I spoke to John Bochert at the York location and he confirmed for me that they are indeed heading in a more sustainable direction. They now carry three times as much organic and natural products as conventional. The latter are now stored in the back and the organic products are featured prominently in the front of the store. All systemic pesticides (neonicotinoids) found to be harmful to bees, were discontinued last year. RoundUp brand herbicide will be discontinued this year. In addition to the new products being carried, they are growing many plants and seedlings in their own greenhouse, free of bee-killing pesticides. This is great news for seacoast area residents who are looking for a retailer that carries safer products and bee friendly plants.
As a complement to the transition in the store, Eldredge is also hosting a free seminar and workshop in March of this year with Chip Osborne, and Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides. The discussion will revolve around the benefits of natural lawn care, and using a systems approach to turf management. They will also focus on what changes can be made at the municipal level to protect public health and the environment. Non-Toxic Dover has invited all relevant city officers to attend this free event.
Let them know you want them to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn about how they can truly make good on the Sustainable Dover initiative.
Click on the link below for a pdf of the flier with more details on the March 14th seminar and workshop hosted by Eldredge Lumber & Hardware.