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SBN Newsletter  

September, 2013  

In This Issue
Welcome Sarah, SBN's New Managing Director
Welcome to SBN Sponsoring Member South Mountain Company, Inc.
Available for Sublease: Large Wiorkspace with Private Office
SBN Partners with Sustainable Fashion Collaborative
B2B Networking Group Meeting on 9/25
SBN's 1st ALLocal Social was a hit!
SBN Member Announcement
SBLP Updates
Local Craft Brewfest
Update on BLFF 2013
Climate Action Liaison Coalition hosts Panel Discussion
2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium
NELEN's 11th Gathering on 9/26
SBN Green Tip of the Month
Dear SBN Members and Friends, 

I hope you all are enjoying the delicious bounty of our local farms and orchards. And as some you know, I'm a bit of a local apple fanatic! The cider and crisp local apples make my autumns a major occasion for joyful celebration! New Englanders are blessed with a myriad of varieties of local apples to enjoy, and many of us are eagerly awaiting the Macouns that will be ready to pick in October. Remember-- the calories in those mouth watering cider donuts don't count because they are local! :-)  

This newsletter welcomes our new Managing Director, Sarah Lambertson. We were blessed to have several outstanding candidates and we're thrilled to introduce Sarah to everyone. In two words--Sarah Rocks! We also want to once again acknowledge and thank Katrina Kazda for her game-changing leadership in SBN. She leaves SBN a much stronger and influential organization than she found it back in 2010. The transition to Sarah was so smooth because of the dedication and good work that Katrina offered in this transition. Katrina is now a board member and remains as a consultant to SBN on various projects.  

We also want to offer our thanks to SBN's Vice President, Al Nierenberg, who recently termed off the board after over 15 years of Board service. We're happy to say that the founder of Somerville Local First, Joe Grafton, has been elected as our new Vice President! We also want to welcome our four new board members--Katrina, Ed Dugger, Myna Greenfield, and Jeff Barry. In the next newsletter we'll offer words of introduction to these well-known local entrepreneurs.  

And finally, make sure you spread the word about the 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival and the Local Craft BrewFest, on 10/6 and 10/12 respectively. Both of these iconic events are not to be missed! 

Sustainably yours,

Laury Hammel 
Executive Director, SBN
Welcome to new SBN Managing Director, Sarah Lambertson! 


After two short weeks, SBN's new Managing Director Sarah Lambertson has made a seamless transition into her lead position on the SBN Team!


Sarah comes to SBN with a bachelor's degree from McGill University in Environmental Science, and an MBA in Sustainability from Antioch University New England. From experience in her MBA program, Sarah understands that business is a powerful tool for making change towards a fair and sustainable future. 


Sarah's most recent work for Whole Foods Market provided valuable experience as an educator and a buyer, where she gained a strong operational understanding of running a business. She has also worked as an educator in several other capacities, including as a lecturer at Boston University's School of Management for an Organizational Behavior class. Additionally, she worked for the Cheshire County Conservation District as a project coordinator on a farm labor and infrastructure needs project.


The SBN Staff loves Sarah for her positive "can-do" attitude, her charming spirit and her infectious energy about the work that she is most passionate about. We feel lucky to have found such a great fit for our small, yet growing organization! 


Welcome Sarah aboard and drop her a line:


Sarah Lambertson



From left: Sarah Lamberston, SBN Managing Direction
Alex Barber, Program Coordinator 
and Taryn Johnson, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Introducing! SBN's Sponsoring Member, South Mountain Company, Inc.

South Mountain Company of Martha's Vineyard recently joined SBN as a Sponsoring Member of SBN. Founded in 1975, South Mountain offers integrated development, architecture, building, interiors, and renewable energy services to the island of Martha's Vineyard and nearby locations. The company has built a long and compelling history since then, and South Mountain is now a highly regarded worker-owned cooperative, as well as an icon in the sustainable business movement.

