DIY Insecticidal Soap

By Ashley Chesser, Communications & Development Director I proudly survey the messy kaleidoscope of green hues before me. By the end of June, as sunlight clings to the final hours of each day, the fruits (or veggies!) of my labor finally manifest as more than stubborn remnants of dirt underneath my fingernails. Kale and chard are nearly ready for a stir fry, and the lettuce and spinach have started participating in salads. My two young daughters devour raspberries daily. Continue reading

EPA Leaves Threatened Salmon and Steelhead Stranded

EPA Proposes Significant Changes to Endangered Species-Pesticide Analysis Methods by Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Director We need your help.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to weaken their evaluation protocol with a revised, weakened method for conducting “Biological Evaluations,” which is a first step in determining if endangered species might be adversely affected by pesticides. NCAP has worked for years to protect salmon and steelhead from pesticide pollution, and we are disturbed by the EPA weakening these procedures – which will result in unsafe pesticide pollution levels being ignored. Continue reading

Protecting My Pesticide-Free Garden

By Teresa Miller, NCAP Supporter Photo: Corn and garlic in Teresa Miller's garden One Friday morning in late June of last year, just as my heirloom corn plants were hitting their stride, I looked out the kitchen window and saw a man spraying my neighbors’ lawn with something from a tank truck, which sent clouds drifting over the fence and onto my vegetable beds. Continue reading

Your Drinking Water – A Source of Pesticides?

(By Sharon Selvaggio, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Director) “All is well!” says that annual statement from your drinking water company. When you read that your drinking water is in compliance with regulatory guidelines, you might feel relieved. But, did you know that testing and regulatory requirements apply to only a small handful of pesticides? Yes, it’s true! Continue reading

Find an eco-professional

Help reduce the demand for toxic pesticides and encourage ecologically sound alternatives by finding a responsible company to help you with your home’s landscape and lawn maintenance. If you don’t have the time, don’t have the expertise or find a pest problem is beyond your skills, it might be time to hire a professional. By asking the right questions, you can ensure your home is both pest and pesticide-free. Continue reading