Gardener volunteers across Washington and Oregon have a new resource to help them recommend smarter, safer decisions when it comes to garden insecticides, weed killers and disease controls.
After a thorough review by Washington State University’s Pesticide Coordinator’s Office, the online tool Grow Smart Grow Safe can now be used by Master Gardener volunteers in public presentations for gardeners seeking non-chemical and lowest-toxicity options.
Grow Smart Grow Safe (www.growsmartgrowsafe.org) provides information on growing a healthy garden and choosing safe alternatives to pesticides through an Integrated Pest Management approach that starts with the least toxic ways to battle pests.
The Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide the public with gardening and environmental stewardship advice through classes, at public appearances and other methods. More information on Master Gardeners is at http://mastergardener.wsu.edu/.
Grow Smart Grow Safe is managed and operated collaboratively by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Washington; the Environmental Health Department of Thurston County, Washington; and Metro, Portland, Oregon’s regional government.
The Grow Smart Grow Safe partnership has made research-based information on choosing safer pest control options available to a broader audience than any of the partners could have reached independently.
The Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is a partnership of local governments including Seattle, King County, the suburban and other cities in King County, working together to protect health and the environment by reducing threats from hazardous materials. Visit us at www.hazwastehelp.org.