Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Friday March 30 & Saturday March 31: The 30th National Pesticide Forum

Healthy Communities: Green solutions for safe environments
Yale University, New Haven, CT
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Although organic farming and land management continue to grow, policies to protect people from pesticides are threatened in the Northeast and around the country. At the same time, cutting-edge science links pesticide exposure to health problems, honey bee colony collapse, and other environmental issues. Join researchers, authors, beekeepers, organic business leaders, elected officials, activists, and others to discuss the latest science, policy solutions, and grassroots action.

We are so excited for the 30th National Pesticide Forum to come to New Haven this year! Connecticut is a central battleground for pesticide safety and application laws, which is why CT NOFA co-sponsored the Pesticide Forum.  Learn more about pesticides impact on health, the environment and communities and the policies that address these issues. 

Read our last post about the Pesticide Forum for a list of the keynotes (it's an impressive line up).  
CT NOFA and NOFA OLC also have a number of members, committee members and friends involved including:

Bill Duesing, our Executive Director will be two panels, Pesticides 101 on Friday afternoon and "Fair, Local, Organic Food" on Saturday afternoon.  

Jack Kittredge,policy director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass) and editor of The Natural Farmer, NOFA's region-wide farming and gardening quarterly newspaper.  Jack will be discussing Genetically Engineered food at a panel on the topic. 

Sarah Little, PhD, a toxics use reduction consultant and former Pesticide Awareness Coordinator for the Town of Wellesley, author of Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards, an instrumental committee-member for the Northeast Organic Farming Association's (NOFA) organic landscaping training program for over 10 years and editor for the NOFA Standards For Organic Land Care. Sarah will be on a panel about "Passing Organic Landcare Policies" that will discuss strategies for adopting pesticide-free land care policies. 
Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics (Marblehead, MA), has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist and is a committee-member with the NOFA Organic Land Care Program. Chip will also be on the "Passing Organic Landcare Policies" workshop panel. 

Shannon Raider, Farm Manager & Director of Agricultural Programs at Common Ground High School and one of CT NOFA's favorite workshop teachers.  Shannon is participating in the "Organic Urban Farms and Landscapes Tour" a farm tour that will visit Common Ground High School's Farm, the Yale Sustainable Food Project and Branford's Town Fields (organically maintained!)

Jerry Silbert, MD, Executive Director of the Watershed Partnership, Inc which works in Connecticut to promote safe, healthy, livable communities for present and future generations through education, advocacy, and technical assistance. NOFA Organic Land Care has had the pleasure of working with Jerry on a number of projects, most recently on opposing the reversal of the pesticide ban being considered in the Connecticut legislature.  He will be taking part in the farm tour and a workshop titled "Protecting the Watershed". 

Student: $15
Grassroots activist/member: $35

Non-member: $75
Business: $175 

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