John Abrams
John Abrams is the Founder, President, Owner and CEO of South Mountain, and wrote COMPANIES WE KEEP: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Placewhich is required reading for anyone interested in local and sustainable businesses! We're fortunate that South Mountain has been involved with SBN for many years.  
South Mountain Company's Energy Services division was created in 2005 to find the best opportunities for successful energy efficiency improvements and solar energy installations for residential, institutional and commercial clients on the Vineyard and nearby communities. They are also proud to be the premier 
solar integrator in the region. The company's devout commitment to sustainable business practices has been rooted in their mission since the early eighties, and South Mountain now makes environmental responsibility one of their essential priorities throughout the design and building process.
Thanks to John and South Mountain for joining SBN and helping make the presence of SBN expand beyond the greater Boston area! With the leadership of companies like South Mountain Company, SBN will continue to make great progress toward creating a Massachusetts and New England economy that is local green and fair.  
Look out for an exclusive interview with the South Mountain Company Team in our October Newsletter!
For more information on South Mountain Company:
(508) 693-4850 
AVAILABLE NOW! Garden level office space available for sub-lease. Situated in a professional non-profit office building and conveniently located only one block from Central Square. ALL utilities included.

Interested in joining SBN's collaborative office
space? We're seeking a 4th tenant to share our space! We have a large private work space with attached private office available for rent beginning October 1. Located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive in the heart of Central Square, Cambridge. 

Our office is on the ground level of a non-profit building, just steps away from the red line T stop and close to dozens of lively local businesses! A metered parking lot is available directly across the street, as well as additional metered parking in the area. The collaborative office space provides a shared kitchen, conference area, second level conference room available for reservation, and both men's and women's bathrooms. 

Become a part of our collaborative workspace and join a lively environment of socially driven local businesses! 

99 Bishop Allen Drive, Suite 100 
 Cambridge, MA 02139 

Approx. 388 SF 
 Garden level office with plenty of natural light 
$1,200/month all utilities included. 

Call or email today to schedule a showing! 

Sarah Lambertson 
SBN Managing Director 
(617) 395-0250

William Senne 
License Broker 
(617) 497-4100 

Point Plus Realty
1105 Massachusetts Avenue 
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sustainable Fashion Collaborative Event



On Sunday, September 29 from 6-8 p.m., SBN will co-Partner with The Sustainable Fashion Collaborative (SFC) at the launch of their new venture! 

Join us at Urbano in Jamaica Plain for a trendy evening of sustainable fashion, and learn the how's and why's of using sustainable production in fashion. At this event, you'll also enjoy refreshments and wine sponsored by a range of local vendors!


SFC is officially launching during Boston Fashion week with an exhibit of Sustainable Fashion featuring the designs of Boston based designers; GeorgAnnette Chatterly, Lallitara, MULXIPLY, Amy Plante, Ellen Shea, Avni Trivedi and Carlos Villamil. Featuring both established and emerging designers- this exhibit will showcase their innovative fashion and the sustainable message unique to each designer/brand. With a focus on community engagement the SFC has aligned itself with the Urbano Project, located in a revitalized brewery in Jamaica Plain, as an ideal location to launch and 

present this initial exhibit. 

Avni Trivedi's Hand-Dyed Fabrics


SFC is a community of designers, retailers, consumers and thought-leaders. Founded in Boston, MA in April 2013 by Jennifer Varekamp, Annalisa Oswald, Shannon Whitehead, Tanja Cesh, Carlos Villamil and Kate Black, the SFC aims to initiate the conversation about ethical fashion and what it means to be a both a socially-responsible brand, as well as a conscious consumer.


Contact Jennifer Varekamp for more information about this event, and check out their website for directions.


Jennifer Varekamp

Co-Founder, SFC



Learn about the featured sustainable designers by reading their bios below!   



Annalisa Oswald and Tanja Cesh are the founders of MULXIPLY, a social enterprise focused on making fashion both sustainable and equitable across the entire supply chain. They decided to develop their first product line in partnership with a fair-trade women's co-op during a research trip to Nepal in May, 2012. Their signature line is inspired by minimal, modern design, and natural materials. Part of their mission is to apply indigenous techniques and materials to contemporary, up-market designs. The humanitarian force behind the making of each product is by far the most important ingredient in the equation. Knowing that women in the developing world are receiving opportunities they might not otherwise have, securing a brighter future for her and her family, is extremely rewarding work, worth every challenge presented. Officially launched in December, 2012, MULXIPLY is designed in Somerville, MA and produced in Nepal.
Amy Plante's Designs and Fabrics


Amy Plante

Amy Plante is an artist and designer in Somerville, MA. She recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fashion Design. Working under the moniker BAD HAUS, she seeks to prove that sustainable design is a practice and not an aesthetic. BAD HAUS is an art and design brand with the aim to dismantle common practices in the fashion industry by spreading awareness of eco-friendly and sustainable approaches to fashion design.  


