Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

County of Marin is a leader in ecologically sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

Marin County Parks oversees landscape and structural IPM at 148 county sites with minimal use of pesticides, protecting people and the environment.

Sanzuma Farms Executive Director Lori Davis carrying a basket of flower and greens

2023 IPM Award Winner

Sanzuma Farms has converted many existing school gardens into producing farms, taught thousands of nutrition classes, and educated the students how to grow their own food without pesticides. Sanzuma also educates local farmers who practice IPM on how to sell their crops to Marin County schools. Sanzuma has fostered partnerships with:

  • Health and Human Services of Marin
  • The Kaiser Foundation
  • Giving Marin
  • And many others!

Learn more about Sanzuma Farms.

Oscar Lucario, landscaper designer and land manager

2023 IPM Award Winner

Oscar Lucario is a landscaper, designer, and land manager with over 20 years of experience in organic sustainable maintenance in Marin and Sonoma Counties. He is currently employed as Landscape Worker II for the City of Sausalito Parks & Recreation Department. One focus of Oscar’s work is revitalizing private and public gardens to boost resiliency to a changing climate.  These practices include building chemical and pesticide-free habitat for native, medicinal and edible plants, bees, and beneficial insects.  He is currently establishing guidelines for organic landscaping with the City of Sausalito.

IPM Annual Report Cover 2023, planting a native garden at Paradise Beach Park

2023 IPM Annual Report

  • 36,375 hours dedicated to non-chemical IPM in 2023
  • 136 out of 148 sites managed without pesticides
  • Volunteers contributed 8,558 hours to support non-chemical IPM
  • IPM labor hours increased by 8% in 2023
  • Efforts to protect heritage oaks in Greenbrae led to moderate increase in pesticide use

Read the 2023 IPM Annual Report PDF

For questions about the IPM program contact Parks Superintendent Jim Chayka.