Marianne Edain commented on Contact Us 2017-05-11 17:42:03 -0700I’m posting concerning Azure Farm, an organic food distributor with 2000 acres of organically certified land in Sherman County, Oregon. For reasons which I suspect have to do with local rivalries the county is trying to gain a court order requiring the spraying of the entire 2000 acre farm, on the pretext that it is harboring noxious weeds. These folks need help. Here’s a link to their plea https://hl.azurestandard.com/healthy-living/info/azure-farm-moro/
Here’s my proposal: rather than losing 18 years of organic certification, I’m hoping NCAP would be willing to visit the site to evaluate the weed threat, and to propose non-toxic, organically approved management as necessary. At this point the local court is involved and a hearing is scheduled for 5-22-17. For this idea to work all parties would have to agree to abide by NCAP’s recommendations. Would you be willing to do this?
For info on the latest court activity, go to https://shermancountynews.com/2017/04/25/sherman-county-enews-116-2/, scroll down to item #7, and down again to “entered into executive session”.
I will be informing Azure of my posting to you, and giving them contact information. I dearly hope that you will be able to intervene/help.
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Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!
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In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!
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The Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!
We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.
Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.
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