Earlier this month I went to Michigan to attend the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) summer meeting. These gatherings are always incredibly educational, and this most recent one seemed to hold special importance since the path forward for the Farm Bill (or some extension of it) is still so unclear. One thing is certain though, August is a critical time to keep pressure on Congress, even though they are recessed. "Why?" you may ask...
If Congress doesn't pass a full 5 year farm bill in 2013, or if they opt instead to pass another one year extension, critical organic research and conservation programs will disappear in 2014. We can't let this happen.
Now is the time to put pressure on your legislator in their home district, especially your House Representative, and let him or her know that you want a Farm Bill in 2013. While you're at it, ask them to co-sponsor the Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013. More on that below!
P.S. - Check out the NSAC blog for a detailed picture of where things are in the Farm Bill process.
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
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More Calls Needed for Save America's Pollinators Act
In July, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a strong new piece of legislation that would stop many uses of neonicotinoid pesticides and direct the EPA to perform an additional evaluation of their impacts on pollinators like bees. The bill has since gained 17 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, but we still need folks calling in order to build support.
Congress is recessed during the month of August, so please contact your Federal Representatives at their district offices and ask them to co-sponsor HR 2692 - the Save America's Pollinators Act of 2013!
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Break-a-thon: a Board Busting Benefit for Bees
Each summer, Eugene's Moo Do Academy of Tae Kwon Do holds their signature "break-a-thon." Not only is it a display of board-shattering martial arts - their specialty - it's also a fun and exciting way to raise funds for local causes and projects.
We're happy to say that proceeds from this year's event will be used to establish more backyard and neighborhood beehives through an NCAP partnership project with Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Moo Do Tae Kwon Do and Tim Greathouse for making it all happen!
Join Us in the Park, Help Save the Bees - Sunday, August 25
Healthy Bees = Healthy Gardens is hosting an event in Eugene's Washington Park
from 12 pm – 3 pm on Sunday, August 25. Join us for food, fun, and activities all designed to show what you can do to help our community and save the bees! This event is free and also includes:
- Honey tasting (all from local hives!),
- Info session with Bill Wood all about Warré beehives,
- Native plant tour by Bruce Newhouse,
- “Transforming Suburbia” talk by Jan Spencer,
- Snacks by Toby’s & Carmen’s, music and more!
NCAP will be there, along with allied groups such as Oregon Sustainable Beekeepers
, Lane County Beekeepers Association
, Beyond Toxics
, and Glory Bee Foods
For more information, please contact Jen Hornaday at email@example.com!
Thanks for a Great Field Day, Wood River Organics!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Wood River Organics in Idaho for our field day in late July! It was a great success. If you missed it, here's a full recap
...and don't worry, you can join us for the next one!
There are two Idaho field days left this summer. Don't miss your chance to get a close look at sustainable practices and learn new farming techniques from the real experts: farmers!
Wednesday, September 4
Induced Resistance as a Component of Potato Disease Management
Aberdeen R&E Center, University of Idaho
Thursday, September 11
“Growing Organic Seed in Idaho: How to for Farmers"
Canyon Bounty Farm
Nampa, ID (with the Organic Seed Alliance)
Tickets are available through pesticide.org. Contact Jennifer Miller for more information.
Be a Part of Our Healthy Harvest!
One great way to support NCAP is by donating items for our annual Healthy Harvest silent auction.
We are in search of unique items that will help us raise the much needed funds to do our work and to make our event exciting! Consider offering a gift certificate from your favorite business-- a weekend “getaway” for two... dinner at a favorite restaurant... a wilderness trekking adventure... a mountain bike or other outdoor gear...
handcrafted jewelry... any fun, creative contribution will be greatly appreciated!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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Your voice matters, use it! Visit our updated Action Center for information and opportunities to reduce pesticide use, protect communities, and influence state and federal policies.
Volunteering and Internships
Looking for something to do this summer? Why not get involved and help protect the environment by volunteering or interning with NCAP? We have several exciting new positions we are looking to fill and would love to have you on board with us.
Check out our open positions and get in touch with us today!
Volunteer and Internship Poisitions
Eat for the Earth
We're happy to announce that September's Eat for the Earth event will be at Oakshire Brewing Public House on September 18th. We'll also have live music by guitarist Will Brown.
Oakshire is generously donating $1 to NCAP from every pint sold all day! So swing by any time 11 am - 10 pm and enjoy a beer. Hope to see you there!
Toolbox Tip: What to do if You've Been Sprayed
Maybe your yard was accidentally sprayed by a neighbr. Or maybe you live next to farm or timber operations who constantly apply pesticides. Maybe your city is spraying right now for mosquitoes. Whatever the case, it's good to know what to do if you've been sprayed.
You've Been Sprayed, What Can You Do?
NCAP thanks all the Business League members that supported us this month! They are:
Click Here to join the growing list of businesses that support alternatives to pesticides.
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