StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement

So like, we go to the park a lot.

A LOT LOT. Remember that one time I drank a bunch of rosé and fell off my bike in the grass? Right. A lot. (stop laughing.)

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

And embarrassingly, I never even THINK about the grass and what’s on it. (besides bugs. I definitely think slash panic about bugs.) But I juuuust learned about this incredible program that my lover, Stonyfield has started, called StonyFIELDS. Check this out, it’s this eye-openly impressive mission to get all the playing fields and parks in America to be organic!

UM, okay. They win.

Like, I can’t even imagine being the person who’s all, “Let’s make ALL THE GRASS organic and pesticide free.” How does someone even do that? Gary Hirshberg does. (plus, he’s hot. YES I SAID IT.)

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

I had zero idea that something like 65% of the all the playing fields and parks are sprayed with chemicals. And that OVER TWENTY SIX MILLION kiddos play, roll around and tromp through all that mess, and then track it back home on their shoes and in their hair. That is insane.

And now I want to wash their hair.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

And the heartbreaking thing is, these chemicals are linked to all kinds of cancers and illnesses. Which I know you already know, but I’m just saying. It’s one of those things that FOR ME, I didn’t make the link in my nog nog. (sorry I just said nog nog.)

Look, I’ll just show you the video instead of putting you to sleep. Promise you’ll dig it! (<–get it? dig? like the grou- right.)

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

Also, there was this weird bright green and black bug on that limb, so I slipped into cardiac arrest for about five minutes. Them pulling Aaron’s legs completely off didn’t bother me, THE SHINY DEATH BUG DID.

I’m fine.

It’s fine.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

So, these are the cities that have joined the movement so far:

  • South Portland, ME
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Tustin, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Houston, TX
  • North Miami, FL
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Dover, NH

WHERE KANSAS CITY BE AT? Actually, here’s more information on a few steps you can take in your own town, if you’re into this! I just think it’s so neat. I mean, just starting with your BACK YARD is awesome. Baby steps. Bae bae steps. (<–no)

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

This is when the kids were discussing the acrimonial nature of the axisoral definitive counteracting the insidious harmonies of the outer spherical diversion of the land.

Just kidding, they were tooting.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

THE HIIIIIIILLS ARE ALIIIIIVE WITH THE SOUND OF ORGAAAAANIIIIIIIC.

Does anyone actually know HOW to find out if your cities’ parks are organic? Asking for me. I tried to find out if Loose park is, and although I’ve never witnessed any chemicals sprayed on them, I came up short. I got NUTTIN’. If you do know, please tell me, because now I’m obsessed with this movement and think it’s the ding dang coolest.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

And obviously, Stonyfield organic yogurt is a STAPLE in our hizz. The kid-friendly tubes and pouches are all my gremlins freaking care about in their lives. I’m good with that.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

Isn’t this willow tree INTENSE? I’m pretty sure it comes alive at night and eats people. Yet I love it. Yet I fear it. Yet I want to pet it and call it Frank.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

Getting maaajor When Harry Met Sally vibes here. I’ve never been so proud.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

And of course we have to feed the ducks every time we visit the park. If not to make sure these animals are thoroughly fed, to give ME AN ANXIETY ATTACK BECAUSE I’M POSITIVE THEY’RE GOING TO FALL IN FOREVER.

I’m fine.

It’s fine.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

You know, just in case your ovaries needed a little abuse.

StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement / Bev Cooks

SO YEAH, there are loooots of things and actions on the grand scale of planet health that we can do to help make the Earth a smidge safer. And I’m always SO IMPRESSED with Stonyfield, and what they stand for. Gary is such a mover and shaker, it’s unreal. If nothing else, this is simply an awareness thing. You NOW KNOW what’s happening. And if this kind of movement gives you giddy pants, boom! Now you can help out. And I can stop making Sound of Music references.

HA, never.

(This post is definitely in partnership with my lover, Stonyfield. But all park riff raff and ramblings are totally my own. We coo?)

#PLAYFREE

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12 Responses to StonyFIELDS Organic Park Movement

  1. Melanie September 20, 2018 at 8:25 am #
    You can probably contact your town or city that the park is located in and ask. They might not know but they can ask General Services, they probably maintain the park (s)
  2. Sharon September 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm #
    My husband has worked for an Organic Lawn Care Company for 17 years and this is a huge problem. Unfortunately a lot of people want the sports fields, parks, city properties looking perfect instead of worrying about people, kids and pets being on lawns that have had chemical applications. You can call your local city hall and the service department should have answers for you. Bravo to Stoneyfield. I must say that since he started with the company people have become more aware and conscientious.
    • Bev Weidner September 21, 2018 at 7:50 am #
      Thank you, yes! And I agree, it's amazing that people are paying more attention to this these days. :)
  3. Jennifer C. September 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm #
    Ummm....I'm all about going organic but, more importantly, this post is making me totally re-think my opinion about wearing shoes in the house. Thanks a lot, Bev! Ugh!
    • Bev Weidner September 21, 2018 at 7:49 am #
      Hahahaha! and you KNOW I'm all about those shoes indoors. :)
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  5. Nancy September 21, 2018 at 9:52 am #
    what a beautiful park you have in KC! It looks huge! This is def very good information. Thanks for sharing. May I suggest swimming lessons for the gremlins since you always sound so nervous when they are around water. Am so glad I did it when my son was their age especially when I hear adults say they can't swim. Just sayin.........Happy Friday!
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    Not to be a jerk, but what are you feeding the ducks? Don't feed them bread or processed junk. It can kill them.
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