Ellen Shea

Ever since completing her certificate in Fashion Design at MassArt in 2010, Ellen has been interested and committed to sustainable fashion. To further explore sustainability as a business strategy, she is pursuing her MBA with a concentration in Sustainability and CSR at Simmons College. Upon graduating, she hopes to combine her design background with her business expertise to find solutions that advance sustainable practices in the fashion industry. In addition to her design certificate, Ellen holds a BA in English from Boston University. When she isn't sewing or studying you can find her hanging upside-down several feet in the air practicing aerial acrobatics. 

GeorgeAnnette Chatterly
GeorgAnnette Designs center on the fusion of couture pieces and wearable designs.  
There is heavy use of structured materials like leather and denim. Also prevalent is creating innovative textiles thru fabric manipulations such as distressing, layering and weaving. Through the use of these techniques, custom, handmade pieces become accessible as streetwear with an unconventional edge. GeorgAnnette embraces a redefined approach to everyday wearable art and emphasizes the stylistic significance of one-of-a-kind garments.
A model showcases one of Avni's sustainable designs. 
Avni Trivedi
Avni focuses on offering fashion collections that are environmentally responsible and support the centuries-old artisan cottage fabric-making industry in India. These fabrics are hand-made, utilizing customs that are hundreds of years old and uphold the tradition and history of India's celebrated artisans. All fabrics are 100% naturally dyed using only locally sourced and recycled materials. By requisitioning the fabrics, Avni not only helps maintain economic stability for artists, but also helps keep these ancient sustainable arts alive.  


Carlos Villamil

Carlos Villamil is a Colombian designer based in Boston, MA since early 2006. His background is in Industrial Design and when he moved to the United States he started working in graphic design and marketing while studying Fashion Design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. In 2011 he worked designing footwear and accessories for the fashion house Adolfo Domínguez in Ourense, Spain. Carlos' main interest is Zero Waste fashion and he is now developing clothes based in this concept while studying at Harvard University towards a Master in Sustainability and Environmental Management.



Lallitara is a socially and environmentally responsible apparel and accessories brand dedicated to fueling social change through fashion. From sourcing to manufacturing to selling and finally reinvesting our profits, we aim to do good in every step of the process ensuring that you look great and feel great.   

SBN's next B2B Networking Group Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 25th!


Join us for our next B2B on Wednesday, September 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Basil Tree Catering in Cambridge, MA!


Our theme for this B2B will focus on one of SBN's most successful and award-winning programs, the Sustainable Business Leader Program. The SBLP is a practical and affordable certification program that helps businesses "green" their business operations and practices while saving valuable natural resources and money. 


Basil Tree Catering completed their SBLP certification in October 2011, and have since proven to be a leader in the sustainable restaurant industry. Their efforts include separated waste- composting, recycling and trash- plus 100% earth-friendly paper goods, a commitment to local purchasing and so much more.


Whether you're a current SBLP graduate, have recently enrolled in the program, or you're simply interested in learning more about certifying your green business, join us on Wednesday, 9/25 to learn more about our program and network with other sustainably-minded business leaders!


To Purchase $10 Member Ticket, click here.  

To Purchase $20 Non-member Ticket, click here.


Thank you to Basil Tree Catering, who will be sponsoring the event with a beautiful sustainable space and delicious, local food! 
For more information or questions, contact Taryn Johnson at or call 617-395-0250. 
SBN's first ALLocal Social was a delicious display of local flavor!
Photography credit: Melissa Blackall Photography

On August 20th, SBN and Dillon's Restaurant & Bar hosted the first ever ALLocal Social! With nearly 75 attendees, the ALLocal Social was a huge success! We challenged Dillon's chefs Travis "Tbone" Talbot and Paul Bruno to create a menu of appetizers and snacked sourced from 100% local ingredients, and their team received rave reviews. 


The two chefs came up with an impressive menu, including Mushroom Bisque Shots, Sweet Corn with Chive Butter, Turkey and Veggie Kabobs, Surf & Turf Sliders with Lobster, Spicy Refrigerator Pickles, Beer Battered Apple Rings with Maple Yogurt and Mojito Watermelon Pops! Every creation that Chefs Travis and Paul presented to our ALLocal Attendees was delicious, fresh and innovative. 


They described their menu as "back to basics" with simple, yet authentic offerings that helped them appreciate that good food is just that, "good food meaning quality products, from considerate and passionate farmers," said Chef Travis.   


