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This week Diane Lewis will be joining us to talk about how to improve our drinking water through the ways we take care of our yards.

There are four copies of her book, The Great Healthy Yard Project up for grabs.

Diane will be stopping by on the forum over the next few days answering questions and joining in discussions.

From now through this Friday, any posts in this forum, ie the lawn forum, could be selected to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up in Paul's Daily-ish email.

The winner will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours.

Posts in this thread won't count, but please feel free to say hi to Diane and make her feel welcome!
 
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Welcome, Diane!

We are working on improving a large but chaotic yard in Portland, Oregon.
 
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Hi Diane and welcome to Permies!
 
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Hi everyone. I want to introduce myself for this thread. My name is Diane Lewis, and I’m founder and author of The Great Healthy Yard Project. I am a mom and a doctor. For 15 years I had an organic farm in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Now I keep a more manageable backyard farm an hour north of New York City in Katonah, New York, which saves our family countless hours of driving back and forth. Katonah is in the New York City watershed, and when I was asked to chair the Water and Land Use task force of a local non-profit Bedford 2020 several years ago, I realized how important our backyards are, no matter how big or small, to water quality.

My book The Great Healthy Yard Project explains how the most widespread source of contaminants in our waterways and our drinking water are the chemicals many people use casually on their yards and gardens, and the pharmaceuticals disposed of down the drains. These have newly understood impacts on our health. The good thing is this is really easy to change-we don’t need to use these chemicals.

Now I assume many people on this permies web site are here because they feel strongly about not using these chemicals and about growing more sustainably. But water is a shared resource, and even if we grow organically, to protect our water we need to get all of our neighbors on board with this. Homeowners own more than half of the land in the United States, and they use up to 10 times more chemical per acre than conventional farmers do! The Great Healthy Yard Project provides the tools to explain this issue to our friends and neighbors. Although really easy to understand, it is referenced with tier one medical journals. And while the easiest thing is to do nothing-just not to use these chemicals, the book and the website have lots of information about how to care for our yards and gardens without these chemicals so that our yards are even more beautiful.

So I hope everyone will take the Great Healthy Yard pledge and convince their friends and neighbors to do the same. “I pledge to take care of my yard without synthetic pesticides, weedkillers, or fertilizers, except on rare occasions in a localized manner to resolve an infestation or to improve habitat for native plants and wildlife. I also promise not to dispose of pharmaceuticals and chemicals down the drain.” Together we can make a big improvement in our drinking water!

I am looking forward to your questions, stories, and suggestions!
 
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Welcome & thank you Diane for your work!!
 
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So I ran the winner picker app in the forum software and we have 2 winners.

Marianne West
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Charles Tarnard

Congratulations Marianne and Charles!

I sent you an email to ask for the email address of the person that first referred you to Permies.com. That person (if qualified) will also get a copy of the book and a permies care package.
 
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THANK YOU!!!

THANK YOU!
 
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