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Panel Presentation, March 26/12:30

Seminar Topic: Growing Healthy Landscapes – Case Studies for More Sustainable Land Care Practices

Did you know Portland and South Portland have (mostly) banned the use of synthetic pesticides on public and private property? Or that South Portland is in the process of establishing a fertilizer ordinance? Come learn about these ordinances and how to care for your property without the use of pesticides or excessive fertilizers, including how to use YardScaping practices to help your yard flourish.

Speakers:

Troy Moon – Sustainability Coordinator, City of Portland
thm@portlandmaine.gov

Fred Dillon – Stormwater Coordinator, City of South Portland
fdillon@southportland.org

Ali Clift – Education & Outreach Coordinator, Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District
aclift@cumberlandswcd.org

Jesse O’Brien – Down East Turf Farms, VP; Past President of MELNA; Currently serves as the Agronomist on both the South Portland and Portland Pesticide Management Advisory Committees.
jobrien@downeastturf.com

 

About Our Team:
The Cities of Portland and South Portland are teaming up with Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District to give you a comprehensive overview of the Cities’ pesticide ordinances and alternative land care practices that don’t require the use of synthetic pesticides.

To kick off the talk, Troy Moon and Fred Dillon will be presenting on the pesticide ordinance basics and Fred will also briefly discuss South Portland’s current efforts to establish a fertilizer ordinance. Troy is Portland’s Sustainability Coordinator and has been highly involved in the City’s ordinance from inception to implementation. He started his career with the City in 1997 and has worked to implement many initiatives – always with an eye toward making Portland more sustainable. Fred has been South Portland’s Stormwater Program Coordinator since 2009 and has a long history of working to protect water resources. Fred holds a graduate degree in environmental planning at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service and managed dozens of watershed restoration projects while employed at environmental consulting firm FB Environmental.

Part two of the presentation includes:
Ali Clift from Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District will present on land care practices for maintaining a vibrant yard year after year without relying on synthetic products that are harmful to our waterways.
Ali is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District. Her outreach efforts include educational programs on common water pollutants and how YardScaping, the District’s healthy lawn care program, can help keep our yards and waterbodies healthier and safer for us to use and enjoy.

Next, Jesse O’Brien, will be talking about soil health. To have a healthy lawn and plants it all starts with well-balanced and living soil. Discussion will include soil types, organic matter, soil biology, nutrients and soil test interpretations. Some of the most common turfgrass pests will also be discussed.
Jesse is the VP of Down East Turf Farms and currently serves as the agronomist on both Portland and South Portland’s Pesticide Management Advisory Committees.

As a final part of our presentation, we’ll have a panel discussion with Troy, Fred, Ali, and Jesse to give you the opportunity to ask these land care professionals all your lawn and garden questions and to get more information on the pesticide ordinances.

Bring your questions, complaints and comments. This talk will be chock-full of interesting and helpful content and we hope to see you there!