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Another Week, Another Whirlwind Tour to Support Natural Lawn Care

Stops Include Iowa, Wisconsin, California and Florida

The coming week, even by our standards, will be feature a whirlwind tour that crisscrosses three corners of the nation and several points in between in the pursuit and promotion of natural lawn care.

The plane leaves Providence later this morning for Fort Dodge, Iowa, the home of Calcium Products Inc. and NatraTurf. The folks at CPI manage one of the largest pure calcium deposits on the continent and refine their product into some of the best high-calcium limestone and gypsum for agriculture and home lawns. If your lawn has mostly dandelions growing, it’s probably because the soil below lacks enough available calcium for grass to thrive. A healthy dose of limestone can help change that.

Tomorrow we’re scheduled to drive from Iowa to Madison, Wisconsin, with the principals of Purple Cow Organics, the compost company with the best reputation in the Midwest. Originally referred to us by Dr. Elaine Ingham herself, Purple Cow composts to consistently exacting standards that make it a truly premium product. We’ll post some photos here as soon as we get them.

On Wednesday we’re scheduled to meet with local environmental groups about bringing organic lawn care symposia to the Midwest, including Madison and Chicago, next March. If you are in the area and would like to attend, here are the details: (What: Strategy meeting to determine the best course of action to put on a Madison sustainable lawn care event in March 2012; Where: Madison Environmental Group Office- 25 N Pinckney St. Madison WI. 608-280-0800; When: 10 a.m.)

On Thursday, we’re off to Los Angeles for a fundraising gathering to benefit Conservation International. The remarkable group was founded in 1987 by Spencer Beebe and Peter Seligmann and now has a staff of more than 900 employees working in more than 45 countries. It’s main work occurs in developing countries in Africa and Madagascar, Asia-Pacific, and the Central and South American rainforests.

Friday is a travel day, followed by our final stop of the week at the massive Bayside Rocks festival in downtown Miami. It’s a rare opportunity to bring the natural lawn message to 18,000-plus music revelers. On Saturday at 1 the conference will convene a Green Panel, where the SafeLawns Foundation will have a seat among numerous local activists. Later that afternoon we’ll have the opportunity to address the entire gathering for 5 minutes. If you had 300 seconds to try to get the attention of a throng of people waiting to hear the Wailers, what would you say about organic lawn care?

I’ll have lots of time on the road this week to ponder that thought . . .

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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