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||Introducing Carol Hannon
Our new Accreditation Manager, Carol Hannon, comes to us with administrative experience in higher education, teaching experience, and, most importantly, with enduring interest in organic gardening. She lives in Bethany, CT, with her husband Martin and two sons and has been a member of NOFA for many years. We welcome Carol to the program!
Contact Carol for all accreditation issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
||Are you reaccredited for 2009? |
It is not too late to update your accreditation and be listed in NOFA's 2009 Guide as an Organic Land Care Professional. Visit organiclandcare.net/fortheAOLCP.php
now to discover timely credit opportunities. If you have any questions about the status of your accreditation, email email@example.com
or call (203) 888-5146.
Calling for Articles & Cover Art for the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care!
The 2010 NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care needs you! Do you have a photograph that would enhance the cover of the guide? You may have had a discovery or a learning experience to share with your NOFA accredited colleagues in an article for the Guide. In either case, please send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be received with appreciation.
Volunteer at a NOFA Organic Land Care Course!
Here is an opportunity to promote organic principles with aspiring members of the organic land care community. Your interaction with students in the course and the example you set as a volunteer are highly valued and greatly appreciated by NOFA. Please consider giving some of your time.
Help is needed with registration, food setup, digitally recording the course, monitoring course quality and content, student inquiries, and case studies.
To volunteer contact:
New York: February 17, 18, 19, 20, 23
Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or email@example.comRhode Island: February 25, 26, 27; March 2, 3
Sheryl Ellal at, (401) 364-3387 or firstname.lastname@example.org
||Last Week to Register for the CT NOFA Organic Land Care Course
Send or invite your employees, colleagues, friends!
Missing reaccreditation credits? Attend one day of the course!
Register Now! Online registration for CT course closes Sunday night. To register after Sunday for the CT course call 203-888-5146!
Credits: 1 day worth 6 AOLCP credits and full course worth 30 Pesticide applicator creditsCome learn about:
DAY 1 - Principles and Procedures * Site Analysis, Design and
Maintenance * Rain Gardens/Stormwater Infiltration * Soil Health, Soil
DAY 2 - Fertilizer and Soil Amendments * Composting * Lawns * Lawn Alternatives
DAY 3 - Planting and Plant Care * Wetlands * Pest Management * Turf Insects, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs
DAY 4 - Pest Management * Ticks and Lyme Disease * Wildlife Management * Disease Control * Weeds * Mulches
DAY 5 - Invasive Plants/Control * Client Relations * Review * Accreditation Examination
Training Opportunity - Training for
Transition to Organic Athletic Turf
2008 DEP Pilot Project in Watertown, CT
NOFA, in partnership with the CT DEP, will sponsor training for Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) who work with CT municipalities in order to prepare them to comply with legislation banning pesticides on K-8 school grounds, effective beginning on July 1, 2009.
The training will focus on making the transition from conventional to organic land care of athletic fields and will include sessions with leaders in organic turfgrass management. Guidance on writing and implementing an organic land care plan for a town athletic field will be provided.
If you are an AOLCP who has contracted with one or more CT municipalities to do landscape consulting or management, please contact Bill duesing at email@example.com
or (203) 888-5146.
AOLCP Credit Opportunities
An interactive roundtable discussion co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association and the NOFA OLC Program.
Date: January 28, 2009
(snow date Jan. 29)
Time: 1:00 -3:30 pm
Location: Doyle Conservation Center
464 Abbott Ave.
Cost: $25 for ELA members and NOFA AOLCPs;$35 for non-members
Credits: 2.5 AOLCP credits
During this workshop, Osborne and Giblin will discuss what organic lawns entail in terms of installation, maintenance and management, transitioning from conventional to organic lawns, what organic can and can't do, how to sell organic to a client/meeting expectations, realistic costs of organic. They will also share successes and failures they've experienced in the industry.
