Pam Larsen leads a talk about how to keep one’s organic plantings pest-free at Nash’s Farm Store on Aug. 10. 
                                Submitted photo

Pam Larsen leads a talk about how to keep one’s organic plantings pest-free at Nash’s Farm Store on Aug. 10. Submitted photo

Business briefs — Aug. 7, 2019

  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019 1:30am
  • Business

Learn how to keep gardens organic, pest-free

Join Pam Larsen, co-founder of the Community Organic Gardens of Sequim and founder of the Sequim Organic Gardeners, hosts “Planning and Planting for an Organic, Pest-Controlled Garden” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Larsen’s talk focuses on techniques that discourage pests in the organic garden, including what to plant to attract beneficial insects that eat pests. She will identify which insects are beneficial and show how healthy plants use self-defense mechanisms to keep pest problems to a minimum.

The talk will also include the importance of no-spray gardening and a brief discussion of trap cropping.

Larsen has always gardened organically, and in the 20 years she has been in Sequim she said she’s had just one pest infestation. In her 12 years with the Fir Street Community Organic Garden in Sequim, pest problems have also been kept to a minimum.

Celebrating 10 at Around Again

Around Again hosts its 10th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at 22 Gilbert Road. This free event includes lunch, music and games as the business marks 10 years of recycling the community’s items.

Email to info@aroundagainstore.org, call 360-683-7862 or see www.aroundagainstore.org for more information.

Lemonade for a cure

The Sequim Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar and several other Applebee’s locations in Washington state and Idaho are teaming up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to help fund pediatric cancer research and support family programs.

Through Aug. 11, participants can buy lemon-shaped pin-up cards in $1 and $5 increments that directly benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Also, a portion of proceeds from certain lemonade drinks at participating Applebee’s will be donated to the foundation.

The foundation was established in 2005 to continue the mission of 4-year-old Alexandra Scott who, while fighting her own battle against cancer, set up a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money for “doctors to find a cure” for all childhood cancers.

For more information, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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