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2/25/15 - Ecological Landscaping Alliance Conference, Springfield, MA

1277 Main Street   
SpringfieldMA 0103 

February 25-26, 2015

9AM to 5PM


Climate changes, invasive plants, and increases in insect pests and diseases are rapidly altering our landscape. It is becoming ever more critical that we preserve and protect our resources and help sustain local ecosystems. Our 2015 Annual Conference brings together well-known experts for a lively exchange of information and experience. Topics include plant response to climate and land use changes, designing with rating systems (SITES, LEED, and Living Building Challenge), innovative stormwater management, protecting pollinators, and much, much more.


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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 (, John Slack of Boreal Agrominerals, Inc., Ontario, Canada ( ), Bryan O'Hara of Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon, CT, and Mark Fulford of Teltane Farm, Monroe, ME (

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.

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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


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4 AOLCP credits

2/1/15 - Waste elimination through lean production practices, Online


February, 1, 2015

1:30PM TO 2:30 PM


This webinar focused on continuous organizational improvement for companies in the green industry.Implementing these systems helps businesses improve employee productivity and efficiency. Following this process creates a cost-efficient,organized,clean and safe workplace.


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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


1/21/15 - ELA Hardscape Symposium, Stoneham, MA

ELA Hardscape Symposium: Building the Ecological Landscape: Materials, Technology, and Design


Montvale Plaza 54 Montvale Ave
Stoneham, MA 02180


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

8:30AM to 4:30PM


With the growth of new technologies for permeable pavement, sustainably-sourced materials, and energy-efficient lighting, today’s landscape professional faces new opportunities and new challenges. Join the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) for this symposium to explore ecological approaches to the design and construction of hardscapes. Participants in this symposium will learn how to select new and traditional materials and how to bring them together to create durable and beautiful high-performance landscapes.
Through case studies and panel discussions, the symposium will address:
• How to select materials and products based on their environmental impacts across their full life-cycle.
• How to incorporate new and established permeable pavements in the design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes.
• How to use sustainably-sourced and recycled materials in the landscape.
• How to use new energy-efficient light sources in the landscape.
• How to combine sustainable technologies in an integrated design.


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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.”

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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.

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4 AOLCP credits

1/14/15 - GEM Horticultural Business Seminar, Charlestown, RI

GEM Horticultural Business Seminar


Dowdell Engineering Building: 3949 Old Post Road,

Suite 101, Charlestown, RI 02813


Wednesday, Jan 14th & Thursday, Jan 15 2015

8am to 5pm

$295 by Jan. 10/$325 after that date

Frank Crandall, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist, Arborist and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, will share methods and techniques he mastered during 40 years of experiences (his successes and challenges) running an award-winning landscape firm and providing practical solutions to hundreds of professionals within the horticultural industry. This is his 12th GEM I seminar in as many years.


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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