Earlier this week we urged you to contact your US representative and speak up for subsidy reforms, clean water and healthy food in the Farm Bill. Many of you called, helping to ensure that the subsidy reform amendment passed and that cuts to the Farmers Market Promotion Program were averted. Nice work!
However, the overall bill failed to pass. This was in large part because of huge cuts it made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). The bill also included big disappointments, such as sinister provisions like the "biotech rider" and language that would create Clean Water Act exemptions for pesticide applications.
It isn't clear what comes next for the Farm Bill, but we hope you'll be ready to pick up the phone again soon. In the meantime, join us for one of our organic farm events this summer!
Kim Leval, Executive Director
Northwest Center for Alternatives
to Pesticides (NCAP)
Visit our website at www.pesticide.org for information and the latest news!
Why Care About Pesticide Use?
Aren't pesticides regulated, aren't they safe? These are still common questions, and we hear them a lot. Maybe you've heard them too when explaining your pesticide concerns to friends, neighbors, or even policymakers. That's why we put together this new video that gives an overview of pesticide use, its impacts, and how to help reduce pesticide use in your community. Watch and share!
Organic Gems Farm Tour and Dinner
Help us wrap up Idaho Organic Week (June 23 - 29) by joining us on Saturday, June 29 for fun and fare from some of the finest organic growers in Idaho's Gem County! We'll start by touring the grape vineyard at Silver Leaf Farm and tasting a selection of wines from Vale Wine Company. Then, we'll tour tomato, basil & pepper fields, visit the pastured chickens, and learn about vermicomposting at Sweet Valley Organics. The whole day wraps up with a field dinner as the sun sets in the valley of Sweet!
Click Here for tickets or information, or contact Jennifer Miller:
Preview Sweet Valley Organics
Idaho Summer Field Days
Summer and sunshine are the cues for NCAP's annual farm field days. We have four lined up this year! So mark your calendars and come join us to see sustainable agriculture in action:
Wednesday, July 17th - Register Here
Purple Sage Farms
Wednesday, July 31
Wood River Organics
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.
Sustainable Oregon Schools
The third annual Sustainable Schools - Sustainable Solutions Conference is next Tuesday, June 25th in West Linn, Oregon. NCAP is proud to be among the presenters and panelists at this year's event with our morning workshop on pesticide-free solutions for school pests. If you're headed to the conference, come say hi!
Learn More about NCAP's work to reduce pesticide use in schools
Mother Earth News Fair
We enjoyed meeting and speaking with so many of you at the Mother Earth News Fair earlier this month in Puyallup, Washington. What an event! Big congrats too to Susan from Tahuya, Washington for taking the Pesticide-Free Pledge and winning our Mini Dragon Flame Weeder. We hope to see you all again next time.
Meanwhile, have you taken the pesticide-free pledge?
Double Your Impact in June!
Throughout the month of June, the ever-generous organic heroes at Mountain Rose Herbs will match your donation to NCAP (up to $2500)! That means by giving in June, you provide twice the support for NCAP programs. Even giving a little can go a long way, so please contribute what you can to this special campaign!
West Nile Virus, Mosquito Abatement, and What You Can Do
Each summer, many communities turn to neighborhood fogging and aerial spraying to quell concerns about West Nile Virus. Fortunately, some communities offer 'spray opt out' programs and alternative mosquito abatement plans. Find out if your community offers this and sign up now. Deadlines for application in your area are likely right around the corner.
Example: Ada County No Spray Program
NCAP Resources on Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus
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.
Thousands of bumblebees and other pollinators killed by pesticide application in Oregon.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is detected in urine samples across Europe.
Surprise! Unregistered GMO wheat found growing in Oregon.
New study details loss of riparian biodiversity due to pesticide pollution.
Your voice matters, use it! Visit NCAP's updated Action Center for information and opportunities to reduce pesticide use, protect communities, and influence state and federal policies relating to pesticides.
Toolbox Tip: Know Your Stingers
Summertime outings bring us into contact with wasps, yellowjackets, bees, and other insects that can sting. Most are not aggressive and will only sting if provoked, and knowing which bugs are which helps ease concerns. Read our article to learn more!
Living with Bees and Wasps
Eat for the Earth
Our June 'Eat for the Earth' day will be at Vanilla Jill's on June 24.
The fundraiser runs all day, just show this flyer when you buy!
Stay tuned for other percentage days in 2013! We are pleased to be partnering with other local restaurants and breweries who are supporting our work each month.
NCAP thanks all the Business League members that supported us this month! They are:
Ring of Fire
Holy Cow Cafe
Click Here to join the growing list of businesses that support alternatives to pesticides.