The minute neighbors started talking about plans to be Portland’s first pesticide-free neighborhood, ears around the city perked up and we were on KGW news and in the Oregonian’s North Portland update. Things might be getting started more quickly that we anticipated but Sustainable Overlook has a great plan in place and lots of enthusiastic volunteers. Many of the neighbors who have pledged so far have asked how they can help which is really encouraging. We’re going to have to work together to reach 2,500 households!
Ready to take the Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge?
Overlook Residents: Email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland Residents and everyone in Metro’s 25 city area can pledge on Metro’s website.
It’s free! You will receive a ladybug yard sign, coupons for natural gardening supplies and a free trip to Metro’s hazardous waste drop-off site if you need to dispose of old pesticides or household hazardous waste. Plus you’ll get information about natural gardening and a magnet with the contact information for Master Gardeners.
Anywhere in the US, you can pledge through Beyond Pesticides. You can also purchase a bee or ladybug pesticide-free zone sign for your yard there.
So far 237 Overlook households have taken the pledge! Please help spread the word by displaying your ladybug sign and talking with your neighbors. It’s for our health, our kids, our pets, the bees and our water!
Check back here and on Sustainable Overlook’s facebook page for practical tips for pesticide-free landscaping and ways to learn more about natural gardening.