PO Box 6582, Portland OR 97228 info@rewildportland.com 503.863.8462

Changing Tides: Citizen-Led Action for Pesticide Free Parks

Sunday, April 30th || 10:00am – 4:00 pm
Trillium Charter School || 5420 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217
One Day, $55 || Space is limited

Did you know that 90 million pounds of herbicide are sprayed on lawns in a single year, nationally?* Did you know that companies are not required to reveal the ingredients in these products? There is a growing concern for the health of both humans and wildlife regarding pesticides including herbicides. With cancer rates soaring, and the sixth extinction linked to human activity, this issue is reaching a crescendo, and now is the time for education and action. Other cities have already caught on. Seattle and Eugene have pesticide free parks, several towns including Takoma Park, MD are pesticide free and 171 Canadian municipalities** have enacted ordinances to protect public health and the environment from pesticides. Empower yourself and others with the knowledge necessary to navigate the dangers of pesticides.

In this workshop you’ll learn about some of the concerns regarding the use of environmental toxins like herbicides in public parks and natural areas with the hope of generating momentum to build critical mass of public support for pesticide-free initiatives. We will discuss the current state of pesticide regulation, and learn how citizens can take action to steward the spaces where we, our children, and our pets access nature in our neighborhoods.

*Source http://www.beyondpesticides.org/assets/media/documents/lawn/factsheets/LAWNFACTS&FIGURES_8_05.pdf
**Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticides_in_Canada


Tao Orion is the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration. She teaches permaculture design at Oregon State University and at Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. Tao consults on holistic farm, forest, and restoration planning through Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC. She holds a degree in agroecology and sustainable agriculture from UC Santa Cruz, and grows organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and animals on her southern Willamette Valley homestead, Viriditas Farm.

Mulysa Melco is a landscape designer and horticulturist in Portland, OR. Through Resilience Design, her sustainable landscape design and consultation studio, she facilitates urban and rural site design and ecological restoration projects. These ‘homesteads and habitats’ are multifunctional spaces that aim to foster reconnection between people and our ecosystems. She teaches workshops on botany, permaculture and ecological living skills. Mulysa has a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Master of Agriculture in Horticulture degree (focusing on landscape design and garden history) from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She interned at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in England. In 2014 Mulysa spoke at the National Pesticide Forum about her neighborhood’s campaign to become a pesticide free zone.