On Thursday, June 13, the Field Fund of Martha’s Vineyard received the Champion of Toxics Use Reduction award for efforts to preserve the grass recreational fields on the Island.
This is an award given out annually by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell to groups that improve the quality of life of Massachusetts residents in terms of health and safety.
The Field Fund’s mission is to maintain grass playing fields, “with the goal of improving the quality of these important recreational spaces for the Island community,” according to their Facebook page.
The fund was started by Rebekah Thomson, Mollie Doyle, and Dardanella Salvin in 2017. The three founders were concerned about the effect of poor land treatment on their children.
“We are truly honored to be recognized as a champion for our work to limit toxics on our lands, especially as it relates to protecting children,” said Thomson in a press release.