Credit Opportunities

4/8/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10am-3pm.

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrating whip & tongue and T-budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will be discussed.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.mofga.org

or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org

4 AOLCP CEUs available

4/15/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10am-4pm.

Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it. Please bring a bag lunch. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.mofga.org

or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org

4 AOLCP CEUs available

5/8/17 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management - Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/rainwater-harvesting-and-management-online-may-2017.html

This course is intended for landscape architects, architects, engineers, landscape/garden designers, irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists, permaculture designers, farmers, community garden organizers, land planners, municipal decision-makers, and educators.
As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, in large urban centers. This course covers the foundations of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.
Topics include:
• Access toquality drinking water world-wide and at home

• Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
• Rainwater availability
• Regulations governing system implementation
• Components of RWH/M systems
• Design parameters of RWH/M systems
More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

 

4 AOLCP CEUs

 

5/8/17 - Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design - Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/sketchup-pro-online-may-2017.html

This course is addressed to landscape designers and architects, permaculturists, farmers, land planners, educators, and anybody tired of drafting by hand. It is a prerequisite for enrollment in Ecological Landscape Design Online (see below for course description). 

In this unique course geared towards landscape applications, we introduce an integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. This includes computer aided drafting, modeling, and graphics presentation for landscape professionals.

Whether students’ preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view their work from all angles will enrich their creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower students to communicate their ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Techniques students will learn in this course include:
• Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
• Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
• Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
• 3-dimensional landscape modeling
• Terrain modeling
• Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
• Integration with Google maps

 

4 AOLCP CEUs

5/8/17 - Ecological Landscape Design - Online
5/8/17 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 - Natives - Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/plant-knowledge-2-ornamentals-online-may-2017.html

This course goes beyond the traditional selection and grouping of ornamental plants for aesthetic effect, which often disregards plant compatibility, ecological suitability, and geographic origins. Students learn how plants are products of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions, and how to manage these complex relationships to create thriving landscapes.
The plant identification component of this course emphasizes ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. Weed identification and arboriculture practices such as pruning: what, when and how, will also be covered as they relate to the different plant types.
Self-guided field trips and research enrich and personalize the experience.
Topics include:
• World biomes
• Plant nomenclature
• Factors in successful plant groupings
• Weed identification
• Plant maintenance including specialty pruning
More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

 

4 AOLCP CEUs

 

5/8/17 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives - Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/plant-knowledge-1-natives-online-may-2017.html

 This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a review of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants.

The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.
Topics include:
• Interdependence within ecosystems
• The meaning of "native"
• Native ecosystems and plant communities
• Formation of specialized ecosystems
• Ecology, politics & economics of invasive plants
• Creating wildlife habitat with native plants
More details about individual session topics is available upon request.

 

4 AOLCP CEUs

5/8/17 - Growing Food 2 – Growing Nutrient Dense and High Energy Food – Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/growing-food-2-advanced-practices-online-may-2017.html

In this course, students focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition for humans and animals.

Topics include:
• Connecting soil health and human health
• The complexity of nutrient uptake by plants
• Soil microbiology
• Soil nutrient patterns and desired nutrient content
• Soil test interpretation
• Fertilizers and fertilizer calculations

Finally, students learn how to go beyond the need for massive extraction, transport and use of material substances to explore the rapidly growing field of quantum agriculture, using science-based research to look at energetic solutions such as
• Biodynamics
• Paramagnetism
• Radionics and broadcast towers
• Dowsing and energy structures
More details about individual session topics are available on request.

 

4 AOLCP CEUs

 

5/8/17 - Growing Food 1 - Fundamentals Online

Registration: http://www.gaiacollege.ca/growing-food-1-fundamentals-online-may-2017.html

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

In this comprehensive course, students learn essential applied permaculture and organic gardening techniques to: 
• Analyze and optimize the growing conditions in their garden, no matter the size, including container gardens
• Creatively collect, use and preserve water for optimal garden health
• Use holistic solutions for plant health problems ("pests" and "diseases")
• Select, plant, maintain and harvest a large variety of food plants for year-round enjoyment
• Propagate plants
• Save seeds
• Store food after harvest
This online course engages students with practical and hands-on projects, and is guided by experienced professional organic gardeners.
More information about each course session is available upon request.

4 AOLCP CEUs

5/8/17 - Organic Horticulture Specialist / Organic Master Gardener Online

Contact Info: Ann Hoelzer, ann.hoelzer@gaiacollege.ca

Registration: 

http://www.gaiacollege.ca/organic-master-gardener-online-may-2017.html

This is Gaia College’s core course. It offers students a holistic ecological framework for garden decision making. 
Topics include: 
• What does “organic” really mean?
• Botany and ecosystem relationships
• The soil ecosystem
• Soil testing
• Soil fertility management
• Hands-on classes on bed installation and composting
• CODIT and tree pruning principles
• Garden inoculants
• Landscape design
• Permaculture
• Water management
• Ecological lawn care
• Landscape Health Management
This course provides sufficient information to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation Exam for land care practitioners.
More information about each course session is available upon request.

This online program engages students in self-directed learning based on detailed online lessons, with online classroom interactions for the purpose of discussion, evaluation and deepening understanding of the material.
Like our other online courses, it's offered on a fixed date, semester basis, to maximize opportunities for shared learning with classmates who are progressing through the material at the same time. 
All Gaia College online courses require students to meet the same rigorous standards for participation (90%), assignments (75%), and in some cases quizzes and/or exams (100%), as are required in our classroom courses.


7/21/17 - Woody Plant Conference

Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue 
SwarthmorePA 19081

Friday, July, 2017

Info and Registration: http://www.morrisarboretum.org

Contact Info: Jan McFarlan, 

4 AOLCP CEUs