In a Thank You to SBN for inviting the chefs at Dillon's to help host our ALLocal Event, Chef Travis said, "It was not only a terrific evening but also a great learning experience for us both. Without question, it was challenging to come up with a menu that was balanced, featured local vendors but that was sincere in using all local ingredients in every recipe. Challenging but definitely rewarding!"

Dan Clarke and Josh Trautwein, Co-Founders 
Fresh Truck Mobile Farmers Market

The event also attracted special guests and SBN Members, the Fresh Truck- who parked right outside of the restaurant in the hub of Boylston Street. Throughout the evening, ALLocal Attendees were given a tour of the mobile farmer's market by Co-Founders Josh Trautwein and Daniel Clarke. 


We're especially thankful to the farmers, brewers and suppliers without whom this event would not be what is it! On behalf of SBN and the Dillon's Team, we'd like to offer our warmest appreciation to:

  • Cisco Breweries- Nantucket, MA
  • Silverbrook Farms- Dartmouth, MA
  • Vermont Butter & Creamery- VT
  • Green Mountain Creamery- VT
  • Langwater Farm- North Easton, MA
  • Nagog Hill Farms- Littleton, MA
  • Cape Cod Salt Works- Cape Cod, MA
  • Misty Knolls Farms- VT
  • Gary's Farm Stand- Riverdale, MA
  • Herb Lyceum- Groton, MA
  • Pain d'Avingon- Hyannis, MA
  • Pioneer Valley Vinegar Works, EastHampton, MA
  • Turtle Lane Farms- Andover, MA
  • Old Ipswich Rum- Ipswich, MA 
Thank you to all who attended and supported our first ever ALLocal Social at Dillon's Restaurant & Bar. We hope to see you at our next ALLocal Event!
Photography credit: Melissa Blackall Photography
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SBN New & Returning Member Announcement    SBN Proud Member Seal


SBN's network is growing in leaps and bounds! A big welcome to our newest SBN Members: 


South Mountain Company, Inc. South Mountain Company is an employee-owned company offering integrated development, architecture, building, interiors, and renewable energy services. They work in Martha's Vineyard and nearby locations, upholding their goal of understanding the site and welding their buildings seamlessly to the land.

ViV Web SolutionsViV Web Solutions is a full-service online marketing firm dedicated to helping businesses grow and prosper on the web. ViV can help give clients a fresh, relevant, and dignified online presence. 

Farmers Are CoolFarmers are Cool is a line of organic and sustainable clothing that celebrates farmers. In 2012, they built upon that with comfort mugs, designed and hand crafted by a NH artist. Their goal is to celebrate the cool farmers we all know and wish them the best.

Melissa Blackall Photography: Based out of Boston, Melissa Blackall Photography specializes in capturing relationships and personalities, with a special eye for capturing genuine moments. Melissa works with a variety of clients including families, artists, non-profit organizations, businesses and NGOs. 
New Leaf Legal: New Leaf Legal motivates emerging business, artistic and entertainment clients by focusing on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures, as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. 

Something GudSomething Gud is a new Benefit Corporation that delivers the best locally sourced food directly to your door, each week. Simply select a location, customize your order, create an account and select your delivery time and date!


Howard/Stein-Howard Associates, Inc. : HSH is a transportation consulting company that provides planning, engineering, and public involvement services to public and private clients. They plan, design, and facilitate projects that help to strengthen the communities in which they are located. 


Welcome back to renewing SBN Members:  


Novick: Creative ChangeKim Novick is the Owner and President of Novick: Creative Change, and is an Experiential Marketing expert for Shared Value thought leaders. He combines business growth and social impact with a focus on "innovation, global impact, and trends" to create a creative change for his clients. 


NitwitsNitWits is a locally-owned Head Lice Removal Treatment Salon in the Boston, Massachusetts area. They have also developed their own all natural, pesticide-free, lice treatment product, OMG Head Lice Treatment Solution.


Energy Consumers Alliance of NE (Mass Energy)Mass Energy is a non-profit organization that has been making energy more affordable and environmentally sustainable for over 30 years. 


Thank you all for your partnership and commitment to building a Massachusetts economy that is Local, Green and Fair!


Remember: Think Members First!

What better way to support the local economy and each other than to support SBN members who share your values and commitment to the principals of Local, Green and Fair. SBN is working on new programs to encourage and support greater B2B exchange within the network. Stay tuned for ways to get engaged!   
Announcing our newest Sustainable Business and Community Leader Program Partnerships & Participants!
Insource Services, Inc. 

