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2/11/16 - Conservation Bilogical Control Short Course, Kingston, RI

Building 75, URI East Farm

1 E Farm Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

9:00am - 4:30pm

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to farms and orchards for natural pest control. This workshop will cover:

    • The importance of beneficial insects – predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
    • Overview of conservation biological control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
    • How to identify beneficial insects and distinguish them from other insects.
    • How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
    • The design and implementation of habitat improvements, including site preparation, insectary strip plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks, and more.
    • The current best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on beneficial insects and mitigate exposure to insecticides.
    • How to access USDA conservation programs for financial and technical support.

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

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2/1/16 - Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Course, Randolph NJ

County College of Morris 214 Center Grove Rd
Randolph, NJ 07869


Monday February 1, 2016 - Tuesday February 9, 2016

8AM to 5PM


The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a 5-day class for landscapers and land care providers. The course focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

The course is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and Rutgers Master Gardeners. The class does not focus on recreation and sports turf fields although these professionals are welcome.

The certificate program requirements include:
• Attendance at the 5 day course
•Passing an optional exam based on course content

Participants that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion and be listed on the organic land care program website:


Monday, February 1

•Pesticide Risk, Toxicity and Environmental Contamination—Roy Meyer, Former Bureau Chief, NJDEP
• Physical, Chemical, Biological Aspects of Soil – Dan Kluchinski, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Soil Food Web – Jennifer Adams Krumins, Associate Professor, Montclair State University
•Compost and Compost Tea – Michael Kolenut, President, Lincoln Landscaping

Tuesday, February 2

•Lawn Installation, Fertilization, and Management– James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Grass Management, and Brad Park, Sports Turf Research & Education Coordinator, Rutgers University
•Water Resource Protection—Michele Bakacs, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting—Amy Rowe, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Wednesday, February 3

•Managing Abiotic Problems in the Landscape– Nick Polanin, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Sustainable Landscape Design—Jan-Marie Traynor, Professor Emeritus, County College of Morris
•History of Organics – Joseph Heckman, Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility, Rutgers University
•Landscaping with Edible Plants (lunchtime speaker)- Joseph Heckman, Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility, Rutgers
•Incorporating Native Plants and Lawn Alternatives— Rick McCoy, President, Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services
•Planting and Plant Care, Dominick Mondi, Executive Director, New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association

Monday, February 8

•Disease Management, Trees and Shrubs– Charles Schmitt, Sr. Resource Extension Educator, Cornell University
•Key Insect/Mite Pests of Landscape Trees & Shrubs – Steve Rettke, Ornamental IPM Program Associate, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Cultural Practices: Bringing it All Together- Bill Hlubik, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Tuesday, February 9

•Wildlife Management— Madeline Flahive DiNardo, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Business Management and Customer Communications– Chris Paul, President, Genesis Landscape Contractors, Inc.
•Organic Landscapers Panel Discussion– Barry Draycott, Tech Terra Environmental; Keith Haitz, HydroGreen; Rick McCoy, and Chris Paul
•Exam, pesticide recertification form distribution, program evaluation

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4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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1/30/16 - Root to Shoot Farming, Briston, RI

Mount Hope Farm,

Saturday, Jan. 30, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Stowday January 31

To squish or not to squish…that is the question! Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers has over ten years experience with greenhouse growing and will help answer this question. In this free CRAFT Workshop, Lee Ann will be opening her greenhouse to share tips on insect and pest identification. She will also share her unique and holistic approach to growing that she calls “Root to Shoot.” Lee Ann will discuss small space gardening and essential herbs for creating your own unique and flavorful garden.

Indie Growers is located in the greenhouse behind the Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol, RI. Indie Growers is a purveyor of unique greens, vegetables, herbs and edible blossoms. Find Indie Growers products at James Beard Award winning restaurants and fine food establishments in Boston and Providence. All Indie Growers products are grown sustainably, independent of chemicals.

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1/27/16 - 2016 RINLA Winter Meeting, Warwick, RI

January 27

8am to 5pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI 02886

This year’s one-day meeting and trade show will offer members a day to learn from experts in the fields of horticulture as well as business. It’s also a great opportunity to meet up with fellow RINLA members to share information and network. At-tendees will also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of vendors who offer goods and services of interest to RINLA members. During the afternoon/evening trade show members will also participate in a FREE raffle (with $1,500 in prizes) and RINLA’s Landscape Award winners will be announced. Continen-tal breakfast, lunch and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Topics for the educational sessions will offer something of interest to every RINLA member.


