Meet Quinn Jones!

Quinn Jones is a driven and dynamic student finishing up her junior year at Narragansett High School and we are very grateful that she has chosen to fulfill her internship requirement with us at Clean Ocean Access! Quinn enjoys spending her time in the outdoors, accomplishing a variety of activities such as skiing, hiking, playing tennis and time with her dog Finn. While finishing up her year in high school, Quinn took the initiative to begin a “random act of kindness club” called SPARK. Quinn brings this positive attitude to her work in the office, which includes data entering, research for our balloon campaign, building inventory and managing COA’s memory book. A big thank you to Quinn and all she’s done for our organization!

Simple Ways – Reduce Pesticide Use

A beautiful garden is a source of pride for any person who considers themselves gardeners. But when disease or insects attack that garden, it seems that the only reasonable solution is to use pesticides. But, have you considered the affect the quality of human health, the environment, and organisms that come in target with the chemicals? Before exposing your garden and yourself to pesticides consider alternative solutions to common garden and lawn issues. When buying plants for your garden inquire if they are prone to disease or insect problems. If they are, investigate if there are pest-resistant varieties that you should buy instead. The more diverse your garden there is less of a chance that you’ll run into pest problems. Pests are drawn to a single plant species and do not usually occur when there is a broad range of species. Another benefit from a diverse garden is that the wide variety of plants will entice beneficial insects into the landscape and some of those insects will prey upon pests harming your garden. The most important question to ask yourself when debating the use of pesticides is: is it really warranted? Does this issue really pose a serious health threat to your plants or is it simply a minor cosmetic problem?