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One in 6 children in the United States have a developmental disability, including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and other developmental delays. Cancer is the leading cause of disease related death in children. New Hampshire House Bill 399 restricts the types of pesticides allowed where kids play, thereby significantly reducing exposure to chemicals that can harm our children’s development, chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, or disrupt the delicate endocrine system even at tiny levels. It is imperative that we move ahead in eliminating as much of these types of exposures as we can. 

Below is my testimony I have submitted to the members of the House in support of it. 

I am Steve Phillips, the owner of Heidelberg Farms, a New Hampshire small business started in 2013 to provide Organic solutions to our state’s families and businesses. I have worked in all parts of the horticultural industry and have found a good home in Organics.

I started my land care career mowing lawns, trimming shrubbery, and practicing the application of pesticides. I went on to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and in the course of studying NH’s famed tree biologist, Dr. Alex Shigo, I began to pursue my own intense interest in the how and why of plant care.

Through Dr. Shigo’s tree autopsies, he was able to show us how trees responded to their environments and growing conditions. He then applied this knowledge to change our management of trees to better reflect their natural responses to the world around them. His work modernized tree health care and the arboriculture industry. It is in his spirit that I continue to examine how plants respond, and adapt my management practices accordingly, in order to provide my customers with the best care for their lawns and gardens. I now follow solely Organic practices, and formed Heidelberg Farms to promote the most effective Organic plant care strategies throughout New Hampshire.

Organic works on every scale. Large national projects all across our country – including the George W. Bush Presidential Library, NYC’s High Line, and St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, as well as numerous college campuses, parks, athletic fields, and golf courses – have all moved toward Organic Management. I believe they made their decisions for a variety of reasons, but most importantly, because Organic offers better long-term solutions at a competitive price.

As with any new technology, there is always more to learn. However, by applying better cultural practices, and incorporating a more complete understanding of how plants respond and grow best, Organic simply makes the most sense. Fortunately, information, training, materials, and experience are all very easily obtainable to help in the logical transition to Organic land care.

XeriscapingFrom an environmental standpoint, we invest an incredible amount of resources into our lawns. This investment yields a return that goes well beyond our (unnaturally) green lawns.

Here are some stats that will surprise you:

• Lawnmowers account for about 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution.
More than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled annually refilling lawn and garden equipment—more than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
• Homeowners typically use 10 times the amount of pesticide and fertilizers per acre on their lawns as farmers do on crops.
• Thirty to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used on lawns.

To make matters worse, most of the chemicals that are used are wasted due to inappropriate timing and application. These chemicals consequently become a major source of water pollution. Lastly, most of this water is also wasted due to poor timing and application.

How much is too much?

This question is more than rhetorical. It is a battle cry that should involve all Americans. How badly do we want our green lawns—and must it be right now?

Sure, building an organic program for your lawn and/or garden takes time. Frankly, it might take an entire year before you see a noticeable difference in the appearance of either. However, what is taking place beneath what you see—the soil—will make a difference for years and years to come.

Alternative to traditional lawn care

It is sometimes referred to as “revolutionary,” but your approach to lawn care can in fact require very little maintenance. From beautiful, low-maintenance groundcovers like creeping thyme to native trees, shrubs and grasses, your lawn does not need constant tweaking or work.

Xeriscaping is another way to rethink and reinterpret your lawn. Promoted in regions that do not have easy access to water, xeriscaping is landscaping that reduces or even removes the need to irrigate from supplemental water sources altogether.

If you have questions, call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. Together, we can make a difference.

LawncareSteve Phillips, owner of Heidelberg Farms, is the type of person that doesn’t just blindly accept the status quo. Organic lawncare is a new way to approach the care taking of the living things around your home. He is a proponent of Soil Foodweb, a holistic lawn care style developed by Dr. Elaine Ingham.

Here’s the skinny: Your lawn is an ecosystem with every living thing playing an important role. Over the years (as in thousands), the organisms natural to your region have evolved in conjunction with one another. When we introduce foreign systems, like pesticides, it throws the entire system for a loop because it’s not something that belongs naturally. Soil Foodweb is the study of all of these organisms and how they work and live together to create a rich, natural lawn or garden.

With Heidelberg Farms, you can expect a commitment to excellence and an enthusiastic passion for the natural development or restructuring of your yard. Instead of trying to circumvent the system with fake growers or overnight ‘greeners,’ Steve will bring plants and organisms that are indigenous to the area, reintroduce native organisms and let the Earth take it from there.

Oft-times, people get frustrated when they put Product X from a Big Box Store on their yard–because in a month, it wears off and they’re back to square one. That’s not what Heidelberg Farms does. We’re in the business of getting your lawn back to its natural state. The Earth has been around far longer than we have and it knows itself better than we know it.

Let nature takes its course. Let Heidelberg Farms guide you—and at a pricepoint that will surprise you. Organic lawn care does not mean “expensive.” It means “long term solution,” and in the long run, you will SAVE money when you go organic.

For a free quote, call 603-501-9919 or message us on Facebook @ Heidelberg Farms.

Beautiful-Backyards-Pictures-with-wooden-fenceWhat’s better than walking out onto your yard on a warm summer night with the sensation of plush blades of grass under your feet? In our opinion, not much. As Americans, not many things give us more joy than looking out and seeing a beautiful, well-manicured landscape surrounding our home. A lawn is an extension of you as a homeowner — it requires hard work, some sweat equity, and the know-how of how to keep it in top shape. Since the 1950s, when more Americans became homeowners than ever before, we have been taught that the best lawn care products need to be chock full of pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals — not necessarily the best thing to put on the living, breathing thing immediately outside our home, but one that was most effective.

But as we’ve evolved in our education of the world around us, so has our understanding of better lawn care. Heidelberg Farms was born from a love of being outside, taking care of the living things around your home and educating folks on how to better take care of their lawns. We’ve been doing this a long time, and there’s nothing we’d love more than to help you grow a better yard.

Organic Lawn Care: What is it?

You’ve most certainly been hearing the term ‘organic’ thrown around a lot lately — organic chicken, organic vegetables, organic growth. It’s quite simple — organically grown means it’s natural, and there are no pesticides or chemicals in it! It’s important when it comes to your body, and it’s definitely important when it comes to your yard. When we talk about organic lawn care, we’re talking about helping your yard and landscape ween itself off of products containing nasty chemicals and toxins.

We use things like fish hydrolysate and compost tea extracts to get your lawn looking beautiful. We can also throw around crazy lawn jargon and some stuff we use, but we’re here to simplify it for you! Your lawn consists of thousands of microorganisms, all needing key things to grow and work in harmony. When the soil is rich with nutrients, it’s going to help those flowers grow. When pesticide-free products are used, grass and plants aren’t hindered and can grow naturally. When you keep a keen eye on your yard and see things (like weeds or thatch) that aren’t supposed to be there, removal will help with the overall cycle.

For a free quote, call 603-501-9919 or message us on Facebook @ Heidelberg Farms.