Chemical-free gardening seminar

by Alex Constantinou
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cape Fear River Watch will be holding its monthly First Saturday seminar on Sept. 7 at its office located at 617 Surry St. in Wilmington. The seminars, which include a free pancake breakfast for those in attendance, feature a new guest speaker each month. September’s speaker is Evan Folds, president of Progressive Gardens and an expert on organic gardening. Folds’ seminar, entitled Grow the Best Garden and Landscape of Your Life Without Chemicals, will discuss methods of pest and weed control that don’t include chemical treatments. 

Folds stated that gardening and landscaping without chemicals is not necessarily difficult. By implementing a “business through education” strategy at Progressive Gardens, he and his associates strive to connect people to how they’re growing, and help them maintain focus on balancing the natural systems at work in their gardens. 

“Every sick person goes to the doctor, who prescribes the same pill to everyone. The pill treats the symptoms but shouldn’t we find the root of the problem?” Folds said. “Gardening without chemicals is about treating the root of the problem, rather than just managing the symptoms.”

Folds believes the methods he proposes are similar to a doctor prescribing diet change, rather than medications that only disguise an unhealthy person’s symptoms. 

“Nature works in chaos and spirals. Design is counter-intuitive to nature and I recommend products and methods that reinforce that,” Folds said, stressing a natural and preventative approach to gardening.

The pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Folds’ talk begins around 9 a.m. The seminar will conclude around 10:15 a.m.

Cape Fear River Watch Executive Director Kemp Burdette stated, “You don’t have to be a member, there are no obligations and the seminar and breakfast are free. These seminars are purely learning experiences.”

For further information about Cape Fear River Watch and its First Saturday seminars, visit its website at  

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