Sustainable Landscaper to Host Workshop on Compost Tea at Rye Country Day School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Kristiane Huber
July 3, 2012                                                                                      kristiane@ctnofa.org

Sustainable Landscaper to Host Workshop on Compost Tea at Rye Country Day School

Join Michael Almstead, Vice President of Almstead Tree and Shrub Care Company for “Compost Tea and Air Spading: Complimentary Practices for Your Organic Management Plan.” The workshop is hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) Organic Land Care Program on August 9 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Rye Country Day School.

This interactive day of training on compost tea will instruct on its composition, uses and application along with air spading techniques. Almstead has been brewing and applying compost tea for ten years as a central element to his organic land management programs.  The workshop will be co-taught by Dan Dalton, a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, and an employee of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company.

Rye Country Day School (RCDS) in Rye, New York has employed organic land care to maintain the grounds since 2005 and serves as a model for other schools converting grounds maintenance to organic land care.  Almstead has worked with RCDS to create a management plan that satisfies the school’s Sustainability Plan for 2012.  RCDS has generously allowed use of their classrooms for the lecture portion and access to their grounds for the demonstrations of air spading and compost tea application.

“Compost Tea and Air Spading” is co-hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Inc. (NOFA-NY).   NOFA-NY is an organization of consumers, gardeners, and farmers working together to create a sustainable regional food system which is ecologically sound and economically viable. For more information about NOFA-NY, visit their website www.nofany.org

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program is a program of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA) and has trained over 1200 land care professionals, with 520 currently accredited professionals.  Visit organiclandcare.net to search for local accredited professionals, find tips for homeowners, and learn about the Accreditation Program.  

The deadline for workshop registration is August 3 and same day registration is not permitted.  The workshop is $175 with a $15 discount for NOFA Members and Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and the fee includes a catered lunch and morning refreshments.  Please visit www.organiclandcare.net or call 203-888-5146 to register for the workshop.