SBLP is proud to announce our most recent graduate Insource Services, Inc., based in Wellesley. They offer business solutions to help with HR, bookkeeping, and IT work for small and large businesses. Insource truly took the program to heart, implementing 40 action items on their path to certification, but went beyond making sustainability a priority at work. Employees at Insource Services understood the value and the commitment the company was taking and took many of the initiatives home and into their personal lives. It is truly a great success story!


Midway Restaurant, Dedham MA

SBLP is happy to welcome the Midway Restaurant as the newest participant in the Sustainable Business Leader Program. The Midway is a family owned and operated

null restaurant, providing great food and service since 1947 in Dedham, just outside of Dedham Square. 


The Midway specializes in American cuisine and comfort food in a friendly, fun atmosphere. We are excited to work with the Midway as a continuation of our partnership with the Town of Dedham Sustainability Advisory Committee.


Visit Midway Restaurant:

269 Washington St
Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 329-5575
New Pumpkin Brews at Local Craft Brewfest! Tickets on Sale Now!


As the leaves start to turn and the breeze gets a bit frostier, how will you be celebrating? Kick off the fall season with many local brews, including new pumpkin-flavored brews at our Annual Local Craft Brewfest
The brewfest will highlight a variety of fall themed brews including Blue Hills' Pumpkin Lager, Smuttynose's 
Pumpkin Ale, Watch City Pie Eyed Pumpkin AleAutumn Wheat Ale from Mayflower, Fall Summit Ale from Peak Organic and Oktoberfest from both Watch City and Narragansett...So many choices and so many great tastings lined up this year! What's the best fall beer of the day? Which beer will you try first? Get your tickets today so you can try them all! Hashtag your favorite 
#localcraftbrew and share with us @bostonlocalfood!


New this year, to make this the best Local Craft Brewfest yet, we've extended the tasting period AND have opened up the previously VIP area of distilleries, mead and cider for all attendees to taste!


Come explore, socialize, and network with vendors, brew fans, and local foodies! While celebrating local brews, you can savor live music by local musicians and enjoy one of Boston's most beautiful harbor views. 


Mark your calendar for October 12 from 3-6:30 p.m., tell your friends, and get your ticket today at:

This event is a critical fundraiser for SBN in supporting the Boston Local Food Festival and our work with the Local Food Movement and we greatly appreciate you purchasing a ticket and supporting us.
Boston Local Food Festival 2013: Volunteers Needed 


Zero Waste Volunteers at the 2012 Boston Local Food Festival! 
Calling all volunteers! Less than a month to go until SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway into the nation's largest local & sustainable food hub at the 4th Annual Boston Local Food Festival! With over 100 vendors and sponsors, chef demos, seafood throwdown, family fun zone, live music, and more-- this is not an event to be missed!
 We need YOUR HELP to make it run smoothly. Volunteers are crucial on the day of the festival. 
Want to show your passion for local food by volunteering for the festival? Join the local food movement by filling out a volunteer application. Volunteers are guaranteed to have fun, meet new people and learn about the local food system.


Best of all, we bring this festival to the public FREE of charge. All restaurant food prepared on site will be sold for $6 or less to ensure that everyone can have a taste of local! So bring your reusable bags and get ready for the biggest one-day farmers market and celebration of local food this season! For more information on vendorssponsorsvolunteering, to read our blog, and more, check out our website at
Questions? Want more information? Contact Alex at
Hope to see you there on October 6th!
The Climate Action Liaison Coalition will host an Extreme Weather Panel Discussion on October 1, 2013!  

Join us on October 1, 2013 at the Non Profit Center, 89 South Street at 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM (doors open at 7:30 AM). A continental breakfast will be served. 


Rising sea levels are putting Boston businesses at risk. Join us for an interactive panel discussion on local climate impacts, how small business can prepare for severe weather, and the City of Boston's plans to protect property, road access, and municipal services.


The American Sustainable Business Council and the Climate Action Liaison Coalition, in partnership with the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts and A Better City, have invited some of Boston's leading climate adaptation experts to help the small business community understand and prepare for the near-term effects of climate change in our city. 


Register Now!


Space is limited to 80 participants. 
Please register in advance as tickets will not be available at the door.


For more information, contact:

Michael Green

Climate Action Liaison Program Coordinator

617-269-0299 x 310


Tech Networks is a founding member of the Climate Action Liaison Coalition and is the lead organizer for this event. 



