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The Money Trail . . . It’s Tough to Keep the Path, and Hands, Truly Clean

For nearly two decades the New England Grows trade show has been among our favorite annual dates on the calendar. For me, it's where I cut my proverbial teeth in the horticulture industry, first as a landscaper, then as a publisher and television host and in recent years as an activist. When you've been going to the same big party for 20 years you tend to know a lot of people, recognize even more faces and ...

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Common Ground: The Ocean, Lakes, Rivers & Streams

SafeLawns, Surfriders Share Common Goals of a Healthier Planet [caption id="attachment_4709" align="alignleft" width="563" caption="The SafeLawns Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation share the common goals of keeping the water clean. (Geoff Glenn photo)"][/caption] If there's one truism we've found as we begin our seventh year at the SafeLawns Foundation, it's to expect the unexpected. To that end, last ...

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NOFA Organic Lawn Certification Courses Set for Northeast

One of the main questions we get here at the SafeLawns Foundation concerns training for professionals. While we offer one-on-one consulting for businesses and municipalities in the U.S. and Canada, there's no question that best training in a classroom setting in North America comes from the Northeast Organic Farming Association's accredited Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC). The year's first classes begi ...

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All Eyes on New Jersey School Pesticide Bill

Our colleagues in New Jersey are mobilizing anxiously in anticipation of next week's critical vote in the state legislature that could remove toxic pesticides from school grounds and day care centers. Suzanne Aptmann of the Northern New Jersey SafeYards Alliance did a great job of getting the issue covered in her local newspaper: http://westdeptford.patch.com/articles/legislature-could-move-on-school-pestic ...

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SafeLawns to Open 2012 Tour in Sacramento

The SafeLawns Foundation announced today it will open its 2012 international tour in California at the EcoLandscape 2012 conference in Woodland, just outside of Sacramento. The conference, which will focus on economically and environmentally sustainable business practices in the green industry, will be keynoted by SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey, as well as Jeff Lowenfels of Anchorage, Alaska, author of Teemin ...

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Miracle Gro Sales Continue to Plummet

Are consumers waking up to the general wastefulness and toxicity of the chemical lawn care industry? Based on the ongoing decline in the finances of the world's largest purveyor of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides — coupled with the increase in the sales of organic products — all indications point to a major market shift. Scotts Miracle-Gro announced earlier this week that it will likely lose $70 to $75 ...

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The Cover Art is In: Here’s the Next Book

Calendar Filling Fast for New Lawn Games for Life Tour & Book Signings Although our next book, co-authored with actress Victoria Rowell, is still at the printer and won't be unveiled until the Philadelphia Flower Show and numerous other venues in March, the official cover was released by the publisher today. Titled Tag, Toss & Run, the book is a culmination of several years of planning in advance of next ye ...

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Wisconsin Woman Charged With Having an Ugly Lawn

Happy Holidays . . . Louise Quigley has the seventh day of her Advent calendar marked for a not-so-warm celebration. She's headed to court to defend her right to grow native plants on what some in the neighborhood think should be a traditionally mown lawn. While she claims that in the past 20 years numerous people in her suburban Shorewood neighborhood have stopped by to tell her how much they love her road ...

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