excerpt from EWG.org, November 2, 2022: Leaked corporate documents have exposed Syngenta’s attempts to cover up paraquat’s, a popular weedkiller, links to Parkinson’s disease.
Ground-breaking investigative reporting from the New Lede and the Guardian has exposed hundreds of pages of Syngenta’s internal documents. These documents prove the chemical giant has known since the 1970s that paraquat could accumulate in the brain. But they hid that information from regulators – they lied repeatedly, claiming it could not cross the blood-brain barrier. Even Syngenta’s own research showed the weedkiller could harm the brain.
Paraquat remains one of the most widely used pesticides in the U.S., even though it’s been banned in China, the EU and the UK.
excerpt from EWG.org, August 1, 2022: Mars, the company that makes Skittles, is facing a lawsuit alleging its use of titanium dioxide makes its product “unfit for human consumption.”
But Skittles is just the tip of the iceberg. An EWG analysis has found titanium dioxide in over 3,000 products, including Sour Patch Kids, Starburst, Hostess Cupcakes and Jell-O.
Multiple alarming studies have found that titanium dioxide can break DNA strands and cause chromosomal damage! Because of these health concerns, the EU decided to BAN titanium dioxide as a food additive earlier this year. Meanwhile, in the U.S., titanium dioxide in food remains completely legal! The FDA hasn’t even reviewed new science on the chemical since 1966. Ridiculous!
Our thanks to all the brave souls who ventured out on a very wet and chilly EARTH DAY to make a start in our Community/Children’s Learning Garden. Despite the weather, we accomplished a lot and we are so grateful to every person for their contribution.
We’ll be sharing a full report soon (scroll down for update)…we just wanted to express our thanks to everyone for your enthusiasm, your donations, and your hard work today!
We did it!
I want to make mention of our lead gardeners, Kassadi Dunn and Drew Dunn, who led the charge and made this first work day happen, prepping and bringing materials to the site days before. They worked tirelessly on-site all day long and on top of all the physical labor, were taking time to engage and encourage all the children who came out. Despite being wet and cold, the kids were motivated and interested in learning – – I can’t wait to see how well we all do in a little warmer weather!
I also want to mention and thank Dakota Booth and Darren Dunn who were on-site first thing and worked all day building the raised bed boxes and helping throughout the day in other areas, as well.
Scott Hoskins was on-site first thing and when he noticed the guys building the boxes in the rain, came back with his pop-up canopy for them, then worked all day doing the hardest jobs: digging holes and planting trees, among other things.
Sherri and Bill Bordeaux were on-site first thing and Sherri came back soon after with food for everyone.
Many came throughout the day and we were able to get the names of most of you which I will share here soon. (update: scroll down for report by Kassadi Dunn.)
If you participated and are reading this post, please make a comment below and give the names of all those in your group so we can make sure to record everyone in our Memories Book we are creating for our garden. We also want to make sure we can keep in touch with all who are interested in participating in the future, so we’d love to have your contact info so we can send you messages and updates.
Thank you again to everyone who came out and for all who have shown your support in so many other ways! – Visit our “GRATITUDE GARDEN” where we showcase all sponsors and donations given.
I’m so grateful to all of you for making this garden a reality! LeAnn B. (project initiator and committee chair)
Earth Day @ McCammon
(April 23, 2022 – Report by Lead Gardener, Kassadi Dunn):
(A) = Adult – 16 adults attended
(c) = child – 11 children attended
Lead Gardeners/Event Organizers: Kassadi Dunn and Drew Dunn
Project Initiator/Committee Chair: LeAnn Brown
Dakota Booth (A)
Helped set everything up. Brought tools & built the raised beds. Helped plant trees & fill the raised beds & helped clean up.
Darren Dunn (A)
Helped set everything up. Brought tools & built the raised beds. Helped fill the raised beds& clean up.
Scott Hoskins (A)
Stayed the entire time, brought tools, set up his easy-up so we had a dry spot to work, dug half of the tree rings himself, helped plant all of the trees, helped fill garden beds & was great company.
Savanah (c) and Dave (A) Boyack
Showed up first thing to pick up trash & rocks & sticks, left for other things & came back to fill the raised beds& chat.
Sherry (A)& Bill (A)Bordeaux
Picked up rocks and garbage. Were very thoughtful & generous, supplied the whole crew with lunch & drinks
Strong young boy who picked up rocks, sticks & garbage, was eager to help, had a very encouraging attitude that kept us motivated.
Tori Bowen (A) & Sebastian Bowen (c). Dug tree rings, helped plant the goose berry & blackberry. Donated $100, wildflowers seeds, and a beautiful blackberry bush, entertained us with fun conversation
Began the rock garden mandala bed and the kids made a very smart design decision to incorporate another path to accommodate the irrigation
Paula Rowe (A)
Came and entertained us with fun conversation and donated money on behalf of her mother MarLeen Keller $100
Hazel (c) & Mitzi (A) Carter
Continued work on the rock garden mandala, planted a black currant& two raspberries, dug tree rings & helped plant trees. Hazel was very motivated and kept wanting to help despite being very cold. She motivated us all to keep going.
