Healthy Communities Grant Initiative: Local Non-Profit named a 2014 Community Champion at State House.
Woburn, MA – June 2014 – Full Circle Earth (FCE) was most recently recognized as a Community Champion at the Massachusetts State House on June 10th for their work on a grant initiative designed to promote healthy alternatives to toxic chemicals commonly used in lawn care and landscaping. In line with their mission and vision of promoting ecological alternatives to unsound economic and social practice FCE raised awareness of the negative impact of toxic chemicals found in many common lawn care products. The goal continues to be to educate the public about the need to eliminate the use of pesticides and other harmful land applied chemicals while providing viable alternatives to them. This project was made possible through a $6500 grant awarded to FCE in September of 2013 from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of Umass Lowell.
The state house event on June 10th recognized 5 community grant champions who all focused on toxic reduction at some level. Full Circle Earth focused solely on reducing pesticide use to achieve a safer, healthier, and more organic environment. Theodore C. Speliotis Representative. D Danvers and Sean Fitzgerald Chief of Staff of Representative Kauffman presented Full Circle Earth with an official citation to recognize the outstanding achievement of Full Circle Earth’s dedication toward reducing the use of toxic chemicals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Through workshops, community, and environmental events in Beverly, Danvers, Lynnfield, Wakefield and Woburn Full Circle Earth demonstrated how to practice organic land care and compost tea brewing. One hundred easy-to-use compost tea kits were given away for free to help people achieve healthy lawns and landscapes without the use of pesticides or harmful fertilizers. These workshops explained how to rejuvenate the soils through the introduction of microbiology (compost tea) and thus achieve a healthy and beautiful lawn organically by building one’s soil. Look for FCE at your local farmers market and stay up to date on local community events to be held in your area.
A Documentary titled, Vanishing of the Bees, was screened to highlight the harmful effects of pesticides on both our health and the health of the bees. Full Circle Earth also participated in producing an educational video about organic land care principles that will be aired on local public access television stations by August 2014.
James Carnazza, founder of FCE, is an accredited Organic Land Care Professional, certified through the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). He says, “A healthy and beautiful lawn is possible through an organic, land care approach and it’s the best way to ensure the greatest safety for our neighbors, family, friends and wildlife.”
About Full Circle Earth (FCE) – FCE is a non-profit organization providing educational opportunities for the community through practicing and teaching sustainable solutions whose main priority is to increase access to local organic foods and decrease pollution. They plan to do this by developing a network of EcoCenters that promotes and highlights best practices to enable the creation of sustainable habitats for humanity. These centers will focus on a holistic approach featuring the integration of sustainable systems such as, aquaponics, vermiculture, rainwater collection and culminate in synergies between these technologies that will increase their economic viability. http://www.fullcircleearth.org
About Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) -The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell and provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer and more sustainable place to live and work. Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce toxic chemicals and protect public health and the environment. http://www.turi.org