Healthy Lawn and Garden Workshop – Organic expert comes to Golden

Paul Tukey - “The godfather of the natural lawn care movement.”

Press Release - The natural lawn and garden trend sweeping the nation has arrived in Golden. Wildsight Golden, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Pesticide Free Columbia Basin network in partnership with the Town of Golden invite residents to learn about how cosmetic pesticides affect our health andthe environment, and to learn about effective alternatives for healthy lawns and gardens.

On April 19th at 1 pm, homeowners are invited to attend a free how-to public workshop at Kicking Horse River Lodge with organic lawn and garden expert, Paul Tukey.

Author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual and Executive Producer of the award winning documentary A Chemical Reaction, Tukey is also winner of the prestigious Horticultural Communicator of the Year Award from the American Horticultural Society. His enthusiasm and extensive knowledge turns the subject of lawncare into a rousing public discourse. He has been featured in thousands of media outlets from Martha Stewart and Good Morning America in the U.S., to the CBC in Canada, as well as National Geographic, Readers Digest and the New York Times, which called him “The godfather of the natural lawn care movement.”

In the Kootenay region, the District of Invermere, the City of Nelson, the City of Kimberley, the City of Fernie and the Town of Golden have all adopted by-laws restricting the use of cosmetic pesticides.

“We are thrilled to have a speaker of this calibre in our community,” says Sanne van der Ros of Wildsight Golden. “Pesticides have been linked to a multitude of illnesses including both adult and childhood cancers which is why the Town of Golden took action by adopting and implementing a municipal cosmetic pesticide bylaw. The expertise Paul Tukey brings to our community in terms of how we can make this transition and how we can have not only healthy, but also beautiful lawns andgardens, will be tremendously valuable.”

The Pesticide Free Columbia Basin network also has a regional website at www.pesticidefreecolumbiabasin.ca which features information about pesticides, related health and environmental risks, as well as information about healthier lawn and garden maintenance practices.

The Golden how-to lawn and garden workshop with Paul Tukey is free to attend. Donations are welcome. The organizers encourage everyone to attend and to learn more about how individuals and communities can work together to reduce pesticide use.

For more information contact Sanne van der Ros at 250.439.1803 or at sanne@wildsight.ca

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About James C. Knoop

For the last several years I have been traveling about, attending school and studying this wonderfully wide-world of ours through whatever adventure I can manage to attach myself to. Originally from "Ontarible," I spent my formulative years in small town Bowmanville, located on the outer edge of the Golden Horseshoe. Sports and the outdoors were passions from a very early age. I was often considered a trouble-maker and a hooligan, but I always tried my best to learn what I could and appreciate life. Upon leaving highschool, I undertook a hitchhiking adventure through British Columbia, the Yukon, and eventually right across Canada with only one measly dollar in my pocket. The school of humanity taught me well, and after these experiences I decided to attain for myself an education - of sorts. With the financial support of my parents and the federal government (whom I am still much indebted too - both literally and figuratively) I somehow managed to earn a piece of paper from the University of British Columbia in Political Science. Afterwards, I gained another useful wall-hanger (i.e Master's Degree) from Norwich University in Diplomacy. Naturally, I've undertaken a career path that only slightly relates to these things. Somewhere in the midst of the story mentioned above, I traveled to Asia for a year-and-a-half only to come back and find myself in Golden, British Columbia. After spending so much time away from the home country, I gained a renewed love for Canada and, in particular the Columbia Valley and larger Kootenay area. I now spend my time trying to shirk my duties as well as I can so that I may go play in the mountains somewhere. That said, I'm passionate about the area and what goes on around here. I love to talk and write, and share stories that amuse people or perhaps have some larger-type significance. This area is amazingly complex and rich, with intricacies that take a lifetime to learn. There is certainly no shortage of "going ons" and these types of happenings are what I'm all about these days.

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