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Portsmouth, NH is transitioning Alumni-Wentworth Field to organic field maintenance as part of a city-wide move to reduce the use of harmful pesticides in parks, fields, and sidewalks.

ABOUT

Portsmouth’s Alumni-Wentworth Field sits on the original site of the historic Wentworth School on Granite Street. The relocation of the field came after an expansion of Portsmouth Middle School, with the field’s new location outfitted with over 60 parking spaces, bleachers, and a concession stand. Six years later, Alumni-Wentworth Field has become the center of the Portsmouth youth softball community and a place to play, grow, and celebrate.

WHY

The Town Council of Portsmouth voted unanimously to stop using harmful synthetic pesticides on municipally owned properties, a policy that may be the first of its kind in the state of New Hampshire. Portsmouth is now adopting the use of organic alternatives for city-maintained parks, fields, and sidewalks, starting with Alumni-Wentworth Field. The Town Council is encouraging residents to adopt similar changes in their own backyards and gardens, with the hope that Portsmouth can become an even healthier place for people and the environment to thrive.

A coastal city interwoven with neighborhoods and waterways, Portsmouth is working to reduce water pollution as well as the effects of environmental toxins on residents. The transition of the Alumni-Wentworth Field marks the beginning of this journey for youth sports teams, families, and visitors to #PlayFree from harmful pesticides and enjoy all this beautiful city has to offer.

OUR COMMITMENT

Stonyfield Organic has made a donation to help Portsmouth begin converting parks and fields to organic maintenance. In addition, Stonyfield is committed to teaming up with our expert partners at Osborne Organics and Beyond Pesticides for the next three years to implement these plans in Portsmouth.

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