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May’s Change for Change: Good Neighbor Iowa

System Admin May 1 Category: Stronger+Together
Good Neighbor Iowa Signs around the Iowa City Community

Our Change for Change program is really starting to ramp up and make a difference in our community! Thanks to everyone who rounds up their total at the register to make a donation when they are able.

In March, we successfully raised just over $4,600 combined for the Iowa City Shelter House & the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter in Cedar Rapids. In April, we raised $4,500 for Tanager Place’s Autism Spectrum Program!

For the month of May, we’ve partnered with Good Neighbor Iowa to help raise awareness of urban pesticide use.

Through education and advocacy, Good Neighbor hopes to transform lawn culture by encouraging us to change our paradigms of beauty away from perfectly-manicured lawns and toward a deeper appreciation of what diverse lawn cover looks like and how it functions as part of the natural world.

Chemical-free lawns are a simple and inexpensive way to protect child health, water quality, pets, and pollinators, and to foster biodiversity.

Bonus: dandelions and creeping Charlie are edible!


You can purchase a Good Neighbor Iowa lawn sign at New Pi for $2.

All of the proceeds from sign sales go to support Good Neighbor Iowa’s advocacy and education programs. Signing a commitment pledge online for your own workplace and home will help map our progress as we move towards a pesticide-free future.

For a map of committed lawns across Iowa, visit here.

To add your own address, click here and join us!

System Admin About the Author

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Allie worked on organic farms in Italy and Sweden through WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), received her BA in English at Grinnell College, and studied the arts in London and Florence, eating her way across Europe and Scandinavia. Returning home to Iowa, she loved working at Grinnell Heritage Farm with her now-husband as their first farm interns, then moved to Iowa City to work at your local, independent cooperative grocery! She helped coordinate New Pi events and edited the Co-op's local food magazine and blog for eight years. She bakes tarts for Iowa City’s Farmers’ Market, covers communications for the International Writing Program, and volunteers on the Board for Table to Table food rescue.