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1/25/16 - Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management, Tarrytown, NY

Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh 475 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY , NY 10591

Monday, January 25, 2016 and Tuesday, January 26, 2016

8am to 4pm

*The history of conventional turf management practices and how a natural organic systems approach differs
*What is a systems approach?
*Soil and the soil biomass
*Soil tests, managing soil fertility, turfgrass nutrition
*Liming, soil amendments, product rates and calculations
*Insects and fungal diseases of turf and appropriate control products
*Turf weeds, control products, and strategies
*Choosing the right grass
*Revised horticultural practices
*Mowing, cultivation, irrigation, and over seeding
*Compost and topdressing
*Managing the transition period

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4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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1/21/16 - Backyard Composting, Portsmouth, RI

2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Thursday, Janary 21, 2016


Learn composting basics from Sanne Kure-Jensen, Portsmouth’s Recycling Coordinator. Reduce your household waste and create “Gardener’s Gold," a great source of garden fertility. Hear how composting works and discover worm composting (vermiculture).  Learn the benefits of using compost bins or piles and "hot" versus slow composting.

Compost bins will be available for purchase.

Sanne has been an organic grower and beekeeper for over a decade. She offers workshops on composting, beekeeping, pollinators, ecological landscaping and home brewing. Sanne also manages educational programs and outreach for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island

This program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited so please stop by or call the library at 683-9457 to sign up.


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1/20/16 - FREE Organic Turf Care Class with Chip Osborne, Natick, MA

Natick Community Senior Center

117 East Central Street

Natick MA 01760

January 20, 2016


The premise of this one-day course is that a healthy organically maintained turf is more resilient, more drought-tolerant and more resistant to pest infestations than chemically maintained lawns. Our instructor, Chip Osborne, will discuss in detail how to measure, develop and maintain healthy soil biology, how to maintain proper fertilization levels for optimum growth and plant health, how cultural practices should be altered for organic turf, and how to address specific pest problems using least-toxic pesticides. This will be taught so that attendees will gain a full understanding of the basic concepts of organic turf management and how these practices integrate with people and the environment here in Natick and the Metrowest Community.

This workshop qualifies for five NOFA/AOLCP Continuing Education Credits. To receive your AOLCPs, please fill out and submit the following online form.


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1/13/16 - Large-Scale Landscapes Symposium: Exploring Ecological Options, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College Science Center 106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

8:30AM to 4:30PM


On January 13, 2016 (Snow Date January 14), join ELA and Wellesley College for a symposium on the development and maintenance of large-scale landscapes that utilize fewer inputs, are designed and maintained with the environment in mind, and become more sustainable over time. Experts who work daily in successful, sustainable large-scale landscapes will lead four presentations and one panel discussion.

If you are a landscape professional responsible for planning and maintaining the landscapes of college campuses, municipal parks, cemeteries, public gardens, land trusts, private estates, or other large landscapes, join ELA as we explore ecological options for large-scale landscapes with a distinguished lineup of presenters to explore ecological options.

Addressing “Wear and Tear” in High-Use Areas (Ronnit Bendavid-Val, Brooklyn Botanic Garden)
Large landscapes that service large numbers of visitors suffer inevitable “wear and tear” and require ongoing upkeep to maintain optimum form and function. Of the many issues, compaction is one of the most serious problems facing landscape managers. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) consists of 52 acres of specialty gardens, plant family collections, and outdoor grounds and hosts more than 725,000 visitors annually. During this presentation, Ronnit Bendavid-Val (Director of Gardens and Grounds) will describe some of the “wear and tear” challenges faced by BBG and will provide practical tips for how to address these issues on other large landscapes.

Maintaining the Maturing Landscape (Panel Discussion)
The original landscape design intent is often lost to over-zealous growth of some plants and the decline of others – and this is just one of the many maintenance challenges of a maturing landscape. With increasing pressure, the squeeze is on to keep large landscapes flourishing with fewer inputs, dwindling staff, and shrinking budgets. Cost, functionality, accessibility, and safety are just a few of the additional maintenance considerations. Landscape professionals with decades of cumulative experience with large-scale landscapes will tackle these issues and more in this panel discussion.

Designing Rain Gardens for Long-lasting Success (Clay Larsen, Clay Larsen Landscape)
Rain gardens, bio-swales, and other low-impact development (LID) practices are gaining in popularity to control stormwater run-off. When stormwater is conveyed off-site via conventional methods, it sends pollutants and sediment into streams. Rain gardens and bio-swales use vegetation and soil to manage rainwater on site by slowing it down, spreading it out, and giving it time to soak in to replenish groundwater. To ensure long-term success, proper design and installation are essential elements of these LID techniques and will be discussed in this presentation by Clay Larsen.

Healthier and Lower-Cost Lawns (Chip Osborne, Osborne Organics)
Lawns encompass one of the biggest elements of most large landscapes – big in terms of area, problems, and especially budget. With growing concern about traditional, chemical-intensive lawn programs, more landscape managers are seeking healthier alternatives. Chip Osborne is nationally recognized for helping clients (including college campuses and National Parks) transition to healthy, chemical-free lawns and turf. In this presentation, Osborne will discuss the process of creating a sustainable landscape. With many years of experience and many success stories, he demonstrates that organic management produces beautiful and more drought-tolerant lawns and turf that require less maintenance and save money over time.

