KAPA`A, KAUA`I (Ben Caxton) — The County of Kaua`i’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Public Works Roads Division staff took part in pilot, pesticide-free trainings last Thursday and Friday. Mayor Derek Kawakami says the county is working with the nonprofit group “Beyond Pesticides” to “explore pesticide-free training methods” to maintain county facilities. Staff piloted this training at the Captain Cook Park in Waimea and the Kapa`a Beach Park. Training focused on turf health, landscape areas, as well as weed management for roads and other areas. Pesticide-free land care focuses on managing weeds and insects through the building of soil conditions and employing cultural practices, such as aeration, overseeding, dethatching, and proper mowing and watering, according to Beyond Pesticides representatives.