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California Premiere in the Works for A Chemical Reaction

We got word just before the weekend that out movie, A Chemical Reaction, will have its west coast premiere on two weeks at the Wine Country Film Festival in Sonoma, Calif. I'll post the details as soon as I have them. Here are our other screening dates: Boston Film Festival 09.23.09 @ 3PM (Kendall Square Theatre) Camden (Maine) International Film Festival 10.03.09 @ 3PM (Farnsworth Art Gallery, Rockland) Ne ...

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Take Action: Pesticide Emergency in Worcester, Mass.

Here is the text of a letter I am circulating throughout Massachusetts. Please paste it to anyone who will listen. See the full press release below: If you agree with my concerns, please feel free to use the letter as a basis for your own letters to the editors of your local papers, or to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. You can contact him at www.mass.gov/?pageID=gov3utilities&sid=Agov3&U=Agov3_contact_us ...

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For Dark Green Organic Lawns, Check Your Grass Cultivar

This question came in today from our friend Howard Harrison from Washington state: "I know that a dark green lawn is almost always a sign that a lot of high nitrogen fertilizer has been used — a lawn on drugs. As much as I explain to clients about this, they still want a pretty dark green lawn. I recently lost a client that I had worked on renovating their lawn for almost a year — because it wasn’t green en ...

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Understanding State Preemption Laws

We've posted information here before about state preemption laws that inhibit the rights of cities and towns when it comes to regulating fertilizers and pesticides. In the words of our friends at Beyond Pesticides, "In general terms, preemption refers to the ability of one level of government to override laws of a lower level. While local governments once had the ability to restrict the use, sales and distr ...

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Canadian Pesticide Bans: And Then There were Four?

As reported here on our first post back in June, the province of New Brunswick in Canada plans to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides such as 2,4-D later this year. Now it appears a fourth province may be set to follow suit. If British Columbia were to ban these products, that would essentially tie up more than 80 percent of the major population centers of Canada under the umbrella of pesticide restrictions. ...

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Consider Worm Composting

Worms are still a wiggly subject for some gardeners. Even in these days of renewed organic enlightenment, some folks just can't stomach the thought of the slimy creatures slithering about in their yards. As recently as the 1930s, gardening publications were promoting worm poisons. Bugs of all types were often considered bad, and any chemicals that could "sterilize" the soil were accepted as good. These days ...

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Camden International Film Festival Times Set

We heard from Ben Fowlie, the founding director of the Camden International Film Festival in Maine that our screening will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Farnsworth Art Gallery. A reception will follow. I'll post ticket information as it becomes available. ...

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Now is the Time to Pull Weeds

[caption id="attachment_329" align="alignnone" width="478" caption="Hawkbit (fall dandelion)"][/caption][caption id="attachment_330" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="dandelion"][/caption]Take a look around your yard. If it’s anything like mine, the weeds are weeds are winning the battle right about now. We managed to keep up for quite a while, but extremely healthy specimens of plantain, chickweed, cr ...

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Press Release About Boston Film Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 MOVIE PREMIERE Boston to Launch A Chemical Reaction BOSTON, MASS. — On the heels of a near sellout world premiere at the World Film Festival in Montreal, the controversial documentary A Chemical Reaction announced its first Massachusetts screening at the 25th Boston Film Festival on Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. Producers of the movie, which focuses on the anti-pesticide movemen ...

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