Event Title

Focus on Less Toxic Products in the Garden Center

Presentation Abstract

Thurston County Environmental Health trains local garden center staff about the many less toxic products for bug control, weed control and fertilizing that they have in their stores. The majority of residents get their gardening advice from retail staff at the time of purchase. We train the store staff how to select, use and store the less toxic products that they already have in stock so that staff is better prepared when customers ask, "is this safe for my kids or pets?" and can help people with concerns select the safer products. The market transformation component of our pesticide reduction program in Thurston County has been running strong for five years. We evaluate the effectiveness of our trainings through secret shoppers and by tracking the number of less toxic products in the stores. We will promote the Grow Smart Grow Safe database and app and will integrate the apron pocket prompts developed by Seattle Tilth in our 2016 trainings.

Session Title

Toxics, Pollutants and Species

Conference Track

Salish Sea Snapshots

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2016 : Vancouver, B.C.)

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Event

Location

2016SSEC

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Snapshot

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Focus on Less Toxic Products in the Garden Center

2016SSEC

Thurston County Environmental Health trains local garden center staff about the many less toxic products for bug control, weed control and fertilizing that they have in their stores. The majority of residents get their gardening advice from retail staff at the time of purchase. We train the store staff how to select, use and store the less toxic products that they already have in stock so that staff is better prepared when customers ask, "is this safe for my kids or pets?" and can help people with concerns select the safer products. The market transformation component of our pesticide reduction program in Thurston County has been running strong for five years. We evaluate the effectiveness of our trainings through secret shoppers and by tracking the number of less toxic products in the stores. We will promote the Grow Smart Grow Safe database and app and will integrate the apron pocket prompts developed by Seattle Tilth in our 2016 trainings.