Rye Healthy Yard Program

All photos are of Rye residents' natural and organic yards.

What is the Rye Healthy Yard Program?

Initiate an awareness campaign to educate homeowners about the harmful effects of pesticide/fertilizer use on lawns, while offering natural, safe alternatives
— Rye Sustainability Plan: Land & Water Use, Section 2.1

The Rye Healthy Yard Program seeks to promote awareness about the health and environmental benefits of using natural landscaping practices in our community. Learn more about how to transform your yard into a natural and open space that is healthy for all, and take the Rye Healthy Yard Pledge.

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Good for the community: Rye is home to many families; young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of chemicals and other pollution.

Good for the environment: As part of the Blind Brook Watershed, our storm water directly impacts an important estuary that supports all kinds of wildlife.

Good for your wallet: Natural yard care can be less expensive than conventional yard care. Get off the spray & pay treadmill and buy only what you need, when you need it.

Make the Pledge!

Over 100 households and the following organizations have made the healthy yard pledge. You can too. Click here and get your free sign today!

  • Edith Read Sanctuary
  • Christ's Church Nursery School
  • Jay Heritage
  • Manursing Island Club
  • Marshlands
  • Midland Elementary School
  • Milton Elementary School
  • Osborn Elementary School
  • Rye Country Day School
  • Rye High School
  • Rye Middle School
  • Rye Nature Center
  • Rye Presbyterian Nursery School
  • Synogogue Nursery School
  • Wainwright House

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Rye Healthy Yard Committee

  • Sue Drouin
  • Elizabeth Garrett (RHYP Chair)
  • Sara Goddard (Rye City Council)
  • Maria Guarnieri
  • Amy Kesavan
  • Colleen Margiloff