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Urban and Suburban Meadows Author Interviewed for Today Show
Catherine Zimmerman, author of Urban and Suburban Meadows featured in ELA’s July newsletter, will be a guest on the NBC Today Show on September 13. Catherine will be the focus of Jane Pauley’s “Your Life Calling” series. The series profiles Americans 50 years or older, who have reinvented their careers in order to pursue their dreams. Look for time and channel in your local tv guide.

Professional Guide for IPM in Turf
UMass Extension has recently developed a new, comprehensive manual detailing specific BMPs for all aspects of lawn and landscape turf care: from site assessment, to irrigation and water management, to mowing. The BMPs presented are based on the scientific principles and practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and are designed to be adaptable to a wide range of management schemes. This 100+ page manual is offered free of charge and is available for
download at turf program website.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund
The mission of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is “to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities.” Grants range from $500 – $2,500. Application deadline is Sept. 15. Link to full grant announcement

Patagonia Offers Support for Grassroots Environmental Work
Outdoor clothing and gear company Patagonia provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations. Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $8,000 each. Applications will be accepted during the month of August. See the Patagonia website for guidelines.

Conferences and Meetings

Friday, September 24 9:15 AM – 2 PM
The Native Plant Center’s Autumn Landscape Conference: Gateway to Sustainable Gardening
Location: Gateway Center, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
For more information contact Nancy Inzinna at or visit

Saturday, September 25 – 8:30am – 4:00pm
The 2nd Native Knowledge Conference & Eco-Exhibit
Location: Monument Mountain Regional High School Great Barrington, MA
For more information or to registration visit or call 413-274-3433. A discounted registration fee of $25 is being offered to Project Native as well as ELA members.

Thursday, October 14
Invasive Plant Conference

Location: UConn, Storrs, CT
For more information visit or call (860) 486-6448.