For more information or a registration form, call Kathy Sargent-O'Neill at (508) 759-5177 of the Ecological Landscaping Association (or email firstname.lastname@example.org), or Kathy Litchfield, at (413) 773-3830 of NOFA (or email email@example.com).
or Kathy Litchfield, at (413) 773-3830 of NOFA (or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Date: February 4th - 6th, 2009 Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition CenterThe following courses have been approved for ONE AOLCP credit each:
Air Knife & Air Spade: New Techniques for Soil Modification & Tree Preservation
Tough Urban Plants: Making Magic in our Cities
How Mushrooms Can Save the World: Solutions from Nature
Put Beneficial Insects to Work For You
Native Intelligence: Using Indigenous Plants in the Designed Landscape
Today's Urban Forest: The Role Arborists Play in Managing Risk
Breeding New Garden Perennials from Native Plants
Using Organics Effectively in the Landscape
Beyond Branding: Promoting Plants Without Creating Brands
The following courses have been approved for 1.5 AOLCP credits each:
Climate Change & Peak Oil: Post Petroleum Landscape Design
Sustainable Design Using Grasses, Sedges & Rushes
Sensible vs. Senseless Pruning
Green Roof Construction 101
Conservation Arboriculture: The Art of Preserving Ancient Trees
The following course has been approved for 0.75 AOLCP credit:
Evolution of LED Lighting in the Green Industry
The following courses have been approved for 0.5 AOLCP credit each:
Greener Pest Management
Landscape Management: Surefire Ways to Keep it Fresh
Surfactants: An An Integral Piece of the Water Consumption Puzzle
The Latest in White Grub Management
Understanding Urban Tree Fertilization
For more information and to register, visit www.negrows.org.
Date: February 24, 2009Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Roosevelt Hall, SUNY Farmingdale, Broadhollow Rd.,
For further information: Contact: (631) 963-5454 or
Organic Lawn and Turf Care for Professionals
Dates: February 26 (snow date February 27)
Time: 8:15 AM Registration and breakfast
8:30 to 11:30 AM Presentation
Location: 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831
Presenter: Chip Osborne Cost
: $15.00 fee can be paid at door
This course has been approved for TWO AOLCP credits.
For further information: greenwich.audubon.org
Date: March 12, 2009
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Lewis B. Rome Commons, UConn Campus, Storrs
Donna Ellis, 860.486.6448,
The following courses have been approved for ONE AOLCP credit each:
Diseases of Perennials - Getting Around Them
New, Old, Fashionable or Forgotten: Tested Plants for Regional Gardens andLandscapes
Emerging Garden Trends 2009
Water in the Garden: An Opportunity for the Gardener to Help the Planet
Sustainable Landscape Practices in the Real World
What's on the Shelf? Unraveling the Mysteries of Biological and BotanicalProducts
The following course has been approved for.5 AOLCP credit:
Tough As Nails
Dates: April 5 and 12, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Offered by: Dori Smith, Gardens for Life, 6 Half Moon Hill, Acton MA 01720, 978-635-1145
978-835-5568 (cell), www.gardensforlife.net.
This course has been approved for TWO AOLCP credits.
The two-session course will focus on concepts, designs, and use of native plantings in rain gardens, using case studies for inspiration. The second session covers practical details for planning and designing a rain garden.
||NOFA and AOLCPs in the News...|
January 13, 2009 - Go Green! Organic & Low Impact Lawn Care
January 17, 2009 - Mansfield Today - Organic Lawn Care Workshop, led by Bettylou Sandy, owner of Bettylou's Gardening on on Saturday, April 4, in the council chambers at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Road.
||Also of Interest
2009 Less Toxic Landscaping Resource Directory
Island & Southeastern New England)
IT'S BACK. IT'S IMPROVED! IT'S BEING NEWLY FORMATTED AND REVISED. THIS HELPFUL GUIDE TO LOTS OF
ORGANIC-FRIENDLY SOURCES FOR LANDSCAPING & GARDENING SUPPLIES, SERVICES
& INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER FEBRUARY 18, 2009!
P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI
& Edited by Liberty