"Growing Green: Ask the Experts about Organic Gardening and Landscaping" March 26, 2012, Newton Free Library.  Ellie Goldberg, Green Decade/NewtonSarah LIttle, Toxics Use Reduction Consultant and author of Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards, a quick-start guide for homeowners (NOFA/MA; Jessica Banhazl, Green City Growers; Risa Edelstein, President, Ecological Landscaping Association.

At a recent Green Decade/Newton program, expert landscapers and gardeners Risa Edelstein, Jessica Banhazl and Sarah Little shared secrets for creating ecological, edible, and extraordinarily beautiful yards and gardens. They explained how to promote soil fertility and conserve water and energy while preventing and correcting pest problems and invasive plants without poisons and synthetic chemicals.  Participants learned about resources for homeowners and landscapers and the list of 160 NOFA accredited organic lawn care professionals who service Newton at www.organiclandcare.net." The recorded program will be shown on NewTV.  For more resources go to www.greendecade.org/greencap.html.

The program celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, a book that started a worldwide environmental movement with the message that our health is intimately connected to the health of our environment. The program was organized and moderated by Ellie Goldberg, former co-chair of GreenCAP, the Green Decade/Newton Committee for Alternatives to Pesticides.

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