Beauty and the Bees!
That's what Meeru Dhalwala, Chef and Co-owner of Shanik Restaurant
in Seattle, dubbed her fabulous fundraising dinner on November 17th.
Meeru and her staff volunteered their time and talent to prepare a five course, family-style Indian feast to help raise awareness and funds for protecting bees in the Northwest. Around 80 guests came in support, and NCAP was fortunate enough to be one of the event’s beneficiaries, along with Pollinator Pathway
in Seattle. We’re not only grateful, but humbled by how poignant the evening was.
Food isn’t only about nutrition. It plays a central role in human cultures, and one that is especially visible this time of year. This is why protecting pollinators is so crucial, because the diversity and sustainability of our food, and all the culture attached to it, depends on them.
If you’re looking for something extra to be thankful for this week, be thankful for bees, and for folks like Meeru who are helping us to protect them from pesticides.
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
to Pesticides (NCAP)
P.S. Read more about Meeru's event and see video of our talk here.
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news.
We give our best wishes to long-time NCAP staff member, Aimee Code, as she begins her new position with the Xerces Society. In her 13 years at NCAP, Aimee accomplished great things. We know she'll continue that wherever she goes.
The Future of Farming In the Next Farm Bill
bred specifically for organic growing conditions, as well as cold hardiness. These are two examples of how investment in organic research is paying off for organic farmers in the Northwest.
Recent Farm Bills brought meaningful support for our nation’s organic farms. But when the 2008 Farm Bill expired a year ago and a partial extension was passed at the beginning of 2013, this support was stranded.
It’s time to make sure that the next farm bill includes support for the future of agriculture – organic farming and beginning farmers.
Congress recently resumed negotiations on the Farm Bill. Northwest Representatives DelBene (D-WA) and Schrader (D-OR) were named to the conference committee.
If you live in one of these districts, call and ask your Representative to support funding for organic research and the beginning farmer & rancher development program.
Representative Schrader, 5th District in Oregon: (202) 225-5711
Representative DelBene, 1st District in Washington: (202) 225-6311
Don't live in one of these districts and your member of congress is not a farm bill conferee
? Then ask your Representative to contact farm bill conferees with your message of supporting organic research and the beginning farmer & rancher development program. Find your representative here
Is Your Rep. Working to Save the Bees? Give Them a Call!
Thanks to your comments and calls, 39 Federal Representatives have now co-sponsored HR 2692, the Saving America's Pollinators Act!
This bill would protect bees by effectively banning neonicotinoid pesticides, the insecticides that are linked to bee kills all over the world. If your congressperson has yet to support this bill, please call him or her and ask them to do so. If they already have, call to say thanks!
2014 Grower's Own Conference
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2014 Grower's Own Conference and pre-conference workshop. Here are the details:
Grower's Own Conference
February 7 - 8, 2014
Pre-conference short course:
"Bring on the Bugs! Farming with Beneficial Insects and Pollinators" with the Xerces Society
February 7, 2014
Register online now!
Are you passionate about pesticide issues? Come work with us! We're scouring the Northwest for a Program Director
to lead our Healthy Water and Wildlife Program. See the job description below, and send your applications/inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're happy to help you solve those home, garden, and farming issues without using toxic chemicals. Check out our online archives for tips on alternatives to pesticides and factsheets on common pesticide products. If you don't see what you're looking for, shoot us an email at email@example.com. We're here to help!
If pest control is part of your job, check out our Sustainable Places Information Network to connect with other pros seeking greener ways to get the job done.
NCAP is a proud member of EarthShare Oregon.
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Endangered Species Act turns 40.
NCAP Alumni honored with annual David Brower Award.
Save the Date:
April 11-12, 2014
National Pesticide Forum
NCAP is partnering with Beyond Pesticides
to help bring the 32nd annual National Pesticide Forum to Portland, Oregon. The conference will be held at the Portland State University Place Hotel and Conference Center.
More details soon!
Toolbox Tip: Winter Pest Proofing
Out of sight, but not out of mind… While you may see fewer pests during fall and winter, it is a perfect time of year to exclude their access to the indoors.
Volunteering and Internships
Passionate about pesticide issues? You can protect the environment by volunteering with NCAP.
Check out our open positions and get in touch with us today!
Volunteer and Internship Poisitions