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Organic Lawn Care Projects

Organically managed grass looks great and is a viable and cost effective option. TURI has supported a variety of projects related to organic grass care, including municipalities transitioning acres of fields from pesticide use to organic.

Springfield's Transition of Public Land Management to Organic Land Care

The project team created a “Systems Approach” that utilizes a series of preventative steps to mitigate potential pests and other turf problems. Read more...

Natick Healthier Lawn Project: Pesticide Reduction in Residential and Municipal Lands

In 2015, the Town of Natick began a two-year pilot of organic land care practices across three public properties. Read more...

NOFA/Mass Municipal Organic Lawn Demonstration Projects

The Northeast Organic Farming Association worked with the towns of Ayer and Stoneham MA to establish organic lawns in public areas for demonstration. Read more...

The Field Fund 2017-2018

The Field Fund, Inc. of Martha’s Vineyard worked to preserve and maintain Martha’s Vineyard’s athletic playing fields using an organic, systems-based approach rather than installing synthetic fields. Read more...

The Field Fund 2018-2019

The Field Fund offers both supplemental maintenance and renovations of playing fields; along with training and support for our partner schools and towns personnel, with the goal of improving the quality of these important recreational spaces for the Island community. Read more...

Wellesley Pesticide Awareness Campaign and Regional Collaborative

A Project of the Wellesley Health Department and Natural Resources Commission, 2001-2002 Read more...

Marblehead Organic Lawn and Garden Demonstration Project

A Project of the Marblehead Pesticide Awareness Committee, 1999-2000 Read more...

Newton's Alternatives to Pesticides Education Program

A Project of Newton Green Decade Coalition's Committee for Alternatives to Pesticides, 1997. Read more...

Healthy Lawns for Healthy Families in Westford

A Regional Project of the Westford Water Department, 2005-2007. The Westford Water Department distributed materials about safer methods for lawn care to neighboring towns. The goal was to raise awareness of the link between pesticide use reduction and protecting water resources and human health. Read more...

NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course - Municipal Scholarships

Six Massachusetts municipal employees were awarded scholarships to attend the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course in August of 2007. Read more...

Townsend Organic Lawn Care Demonstration Site

The Town of Townsend increased public awareness that organic lawn care practices provide a viable, effective and safer alternative to toxic substances currently in use by creating demonstration lawns at the Town Hall and Library and conducting other outreach activities. Read more...

Pesticide Reduction through Lowell's Tyler Park

To goal of the project was to encourage the reduction of pesticide use on lawns in Lowell's residential and civic spaces with a non-pesticide demonstration lawn site at Tyler Park. Read more...