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NOFA members or AOLCPs- $115
AOLCPs are eligible to receive 6 credits for this event.
Attendees with Pesticide Applicator Licenses can earn 5.25 pesticide credits in categories 3A (Ornamentals & Turf) or 3B (Golf Course Superintendent). Credits are offered from CT DEEP and will be accepted in all New England states.
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Keynote Speaker – Tom Tavella, President of American Society of Landscape Architects(ASLA). Tom Tavella will be speaking on the future of the SITES Initiative and implementing projects with Landscape Architects
Tom has more than 25 years of experience in land use planning, landscape architecture and urban design. Throughout his career, he has managed a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects across the nation. Even before LEED and sustainable design were common practice, Tom’s projects consistently embraced these philosophies and technologies. From industrial greening projects to incorporating pervious pavements, biofiltration swales and urban rain gardens, Tom has been recognized as a leader and advocate for sustainable design and planning. Tom has also dedicated much of his time to advancing the profession of Landscape Architecture. He has served as Vice President of Communications for the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), as both President and Trustee for the Connecticut ASLA chapter and has taught classes at the New York Botanic Garden and Southern Connecticut State University.
Green Infrastructure as a Line Extender -Trevor Smith, President of ELA
Trevor Smith is the owner of Arlington, Massachusetts based Land Escapes, an ecological landscape design/build company specializing in native plant design, living walls, green roofs, rain harvesting, permeable pavements and urban farming.
Trevor is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH), Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) and LEED Green Associate (through USGBC). He is currently the President of the Ecological Landscaping Association and holds certifications as a Green Living Technologies (GLT) Living Roof and Wall Installer.
Trevor teaches and speaks to the landscape industry, community groups, as well as corporations and is currently working with Wellesley College to explore and expand the boundaries of eco-technologies like living wall systems. More recently, Land Escapes’ designed living walls that were used as the set design for Earth Day 2013 Today Show and was featured in two segments on NECN The Morning Show.
Sustainable Landscape Using Native Shrubs - New selections and Industry Trends with Dr. Jessica Lubell, Professor of Plant Science from UCONN
Jessica Lubell is Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Connecticut and cooperative extension specialist in nursery crops. She has 13 years of experience working with the Connecticut green industry. She has specific experience with propagation and container production of shrubs. Jessica has authored or co-authored 16 peer-reviewed publications since 2005 and eight of these were focused on invasive Japanese barberry and four were focused on native shrubs. Jessica has authored or co-authored six trade publications on native shrubs since 2011.
Innovations in Energy-Saving Technologies for Power Equipment - Brandon Fredricks, Kohler
Brandon Fredricks is the Marketing Channel Manager for Kohler Engines. In this role, Brandon focuses on the power needs of the Commercial Landscaping Industry, helping landscaping companies understand the financial and environmental benefits of transitioning old mowing equipment to new engine technology. Brandon has been instrumental in the Commercial Turf Industry’s transition to Closed-Loop Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) engines, including the development and launch of a propane fueled EFI engine and FLEX Fuel/E85 EFI Engine. In his session, Brandon will discuss the future of commercial mowing engines, and the impacts new technology will have on our industry.
Creating a more Sustainable Business - Financially and Environmentally - Frank Crandall, Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions
Frank H. Crandall is the former owner of Wood River Evergreens and currentlyoperates Horticultural Solutions; offering design work, garden maintenance, and pruning for clients in Southern RI and Eastern Connecticut. Additionally, Frank isperforming small business consultations, hosting GEM seminars, speaking throughout New England, and published his second book: “The Essential Horticultural BusinessHandbook”. Frank is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and serves on theNOFA OLC Committee
Organic Tree and Shrub Care -Michael Almstead, Almstead Tree and Shrub Company
Michael Almstead is Vice President of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Company. The company serves the tri-state area, has four offices and has offered organic services for ten years. Almstead Tree and Shrub employs 8 AOLCPs – and a ninth AOLCP just retired!
Turf -Caring for athletic fields and school grounds- Tom Barry, Grounds Manager and Field Care Specialist at Greens Farms Academy
Tom Barry has attained a Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of Connecticut in Turfgrass and Soil Science. He has spent many years in the golf course industry including three years as assistant superintendent at Wailea Blue Golf Course in Maui, Hawaii. Tom has also worked in the landscaping industry as Plant Health Care Specialist and dabbled in sales for Read Custom Soils. Most recently, Tom has become Grounds Manager & Field Care Specialist at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT. As Grounds Manager, he oversees the maintenance of 42 acres of athletic fields, lawn area and landscape beds. Being a K-12 institution, he is under the no pesticides legislation for maintenance of the property.
In addition, Tom works part time as an adjunct instructor in the Horticulture department at Naugatuck Valley Community College