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