Guest post by Ana Duncan Pardo
Come celebrate Earth Day by learning how to control common garden pests without toxic pesticides! Join Master Gardener and Master Composter Connie Schultz and Ana Duncan Pardo of Toxic Free NC in Raleigh on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2-4 p.m.
We’ll cover how to control common garden pests (such as squash bugs, harlequin beetles and squash vine borers) without using toxic chemicals that can harm our health and the environment. We’ll start with a short discussion on the role of pests and beneficial insects in the garden, as well as a brief overview of the concerns around pesticide use. Then we’ll move next door to the Wedge Community Garden to discuss and demonstrate pesticide-free strategies for combating pests.
Afterwards, Connie will lead a demonstration on how to create a healthy, functional compost bin!
Where is the event?
The workshop will kick off in the multipurpose room at the Alexander Family YMCA. (map)
Then we’ll head next door to the Wedge Community Garden at 214 E. Park Ave (map) for some hands-on bug prevention and a composting demonstration!
Please RSVP to Amanda by Friday, April 20 at Amanda@foodshuttle.org.
About the presenters
Connie Schultz holds an Advanced Master Gardener certificate in Sustainable Gardening, and volunteers with Johnston County Cooperative Extension and the
NC Community Garden Partner . Connie is a member of Toxic Free NC’s Community Leadership Council.
Ana Duncan Pardo has a BS in Botany from NC State, is the Communications Coordinator at Toxic Free North Carolina, and is a founding member of the Wedge Community Garden.