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This year, Stonyfield Organic, The Hermann Park Conservancy, and Non-Toxic Neighborhoods are working to transition the Molly Ann Smith Area and the Formal Lawn of Hermann Park to organic lawn maintenance as part of our StonyFIELDS initiative in Houston, TX.

about Hermann Park

Hermann Park, a 445-acre expanse of grassy lawns, rolling hills, pools, trails, and gardens is one of Houston’s greatest treasures. The park celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2014, 100 years after George H. Hermann gifted 285 acres of his estate for use as a public park.

Home to a tranquil Japanese Garden, a Reflection Pool, a Celebration Garden, and an annual Kite Festival the park hosts over six million visitors a year!

The Hermann Park Conservancy, along with many corporations, community members, and the Houston Department of Parks and Recreation, has worked to raise funds to revitalize areas of the park and change the way the park is maintained.

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why Hermann Park

Transitioning the Formal Lawn and the Molly Ann Smith Area to organic management is not only a significant act of stewardship, it’s also a pioneering decision to make Hermann Park the first park in Houston to use organic maintenance practices. Currently Houston has no policy in place for the pesticide-free transition of public parks. By leading the way to organic maintenance, The Conservancy hopes to show the city that if organic lawns and fields are attainable, they are possible in all of Houston’s public green spaces. Also this transition is proudly supported by Walmart.

our Commitment

Over the next 2 years, Stonyfield is committed to working alongside The Conservancy to transition the Formal Lawn and the Molly Ann Smith Area to organic management. Stonyfield has also donated to the Hermann Park Conservancy to help fund the transition, investing in this incredible community collaboration of the Conservancy, Non Toxic Neighborhoods, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and so many others so Hermann Park can be an even healthier place to fly a kite and roll in the grass for generations to come.

learn about the STONYFIELDS INITIATIVE