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Hello from Valerie McGoldrick

Hello Midwest Grows Green supporters and partners, I am incredibly excited to be representing MGG during Ryan’s leave. I firmly believe in the mission of MGG! Ryan and all of you have done incredible work over the years! I have loved learning about all the parks that have been transitioned to organic, and all the

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A New Pathway for Myself and MGG

MGG’s Ryan Anderson announces a 6-month leave to pursue a life goal of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail I gave my first natural lawn care presentation to a group of ten concerned citizens.  I’ll confess that I was woefully unprepared to speak as a lawn care expert four years ago. Despite taking a college Botany course,

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MGG End Of The Year Ask

MGG’s Ryan Anderson covers our work in 2019 and a great opportunity to increase pesticide-free spaces in 2020 Dear Midwest Grows Green partners, supporters and friends, I’d like to share a wonderful offer from our sponsor Stonyfield.  Before I do this, please let me catch you up on our work. 2019 has been a monumental

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Champaign County Grows Green Weekend

Starting October 17-19, local authorities & non-profits band together to create an infrastructure for the use of compost in turfgrass management. Brown gold. That’s what Urbana local authorities & non-profits have dubbed natural compost and healthy soils.  “Urbana supports the natural lawn care approach to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and instead

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Midwest Grows Green 4 Year Review

Communities across Greater Chicago take a lead in pesticide reduction. This year across Greater Chicago, children can play free of worry on more than 265 acres of pledged landscapes to pesticide-free lawn care. The non-profit initiative, Midwest Grows Green (MGG), has pushed forward natural lawn care at these 265 acres, or the equivalent to 201

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Grand Rapids Grows Green Weekend

Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Stonyfield and local partners lead the transition to organic. Soon in Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids, children can play free of synthetic pesticides at six organic parks.  Stonyfield Organic, the nation’s leading organic yogurt company, has teamed up with Midwest Grows Green, the Sierra Club Greater Grand Rapids and

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Why We Love Clover

MGG’s Ryan Anderson explains why we should start valuing this nitrogen-fixing, low-maintenance “weed” After four years working to reduce pesticides in landscapes, I strongly believe it’s time to stop considering clover a “weed”! Clover offers the best tool to eliminate the use of nasty chemicals, while maintaining a lawn that’s both manicured and biodiverse.  Don’t

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Crabgrass

Midwest natural lawn care companies offer tips for controlling crabgrass during its most active season. Many weeds struggle to grow during hot, dry summers like this one. Except for crabgrass, which spreads to any summer stressed area in your lawn. We updated our Natural Lawn Care Providers List and asked each provider to provide one

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What do you want in a lawn?

Help researchers in Illinois develop informational resources about natural lawn care: Fill out a survey and enter to win an iPad! Whether or not we realize it, the actions we take to care for our lawns affect the environment. As lawn care relates to water quality, pesticides and fertilizers added to the lawn can runoff

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Achieving Long-Term Pesticide Reduction across Greater Chicago

MGG’s Ryan Anderson previews Chicago Grows Green Week and its theme of “Growing Pesticide-Free Lawns & Gardens for the Long-Term” You “have to bring something to the party” when motivating park districts, schools or individuals to eliminate their lawn pesticide use as Healthy Communities Project (HCP) founder and Midwest Grows Green (MGG) friend Amy Joyce

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