Credit Opportunities Archive

10/17/16 - Cover Cropping on a Diversified Farm, Essex, MA

October 17 - 1pm to 4pm

Alprilla Farm, Essex, MA2

Instructor: Noah Kellerman Learn strategies for using cover crops in a highly diversified farm. Discuss options for innovative techniques like intercropping cover crops with cash crops, undersowing and cocktail cover cropping.

For details and registration, visit nofamass.org

3 AOLCP CEUs

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10/13/16 - Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden, Boothbay, ME

Selecting Native Woody Plants for the Maine Garden

with Justin Nichols

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Thursday and Friday, October 13 and 14, 2016

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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10/11/16 - Invasive Plant Symposium, UConn Storrs, CT

October 11, 2016

8:00am-4:30pm

UConn Storrs Campus

 

 

Information and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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Nationally-recognized Keynote speaker, Jil Swearingen, co-author of Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas will present “We’re Moving on Up: Invasive Plants Heading North.”

Karl Wagener, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, will speak on “Connecticut’s Future: Rooted in Choice”. 

William Hyatt, Vice Chair of the Connecticut Invasive Plants Council, will provide a legislative update.

Charlotte Pyle, recently retired from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will deliver closing remarks.

Concurrent afternoon sessions will include:

·         What Are Other States Doing?  Panel discussion with New England invasive plant experts.

·         Native Plants for Our Pollinators – Creating a balanced and healthy pollinator environment.

·         Management of Key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

·         Biological Control: No Animal Too Small – Learn about these valuable invasive plant management tools.

·         Aquatic Invasive Plants – Updates on Hydrilla and other new aquatic invasive plant threats.

·         Plants to Watch Out For – What are the new invasives that threaten our borders?

Research and management posters, an invasive plant identification area, and other educational exhibits will be featured throughout the day.

The program and press release are attached for your review. These and other materials, including online registration information, are available on the CIPWG website at www.cipwg.uconn.edu.

 


9/29/16 - Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Invasive Plants: Issues, Identification, and Ecology

with Ted Elliman

 

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 

 Thursday and Friday, September 29 and 30, 2016

 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits


 

9/24/16 - Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening, DE

With Susan Boss, Eileen Boyle, Erin McCormick, Vic Piatt, Margaret Shillingford, Jimmy Testa, and Marcie Weigelt

Two Saturdays: September 24 & October 1, 2016 10 am – 2:30 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=163GAR301

Become a better gardener-sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Observe demonstrations by Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists on basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make every garden an ecologically sound one. Bring your lunch.

Susan Boss is the Mt. Cuba Center Entrance Landscape Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Sue was also a gardener at Winterthur Museum and Garden for 11 years.

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Erin McCormick is a horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center who rotates throughout the different garden areas. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of experience.

Vic Piatt is a graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has worked at Mt. Cuba Center for 23 years, where he has been the Cut Flower gardener and Plant Evaluation gardener. He presently holds the position of Rock Outcrop/Scree Gardens Horticulturist and Gardens Manager.

Margaret Shillingford is the Education Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center and a former docent. She earned her master’s degree in education from Wilmington University, is passionate about conserving the environment, and is fascinated by plants.

Jimmy Testa is the Woods Path Horticulturist/IPM Liaison for Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Longwood Gardens Professional Gardeners Training Program. His horticultural expertise includes propagation, arboriculture, and pest management.

Marcie Weigelt is the Pond Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center where she develops, maintains, and showcases our hallmark pond landscapes. She is an experienced and avid moss gardener.

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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9/22/16 - Sustainable Horticultural Practices, Boothbay, ME

Sustainable Horticultural Practices

with Irene Brady Barber and Gary Fish

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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9/18/16 - Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing, West Brookfield, MA

Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield, MA

September 18 - 1pm to 4pm

Instructor: Matt Koziol Rotational grazing mimics natural grassland ecology. Learn to rotate herds through fenced off portions of pasture. Your cattle will eat tender grass, gain weight and sequester carbon in soil. Cost: $35 NOFA members; $45 non-members*

For details and registration, please visit nofamass.org

3 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Organic Horticultural Specialist/Organic Master Gardener, ONLINE

Online

From Monday, September 12 to Monday, December 12, 2016

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.

Please contact Tamara Schwartzentruber at sunsonghealing@yahoo.com

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Growing Food 2 - Growing Nutrient Dense and High Energy Food - Online

ONLINE

Sep. 12 - Dec. 12, 2016

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.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives - Online

Online

Sep 12 - Dec 12, 2016

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.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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