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SafeLawns Movement Moves to Maryland

Tukey to Appear at Several Green Week Events

Paul Tukey, North America’s leading advocate for natural lawn care, will make several appearances this week as part of a Green Week celebration in southern Maryland.

On Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m., the City of Gaithersburg and the Kentlands Community Foundation GO GREEN Group will present a free screening of the Emmy nominated film, A Chemical Reaction. The screening will be held at the Kentlands Stadium 10 Theaters, 629 Center Point Way in Gaithersburg. This feature documentary tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America.

The film follows the story of Hudson, Quebec, and its fight to ban the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the community, a struggle which ultimately made its way to the Canadian Supreme Court. A Chemical Reaction is a heartwarming, inspirational, human-interest story about the origin of the natural lawn care movement in Canada and the United States.

Tukey, one of the film’s stars and producers, will attend the screening and after the film will lead an informative question-and-answer session. His appearance is made possible in part by support from Glenstone.

He will also present fun-filled lectures at area schools on Thursday and Friday and conclude his visit to the region with a public lecture titled “How & Why to Grow a Beautiful Landscape Naturally” on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Howard Auditorium of Bullis School at 10601 Falls Road, Potomac, Md. The first 50 registrants will receive Tukey’s book: The Organic Lawn Care Manual. All registrants eligible for addional prizes, courtesy of Glenstone. Registration is encouraged: 301-424-4141

For more information about participating in Green Week, contact the Office of Environmental Services at 301-258-6330 or e-mail environment@gaithersburg.gov.

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • June Smythe

    Spectacular! Paul Tukey is the best speaker in the gardening world. I’m psyched he’s coming to our little area of the world.
    J. Smythe, Potomac

  • Dave Ryan

    I for one can relate to Mr. Tukey when he stated that he used to come home every night coated with the junk he was applying during the day.
    I too used to drive the big tank truck, used to drag the hose in many yards. I would come home literally caked with this junk.

    I began to wonder why we had so much of a turn around with employees leaving, why we hired so many new guy’s. An old timer in our company was someone who worked for us 4 or 5 years. The health problems I saw, were numerous. The red flag was when I remembered that before you could drive the truck or spray the product, you HAD to sign the waiver form which said in short, that you couldn’t sue the company in the advent that you got sick from your exposure from the junk you were spraying.

    That one thing, “sign the waiver” spoke volumes about what were we doing to ourselves and the enviroment. Unfortunatley, I didn’t see it until much later. Seems to me that they knew what the hazzads were.
    The company I worked for has long since gone out of business.

    Mr. Tukeys talk was an eye opener, well worth coming to.
    I thought I knew the business, Now I know better.
    If you can change one, you made a giant step forward.
    Now the only thing I go to Lowes or Home depot for is lumber,
    the stench in there from the lawn products is unbearable.
    Dave Ryan, Lanham

  • Kerry Lee Miller

    I congratulate all those who are so actively involved in helping to secure the health of our children by banning pesticides. I have spoken out against this practice since late 90s. Neighbours thought I was crazy then when I would demand that the “weed Man ” truck not spray next door as it was too windy and was blowing on my property. I was the crazy lady to them.
    Everyone- dandelions are beautiful when you see a field of them. Who deigned them weeds?
    let us all put health first.

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