Weston Kiwanis Club to learn about organic lawn care

Chip Osborne, an expert on municipal turf management, will talk to the Kiwanis Club about organic lawn care.

Fall is the perfect time of year to fertilize, weed or renovate your lawn. Those seeking organic alternatives to conventional lawn care techniques are invited to join Charles (Chip) Osborne, a professional horticulturalist with 35 years’ experience in the green industry, and Dr. Jerry Silbert, a board-certified physician in clinical and anatomic pathology, at the Weston Kiwanis Club meeting this Saturday, Sept. 15, at Norfield Parish Hall at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served and members of the public are welcome.

Mr. Osborne will present his nationally recognized program, “Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care.” The program offers a detailed approach to natural lawn care that homeowners may implement in their own yards.

Dr. Silbert will complement Mr. Osborne’s presentation with information on how pesticides affect our families, pets, ground water and the environment overall.

Mr. Osborne founded Osborne Organics in 2007, a company that provides natural turf consulting services to business, municipal and institutional clients. A major focus of the business is providing education in the area of natural turf management.

Mr. Osborne works with Grassroots Environmental Education in the Grassroots Healthy Lawn Program (GHLP), in collaboration with the County of Westchester, N.Y., and the New York State Turf and Landscape Association. He is also a turf instructor for NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) in natural methods, specializing in municipal turf.

He is a member of the board of directors of Beyond Pesticides in Washington, D.C., and he has been recognized by the Toxic Use Reduction Institute at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the Governor’s Office on Environmental Affairs, and the Toxics Action Center of Massachusetts.

Dr. Silbert is executive director of the Watershed Partnership Inc., a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to fostering safe, healthy, livable communities and sustaining healthy watershed environments in Connecticut. He is a former faculty member of the Yale University Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, former chief of Clinical Laboratories at the West Haven VA Hospital, past vice chairman of the Guilford Inland Wetlands Commission, a former chairman of Guilford’s Conservation Commission, and a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association and the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut.

In 2012, Dr. Silbert received the Dragonfly Award from the national organization Beyond Pesticides for vision and leadership advancing knowledge and action to protect health and the environment.

The Kiwanis Club of Weston, an organization dedicated to community service, sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise money for local organizations whose activities benefit the community at large.

The club’s membership is open to all men and women residing or working in the area. For more information, visit westonkiwanis.org.

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