Credit Opportunities

12/10/14 - Composting and Compost Tea Workshop - Queens, NY

Aerated Static Pile Composting and Compost Tea Workshop
December 10th & 11th, St. John’s University Queens NY

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Make high quality compost and utilize it in organic soil nutrient land management in this dynamic two day workshop co-sponsored by o2 Compost and Compostwerks.

Learn how to convert liabilities into valuable assets from highly experienced professionals with direct experience in organic land management and compost production. There will be compost tea brewers and sprayers, compost top dressing equipment for an onsite demonstration. There will also be a tour of the student driven Aerated Static Pile composting system which has been in use since 2011 at Saint John’s University Queens NY campus.

 

Details and Registration

 

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4 AOLCP credits

1/8/15 - 26th Annual New Directions in the American Landscape Conference, Blue Bell, PA
Montgomery County Community College Science Center Auditorium
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Thursday, January 8, 2015 & Friday, January 9, 2015
9AM to 4:45pm

This two-day conference will explore how to interact with the complex, evolving realities of today’s landscapes and those of the future. To work with the land today means dealing with dramatic change. Factors from landscape fragmentation to accidental species introductions have made it difficult to establish resilient plant communities. Yet increased interest in ecology, landscape performance, and natural aesthetics has created significant need to establish these landscapes successfully and consistently.

Featured Speakers:

  • Warren Byrd, Jr., landscape architect and founder of Nelson Byrd Woltz, will discuss how his firm is evolving to incorporate ecology, conservation, and agriculture, and how this broad knowledge base is being passed from one generation of practitioners to the next.
  • Tom Christopher,  principal of Connecticut-based Smart Lawn LLC, will focus non-traditional turf grasses and planting techniques that require only several annual mowings.
  • Robert Askins,  biology professor at Connecticut College, will explore how studies of remarkably similar forests in Europe and East Asia provide new insights into how practitioners can protect and manage forests on their own projects.
  • Bernd Blossey, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University will discuss the impact habitats in the northeast face from fragmentation, climate change, invasive species, and increasing deer populations.  He will discuss which native species can we assume to be safe, which may   go extinct and what role can designers play.

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4 AOLCP credits

1/13/15 - Landscape Integrated Pest Management (IPM)- New Brunswick, NJ

Cook Douglass Lecture Hall
3 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

January 13-15, 2015
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time on Day 1: 8:30am)

 

You spoke and we listened! This long-running class has been revamped for 2015 to cover even more turf as well as ornamentals. Take Day 1 only to learn IPM philosophy, monitoring, and implementing strategies – or take the full three days for a comprehensive study featuring degree day models; improving soil health; insect and disease ID; creative ways of removing unwanted pests and more! This is a core class in three certificate programs.

The full three-day range of topics will include:

  • Pesticide Toxicity and Environmental Contamination
  • IPM Philosophy
  • Fundamentals of IPM Monitoring
  • Biologically Healthy Soils
  • Key Tree and Shrub Insect/Mite Pests (ID / Life Cycles)
  • Using Growing Degree Days and Plant Phenology
  • Key Residential Turf Insect and Disease Pests
  • Pest Resistant Ornamental Plants
  • Biological Control: Recognizing & Using Beneficial Insects
  • Biotic Disease Diagnostics
  • Abiotic, Environmental, and Cultural Plant Disorders
  • Biorational Pesticides Appropriate for an IPM Program
  • Setting-Up & Designing Your IPM Program

Day 1 is a a required course for the following certificate programs:

The full 3-day curriculum is required for the following certificate program:

 

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4 AOLCP credits

1/15/15 - Ecological Landscape Symposium, New London, CT

Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Center
Connecticut College, New London, CT

Thursday, Jan. 15 and Friday, Jan. 16

9AM to 4:45PM

 

Evolving Strategies for Evolving Landscapes:

Beyond the Garden Bed

To work with the land today means dealing with dramatic change. Factors from landscape fragmentation to accidental species introductions have made it difficult to establish resilient plant communities. Yet increased interested in ecology, landscape performance and natural aesthetics has created significant need to establish these landscapes successfully and consistently. Our two-day conference will explore how to interact with the complex, evolving realities of today's landscapes and those of the future.

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, arborists and horticulturists.

Featured speakers include:

Warren Byrd, Jr. is a landscape architect and founder of Nelson Byrd Woltz, Professor Emeritus of the University of Virginia and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A major focus of his work has been the understanding and adaptation of natural systems and regional plant communities.

Robert Poore is a landscape architect and founding principal of Native Habitats, Inc in Flora, Mississippi. He has over 50 years experience in the green industry and has focused on native plant communities for the past 39 years.

Bernd Blossey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. His research addresses biological weed control, factors determining the competitiveness of invasive plants and the effect of plant invasions and their management on native ecosystems.

Details and Registration

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4 AOLCP credits

1/21/15 - RINLA Winter Meeting, Cranston, RI

60 Rhodes Place

Cranston, RI 02905

 

Wednesday, January 21 & Thursday, January 22

9AM to 5PM

""Back to the Basics: Low Input Management Practices for High Impact Gardens.”

Details  and Registration

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4 AOLCP Credits

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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