- Midwest Pesticide Action Organization
starting at home
At Stonyfield, we know a lot about organic land care because for decades, we’ve been buying milk from farmers who manage their cow pastures organically. Organic land care is much more than saying ‘no toxic persistent pesticides’. Changing from conventional pesticides to organic is not a simple product swap out. It’s a completely different system, shifting from an input intensive system to a knowledge-based system. It starts with healthy soil built with natural inputs and natural sources of fertility. And this approach is pretty much the same whether you are feeding your cows on organic grass, gardening at home or responsible for your school’s athletic fields.
Want to make this transition yourself? Here are 4 easy tips to get your started down the right path of changing your backyard to organic!
4 tips for healthier lawns & gardens
other great resources
If you want to learn more, there are some first-rate guides on how to change your lawn from conventional pesticide-based care to organic care. Here are a few resources you might want to check out:
Non-Toxic Neighborhoods, helps cities, school districts, HOAs, private businesses and major developers transition to organic landscaping practices successfully by sharing their proven and replicable methods. NTN's Toolkit and step by step Playbook provides how you can do this where you live from supporting research to shareable documents.
Osborne Organics “Chip” Osborne, Jr., Founder of Osborne Organics and the Organic Landscape Association has over 17 years of experience in creating safe, sustainable, and healthy landscapes and athletic fields through natural turf management. He shares his expertise here.
Beyond Pesticides, a national non-profit, keeps it clear and simple with their eight steps to healthy lawn care.
Northeast Organic Farming Association has written a thorough guide for organic land care.
Harvard University is clearly not anyone’s ‘backyard’ but the university has written an excellent brief on its organic maintenance program and its transition from pesticides.