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Cancer, children, the EPA and you

Questions: Are cancer causing pesticides prohibited by the EPA and other government agencies? Does the EPA or any other government agency try to especially approve pesticides that are safe to use around our children? Is cancer is the usual consequence of long term exposure to pesticides?  …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Answers Not necessarily. Seven years ago a panel […]

How much do you really know about pesticides part 1

How much do you really know about pesticides?      Part 1   QUESTIONS: We all have heard about Rachel Carson and her brilliant 1964 book, Silent Spring, about the harmful effects of pesticides and especially DDT. Did the bestselling Silent Spring change anything? Has there been a lot less use of pesticides since Rachel Carson’s Silent […]

Creating a conservation commission in your town

Need help creating a conservation commission in your town?  Help for beginning a conservation commission is as close as your computer or phone – just contact a town near you and ask for information about their conservation commission. If that doesn’t work, contact us, at and we’ll help. Or you can go on line […]

Becoming the environmental conscience of your town

Conservation commissions can do so much even if you have just a small number of people on your conservation commission and a limited budget. Even a few can advocate for a town to buy land to be put aside for preservation from development. If these conservation lands are forested, then trails for dog walking, hiking, […]

The environmental conscience of your town…

They have been called the environmental conscience of the town – your town’s conservation commission – organized to protect and improve a town’s water, beaches and land; advise select boards and city councilors about environmental issues facing the town, and educate the public about environmental issues important to a town’s health and well being. Many […]

Learning from one who does

For the past few years, our town conservation commission has recognized a business owner with our annual conservation and environmental award. Now you have to realize our town may be one of the greenest in Maine, since we have had an ordinance for almost two and a half years banning the use of chemical and […]

Garden friends

Planting or still planning your garden?  Then consider companion planting. Over the years, farmers and gardeners have learned that certain flowers and veggies grow well with one another. Some flowers – such as marigolds – are a kind of ‘wonder’ flower, keeping a host of hungry beetles, aphids, and nematodes away from your flowers and […]

Dark matter

Mulch can be the gardener’s friend, but what if your mulch does more harm than good?  You might wonder how that could be,  if mulch keeps weeds down, neatens your garden, helps your plants stand out, and often feeds your soil, while concentrating watering on your beautiful plants. Most of our neighbors use a lawn […]

Forget about it!

For many of us, using mulch on our garden is as familiar as planning our gardens, planting seeds, and caring for our perennials. We know that almost any kind of mulch will discourage weeds, funnel water to our plants, nourish the soil, and make our garden look neater. My mom, the gardener in the family, […]