Reader Tracy sends in this review of Jolly Green Planet lawn service:
My husband, son and I moved from New Jersey to Orlando last May and were so excited to move into our brand new home, but that excitement slowly turned
to disappointment when we realized that our builder used St. Augustine grass, in our planned community.
I knew that we had to go with an organic lawn company because not only are we concerned with toxic chemicals being sprayed on our lawn and endangering
our family’s life, but also those nasty chemicals could leach into the ground water and affect our wildlife in lakes and streams.
Since using Jolly Green Planet, our family can rest assure that we are not only protecting our lawn, but we are setting an example in our neighborhood of
what protecting our planet is all about.
Not only is Jolly Green Planet servicing our lawn to ensure that only organic materials be used to nourish the grass, but in the future we hope to work with Jolly Green Planet to plant a thriving vegetable and herb garden.
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Posted in Chiropractors, Fun Stuff for Kids, Local "Green" Events, Nontoxic Lawn Care, Organic Gardening, Organizations/Activism, Parenting Groups, tagged benefit, Chiropractor, fair, festival, garden, Holistic Moms Network, kids, music, organic, Orlando, photograph, planting, storyteller on May 5, 2008 |
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Dr. Lynne Whitson-Rosemellia of Hands On Family Chiropractic is hosting a Spring Fling to benefit the Orlando Area Chapter of the Holistic Moms Network. The event will take place from 11-2 on Saturday, May 10th at 2876 S. Alafaya Trail in Orlando.
There will be plantings and paintings for the kids, a photographer to get pictures of Mom with the kids since she always seems to be behind the camera, Our Vital Earth with their worms, music, storytellers, organic snow cones, vendors, and more!
For more information please call Dr. Lynne’s office at 407.340.1293. To learn more about the Holistic Moms Network, please visit their website at http://www.holisticmoms.org.
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Posted in Breastfeeding Support, Local "Green" Events, Natural Baby Care, Natural Housekeeping, Natural Products, Nontoxic Lawn Care, Organic Gardening, Organizations/Activism, Parenting Groups, tagged alternative, breastfeeding, Dad, green, holistic, Holistic Moms Network, Mom, natural childbirth, parenting, support, vaccination on February 12, 2008 |
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A new chapter of the Holistic Moms Network is now forming in Orlando and will be holding an Open House at the University UU Society, 11648 McCulloch Road in Orlando on Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. There will be several items raffled off at the Open House and food and beverages will be served!
The Holistic Moms Network is a rapidly growing national non-profit organization providing support to moms interested in natural health, holistic living, and mindful parenting. Members of the Holistic Moms Network offer one another support and resources, while sharing information on a variety of topics including organic food, breastfeeding, natural childbirth, positive discipline, and alternative medicine.
The organization, which was founded in New Jersey in 2003, currently has more than 100 chapters in 30 states across the US and Canada.Executive Director, Nancy Massotto, attributes the remarkable growth of the organization to a “budding natural health movement” that is spreading across the country. Moms, dads, grandparents, partners, and other caregivers are all welcome to join the organization.
The Orlando Area Chapter meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the University UU Society and welcomes volunteer guest speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics. April will be a community building meeting and May will host Jolly Green Planet on organic gardening and composting. For more information, please visit the Holistic Moms Network website or email email@example.com.
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In Florida, everyone wants a green lawn. But did you know that 42% of a homeowner’s water is used outside the house? That’s a lot of water being used to get us looking as green as our neighbor! I once had a salesman for a “lawn care” company ring my doorbell, wake my sleeping baby, let my dog escape onto the street – all to point out that I had a small dry spot on my lawn he could fix by dropping some toxic chemicals onto it. After shutting down the three-ring circus he had unleashed in my foyer, I proceeded to tell him that my lawn could be pink with purple polka dots, I wasn’t letting him put chemicals on it.
I did, however, call Florida Organics, since I don’t think that a pink and purple lawn would go over well with the HOA. Run by Dave and Patricia Jackson, Florida Organics offers homeowners a beautiful green lawn by the use of natural soil amendments, minerals and fertilizers that are free of synthetic chemicals and carcinogenic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. They claim that their treatments will build a stronger root system, which will ultimately require less water.
Now this news couldn’t have come at a better time, since we hadn’t yet figured out how to use the automatic sprinkler system. Surprisingly, the lawn has flourished with almost no watering at all. We’ve been in the house for over two years and have only watered in drought conditions – maybe two or three months total (usually after a somewhat frantic note from Dave). Not only are we keeping toxic chemical out of the ground, we’re saving water and money. Talk about going green!
Five years ago, Jessica traded “making green” for “going green” becoming a stay-at-home mom who likes to save the planet in her spare time. This two-time Ironman finisher finds that years of triathlon training prepared her well for the endurance sport of motherhood. She spends her days changing cloth diapers, preparing organic meals for her family and teaching family nutrition as a Juice Plus health educator. At night, she dreams about the introduction of the first hybrid minivan and moonlights as a technical writer so she’ll be able to afford it.
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The following review was submitted by guest author, Heather Strauss.
Recently my kids and I went on a homeschool field trip to Our Vital
Earth in Apopka, Florida. It is a worm farm. Specifically, they raise and sell composting worms… worms that eat your garbage! These worms will eat your “green waste,” which includes cardboard, paper, kitchen waste, grass clippings, and more. On our field trip, Grandma Bernie talked to the children about what a worm was, the difference in worms, and what wonderful things worms do for our earth. Each child got to take home six worms in a recycled water bottle with instructions on how to take care of them.
The end-product (or worm poop) is called vermicompost. Vermicompost is
a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Instead of spraying fertizilizer on your yard, you can use vermicompost as a natural alternative. Vermicompost is richer in many nutrients than traditional composting. Vermicomposting has very little odor, so you can actually keep a bin on your porch without any problem. You can make a worm bin, or you can order bins such as Can-O-Worms.
Grandma Bernie does fieldtrips at the farm and she will also come to you. She has on her website a listing of schools and clubs where she will be doing presentations. My children really loved visiting this farm and every day check on their worms to make sure they are okay. We are looking forward to building a bigger bin for them, especially once baby worms start to hatch. We got a paper shredder so that we can start composting our paper along with our food scraps. We get excited about when we get our vermicompost and can start applying it to our yard.
If you get the chance, go visit Grandma Bernie at Our Vital Earth with your children. They will look at worms in a whole new, wonderful way!
Heather is co-owner of Orlando Organics and also mother to two wayyyy cool kids! She tries to keep her home full of organic yummies and natural products.
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