Mow & Sow
a California 501(c)(3)

"It's only by example that we can all make a difference.  Can one person make a difference...Yes!"

-Donna Sheehan

About Us

Donna Sheehan, Founder of Mow & Sow



Donna Sheehan launched Mow & Sow in October 1986, as a response to nearly a decade of unnecessary

 pesticide spraying along Highway 1 by Caltrans. 

For her environmental work, Donna Sheehan received:

The Stewards of the Land Award from Environmental Action Committee An award from the Marin Center for Peace and Justice 

The Giraffe Project Commendation for “sticking her neck out for the Common Good.”

Our History


Originally launched with the name MOW! (as in, Mow Our Weeds!) under the aegis of the Environmental Action Committee, Mow & Sow has organized peaceful demonstrations and offered educational programs and workshops about native grasses, natural herbicides, and non-toxic vector management.

Taking their activism one step further, Mow & Sow has also taken legal and political action to protect community health, support sustainable agriculture, and promote global peace.

 Mow & Sow has also advised other counties on developing their own grassroots environmental programs, supported the design of an intentional community at Old Mill Farm, and created the Baring Witness project​.

 Mow & Sow has been endorsed by the Sierra Club, the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Earth Island Institute, and the Tomales Bay Association. The organization received the Sir Percivall Pott Award from the Toxics Coordinating Project for Significant Achievement by an Activist Organization and “in recognition of significant contributions to controlling toxics in California.” 

Our Mission


 To provide a means by which communities may support sustainable restoration and biodiversity of the natural habitat.  




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Mow & Sow

2929 Greenbriar Lane, Arcata, CA 95521, US