Credit Opportunities Archive

7/26/16 - 2016 Turfgrass Selection and Identification Workshop, Amherst MA

Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Location: Stockbridge Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003

Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00 AM Attendee check-in

9:00 – 11:30 AM Turfgrass selection lecture and discussion

Presented By Dr. J. Scott Ebdon

11:30 – 12:15 Lunch (provided)

12:15 – 3:00 Turfgrass identification lecture and hands-on lab session

Presented by Mr. Jason D. Lanier

3:00 PM Pesticide contact hours awarded

3:30 – 4:30PM Optional session for workshop participants to view NTEP trials at Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, MA (1 additional pesticide contact hour)

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report CEUs

 

6/29/16 - Natural Communities of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Natural Communities of Maine with Ted Elliman

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Wednesday and Thursday, June 29 and 30, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPS, please report credits using the online form

6/25/16 - Eco-tour: Edible Landscape Oasis - Permaculture in Practice, Holyoke MA

Saturday, June 25, 2016

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

 

Paradise Lot - Permaculture Edible Oasis  

147 Brown Ave
Holyoke, MA 01040


Imagine growing vegetables that require the same amount of care as perennial flowers and shrubs, need no annual tilling or planting, yet thrive and produce abundant and nutritious crops throughout the season – Jonathan Bates (along with Eric Toensmeier) has made it happen!

Jonathan lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts where the climate is cold, often wet, and seldom enjoys three days of sunshine in a row. It is not an ideal growing climate by any standards. Yet, on a single evening stroll through his small backyard, Jonathan can collect a full meal for his household. Using permaculture and polyculture techniques, Jonathan has transformed what was once a construction dirt lot into a veritable farmers market of organically grown fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Like any well-designed polyculture, Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier have packed a lot of productivity into their one-tenth of an acre urban farm. After a few years as colleague plantsmen, Jonathan and Eric set out to create a multi-storied, forest garden on this winter-challenged, urban lot. More than 11-years, and a lot of hard work later, Jonathan invites us to tour his urban oasis to witness the successful food production and to learn how it was achieved by overcoming the challenges of a tiny urban lot, the shade of mature Norway Maples, nutrient-deficient soil, heavy compaction, clay, lead, and urban prejudice against chickens.

Edible Oasis FruitJonathan has a rich background in permaculture. Throughout this tour Jonathan will describe such permaculture features as thoughtful planning (nearly a year’s worth went into this project before planting was started), careful soil management, well-researched plant selection and placement, informed resource use/reuse, and ongoing evaluation and readjustments as needed. And for a reality check, Jonathan will also share stories of the setbacks and design failures along the way.

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City is the book that describes the inspiration and creation of this edible oasis. Written by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, you can read the book review on the ELA website.

Registration and Details

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report these credits

6/23/16 - A Quiet Revolution in Sustainable Landscape Maintenance, Riverhead, NY

Montaukett Learning Resource Center

Suffolk County Community College - Eastern Campus

121 Speonk-Riverhead Rd., Riverhead, NY

Thursday June 23, 2016, 11:00am - 2:00pm (lunch included)

Learn why more and more businesses, communities, and schools are transitioning away from fossil fuel-powered maintenance.

Find out about Long Island's firs AGZA-certified Green Zone

Discover new technologies that deliver great performance, eliminate pollution, reduce noise, improve sustainability...and save money!

Try out a full line of innovative equipment and exciting prototypes

Please visit quietcommunities.org for details and registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

Please use the online form to report credits

6/21/16 - The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany, Boothbay, ME

The Life of a Plant: An Introduction to Botany with Lauren Stockwell

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, ME 04537

Tuesday-Thursday, June 21-23, 2016

10am to 3pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

6/15/16 - Best Management Practices for Minimizing Turf Pests, Milford, MA

Doubletree Hotel 11 Beaver St
Milford, MA 01757

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8:30am to 12:30pm

 


Making the Soil – Plant Health – Pest Tolerance Connection: In turf systems soil plays a critical role in plant-pest-environment interactions. Soil depth, drainage, hardness and other parameters can lead to conditions that allow pests to infest and outcompete desirable turfgrasses. We will discuss soil physical, chemical and biological characteristics and how they may affect specific pest populations, and will consider how to remediate soil problems using best management practices.

Characteristics of Common Turf Herbicides:
A strong understanding of a product's active ingredient is necessary to get the most out of an herbicide application. Characteristics and use patterns of commonly used turf herbicides will be discussed.

Details and Registration

Please use the online form to report these credits

4 AOLCP CEUs

 

6/9/16 - Weed Walkabout, Walpole, MA

Adams Farm

999 North Street

Walpole, MA 02081

999 North Street
Walpole, MA 02081
- See more at: http://ag.umass.edu/events/weed-walkabout-1#sthash.zCBcjXUV.dpuf

Thursday, June 9, 2016

4PM to 6PM

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective weed management program. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems in diverse habitats in the park.

Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

- See more at: http://ag.umass.edu/events/weed-walkabout-1#sthash.zCBcjXUV.dpuf

Correct weed identification is an important first step in the development of an effective week management progam. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist, for a walk through the landscape for an up-close look at weed problems in diverse habitats in the park.


Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

Details and Registration

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs

For further questions about this event, please contact Ellen Weeks,

6/2/16 - Identifying Inland Wetland Soils

French Hall 230 Stockbridge Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, June 2, 2016

9am to 4pm

 

Participants will be introduced to some of the fundamental characteristics of soils that are used to identify hydric (wetland) soils in the field -- including soil texture,color, horizon type and redoximorphic features. The afternoon will include a field trip to a local wetland where participants will examine plants and soils along a wetland/ nonwetland gradient. Plant communities will be used to locate transitional wetland-upland areas in the landscape for further investigation of their soil characteristics. Participants should have taken Training Session I of this series or be able to identify wetland vegetation (by permission of instructor).

Details and Registration

Please use the online form to submit credits

4 AOLCP CEUs


5/26/16 - Inland Wetland Plant Identification, Amherst, MA

French Hall

230 Stockbridge Rd

Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, May 26, 2016

9am to 4pm

 

This introduction to inland wetland plant identification will begin with an overview of the major characteristics of woody and non-woody vegetation used for identification in most plant keys. Guided exercises will be used in a classroom/ laboratory setting to practice keying out plant specimens collected from local wetland sources. An afternoon field trip to a local wetland will allow opportunity to practice identification skills in a natural setting. Related topics such as plant adaptations to wetland hydrology and the concept of “hydrophytic” vegetation will also be discussed. Required Text: Field Guide to Nontidal Wetland Identification, by Ralph W. Tiner, Jr. (Cost of $25 for text not included in registration fee. Please indicate when registering if you wish to purchase a copy of this field guide.)


Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

Please report credits using the online form

5/19/16 - Landscape Pests and Problems Walkabout, Amherst MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Thursday, May 19, 2016

5pm to 7pm


Get some hands-on experience scouting and identifying landscape diseases, insects, weeds, and abiotic problems. Join Randy Prostak, Extension Weed Specialist; Nick Brazee, Extension Plant Pathologist; Geoffrey Njue, Extension Sustainable Landscapes
Specialist, and Rick Harper, Extension Assistant Professor in Urban & Community Forestry, for a walk through the landscape as they discuss and demonstrate how to put IPM practices to work efficiently and examine some of the most common pest and cultural problems of woody ornamentals. Dress for walking; workshop held rain or shine. Bring a clipboard, pencil and hand lens if possible.

Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar

2 AOLCP CEUs

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits

 

Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,