New England Accreditation Course

*The Accreditation Course in Connecticut has been postponed to start on Tuesday February 12 and end on Friday, February 17.

 Course Location:

 574 New London Turnpike  Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 886-0177
There will be NOFA signs directing you to the classroom within the building - view the Campus Map for parking directions and the classroom location.

Parking
You can park in the general lot at Three Rivers Community College
Course Accomodations:
Holiday Inn Norwich

10 Laura Blvd  Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 889-5201 
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Make a reservation before February 1 and say you are with NOFA to join our room block before spaces run out!

Preparing for the Course
You will receive a flash drive with the presentations and relevant handouts for each presentation on the first day of the course.  We recommend that you bring a computer to view the files during class and study for the exam. If you would like to review materials before the start of the course, we recommend reading the NOFA Standards in Organic Land Care. Paper copies of the standards will be available for purchase at the Accreditation Course.
 
Course Agenda
From 8:00 - 8:30 each morning is a time for attendees to check in and have coffee and a light breakfast. Courses will start at 8:30 and go until 5:30 each day.  There will be a mid-day lunch provided by a local catering company that includes vegetarian alternatives. The cost of lunch is included in your registration fee. View the complete agenda.
 
Accreditation Exam
The test will be administered on the last day, and only attendees who intend to accredit need to take the exam. Attendees are encouraged to study the material from each presentation with special attention to the learning objectives for each course.  Material from the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care will also be on the exam.  You can pay for the exam before or during the course. 
Course Contact
If you have questions leading up to the course, please contact Course Coordinator Kristiane Huber at kristiane@ctnofa.org or 203-888-5146.
Choose a Track:

Lawn and Turf

The turf track will expand on the basic overview of the principles and protocols of organic lawn care taught as part of the core curriculum. The emphasis in this separate track will be to go into detail in the areas of the creation of a healthy, biologically active soil environment suited to manage turf grass, an in-depth look at turf grass nutrition and the options that we have available, a review of cultural practices as taught during the course, and a section on the appropriate choice of grass seed for an organic lawn.

 

 Participants will:

  • Understand the critical role of organic matter, and how it influences the turfgrass plant.
  • Understand the difference between conventional fertility and organic fertility, how they work and why organic is the better choice
  • Learn how "less is more" when we talk about nitrogen. Nitrogen is critically important to the growth of a quality turf system, but we must be aware of the consequences.
  • Gain insight into inputs other than fertilizer that address both the soil and grass plant.
  • Follow the concept, "right plant, right place", taking an in-depth look at the cool season grasses and how they are not all created equal.
  • Review of cultural practices, specifically aeration for the relief of compaction, and how this process is fundamental to a healthy turf system
  • Discuss compost topdressing and the benefits that it can impart to a turf grass system during the transition period.

Organic Landscaping

  • Native Plants
  • Natural Meadows
  • Permaculture
  • Integrating Edibles in Organic Landcaping 

Further details coming soon!