Elected officials, local and national activists and filmmaker Andrew Nisker attended the sold-out Maryland premiere of “Ground War: When Playing Fields Become Battlefields,” a pesticide documentary, at the Arts Barn on June 30. The film chronicles Nisker’s search for the cause of his father’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a journey that takes him into the world of golf, chemical lobbying and citizen activism including the fight for the Healthy Lawns bill in Montgomery County. He discovers the damage being done by rampant pesticide use. For more on the documentary, visit groundwar.org.
Alex Stavitsky-Zeineddin, with the Kentlands Community Foundation Go GREEN group and Safe Grow Montgomery, introduced speakers Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and “Ground War” Director Andrew Nisker before the screening, and she facilitated a post-screening question and answer period with Paul Tukey (chief sustainability officer at Glenstone Museum), Jay Feldman (executive director at Beyond Pesticides), Director Andrew Nisker, Mary Travaglini (organic program manager for Montgomery County) and Julie Taddeo (founding member of Safe Grow Montgomery).
City of Gaithersburg Councilmembers Neil Harris and Robert Wu attended, along with Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker. Safe Grow Montgomery co-sponsored this event with Beyond Pesticides, MOM’s Organic Market, Muddy Branch Alliance and Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. The Kentlands Community Foundation Go GREEN group and City of Gaithersburg hosted the event.