Review of Minutes and approval
Goals, Projects, and Tasks
- All - Reminder of EAC-initiated projects for next 6+ months: Brightside Farm Riparian Buffer Planting, Deerfield Riparian Buffer; Earth Day;
Charlestown Bird Town; Battery Recycling Program; Education Series; EAC adoption of Charlestown road for biannual cleanups; New developments
for review; EAC website on where residents can dispose of household items; Friends of Charlestown.us; Kendig and Jenkins conservation parks-Community
Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) grant; synthetic turf fields in Charlestown; ChesCo planning natural resources maps: https://www.chescoplanning.org/Resources/MapGallery.cfm.
- Reorganizational Meeting for 2024.
- WeConservePA requested Charlestown EAC to submit ‘lightning session’ programs to statewide conference on February 24.
- Discussion of policy regarding the use of chemicals in Charlestown parks, and Parks for a Sustainable Future; partnership with P&R.
- EAC membership
- Adoption of Charlestown Road for PennDOT: Update – Walker
- Recycling of food and yard waste in Charlestown to reduce waste volume
- Stream naming of unnamed headwater tributary at Charlestown Park: Update - Armstrong.
- Single use plastic bag/items ban: update Soundararajan
- Nature News (Jan., Apr., July., Oct.) – Solomon
- Township newsletter articles due dates (1/15, 4/15, 7/15, & 10/15)
- Bird Town programs
- Tour of invasive plant species – tabled until spring
- Riparian buffer maintenance: Updates – Phase 2 caging and maintenance; mowing of lanes between trees and shrubs in riparian field below community
garden planned for late winter, increasing access of public to fruit trees.
- Battery collection program for Charlestown update – Armstrong.
- RES update.
|Next meeting: January 8, 2024. Reorganization meeting at 7pm followed by Regular monthly meeting
Parks for a Sustainable Future
Envision an organic community where local parks, playing fields, and greenways are managed without unnecessary toxic pesticides, children
and pets are safe to run around on the grass, and bees and other pollinators are safeguarded from toxic chemicals. At Beyond Pesticides, this
is the future we envision and are working to achieve.
We are partnering with major retailers like Natural Grocers and Stonyfield Organic, and dozens of communities in all regions
of the country to see this vision come to life. Now,
with your help,
we are ready to take this work to the next level.
Our Parks for a Sustainable Future program provides in-depth training to assist community land managers in transitioning
two public green spaces to organic landscape management, while aiming to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to eventually transition
all public areas in a locality to these safer practices.
About the Program: Nuts and Bolts
The organic land care training program follows a very straightforward process:
- The first step is the community applying for the program. We ask that the application be submitted by an individual within a local government
that has oversight over land care management, or with their full knowledge and consent.
- Once your community applies, Beyond Pesticides will review your application. If chosen, we will reach out to discuss the program with local
officials in charge of land care maintenance.
- Beyond Pesticides will work with the community to determine two pilot sites in the community to transition to organic land care. We encourage
the community to select high use/heavy traffic sites to showcase the program for residents.
- A questionnaire on past management practices is distributed to officials to help understand current and past management practices on the pilot
- We work with officials to get soil samples taken from the pilot sites in order to analyze soil structure, chemistry, and most importantly,
- Once we have the soil test results and a completed questionnaire for the pilot sites, we set an official date for the organic land care training.
- As of October 2021, training is being conducted virtually. If conditions shift, Beyond Pesticides will conduct a training that consists of
both classroom lecture and in-field discussion. We will walk the pilot sites with land care officials and answer land management questions.
- After the training, we produce and deliver a detailed Organic Transition Management Plan to assist with the organic transition over the pilot
sites’ next several seasons. This management plan outlines cultural practices, timing, and provides product recommendations.
- Beyond Pesticides remains available to consult with officials regarding implementation of the management plan throughout the pilot site transition,
as well as implementation of the program on lands beyond the pilot site.
- Based on community interest, we will conduct a community meeting with the town and community organizations to explain the program and the
value that it offers for protection of health and the environment.
Beyond Pesticides will pay up to 100% of the training program to our partner, Osborne Organics, or an equivalent service provider.
The community may contribute to this cost; it is not required, but is appreciated. We provide this service to qualified communities because
of our organization’s mission to protect public health and the environment, starting at the local level. Given increasing public understanding
of the dangers associated with lawn care pesticides, our organization strongly encourages localities to take advantage of the growing availability
of alternative practices and products that do not subject people or local environment to these hazards. We would like to help your community
become a leader in the state and region on this issue of growing importance, and look forward to working with you should you choose to move
forward with this opportunity.
Science Behind the Practices:
For detailed information about the science and philosophy behind this approach to organic land care, see the
Osborne Organics website.