Pesticide Alternatives

Workshops to focus on pesticide alternatives

by Maui News

Maui County Council Member Elle Cochran is coordinating workshops this month on finding alternatives to using pesticides.

Free public workshops on pesticide-free lawn care include one from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Waikapu Community Center and a one-day course on pesticide-free landscaping, turf and golf course management from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.

Space is limited and participants are asked to register early by contacting Autumn Ness at 270-5512 or

"I look forward to working with land managers on site and soil biology analyses, organic land management plan development, practitioner training, product choice, and the successful adoption of a systems approach to managing the pilot sites," said Chip Osborne, president of Osborne Organics.

Internationally, there have been successful efforts to scale back the use of pesticides such as those in France; Reno, Nev.; Irvine, Calif.; and Washington, D.C., according to an announcement.

"This is a long-standing issue in our community and nationwide, and I'm encouraged to see county, state, nonprofit agencies and the private sector work together on solutions," Cochran said.

"I am grateful to Beyond Pesticides and Osborne Organics for bringing skills and resources to our Parks Department and other entities in our community so they can succeed in long-term, pesticide-free land management."

Cochran also is working with county, state and private property managers to advocate for soil health and alternatives to pesticide use, including the use of goats for weed management.

"We will teach interested parties how to replace toxic pesticides with management practices that nurture the ecosystem, build soil health, respect biodiversity, cycle nutrients naturally, and result in beautiful resilient landscapes," said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides.


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