Our heartfelt thanks go out to those of you who made it to this year's Healthy Harvest Celebration. It was undoubtedly our best event yet, with over 120 people in attendance, all of whom helped us raise more than $12,000 for NCAP programs! Thank you so much!
We are using the funds you helped us raise and plowing toward some big objectives for the remainder of 2013. Among those, continuing to gain co-sponsors for HR 2692, the Save America's Pollinators Act, and going back to work to create a farm bill that actually invests in sustainable agriculture. Since Northwest Representatives Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and Susan DelBene (D-WA) were appointed to the Farm Bill Conference Committee
, NCAP now has a larger opportunity to make a positive impact.
Expect alerts soon about what you can do to help make this all happen. Your actions are crucial to making this world a healthier, safer place! Meanwhile, here's our update for October.
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Congrats 2013 Rachel Carson Award Winners
Each year at Healthy Harvest, we recognize a special activist who's work on pesticide issues has made a significant difference in their community. This year the award went to not one, but TWO very special people. Join us in congratulating (and thanking!) Jen and Doug Hornaday, our 2013 Rachel Carson Award winners, for their crucial work protecting bees.
NCAP Welcomes Sarah Finney
We are pleased to announce the addition of Sarah Finney, our new Operations and Resource Coordinator, to the NCAP team! Sarah has been a long-time member and staunch supporter of NCAP's mission.
She has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, as well as a professional background that includes project management, natural resource planning, and graphic design. We're looking forward to doing great work with her, and we hope you'll get to know her as a crucial part of the NCAP staff. Welcome Sarah!
Take Action: Food Safety Modernization Act
There's nothing "safe" about shutting down family farms or denying people access to sustainably grown food...yet that's exactly what the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules are posed to do. If enacted, the new rules would put many small farms out of business, reduce the availability of fresh, local produce in schools and hospitals, eliminate incentives to protect wildlife habitat on farms, and encourage increased use of agrichemicals.
Contact FDA by November 15th and tell them not to dismantle America's sustainable food infrastructure. In specific, the new rules must:
Allow farmers to use practices allowed and encouraged by existing federal organic standards and conservation programs.
Ensure that diversified and innovative farms, particularly those pioneering models for increased access to healthy, local foods, continue to grow and thrive without being stifled.
Provide options that treat family farms fairly, with due process and without excessive costs.
Take Action: Tell Your Lawmakers to Get on Board with Bees
Thanks to your comments and calls, 35 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 deaths all over the world. If your federal congressperson has yet to support this bill, please call and ask him or her to do so. If your Representative has cosponsored, call to say thanks!
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!
Save the Date: 2014 Grower's Own Conference
The 2014 Grower's Own Conference will be here before you know it, so why not mark your calendars now? You won't want to miss this great opportunity to learn from the real farming experts...farmers! Just like last time, we'll be offering a pre-conference workshop for those interested. Here's what you need to know:
Grower's Own Conference
February 7 - 8, 2014
"Pollinator & Beneficial Insect Short Course" with the Xerces Society
February 7, 2014
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.
OBGYN group says pregnant women and fetuses need better protection from pesticides.
WA State sues lobbyists over campaign against GMO labeling.
NCAP Mouse Control videos featured by Western IPM Center.
Monsanto executives receive World Food Prize, warn against "dangers" of GMO labeling.
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
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
Toolbox Tip: Hobo Spiders
Think you have a hobo spider? It’s possible, but not likely. There are at least two common ground spiders in the Pacific Northwest that are frequently mistaken for a hobo spider. Read on and learn the difference!
Renewing Business League Members
Down to Earth
Do you have a business? See NCAP's Business League roster to learn more about becoming an NCAP Business League member. Join the growing list of businesses that are standing up for a healthy