Chestnuts are roasting. Cider is mulling. The holiday tree is twinkling with tinsel, bulbs, garland—and disulfoton?
That lovely Frasier fir in your living room was likely sprayed with unhealthy fungicides, insecticides and herbicides that sport such names as Arrest, Pilot and Warhawk. Peace on earth, indeed.
This season, try an organic tree; not only do they keep chemicals from infiltrating your home and damaging the environment, but they're also kinder to workers who harvest them.
Fortunately, North Carolina is home to several organic tree farms:
- Chavis Family Tree Farm, Fairmont, 910-628-5600, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gaining Ground Farm, Asheville, 828-545-2362, email@example.com
- Green Hill Urban Farm, Asheville, 828-775-0548
- Rogue Harbor Farm, Marshall, 828-689-4586, firstname.lastname@example.org
- What Fir! Tree Farm, Boone, 828- 297-4646, www.whatfirtreefarm.com
For more info, see the Pesticide Education Project Web site at www.pested.org.