Don't miss the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, 
October 13-16!



If you've heard about carbon negativity, ecosystem restoration, manure management or any of the other benefits of Biochar and are curious to learn from and network with international experts, the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, October 13-16 at UMass Amherst is the conference you've been waiting for!  


Titled "Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar," the conference will feature a variety of events that are open to the public, including an introductory 

workshop for farmers and gardeners on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4pm and a Tech Field Day on Thursday, October 17 at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown, Mass.


For details about why you should attend, what you'll experience and who will be there, visit http://symposium2013.pvbiochar.orgfor a preview of the conference schedule, 



Registration is LIVE. For discussions about sharing rides and rooms, visit the PVBI Forum.

New England Local Economy Network's 11th Gathering: 

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The New England Local Economy Network (NELEN) is having it's eleventh gathering on 
Thursday, September 26th in Dover, New Hampshire. This invitation-only gathering will focus specifically on supporting the growth and development of the strongest local business networks in New England. 

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is sponsoring this event and Joe Grafton, AMIBA's Director of Development will be facilitating it along with SBN's Executive Director, Laury Hammel. The NELEN Fall Gathering Organizing Committee is pleased to announce an exciting new format and opportunity for our Fall Gathering.   
As of this writing, along with SBN, leaders from the following communities have registered--Portsmouth, NH, Portland, ME, Belknap County, NH, Monadnock, NH, Pioneer Valley, MA, Jamaica Plain and Boston. We'll give a report of this important collaborative and interactive gathering in the October newsletter.  


In partnership with the American Independent Business Alliance, NELEN will be offering an opportunity for networks to "go deep" to take the next step in growth and development for their organization.

SBN's Green Tip of the Month: with Pure Pest Management!



SBN Members, Pure Pest Management, came to visit the SBN office recently and gave us some surprising information-- tick & mosquito protection doesn't end with the summer months! Read our interview below and find out how and why you should protect your yard as the weather gets cooler!


What is Pure Pest Management, and how does it differ from other pest management businesses?


Pure focuses on mosquito and tick property treatments using only EPA-exempt, organic products that are safe for the environment. We provide both routine services and event services that eliminate ticks and mosquitoes on contact in all of their life stages. In addition, after routine treatments the product builds a residual barrier that keeps tick and mosquitoes from returning to the property. Our organic solution is just as effective as commonly used pesticides; it just needs to be applied more often. For our routine programs, we recommend one treatment every 3-4 weeks to achieve the best results. 
What are some common problems or risks associated with not protecting your yard?


There is the obvious risk of contracting a vector-borne illness like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus- but the risks associated with using pesticide solutions are just as dangerous. Chemicals like DEET and Permethrin have negative, long-term side effects to human, animals and the environment. 



What are the benefits to protecting your yard with Pure Pest?


We've been in business using exclusively organic products for 5 years. Our customers have peace of mind after we treat their property; they can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about dangerous chemicals that could harm their families, pets, and plants. From a business perspective, we are also protecting our employees by using products that won't harm them while they complete their jobs for the day. You also get to enjoy the backyard without the nuisance of dealing with ticks and mosquitoes.
Two-Year Life Cycle of the Deer Tick


How should home-owners prep for next summer?


Specifically for ticks, consider 2-3 property treatments this Fall to kill adult deer ticks that will lay eggs next summer. Examine your property and determine if there were any areas that bred mosquitoes such as an untreated pool, clogged gutter, birdbath, or other areas that collect standing water, and remove/treat if possible. 
Educate your neighbors or colleagues on the harmfulness of common outdoor pesticides, and let them know there are organic alternatives they can consider next year. Even if you are using organic products, drift can occur when any neighbors have their properties treated with toxic chemicals, thus contaminating the air, water, and soil on your property.


Are there any measures in particular to take during the fall?


Definitely. After labor day, many people stop worrying about mosquitoes even though EEE and West Nile Virus are often at a high threat level at this time of season until the first hard frost and temperatures are a consistent 40 degrees. At the same time, adult deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active in late October/early November. These adults typically survive the winter and lay thousands of eggs the following spring. Being proactive in the fall on both mosquito and tick control not only make the outdoor environment safer, but you are also reducing the population that will hatch the following year.
Pure Pest Co-Founders Brian Whittemore and Trevor Nelson
For more information, check out there website:
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