Archive for April, 2011

Uncle Matt’s niece, Michaela, featured in the Orlando Sentinel!

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
April 20, 2011

CLERMONT — A mandatory class assignment for the Lake County regional science fair led Michaela McLean, an eighth-grader at Windy Hill Middle School, to recently win first place in the fair’s environmental science division.

Her project bested nearly 150 others submitted by middle-schoolers across the county.

“A Comparison of Organic and Synthetic Fertilizers and Their Nitrogen-Leaching Effect on the Florida Aquifer” netted Michaela, 13, a $50 savings bond from area business Brown and Caldwell and $100 from the Lake Soil and Water Conservation District as the overall county winner.

Michaela’s project “hit close to home,” said her mother, Annie McLean. Michaela’s father, Ben McLean III; her grandfather, Benny McLean Jr.; and her uncle Matt McLean work in the citrus industry and “hold a passion for farming sustainably and responsibly.” Matt McLean founded Uncle Matt’s Organic, a Clermont business, in 1999.

“Michaela comes from a Florida citrus-growing family dating back five generations,” her mother said.

Michaela’s project confirmed that when nitrogen rates were equal, organic fertilizer sources would leach much less nitrogen than their synthetic counterparts. Her findings have applications for environmental and human health, the purity of the Floridan aquifer and the state’s drinking-water supply.

“I am very happy about winning and feel a sense of accomplishment,” Michaela said. “The project took a lot of hard work and I am glad to see that it paid off.”

She chose her topic “because my family has a passion for growing citrus, especially organic,” said Michaela, who is in Windy Hill’s drama program and also has been a competitive dancer for the past seven years with Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts in Clermont.

Source: Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel

Uncle Matt’s 7-Day Countdown to Earth Day Is Helping Save the Atlantic Rainforest

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

April 14, 2011 –– Clermont, FL –– Uncle Matt’s announced today for every “like” it receives on Facebook between April 14 and Earth Day, April 22, it will plant one tree by contributing $1 per tree to The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign with a minimum of $250 and a maximum contribution of $2,000.

“In honor of Earth Day and with the popularity of social media, we thought this was a fun, easy, and free way for consumers to raise support and awareness for a worthwhile environmental cause like replenishing the rainforest,” says Matt McLean, founder and CEO of Uncle Matt’s Organic. “My hope is to inspire other companies to continue this fundraising trend, in hopes of reaching The Nature Conservancy’s goal of a billion trees planted. Let’s ‘plant it forward.'”

The Conservancy is working with local partners to bring the Atlantic Forest back from the brink — restoring 1 million acres of land by helping plant 1 billion trees by 2015. This restoration effort has the potential to remove 4 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Conservancy has been listed as a “Wise Giving Alliance” accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau and has received high charity ratings from Charity Navigator and the American Institute of Philanthropy. Visit the to find out more about the reforestation project or www.nature.orgto learn more about the Conservancy. To learn more about how to help “plant it forward,” contact

Uncle Matt’s Organic is a Florida-based, family-owned company offering premium quality organic citrus juices and organic produce. All Uncle Matt’s products have no synthetic additives or preservatives. Produce and finished products are produced under the strict regulation and guidelines of Quality Certification Services, the largest and most respected organic certifier in Florida. Products are available in health food stores and at Whole Foods and other supermarkets nationwide. The company is an active member of Organic Trade Association (OTA) and supports the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

For more information, contact:

Annemarie McLean, Public Relations
Uncle Matt’s Organic
P.O. Box 120387
Clermont, FL 34712
Tel.: 352.394.8737

Prenatal OP Insecticide Exposure Impairs Attention Among Children

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A study of farm worker families in California has shown that by age 3.5, children born to mothers exposed to OP insecticides have lessened attention spans and are more vulnerable to attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Male children were more likely to be impacted.

Source: Marks, A.R., et al., “Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure and Attention in Young Mexican-American Children: The CHAMACOS Study,” Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 118, No. 12, December 2010