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Certification for Sustainable Nursery Practices

Plant nurseries in the Willamette Valley generate close to $1 billion in sales annually. The widespread use of pesticides and the great scale of this industry present a challenge to environmental health. Through this project, Food Alliance works to reduce human and environmental health risks by identifying, cataloging and promoting more sustainable management practices in Oregon’s nursery industry. Outputs include a comprehensive sustainability standard for nursery and greenhouse production, sustainability evaluation tools which nursery growers may use to self-asses thier sustainability practices, and a voluntary third-party certification program that provides market incentives for nursery owners to practice operational sustainability.
 
This project promises significant benefits for workers and the environment, including measures to ensure health and safety, reductions in pesticide usage and toxicity, improved water quality, conservation of soil, energy and other resources, and protection of wildlife habitat and biodiversity across the Willamette Valley. For that reason, it is a good fit for WRI's Basin Wide Impact program.
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Total project budget: 
$124,214
Total MMT funding: 
$56,420
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Oregon Department of Agriculture
Project start date: 
February 1, 2011
Estimated complete date: 
February 1, 2012
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