Useful Resources

There are so many!  We will be adding to this page regularly, so check back...

Interviews of Organic Farmers/Gardeners

In the fall of 2017, Michael Laurie conducted in depth interviews with 9 organic farmers/gardeners in Western Washington. The project, funded by the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, was to continue research into green gardening products and methods that really work.  Click here for the report: In Depth Interviews 2017

"Owner Will Maintain" program in King County

"Owner Will Maintain" Program

King County offers residents the opportunity to participate in a companion program to the Roads Maintenance Spray Program. The "Owner Will Maintain Program" allows residents to control vegetation on the right-of-way that abuts their property. To participate in this program, residents must sign a maintenance agreement with the county to maintain the right-of-way and to also post "Owner Will Maintain" signs in an area visible from the roadway.

Maintenance agreements may be obtained using the "No Spray Request Form" or by calling 206-477-8100 or toll-free by calling 1-800-KC-ROADS. The maintenance agreement must be completed and returned to Road Services before an "Owner Will Maintain" sign can be issued. The signs are provided to property owners at no charge. To continue participation in this program, residents must complete a new agreement and submit it to Road Services annually.

Download, print and complete the 2017 No Spray Request and Property Owner/King County Maintenance Agreement Form:

No Spray Request Form

Return the completed form to:

King County Road Services Division
Traffic and Road Maintenance Section
155 Monroe Ave. N.E.
Renton, WA 98056

"Inert" Ingredients the EPA has now removed from the approved list

In December 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced they would take action to remove 72 ingredients from their approved pesticide products list. According to the EPA, “Manufacturers wishing to use these ingredients in the future will have to provide EPA with studies or information to demonstrate their safety. EPA will then consider whether to allow their use.”
Click Here for the list of formerly approved chemicals. Many of these are quite hazardous:

Fact Sheets on Common Garden Problems

Fact Sheets on the top garden problems, and their least toxic solutions, were created in 2015 through the combined efforts of the EPA,  Puget Sound Partnership, and Seattle Tilth, with input from our Garden Green effort.   Each Fact Sheet covers the these common problems:

•          Aphids

•          Dandelions and other broadleaf weeds

•          Moss

•          Powdery Mildew and other fungal diseases

•          Quack grass

•          Slugs and Snails

The Fact Sheets were customized by Garden Green to include all the products sold on Vashon Island which are rated Green in all categories by Grow Smart, Grow Safe®, (GSGS): 1. human health, 2. pets and wildlife, 3. aquatic life, and 4. water pollution.   Click here for the complete set of Fact Sheets customized for Vashon Island

Washington State Dept of Agriculture, 2014   The study was conducted in three parts: the first evaluated residential property owner pesticide use; the second focused on the use of pesticides by public entities at the city, county, and state level; and the third focused on pesticide use by commercial applicators, lawn and garden maintenance companies, pest control companies, etc.  Click Here to read or download the study

Pesticide Induced Disease Database

The common diseases affecting the public’s health are all too well-known in the 21st century: asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and several types of cancer. Their connection to pesticide exposure continues to strengthen despite efforts to restrict individual chemical exposure, or mitigate chemical risks, using risk assessment-based policy.

Click here to go to the main page for the Pesticide-Induced Disease page at  Beyond Pesticides.