2018FallNewsletter2018-11-07T16:27:45+00:00

Fall Newsletter 2018

Yesterday was election day. We know it can be frustrating to see how little our single vote matters in the bigger scheme of things. But luckily there are still ways we can make a real noticeable difference: In our yards for example!

Let envision the average American yard:

All our houses and yards together make up 3% of the terrestrial area in the USA. This might sound like little, but consider the following: this small piece of land is the most irrigated and toxic area and its maintenance produces almost as much greenhouse gasses as all our cars.
Adding the fact that farmland covers almost 70% and deserts almost 10%, that 3% really matters. These few percents have become essential in supporting our disappearing wildlife, especially our insects and birds.
Of course we need to make changes in the way we farm and eat, but that is a slow process. In contrast, changing yard practices, is really easy and has swift results. That is why we are so optimistic at Healthy Yards. We see it works!

Now we have to get the message out!

Luckily, a growing number of people and organizations are starting to promote healthier practices,  supporting pollinators, advocating native plants etc.
There are already several ‘Healthy Yard’ Groups. Participants meet together, work with town boards, swap plants, visit schools, table, give lectures etc.

We encourage you to look for a ‘Healthy Yards’ group in your neighborhood, or even start one yourself!

Maybe you are already active in a group addressing sustainability. If that is the case, please let us know if you want to work together, and like to be listed on our website.

 

Our intention is simply to provide a platform, offer resources and connect people who are interested in promoting healthier yards in their own locality. We know from experience that this contact can be helpful, especially when it involves legislation, homeowner associations or finding the right materials to inform our neighbors.

Local groups also have the ability to share information about local landscapers who offer sustainable practices, or recommend local nurseries that sell native plants.

 

So don’t wait, let us know what you do to advocate healthier yards.
Or contact us if you are looking for Healthy Yards friends in your neighborhood.

 

We hope to hear from you!

Best,
The Healthy Yards Team

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