The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 22, 2005

Learn about organic care of athletic fields

To the Editor:

The Town of Acton is hosting a free forum on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. on organic care of athletic fields. The talk is co-sponsored by a number of Acton boards and organizations who want to make Acton athletic fields safe for children and to reduce the risk of contaminated drinking water supplies. Chip Osborne will talk about how he and his staff maintain Marblehead's athletic fields organically and answer questions from participants.

This is a great opportunity for Carlisleans to find out how Marblehead keeps their fields pesticide-free. Should Carlisle go organic? How much does it cost? Do you need special equipment? What do the fields look like? What are the challenges? In short, how do they do it?

The goal of pesticide elimination is to provide a healthy, safe, and beautiful environment for our children, ourselves, pets, and wildlife. Pediatricians and oncologists know about the dangers of lawn pesticides. Numerous peer-reviewed studies have confirmed that pesticides are toxic, even in low doses, especially to growing children. The question is: why use toxic chemicals when there is a way to get beautiful, healthier turf without them?

Please attend the free talk at Acton Town Hall. You will find Chip Osborne and Pat Beckett to be engaging, thoughtful, and deeply knowledgeable. They are not zealots. They are there to answer your questions based on real experience.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us at cpag@carlisle.org or call 1-978-369-6769. Our web site lists many resources www.carlisle.org/cpag.

Chris Chin
Hemlock Hill Road
Delaine Williamson
Milne Cove Road
Carlisle Pesticide Awareness Group


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