Credit Opportunities

1/28/15 - Organic Turfgrass Management- New Brunswick, NJ

Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

January 28, 2015
8:30am - 3:15pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)

Any successful organic turf management program must rely on sound, science-based turfgrass management principles and practices. This full-day program, led by Dr. James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Management, and Bradley S. Park, Sport Turf Education and Research Coordinator, will introduce you to the science underlying a proper long-term organic turf program.

Topics include:

  • A Discussion on the Natural Turf and Landscape Management Certificate
  • Organic Management: Theory and History
  • Organic Turf Management versus IPM
  • Soil Health Management
  • Selecting Proper Plant Species
  • Use of Non-synthetic Fungicides for Disease Control
  • Cultural Management Techniques
  • Weed Control Strategies
  • Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Strategies
  • Organic Turf Care in Practice

This is a a required course for the Rutgers Natural Turf and Landscape Management Certificate program.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits

 

2/3/15 - Natural & Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Sports Turf- New Brunswick, NJ

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

February 3, 2015
8:00am - 12:30pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

 

 

Sports field managers at all levels are increasingly being asked, or in some cases mandated, to reduce or even eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides applied to natural turfgrass playing surfaces. When faced with the prospect of reducing traditional inputs, AND maintaining acceptable playing surface quality, sports field managers know that 'going green' is easier said than done.

If you're interested in sports field management using organic methods or managing sports fields with fewer pesticide inputs, then this course is for you. During our 1/2-day course, you will hear Rutgers faculty and a veteran practitioner discuss how to implement organic techniques to manage sports fields as well as proven ways to reduce synthetic pesticide inputs. (Learn more about the Course Instructors.)

Topics include:

  • Organic sports field management - What is it?
  • The importance of soil management and turfgrass selection in an organic program
  • Low-impact pesticide options
  • Management of sports fields and turfgrass sites in Central Park, New York City

After completing this 1/2-day course you will have learned strategies to manage sports fields either organically or with fewer pesticide inputs.

This is a a required course for the following certificate programs:

Fact Sheets, Research Findings and Other Resources for Sports Field Turf Managers

 

Details & Registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits

2/11/15 - NOFA Mass, Soil and Nutrition Conference - Somervill, MA
129 Main Street
Northampton, MA

February 11, 2015 (all day) to February 12, 2015 (all day)

NOFA/Mass and Bionutrient Food Association (BFA) are proud to present the fourth annual Soil and Nutrition Conference, a Conference that is making the connection between soil health, plant health, and our health, while also fostering community with Conference attendees.

This year's presenters are Jerry Brunetti of Agri-Dynamics, Martins Creek, PA (http://agri-dynamics.com/), John Slack of Boreal Agrominerals, Inc., Ontario, Canada (http://www.borealagrominerals.com/ ), Bryan O'Hara of Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon, CT, and Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm, Monroe, ME (http://teltanefarm.com/).

Breadth of Topics Include:

  • Jerry Brunetti – Farm as Ecosystem, Food Quality and Human Health, Recipes and Techniques for Manufacturing Fertility Amendments.
  • John Slack – Soil GeoChemistry and Mineral Deficiency, Crop Health, and Strategies for Scientific Remineralization.
  • Bryan O'Hara – No Till Vegetable Cropping Methods, Homemade Inoculants, Sprays, and Drenches.
  • Mark Fulford – Revitalizing Pasture Land, and Beyond Chemistry: Soil Biology and Soil Cycles.

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies.  Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality.  Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rain fall amounts.

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop
4 AOLCP credits
3/2/15 - Harrington’s Organic Pro Series: Soil Health Workshops- Bloomfield, CT

Harrington’s Organic Laboratory and Compost Center

70 Highland Park Dr, Bloomfield, CT 06002


March 2, 2015 @ 8:00 am
to
March 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Work hands-on with Todd & Dr. Elaine Ingham Ph.D Soil Food Web. You will learn in depth about the soil food web, optimizing compost, extracts and teas, and performing “qualitative” analysis of the biological life to interpret the health of your biological amendments before your season gets under way.

Maximize the results of your organic approach!

Courses will be taught in our state of the art facility that enables you to see the best techniques presented in a live operation. You will have the chance to interact with experts and gain valuable hands-on experience. See several extraction and brewing technologies in action on site! Enhance your operation and plant health care ability with the skills you need from the professionals who really know how to make organics work for you.

Workshop Overview:

Learn How To:
• Evaluate health & quality of soil, compost, & teas
• Produce high quality compost, extracts, & teas
• Improve soil fertility & plant health biologically
• Manage quality & consistency of your produce

Introduction to Soil Biology & the Soil Foodweb

A concentrated primer on soil biology, nutrient cycling, and critical inputs for implementing a successful biological approach to growing. You will learn about the characteristics of high quality, biologically active compost and tea and their relationship to plant health and crop production. As a result you will improve your ability to produce your own product or to evaluate products you rely on from suppliers.

Compost & Tea Production Best Practices

Learn the various aspects of producing and evaluating compost to ensure you know what you’re working with. Tips and techniques will include; protocols to address challenges of quality control in the production process, how to consistently produce high quality biologically active compost and tea

Light Microscope Instruction & Hands-on

Essential for a qualitative assessment of your soil, compost, or compost tea, you will learn how to identify and quantify presence of beneficial microorganisms in your compost and compost tea. *
* Microscopes are limited so we recommend participants either bring their own or consider purchasing one for use in their operation.

Space is limited to 20 participants so reserve your spot today!

NOFA Accredited Professionals will receive certification credits for the workshop.

 

Details and Registration

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

4 AOLCP credits

3/12/15 - Native Edibles & Herbals, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA 01701

 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
10:00am to 12:00pm

 


Whether you are interested in healthy, novel, or unusual foods—or are simply interested in applying botany to your everyday life—this class will enhance your knowledge of native edibles and herbals. From cucumber root to Oswego tea, wild edibles and medicinal plants are everywhere. In this program, students will learn how to recognize and utilize them. Dan Jaffe and Anna Fialkoff will address safe and sustainable best practices as they explore common, rare, and threatened species for forage and cultivation.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

2 AOLCP credits

 


3/25/15 - Organic Pest Management, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

 

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Road
Framingham, MA01701

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Too often, a gardener’s response to insect pests or diseases is eradication, when all that’s really necessary is a little patience. Native plant gardens contribute to local ecosystems in myriad ways, but we limit their value when we apply pesticides. Learn how the horticulturists at Garden in the Woods use organic practices to manage plant health care in the Garden and how you can do the same at home.

 

Details and registration

 

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

 

3 AOLCP credits

6/28/15 - Native Bees, Framingham, MA

New England Wild Flower Society

Garden in the Woods

180 Hemenway Road

Framingham, MA 0171

 

Sunday June 28th, 2015

1pm to 4pm

 

With four hundred species native to New England, bees are both diverse and essential to our native and food producing landscapes. Come learn the basics of identification (to family), invertebrate ecology and conservation, and how to maximize pollinator habitate essentials. Features a talk, pinned species, plant lists and ample discussion.

 

For Details and Registration email Lana Reed at lreed@newenglandwild.org or visit www.newenglandwild.com

AOLCP attendance confirmation form to print out and bring to workshop

3 AOLCP credits