News Release Contact: Holly Givens
For Immediate Release Phone: 413-774-7511
Creating a healthy environment starts in your front, and back, yard
Greenfield, Mass. (Jan. 13, 2004)- Do you have a lawn or flower garden? Are you planning a vegetable garden for 2004? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you may want to think "organically," says the Organic Trade Association.
"Now is the time to think about planning your vegetable and flower gardens and lawn care. When doing so, you can vote for the health of our environment by choosing organic seeds, supplies, and methods," said Katherine DiMatteo, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.
It is becoming easier to find organic seeds and supplies, DiMatteo said. In fact, the Organic Trade Association's consumer web site, The O'Mama Report has listings of sources for organic seeds, seedlings, pest controls, fertilizers, services, garden equipment, and garden books. The direct web link is: http://www.theorganicreport.com/pages/144_home_garden.cfm.
There are many reasons to use organic methods to care for your front and back yards. For instance, if there are children or pets in your home or neighborhood, using organic practices for your lawns or flower and vegetable gardening projects will reduce their exposure to toxic and persistent pesticides generally used in traditional lawn care and gardens. When pesticides are used on lawns, for instance, children and pets are exposed to them while they are outside and later when the chemicals are tracked into the home.
Also, organic methods protect beneficial insects and species, including butterflies and ladybugs, that help keep your plants healthier. They also protect wild animals, birds and bees that may visit your plants and flowers.
"Taking care of our environment begins at home, in our yards and gardens," said DiMatteo.
For further sources of information about organic practices, visit the Organic Trade Association's web site, http://www.ota.com/, or its consumer web site, http://www.theorganicreport.org/.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is a membership-based business association serving North America whose mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade. OTA's more than 1,250 members include growers, shippers, retailers, processors, certifiers, farmer associations, brokers, consultants and others.
January 13, 2004
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