Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

Start a Study Circle

Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

NH House Bill#1456 and it’s impact on Pesticide Use and Children

nh state house

Join GALAvanters in a trip to the NH State House to learn more about a few important bills regarding pesticide use, genetically modified seeds, and the rights of farmers.


On the morning of February 11th, 2010 starting at 8:15 a.m., the Environmental Committee at the State House will be taking testimony about the use of pesticides and how they pertain to children. The establishment of this committee will better enable our representatives to make informed decisions regarding pesticide use around places where children congregate. Also, if established, the committee will be able to recommend guidelines on how best to effectively and safely manage pest control issues in the future around schools and ball fields. Representatives from corporations such as Dow and Monsanto will likely be there to dispel myths or concerns surrounding pesticide use and could possibly enlighten us all when it comes to understanding the science behind pesticides.


I, for one, would be highly interested in learning more about why we shouldn’t be concerned about pesticide use around our children and am ready to have an open and honest conversation about it. Among those giving testimony will be Paul Tukey, who successfully installed an organic lawn on the National Mall in Washington,D.C.  He is also co-owner of the franchise SafeLawns and owner of People, Places, and Plants magazine.


If you are interested in providing your viewpoint or would like to learn more about how pesticides do or do not affect children and the environment, please come along. If you wish to find out more about the companies that will be possible advocates for continuance of the status quo, please look at If you wish to write a letter to the committee expressing your thoughts, please send it to P.O. Box 325 Sandwich, NH 03227 and I will see to it that it gets delivered. If you wish to provide support for this effort by being present, join or offer a carpool to the State House by visiting this link


Also, be sure to visit G.A.L.A.’s website here to learn about other ways you can help build sustainable communities.  Have a GREAT day!  Hope to see you on Feb 11th @8:15.


Shawn Papp

Natural Landscapes & Lawncare


Other Links:  Asthma, Children and Pesticides: color-
Schooling of State Pesticide Laws 2010 Update:


Pesticides in Our Homes and Schools: Are They Dangerous to Our Children? (brochure layout – print and fold):


40 Most Commonly Used Pesticides in Schools:


10 Myths About Pesticides in Schools: