Sunday, August 29, 2010

August Weeding

We had a fun time weeding on Thursday before the rains came! Thirteen volunteers from the neighborhood and Everett Gospel Mission pulled weeds and made our park beautiful. The next generation of helpers joined in the fun, in between swinging and playing at the park.
Thank you to Starbucks on Broadway for donating a container of coffee and blueberry muffins.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Weeding Party

This Thursday, August 26th from 9am-12 am at Lowell Neighborhood Park

Weeding party for August has been organized by our neighbor, Laura. Come and join us and pull the last few weeds of the summer!

Bring gloves, we'll have some tools and light snacks.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June Success Story

It's been a wet Spring, but we managed to find a halfway dry day to gather at the park and get started on the weeds! Last week, we had 20 volunteers from the Everett Gospel Mission as well as other neighbors to pull weed, spread mulch and have a little fun. The park landscaping looks great. Our city worker who is in charge of landscaping is also going to try burning out the weeds in the gravel area instead of spraying pesticides.
All your hard work is appreciated, I look forward to a warmer July and more work parties. Remember to enjoy the park, stop by and take a walk, grill out, or have your kids play on the play structure. Lowell Park is truly a treasure!

Monday, May 24, 2010

May Weeding Party!

**Weeding Party at Lowell Park This Wednesday!!***

Pull weeds and help keep Lowell Neighborhood Park Pesticide Free! Wednesday, May 26th from 10-1. Lunch and refreshments provided. Meet inspiring women from the Everett Gospel Mission and meet your neighbors!

Email or call Megan 425.252.6265 if you have questions. Park address is 4605 S. 3rd, Everett, WA.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, March 22, 2010

First Weed Party of 2010 and 12 Most Pesticide Laden Fruits and Veggies!

We've got our first weed pulling party of the year, this friday, March 26th from 10-2, stop and by and get the year started off right!

Also, I saw this article in Mother Jones online and thought I'd repost it here.

Econundrum: 12 Most Pesticide-Laden Fruits and Veggies
— By Kiera Butler
Mon Mar. 22, 2010 2:30 AM PDT

At my local farmer's market, organic avocados cost as much as $2 a pop. Yet I can sometimes find the conventional version at the supermarket for half that (and some of the cheap ones are even grown right here in California). Considering my homemade guacamole addiction, I'd quickly bankrupt myself buying only organic avocadoes, so I usually go for the cheapos at the grocery store. My reasoning: You don't even eat the skin of the avocado, so presumably, for avocados and other peeled produce, pesticides aren't a problem. Right?
Not always. Some fruits' and vegetables' thick skins do protect the edible part from chemicals. But not all. The Environmental Working Group recently analyzed samples of 47 common produce items in the state that they're usually eaten (i.e., avocados were peeled, apples washed with water, etc.) then ranked them according to the amount and variety of pesticides the researchers found. Good news for my guac addiction: As I suspected, peeled avocadoes contain a small amount of pesticides, ranking 46th on the list. But bananas come in at a surprisingly high 27, and cucumbers at 19. "It’s really hard to use your intuition to figure out what’s going to have high pesticide loads," says EWG spokesperson Amy Rosenthal. "Skin is something to take into account, but it doesn’t always make a huge difference."
More findings: Peaches, apples, and sweet bell peppers were the three most pesticide-laden crops tested, while frozen sweet corn, avocado, and onion were least contaminated. The EWG team estimates you can lower your pesticide intake by as much as 80 percent if you steer clear of the top 12.
In descending order, the EWG's 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables:

1. Peaches
2. Apples
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Celery
5. Nectarines
6. Strawberries
7. Cherries
8. Kale
9. Lettuce
10. Grapes (imported)
11. Carrots
12. Pears
For the full list of all 47 fruits and veggies, go here.
Kiera Butler is an associate editor at Mother Jones. For more of her stories, click here.