Braxton (c) & Brynlee (c) Anderson
Continued work on the rock garden mandala, helped fill the raised beds & entertained us with nice conversation
Karlene Hall (A)
Helped fill the raised beds & entertained us with nice conversation
Frankie (c), Britney(A), Eric (c)& Ben (A)Sorenson
Very much wanted to help but had car troubles, they still made it in time to help us clean up at the end of the day
A Community & Children’s Learning Garden is underway for 2022 to include a solar powered greenhouse building for year round growing and many opportunities for exploring related subjects. Children will learn regenerative agriculture methods, organic ecosystem principles as well as nutrition and healthy lifestyle practices—green living free from pesticides and herbicides—and an appreciation for nature and the environment. —Healing ourselves and our planet, too!
EARTH DAY April 22, 2022 –
Join as at the garden for our first group work day! [details]
We’re excited about the many opportunities this will provide the children for learning through fun and engaging activities during the school year, but also the potential for events and programs to involve their families and our entire community year round:
A science fair with kids working on worm farms and experimenting with solar power and any number of related projects.
Children and members of the community taking the excess produce to sell at the farmers market.
Classes where the children learn about nutrition, then host tasting tables where they share their knowledge with family and community.
Children’s cooking classes, creating healthy dinners for family and friends with the produce they themselves have grown.
Teen-focused summer programs with *regenerative agriculture focus.
Mentorship programs with the senior gardeners in our community and
Many other opportunities to be out in nature–connecting with others while learning empowering, life-enhancing skills.
Why I’m passionate about these topics:
-a personal story by project initiator, LeAnn Brown
If you know me, you’ve probably heard me express my passion for growing without chemicals and the impact of what we eat on our health and the health of our planet. This became a strong focus for me when I was researching to understand why my mom was ill and continued in earnest after her passing.
This quest led me on a journey where I made one connection after another and began questioning everything with regard to our food and healthcare systems, seeing with a new awareness the answers that seem so very obvious to me now. Along the way, I discovered other people including physicians, research scientists and laypeople like me who were making the same connections.
I didn’t discover Zack Bush MD until well into this journey but I’ve been sharing his work (see below) ever since. He has the professional background and knowledge base to address these topics as well as a heart-centered, solution-oriented outlook. He speaks eloquently about these issues, with a focus on the positive action steps we can begin taking today.
His work and philosophy regarding the importance of our connection to each other and our beautiful planet along with diversity and cooperation on the micro and macro level really resonates and aligns with my personal findings and philosophy. I hope it inspires others in the same way!
We need like-minded individuals–those who are passionate about our health and the health of our planet–to join us in bringing this project to life. — [Write us here.]
Join as at the garden for our first group work day! [details]
Planting will begin this spring 2022! – If you would like to donate or sponsor, we are still fundraising for our general expense fund as well as looking for sponsors and material donations for the following specific items:
– Lumber for raised beds: 2×12’s – (or 10′ min. boards) – 312 linear ft. – April 7, 2022 UPDATE: Boards from the old McCammon school were donated for this purpose!
Still looking to obtain:
– Stone slabs for seating in our 30′ diameter amphitheater. – 20′ x 40′ greenhouse building for year round growing and learning.
We’re looking for help in all areas so if you have skills to offer, equipment to loan or perhaps you’d like to donate or become a sponsor-please message us today.
**The following video simplifies Dr. Zach Bush’s message in one relatively short video and
reaches to the heart of the vision for our learning garden.
Solutions within (!) so please watch and pass along to everyone you care about:
*Regenerative Agriculture – excerpt from zachbushmd.com on Farming:
In 1945 Americans grew 45% of their food in their backyard gardens. Now we grow 0.1% of our food in our backyards. 50% of Americans were farming in 1880, now less than 2% of the nation is employed in agriculture.
We created this era of chemical mega farms that has led to the destruction of our soils, water systems, oceans, and human health. By the same reality, we can transform this planet to the most verdant and regenerative ecosystem that has been in many millennia.
By learning to work in a co-creative process with mother nature and her extraordinary variety of species, farmers and consumers will participate to witness richer soils and more abundance of life and health than has been seen in human history.
Rocky Mountain Power Foundation is supporting McCammon Action Council’s community garden as part of its most recent round of Safety and Wellness grants and wants to encourage others to support the effort as well, whether through donations to help them secure their greenhouse, or through volunteerism.
The foundation has provided a $5,500 grant to support this important work, and is providing additional support by increasing visibility for the organization through social media and local media.
I so appreciate Aaron Hunsaker (MAC’s Director) who got us going by networking and leading the fundraising charge; the invaluable support of Drew Dunn (Master Gardener with emphasis in permaculture/regenerative agriculture); and other gardeners in our community including Kathy Spiegel and Brent and Laurel Anderson offering advice and encouragement.
We would love for this garden to become the first of several organically grown community and family-run gardens where we all enjoy contributing and benefiting from these life-enhancing practices!
Thank you in advance for your support and for helping us spread the word! LeAnn Brown
Check out some fun ideas and inspiration on our pinterest board and let us hear from you if you’d like to be involved.
As always, you can support this project and every project in our community by becoming a Patron. – (For as little as $3.33 month you can make a big difference!) Follow the link to learn more: McCammon Action Council on Patreon
The McCammon Action Council is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Back in 2018, the community spoke and ever since the MAC | McCammon Action Council volunteers have been working hard to bring our fellow residents’ ideas and requests to life.
Topping the list, residents wanted a new community center and fire station.
After months of hard work researching and brain storming, a plan was put in place which would make everything feasible, allowing McCammon to receive substantial grant money and other assistance needed to pull off these important projects in a way that ties everything together. (see below)
Now it is up to the residents to vote YES and we can get the ball rolling!
Following are posters breaking down the details. If you have questions or need more information before casting your vote, please don’t hesitate to contact us!