5 Fruit Trees You Can Grow in Your Backyard Without Pesticides

Image: Pexels (By Chris Tweten, Perfect Plants) There’s nothing better than the juicy sweetness of fresh fruits you just brought home to enjoy. But wait—have you ever wondered about the pesticides lurking on those store-bought fruits you typically consume? Pesticides, used to protect crops from pests, weeds and disease, can leave harmful residues that make their way into our bodies as well as the environment. Continue reading

Safety measures during the hot season

(By Tommy Díaz, Healthy People & Communities Program Manager) It seems to have become a sad aspect of the summer season: every year hotter temperatures bring along wildfires, heat waves and smoke. So far we’ve seen Canada going through its “worst wildfire season in a century”, an apocalyptic-looking New York City sky blanketed under smoke coming from the North, and a busy season is expected around the Pacific Northwest and California. Continue reading

Get Your Yard Into Shape

Every season, many of us spend countless backbreaking hours working on our lawns and gardens. But are our efforts actually harming the planet? Are we condemning our local flora and fauna and choosing instead flowers that are decorative, but also invasive and possibly poisonous to birds and other wildlife (not to mention our beloved pets)? If you want to get your yard in gear AND help the planet at the same time, we’ve got you covered! Continue reading

Update on Our Work to Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides

(By Christina Stucker-Gassi, Healthy Food & Farms Program Manager) Since December of 2022, NCAP has been spearheading an informal coalition of organizations with the goal of adding language from the Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act (PACTPA) into the Farm Bill. While pesticides are often left out of the Farm Bill, we have successfully raised five priorities and continue to see engagement around them from Senate and House Agriculture Committee staff and PACTPA legislative champions. Continue reading

Not Just During Earth Month

Why We Talk About the Climate Catastrophe at our Events (By Tommy Díaz, Healthy People & Communities Program Manager) In recent years, the climate crisis has become a more pressing issue and a bigger priority for us to address as an organization. It is vitally important to support the communities we serve to the best of our ability, which is why we’ve been increasingly including climate-related language in our outreach and programs. As we celebrate Earth Month during April it seems fit to bring up this topic and remind you as our followers and supporters about this urgent problem. Continue reading