Fall harvest approaches, and like the many farmers who are now preparing for the climax of a year's worth of hard work, all of us at NCAP are getting ready for our own annual, fall event.
Healthy Harvest, our annual dinner, party, and silent auction fundraiser, is in less than two weeks...and we couldn't be more excited! Not only does this event help us raise the funds we need to support our programs, it's also a chance to honor all of the people and partners who make our work possible. It's a chance for us to give thanks to the community that supports us.
If you're reading this now, you are part of that community, so I invite you to join us at this year's event. Come celebrate the work you helped create!
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
NCAP's 5th annual dinner and silent auction fundraiser is Saturday, October 5th at the Eugene Vets Club Ballroom. Festivities start at 6 pm!
This year's event promises to be the best we've ever had! Here it is at a glance:
Locally sourced, organic gourmet meal
Drinks by Oakshire Brewing and Frey Vineyards
Music and entertainment by Satori Bob
Dessert by Coconut Bliss
Auction packages filled with art, Northwest outings, and fabulous treats to pamper yourself or your loved ones
Wine ring toss stocked by Benton Lane Winery, Territorial Vineyards, Frey Vineyards, and more
A chance to win gift certificates to the finest local establishments
Dress-up photo booth by Wendy Gregory Photography
Save the Bees: Your Calls are Working, Don't Stop!
Thanks to your comments and calls, 29 Federal Representatives have co-sponsored a bill that would protect bees by restricting neonicotinoid pesticides. Four new legislators signed on just last week! 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!
Read More and Take Action!
Take Action: Stop Oregon's Monsanto Protection Act
Earlier this year, Oregonians successfully defeated a bill that would have blocked local communities from establishing their own agricultural policies. The bill, SB 633, was the biotech industry's response to a growing movement in some Oregon counties to outlaw the growing of genetically modified organisms. While the bill was squashed, the main provisions of the bill were recently included in an unrelated tax reform measure set for vote during a special legislative session on September 30th. Please call Gov. Kitzhaber and demand that he withdraw his support of Oregon's Monsanto Protection Act!
Honey vs Vinegar
We've all heard the adage, "You'll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar." Now, a group of Portland bee advocates are putting this idea into play, making a positive example out of one neighborhood garden shop. Bee Friendly Portland is planning a "carrot mob" to reward a local gardening store, Garden Fever, for removing all neonicotinoid products from their shelves. The idea is to flood the store with business as a show of appreciation. Follow the link below to learn more and find out how you can be involved!
Carrot Mob for Bees
A Fine Finish for 2013 Field Days
Big thanks go out to everyone who attended our final field days of 2013! We had two great gatherings in September, one focusing on a new biological control and another focusing on organic seed production. These field days are always a highlight of the summer for us. Hopefully you enjoyed them as much as we did!
If you missed them, don't worry. You'll have another chance for one-on-one learning this winter at the annual Grower's Own Conferece. Stay tuned!
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.
Coos County Oregon cancels plans to aerially spray wildlife refuge.
GMO Free Oregon plans October 12th march.
UCLA report says California pesticide regulation is "flawed," cites methyl iodide approval as example.
Canada declares farm uses of neonicotinoids "unsustainable."
Washington state produces list of 200 approved pesticides for marijuana growers.
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
Toolbox Tip: Alternatives in Action
Don't want to use pesticides, but not sure what to do? NCAP has a brand new video covering non-chemical management strategies for lawns and landscaped areas.
Alternatives in Action
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