Below is a letter we sent to our supporters on Saturday, Aug 17 after learning that the City of Northampton was planning to spray Roundup herbicide on the entire Florence Fields, next to our farmland. Since then, Mayor Narkewicz has suspended the spraying until closer review.
We thank the Mayor for suspending the herbicide spraying on Florence Fields and for taking the time to learn what’s at stake and what are organic alternatives for Florence Fields. We urge everyone, however, to keep sending the message: Organic management of Florence Fields!
Here is a memo from the City’s Planning and Recreation Departments, that are leading the project to develop Florence Fields. The memo’s conclusion: “We recommend that the city not intervene with the contractor’s ability to select the method of getting to a healthy turf field. We will, of course, instruct the contractor and Berkshire Design to follow all label requirements and not apply during windy conditions.”