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Hiring a Landscaper or Pest Control Professional (pdf)

Pest Control the Old Way the BEST Way (pdf)

Spring Safety Tips (pdf)


Lawn and Garden organic supplies and services for your lawn and garden

Healthy Homes safer alternatives for household cleaning, beauty products, and more

Toxic Use Reduction Organizations — Regional

Toxic Use Reduction Organizations — National

Research and Legislation on toxic use reduction

Vegetable Gardening Articles and Resources

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Lawn and Garden

Henrietta Light handout from organic gardening talk. (download pdf) H. Light handout

Ted Chapman handout on Sustainable Soild from organic gardening talk. (download pdf) Sustainable Soils

Green Methods: Biological Pest Control and Integrated Pest Management: information on biological pest control, biocontrol, and integrated pest management, IPM.

Lawns and Landscapes in Your Watershed: Tips and resources to help you design and care for your landscape, while protecting the health of your family and protecting water resources in your watershed. Download the pdf document.

National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns. Read Your Weeds - A Simple Guide to Creating a Healthy Lawn.

Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts: resources and training in organic farming, gardening (including lawn care)

Organic Land Care Committee of Massachusetts: resources and articles for the homeowner

Organic Landscape & Lawn Care Services, Newton Area: pdf download.

Organic Materials Review Institute: reviews and certifies organic products

Plant Culture & Maintenance: Fact sheets to help the organic practitioner to establish and maintain a healthy growing environment for ornamental plants.

Soil Testing: University of Massachusetts soil and plant testing services to the public

Organic Lawn Care Services in Newton

Accredited by the Organic Land Program of the Northeast Organic Farmers Association - NOFA landscaping training site - list of all NOFA certified landcare companies in Middlesex county

This list was created for informational purposes only. The Green Decade/Newton does not endorse or guarantee the services of any lawn care professional. For more information on The Committee for Alternatives to Pesticides go to or call 617 965-1995

Organic Gardening and Landscaping Suppliers

Online sources for organic landscaping information and supplies

These lists are for informational purposes only. GreenCAP, a committee of the Green Decade Coalition, does not endorse or guarantee the services of any lawn care professional.

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Healthy Homes
safer alternatives for household cleaning, beauty products, and more

AFM Paint: manufacturer of a complete range of chemically responsible building and maintenance products, paints, stains, sealers, carpet cleaners, caulks,

American Pride Paint: manufacturers of Green Seal certified Latex paint, contains no volatile organic compounds or hazardous materials and emits almost no odor

The Campaign for Safer Cosmetics: Find out what's known about the potential health risks from the personal care products you use everyday and learn about safer

Deet Free Insect Repellant

Environmental Home Center: on-line source for green building materials

The Green Roundtable: promotes healthy, efficient and sustaining development and building projects through strategic outreach, education, policy advocacy and technical assistance.

The Guide to a Green Life: an on-line newsletter for a consumer-driven movement toward sustainable consumption, while guarding against corporate greenwashing.

Guide to Safer Products

Guide to Less Toxic Products

Humane Society on Flea and Tick Treatments

Natural Pet Care Resources: created by Holistic Veternatiran Dr. Downey for her March 2006 Green Decade Speaker Series presentation Download pdf

Organic Pages On-Line: Organic Trade Associations list of certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services

Pure Home Center: Holliston, MA, sells non toxic paints, sealers, finishes, carpets and


"Mold, Moisture and Your Home" downloadable pdf from the Environmental Protection Agency

"Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips: A Workbook for Detecting, Diagnosing, and Eliminating Pesky Pests, Stinky Stenches, Musty Mold, and Other Aggravating Home Problems" by Jeffrey C. May and Connie L. May, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. order from Amazon

"The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health", by Jeffrey C. May and Connie L. May, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Chapter on mold and health contributed by Charles E. Reed, M.D. and John J. Ouellette, M.D. order from Amazon

"My Office is Killing Me! The Sick Building Survival Guide", by Jeffrey C. May, Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2006. order from Amazon

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Toxic Use Reduction Organizations - Regional

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow:  a coalition of citizens, scientists, health professionals, workers, and educators seeking to correct fundamental flaws in government policies that allow harm to our health and environment.

CAPE Alliance for Pesticide Education (GreenCAPE)

Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group

Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

Marblehead Pesticides Awareness Committee (MPAC)

Neighborhood Pesticide Action Committee (NPAC) based in Jamaica Plain

Wellesley Pesticide Awareness Campaign

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Toxic Use Reduction Organizations - National

Beyond Pesticides: works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides

Center For Health, Environment & Justice: Through training, coalition-building and one-on-one technical and organizing assistance, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) works to level the playing field so that people can have a say in the environmental policies and decisions that affect their health and well-being

Children´s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC): dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children's health

Environmental and Human Health, Inc.: dedicated to protecting human health from environmental harms through research, education and promotion of sound public policy

Healthy Building Network:  advocates for environmental health and justice through Green Building methods

Health Schools Network, Inc.:  dedicated to assuring every child and school employee an environmentally safe and healthy school through research, information, advocacy, and coalition-building

IPM Institute of North America, Inc.:  harnessing marketplace power to improve health, environment and economics

Organic Consumers Association:  research and action center for the organic and fair trade movements

Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA):  links local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network

Toxics Action Center: helps citizens wage effective campaigns to force stubborn polluters and unresponsive bureaucracies to protect the health and safety of your community.

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Research and Legislation

Center for Children´s Health and the Environment:  part of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  CCHE’s mission is to protect children against environmental threats to health.

In Harm´s Way: A report authored by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, linking chemicals widely used by industry and commonly found at home to learning, behavioral and developmental disabilities

Healthy Kids: Educational planning for students with chronic health conditions, information, consultation and advocacy services

Massachusetts Pesticide Bureau

Rachel Carson:  Books and Resources on the author of Silent Spring and founding mother , click here

Rachel´s Environment & Health News
Search back issues for "West Nile Virus" #709, Part 1, October 12, 2000 "West Nile Virus" #710, Part 2, October 26, 2000

Silent Spring Institute: a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women's health, especially breast cancer

Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI):  established at the University of Massachusetts Lowell by the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) to Research, test and promote alternatives to toxic chemicals used in Massachusetts industries and communities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children´s Health Protection

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Vegetable Gardening Articles and Resources

Dirt Cheap Eats – Enjoy fresh food, fresh air, and a fatter wallet by growing your own vegetables -

Local Availability of Fruits and Vegetables (PDF) -

Kitchen Garden Planner – Design your own fresh, organic food in a raised or standard bed -,default,pg.html

On-line Vegetable Garden Planting Calendar -'s%20planting%20calendar.html

ZipHarvest – Online tools, resources and videos to design, organize and implement a productive home food garden -

Container – Article Index - (answers to common questions) –

Newton Angino Community Farm – Classes and Seedlings -

Gardening Wisdom – Videos and Gardener’s Calendar –

Sources for Seeds – List of companies offering organic and hybrid seeds -

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