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The Impact of Pesticides on our: Health, Pollinators, Environment and Food

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Tuesday, November 19 from 10 am to 12 noon in Marston Hall, located on the grounds of Christchurch School, The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula and The Garden Club of the Northern Neck are hosting a conservation symposium. Four highly informed speakers will present the latest information related to the impact of pesticides on our lives. After their presentations, time will be set aside for questions and answers. The speakers are  Paul Bodenstein, a Certified Professional Agronomist who is well know by our local farming community and he will speak on the topic of the nature and properties of pesticides both natural and synthetic, which includes the decision process on how we use pesticides in agriculture. Mr. Bodenstein will convey to us the importance of soil and growing conditions on plant health and the significance of GMO’s in today’s farming community. Wynne Miller, Acting Deputy Office Director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs will discuss the “Overview of EPA’s Pesticide Program and the Process for Evaluating and Communicating Human Health Risks.” Ms. Miller grew up in a small farming community in North Carolina where her father owns a farm and grows corn and soybeans. Tim McCoy is an Extension Associate in the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs where he develops pesticide safety educational materials focused on protecting non-target species.  He has been a member of the VT Entomology department for 16 years, where he has worked on the management of a diverse range of urban pests to include: cockroaches, ants, termites, and bed bugs.  While his current focus is using the fascinating topic of native pollinators to deliver pesticide safely and general biology information to audiences, he has also maintained a decades-long interest in the increasingly popular topic of entomophagy. The fourth speaker is Dennis Green whose love of native plants began with hiking the mountains around VA Tech where she earned her BS in Horticulture/Landscape Design. Denise recently retired as the owner of Sassafras Farm Nursery where she grew over 150 species of perennials native to the Eastern US. Under her new name, Huckleberry Design, she will continue to offer landscape design and consultation specializing in using natives to create low maintenance, wildlife friendly gardens. Projects of note include the visitor centers for Westmoreland and Belle Isle State Parks as well as a National Wildlife Federation funded Certified Wildlife Habitat at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Denise is a certified member of the VA Society of Landscape Designers and a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.

Blenheim Organic Gardens located in Westmoreland County and Dayspring Farm located in King and Queen County will be present along with other vendors and have their produce and other crops available for purchase.

Organizer

Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society

The Impact of Pesticides on our: Health, Pollinators, Environment and Food

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Christchurch School , 49 Seahorse Lane Christchurch, VA 23031

On Tuesday, November 19 from 10 am to 12 noon in Marston Hall, located on the grounds of Christchurch School, The Garden Club of the Middle Peninsula and The Garden Club of the Northern Neck are hosting a conservation symposium. Four highly informed speakers will present the latest information related to the impact of pesticides on our lives. After their presentations, time will be set aside for questions and answers. The speakers are  Paul Bodenstein, a Certified Professional Agronomist who is well know by our local farming community and he will speak on the topic of the nature and properties of pesticides both natural and synthetic, which includes the decision process on how we use pesticides in agriculture. Mr. Bodenstein will convey to us the importance of soil and growing conditions on plant health and the significance of GMO’s in today’s farming community. Wynne Miller, Acting Deputy Office Director for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs will discuss the “Overview of EPA’s Pesticide Program and the Process for Evaluating and Communicating Human Health Risks.” Ms. Miller grew up in a small farming community in North Carolina where her father owns a farm and grows corn and soybeans. Tim McCoy is an Extension Associate in the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs where he develops pesticide safety educational materials focused on protecting non-target species.  He has been a member of the VT Entomology department for 16 years, where he has worked on the management of a diverse range of urban pests to include: cockroaches, ants, termites, and bed bugs.  While his current focus is using the fascinating topic of native pollinators to deliver pesticide safely and general biology information to audiences, he has also maintained a decades-long interest in the increasingly popular topic of entomophagy. The fourth speaker is Dennis Green whose love of native plants began with hiking the mountains around VA Tech where she earned her BS in Horticulture/Landscape Design. Denise recently retired as the owner of Sassafras Farm Nursery where she grew over 150 species of perennials native to the Eastern US. Under her new name, Huckleberry Design, she will continue to offer landscape design and consultation specializing in using natives to create low maintenance, wildlife friendly gardens. Projects of note include the visitor centers for Westmoreland and Belle Isle State Parks as well as a National Wildlife Federation funded Certified Wildlife Habitat at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Denise is a certified member of the VA Society of Landscape Designers and a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.

Blenheim Organic Gardens located in Westmoreland County and Dayspring Farm located in King and Queen County will be present along with other vendors and have their produce and other crops available for purchase.

Organizer

Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society

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