Upcoming Courses and Workshops

Organic Land Care Program 

Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity, and our mission is to empower landscapers across the country to bring these methods and practices into their communities. 

The mission of the NOFA Organic Land Care Program is to extend the principles of organic agriculture to the care of gardens, parks, lawns, and other landscapes. We achieve this goal through providing a professional accreditation, advanced workshops and courses, and acting as the liaison for the organic land care community from arborists to landscape designers. 


NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

Through a four day course, NOFA accredits hundreds of land care professionals every year in the methods and practices of organic land management. This course is designed for landscapers, lawn care pros, garden caretakers, park and land trust managers, landscape architects, educators, gardeners, and anyone else who is interested in learning how to care for properties without toxic materials. By attending this course, you will be able to open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers who understand the benefits of an organically managed property.

We have two courses scheduled this year: August & November. In August, we will be in New Haven, CT at Common Ground High School for Aug. 13-16. Location for our November course is TBD but the course will run Nov. 12-15. 

At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard for organic landscaper training.

  • The 4-Day OLC Accreditation Courses for 2018 are Aug. 13-16 and Nov. 12-15 with a third course running in the Portland, Maine region (dates TBD). 
  • For 2018 training dates & details, contact Jeremy at jeremy@ctnofa.org or call 203-308-2584 with your contact info.
  • In Connecticut? We have scholarship opportunities for land care professionals who serve clients in Connecticut and want organic training. To apply, contact us ASAP.

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Advanced Workshops:

Healthy Soil, Healthy Gardens

Saturday, May 5th, 2018 | 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Connecticut Beardsley Zoo | Hanson Building

Join CT NOFA for an educational course with Sharon Gensler (NOFA Mass) for "Healthy Soil, Healthy Gardens: Small Scale Practices for Soil Improvement and Carbon Sequestration." Many people are concerned about climate change and search for ways to lessen its impact and lower their carbon footprint. Sharon Gensler will teach how to better understand and implement regenerative-growing techniques.
 
4 AOLCP CEUs available
CT DEEP CEUs pending

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Organic Management of Invasive Species

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 | 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The Connecticut Beardsley Zoo | Hanson Building

Join AOLCP and Accreditation Course Instructor, Mike Nadeau, for a hands-on, advanced workshop covering organic techniques for the management and removal of invasive species. Learn how to correctly identify, manage, and remove invasive species in the landscape using organic tools and techniques. 
 
4 AOLCP CEUs available
CT DEEP CEUs pending

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NOFA's 'Organic Lawn Certificate Course' Online

8 hours of training, at your own pace. This is a great introduction to organic grass care and provides a certificate of achievement for current or future employers. 

Learn at your own pace online through Three Rivers Community College. This course can satisfy your AOLCP CEUs for the year! This online course also provides 6 CEUs for CT DEEP pesticide applicator recertification.

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