Local Resources For Your Non-Toxic Yard

Local Resources For A Chemical-Free YardWatering can and marigold

Build A Chemical-Free Lawn

BEST Lawns Program (Building Environmentally Sustainable Turf)
Take advantage of this inexpensive, sustainable lawn care program and protect your family, pets, and our precious waterways from lawn chemical run-off.

For a  fee of only $25, Master Gardeners will come out and measure your yard and take a soil sample. You’ll get a lime and fertilizer plan customized to your yard, a BEST Lawn Care Handbook and more. Virginia Cooperative Extension / Prince William Master Gardeners

Attract Pollinators With A Bee Hotel

Arlington Bee Initiative
Arthur of the Bees, founder of the Arligton Bee Initiative, creates affordable, sustainable Bee Hotels from reclaimed wood and sells them at cost to local bee-loving folks. You can purchase a Bee Hotel for as little as $5! And, if you need help setting it up, Arthur will walk you through it over a friendly cup of coffee. 
Read Sustainable NoVA’s interview with Arlington Bee Initiative founder, Arthur of the Bees

Learn About Honey Bees – With Your Kids!

Sweet Virginia Foundation
Hive Alive! Program for kids.

See what your kids can experience at the Sweet Virginia Foundation…


Devote Some Of Your Yard To Edible Landscaping

Annual Vegetable Gardening Calendar /Recommended Planting Dates / Virginia Piedmont Region
Don’t let this simple looking, one-pager fool you. It’s packed with information tailored specifically to growing vegetables in Prince William County. Learn what to plant, when to plant, and when to harvest.
Virginia Cooperative Extension / Prince William Master Gardeners
Prince William County, Manassas, Manassas Park

Starter Vegetable Gardens – 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens
by Barbara Pleasant, Floyd, VA
This book by Virginia author and gardener, Barbara Pleasant, gives us easy-to-understand “recipes” for Virginia vegetable gardens. A highlight of the book, especially for new gardeners, is the Easy Care Bag Garden, an ingenious technique where you plant directly into prepared bags of topsoil. Bag gardening is a “no dig” method that lets you start your garden quickly and easily.

Starter Vegetable Gardens by Barbara Pleasant

Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast
by Ira Wallace, Mineral, VA
Easy-to-follow, month-by-month guide to organic gardening in our area – written by Ira Wallace, worker/owner of the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seed company in Virginia. 

  • Discover Growing Tips for a Southern Climate
  • Enjoy a Year-Round Harvest
  • Choose the Best Vegetable Varieties
  • Start Your Garden In Any Month
    Vegetable Gardening In The Southeast by Ira Wallace

Prior Unity Garden
Gardening design & classes

Organic Edible Gardens
Sustainable garden design & build

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
700+ seed varieties that grow well in our area, including heirlooms.
Seeds are not chemically treated.

Grow Native Plants To Attract Pollinators

Plant NoVA Natives
Makes using NoVA native plants easy & fun!
Free Guide: Native Plants for Northern Virginia


Prince William Wildflower Society
Annual Native Plant Sale the day before Mother’s Day

Nature by Design
Environmentally responsible nursery & garden
center specializing in native plants (Alexandria)

Northern Alexandria Native Plant Sale (formerly called Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale)
Largest native plant sale in DC metro area
Spring & Fall Sales

Northern VA Conservation District
Native Plant Sale
Annual Seedling Sale

Native Plant Finder

Learn With Friendly Neighbors In These Local Groups

Prince William Conservation Alliance
A non-profit watershed organization working to preserve, protect and enhance natural resources through stewardship, recreation and education.

Master Gardeners of Prince William County
Trained Virginia Cooperative Extension volunteers whose job is to provide research-based gardening information to the local community. Gardening help is usually free but some programs have a small charge.

Sustainable Prince William Meetup Group
Attend local gardening classes and other events with people who enjoy sustainable gardening and a green, local lifestyle.

Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition
An all volunteer organization dedicated to establishing and promoting use of a county wide system of trails and stream recreation, connecting parks with our communities for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors.

Keep Prince William Beautiful
A non-profit environmental organization that serves
the county by partnering with residents, businesses
and government to educate and inspire people
to be environmental stewards and to Keep Prince William Beautiful.



Sustainable NoVA
If you’re looking for local food, humanely raised grass-fed beef, pastured poultry and eggs, farmers markets, how to grow your own organic vegetables, farm-to-table restaurants, or green events in Northern Virginia, Sustainable NoVA helps you find it!
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