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2012 is a special year, and no, not because of the doomsday predictions being tossed around.

It's special because 2012 is NCAP's 35th anniversary, and we're celebrating all the dedicated people who have helped create three and a half decades of pesticide reform! 

That's where you come in. If you've been involved with us over the years, whether as a reader, or a donor, a volunteer, board member, stafffperson, or really in any way whatsoever, we want to hear from you. Help us recount the many victories and special memories from the last 35 years.
To get the ball rolling, we've set up a short list of questions here, Tell your tale and be sure to send any additional content or photos to the email address provided at the end of the list. We'll be featuring your stories on a special section of our website throughout the year.

Thanks so much for being a part of our mission for so long! Doomsday predictions notwithstanding, we're committed to protecting people and the environment for another 35 years, or however long it takes. Read on to see how we're getting started...

Happy New Year,

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Kim Leval
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)

Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Blueberry Workshop: Lifting the Mummy's Curse

mummy berryMummy Berry Disease is a fungal infection that affects blueberries growing in cool wet climates...like the Northwest. When it strikes, berry growers often turn to conventional chemical fungicides for control.

That's why we're offering a look at alternative Mummy Berry management strategies in our first ever blueberry production workshop.

Join us on February 21, 2012 from 9:00 am - 2:45 pm for discussions with
Organic farmers Eric Pond (Agricare) & Jim Meyer (Cascadian Farms) as well as OSU Organic Blueberry Researchers, Emily Vollmer and Jay Pscheidt. As part of the program, we'll also visit a local blueberry operation. The best part is, it's only $10 to register online, so you won't have to bet the farm.

Register Online

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Whether you call it networking, peer-to-peer learning, or something totally different, the Grower’s Own Conference is a vibrant, interactive gathering where farmers come to share tips and hear from the real experts: other organic farmers.

The day consists of farmer-to-farmer work sessions covering topics chosen by you. Plus, this year's conference offers an extra afternoon filled with updates on organic research and resources for organic and diversified farms. If you're a grower, this is for you!

Friday, Feb. 3 - Saturday, Feb. 4
College of Southern Idaho - Herrett Center
Twin Falls, Idaho

Learn More/Register

Science in Seattle

A committee of the National Research Council (NRC) has been charged with determining the best way to evaluate the risks pesticides pose to endangered fish and wildlife. As part of the process, the committee is reviewing the methods used by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as wildlife agencies.

As an extension of our work to protect endangered salmon from pesticides, NCAP's Environmental Health Associate Aimee Code will address the committee.

The committee's public session will be held in Seattle, WA  on January 31st. Details as follows:

Tuesday, January 31
1pm - 5:30pm

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA  98104

Take the Pesticide-Free Pledge!
PFZ SignMost issues you encounter in your home, yard or garden can be avoided or solved using ecological alternatives. That means being pesticide-free isn't just better for the environment, it's also easy! Do your part and take the Pesticide-Free Pledge for 2012.

Take the Pledge

Strength in Numbers

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To commemorate NCAP's 35th Anniversary, we are launching a special Strength in Numbers Campaign and inviting you to be a part of the 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle.

The 35th Anniversary Leadership Giving Circle
consists of donors giving above and beyond their memberships in order to help NCAP build a matching fund. Members will receive a limited edition recycled Chico shopping bag with NCAP’s 35th Anniversary logo for gifts  of $100 or more.

To learn more call Shelly at (541) 344-5044 ext. 17. Join the leadership giving circle and be the foundation for another 35 years of pesticide reform!

You can also renew your membership online via the button below. NCAP relies on support from members like you!


Get a 'Pesticide-Free Area' Sign

When you join the Ladybug Lovely monthly giving program, you receive a new Pesticide-Free Area sign from NCAP and Mountain Rose Herbs. The sign is made from recycled aluminum, so it's a responsible and durable way to state your values!

Call 541-344-5044 ext.17 to learn more about the Ladybug Lovely and how to get your sign.

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January 2012
  • Letter from the Director
  • Lifting the Mummy's Curse
  • Grower's Own Conference
  • Science in Seattle
  • Take the Pledge
  • Strength in Numbers
  • Membership and Signs

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Take Action

Just Label It

Demand GMO labeling! If you haven't yet, tell the FDA to respect your right to know what's in your food.

Sign the Petition

Why Labeling is Important

Sandra Steingraber in Portland, Oregon - April 5th


NCAP is hosting a talk with author and ecologist Dr. Sandra Steingraber.
Learn More

35 Years of
Pesticide Reform

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To celebrate our 35th year, NCAP is honoring the many people who have been involved with our organization. If you're one of them, please let us know by sharing your stories and memories:
NCAP's 35th Anniversary

Other News

Legal challenge to methyl iodide registration continues
in California.
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There may be fungicide  in your orange juice.
Read More

Business Sponsors


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New and Renewing Business League Members

A big thank you to Business League members who joined or renewed in January!

Cafe Mam

Canyon Bounty Farm

Firetrail Nursery

Frey Vineyards

Mountain Rose Herbs

Purple Dragon Co-op

Wintergreen Farm

Click here to view the full business league roster.

Do you have a business? Join the growing list of businesses that are standing up for a healthy environment! Visit the Business League webpage to learn more about becoming an NCAP Business League member.

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides | info@pesticide.org | 541.344.5044

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