MAINE–(ENEWSPF)–July 30, 2012.
The organic lawn makeover at Glenstone, a modern art museum in Potomac, Md., is showcased by Joe Lamp’l’s Growing a Greener World on PBS.
Barely two years from the initial phone call for our consultative services, one of our primary clients — Glenstone — takes a bow today with the airing of an organic lawn care special on Growing A Greener World: http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/episode305/.
Clearly answering the questions about whether or not organic lawn care can work, and if it’s more expensive (it’s not), the segment features a rare interview with the museum’s founders Mitch and Emily Rales.
“I got pregnant with my first child, our first child,” said Emily. “I started reading a lot about the environment. I actually got a book as a gift by Sandra Steingraber. It’s called Having Faith. She started talking about environmental toxins and how they’re really all around us. You can’t go through life without ingesting it, without internalizing the stuff that’s around you. It really got me started thinking about the world around us and also all of this lawn.”
Three months from her daughter’s birth, Emily said she held a meeting with the Glenstone grounds crew that had been maintaining the 160-acre estate with synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides. She also asked to review all the labels and material safety data sheets for the products.
“I dutifully went and looked up every single chemical in the database and I was horrified,” she said. At that moment she decided to make a change.
“We did our homework, we contacted some people and we were lucky enough to be in touch with Paul Tukey and here we are today.”