Pesticides and the Climate Crisis

(By Sharalyn Peterson, Healthy Wildlife & Water Program Manager) As I look out over the fields of wilted flowers and vegetable crops on my farm, I reflect on the record temperatures we’ve experienced across the Pacific Northwest this summer. Historic heat wave and drought events are becoming more common with the warming of our climate. The Northwest has warmed substantially, nearly 2°F since 1900.1 Higher temperatures create imbalances in natural systems, causing more outbreaks and damage from unwanted pests and weeds. This leads to increased pesticide use as there are more pests to manage.2 Our new Pesticides and the Climate Crisis infographic (below) shows the relationship between pesticide use and climate change, and its effects on environmental decline and human health problems. Continue reading

Changes to NCAP’s Board of Directors

Photo on right by Arlie Sommer, doubledutchphotography.com NCAP said goodbye to several esteemed board members recently. Marianne Ober joined the board in 2016 and led NCAP through a staffing transition in 2018, and as Board President through the 2020 pandemic year. She steps away to allow more time for her career as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon. Her thoughtful, people-oriented approach to supporting the NCAP mission and strategic visioning will be missed. Continue reading

Water Wise Plants for Drought-Tolerant Gardens

(By Archie Adams, guest writer, with NCAP staff) Do you have trouble keeping your plants alive during dry Pacific Northwest summers? Do you wish you didn't have to water so much? Start planning now for a drought resistant garden in the heat of summer. “Water wise” is a water and plant management practice that emphasizes using vegetation that has lower water needs, and grouping them by water needs to encourage more efficient water use. Water wise ensures you have beautiful plants in your garden even during the dry season. Additionally, native plants suited to your particular Northwest ecosystem will help create a balance of pest bug and prey so that no harmful pesticides are needed. Continue reading

How a History of Racism Has Shaped American Farming and Access to Land

NCAP explores personal and systemic impacts of racism on farm ownership. By Christina Stucker-Gassi, Healthy Food and Farms Program Manager, with content contribution by Ashley Chesser, Executive Director NCAP devotes time as a staff on a monthly basis to explore equity topics to encourage both personal and organizational growth. Materials are shared before each discussion to provide a common place to connect. Recently, we explored the topic of land—the physical space on which we reside and advocate for healthier pest management practices. We prepared by reading the article Who’s Land is it Anyway?,1 which explores the Land Back movement. The discussion was expansive, including exploration of voluntary land taxes to tribes and how a lack of diversity in farm ownership is rooted in theft of indigenous land. Continue reading

Pets and Alternatives to Pesticides

Christina Stucker-Gassi, NCAP's Healthy Food & Farms Program Manager, was featured on the Pet Improvement radio show based out of Newport, Oregon (KNPT AM 1310 and 98.3 FM). Listen as Christina talks with host Jane Laulis about the work that NCAP does to keep communities healthy, smart food choices, and how to make sure your pets are safe from pesticides. Click the video above to listen; key points from the interview are also below. Continue reading