Reawaking Large Landscapes: Activating the Space (Sandy Vorce, Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary)
Large landscapes pose challenges – but also opportunities. In this wrap-up presentation, Sandy Vorce invites us to expand our landscape vision to more fully engage visitors. Through sights, sounds, and design options (beyond plant material), landscapes can educate, entertain, and inspire. There are many ways to activate the space, draw visitors in, and enrich the experience: from easily implemented ideas such as expanded signage, pollinator gardens, and edible landscape elements to surprisingly effective options like on-site bee keeping or the use of goats and sheep to control invasive plants.


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1/13/16 - Frank's G.E.M. Business Seminars, Charlestown, RI

3949 Old Post Road, Suite 101 • Charlestown, RI 02813

January 13 & 14, 2016

8AM to 5PM

Frank’s G.E.M. Business Seminar is designed for business owners, supervisors and employees who want to review and refine the overall operations of running a small and successful business.


Frank will share methods and techniques he has mastered during his 40+ years running a landscape firm, as well as mistakes to avoid.


$325/per for early registration by January 9, 2016...$295/per person


Lunches, breaks, and detailed handouts included.

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11/20/15 - Ecological Synergies - Understanding Performance-based Resilient Landscapes - Kennett Square, PA

Longwood Gardens 1001 Longwood Drive
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, November 20, 2015

9AM to 5PM

Join ELA for a unique and in-depth look at plants. During interactive sessions, you’ll consider the ecological role and specific natural requirements of plants in particular landscapes, the part plants can play in remediating contaminated sites, and the role of morphology in determining plant performance.

Plant Ecology for Creators
Presented by Noel Kingsbury
Join international plantsman, Dr. Noel Kingsbury for an interactive exploration of plant morphology. By learning more about the inner workings of plants, creators of designed plantings can make informed plant choices. Design that emphasizes an ecological focus considers how plants fit into the environment and what that means for their performance in the landscape.

This approach considers the requirements that a plant needs to live, reproduce, and compete in order to survive. Understanding that plants are part of a constantly changing environment helps the creator of designed plantings to predict how they are likely to perform in the years to come.

Noel will share his insights to help attendees:
Learn the process of succession and its relationship to the management of designed plantings.
Understand that plants have different survival strategies and the relevance this has to plant selection and management for different environmental conditions.
Recognize the various aspects of plant long-term performance, and that this will vary for both wild-origin native species and commercial cultivars.

The Meadow Garden Expansion: An Ecological Review
Presented by Tom Brightman
Completed in June of 2014, the expanded meadow at Longwood Gardens now spans 86 acres and includes an elaborate trail network, bridges, and an interpretive display that includes an 1800-era farm house. The Meadow Garden features the best practices in ecological garden design. A wide variety of native plants fill the Meadow Garden for increased biodiversity not only in plant species, but in the animal populations with which they are connected.
One year after the meadow completion, Tom Brightman reflects on the ecology of the meadow. What design elements have been successful and what aspects of the meadow need to be revisited?

Phytoremediation: Pollutant Purging Plants!
Presented by Kate Kennen
Phytoremediation landscape design specialist, Kate Kennen will present real world experiences and a fresh perspective of phytotechnology applications. Plants can help to remediate a site’s contaminants and Kate will review newly developing, science-based techniques being used in the field. Cost-effective phytoremediation plantings can be effective in mitigating on-site pollutants, but these interactions can be complicated. Kate’s presentation will provide a clearer understanding of horticultural limitations and implications for future integration in design and planting. When do they work and when don’t they?

With careful research and planning, integrating newer technologies into a design can result in huge financial and environmental benefits.

Learning Objectives:
Offshoots-PHYTO- Sample Land Use Contaminate and Solution DiagramsIncrease understanding of Phytotechnology applications, including current scientific case studies. Review history of phytoremediation and best current resources for information.
Learn about PhytoForensics, a newly developing set of techniques where data gathered from trees is utilized to pinpoint subsurface contaminates.
Understand horticultural limitations of Phytotechnologies, and implications for future integration in design and planning.

Plant Morphology: Guide to Predicting Plant Performance
Presented by Noel Kingsbury
How long will certain plants survive? Will they spread? How will the new border design look in five years? As a follow-up to this mornings introduction to plant morphology and ways to predict long-term plant performance, this interactive demonstration considers plant morphology in the light of what is known about growth through the year. Using live plant material, Noel Kingsbury will provide a practical, plant morphology demonstration with valuable take­ away insights.

Through examples, attendees ​are encouraged ​to think about how plants are linked to their natural habitats and ecology and how this connection can inform the way we use them in our gardens.

​This is a rare opportunity to learn a new way of thinking from a world­ renowned expert in perennial plants and landscape design.

Learning Objectives:
Learn to make informed estimates of plant longevity.
Understand the rates and patterns of plant spread and level of plant competitiveness.
Discover how to select long-term plant combinations based on assessments of growth rate, size, and competitiveness.

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