Credit Opportunities Archive

9/12/16 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course goes beyond the traditional selection and grouping of ornamental plants for aesthetic effect, which often disregards plant compatibility, ecological suitability, and geographic origins. Students learn how plants are products of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions, and how to manage these complex relationships to create thriving landscapes.

The plant identification component of this course emphasizes ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. Weed identification and arboriculture practices such as pruning: what, when and how, will also be covered as they relate to the different plant types.

Self-guided field trips and research enrich and personalize the experience.

Topics include:
• World biomes
• Plant nomenclature
• Factors in successful plant groupings
• Weed identification
• Plant maintenance including specialty pruning

More detail on specific session topics is available on request. 

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course is addressed to landscape designers and architects, permaculturists, farmers, land planners, educators, and anybody tired of drafting by hand. It is a prerequisite for enrollment in Ecological Landscape Design Online (see below for course description). 
In this unique course geared towards landscape applications, we introduce an integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. This includes computer aided drafting, modeling, and graphics presentation for landscape professionals.

Whether students’ preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view their work from all angles will enrich their creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower students to communicate their ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Techniques students will learn in this course include:
• Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
• Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
• Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
• 3-dimensional landscape modeling
• Terrain modeling
• Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
• Integration with Google maps

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course is intended for landscape architects, architects, engineers, landscape/garden designers, irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists, permaculture designers, farmers, community garden organizers, land planners, municipal decision-makers, and educators.

As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, in large urban centers. This course covers the foundations of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

Topics include:
• Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at home
• Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
• Rainwater availability
• Regulations governing system implementation
• Components of RWH/M systems
• Design parameters of RWH/M systems

More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/8/16 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Horticultural Ecology with Bill Cullina

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, Maine 04537

Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016

10am to 5pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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8/9/16 - Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine, Boothbay, ME

Introduction to the Native Flora of Maine with Melissa Cullina

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, Maine 04537

Tuesday-Thursday, August 9-11, 2016

10am to 4pm

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4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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8/6/16 - Bud Grafting - Monroe, ME

Saturday, August 6, 2016

10am to 3pm

North Branch Farm 

122 Stream Rd
Monroe, Maine 04951


Please outline agenda if there are separate classes that would qualify for credits (you will also have the opportunity to attach an agenda) *

Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.
4 AOLCP CEUs
7/28/16 - Down to Earth Summer Conference, Walpole MA

Thursday, July 28, 2016

8:00am to 4:00pm

Norfolk Aggie 400 Main Street

Walpole, MA 02071

All day Educational Conference with Multiple Eduational Topics and Tracs

Registration and Information

4 AOLCP CEUs

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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

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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

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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.

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2 AOLCP CEUs

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