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June 2008

Register for this August's Lawn and Turf Course!
The NOFA Update Course - Vote on your topic and speakers of choice!!!
New Credit Opportunities
NOFA & AOLCPs in the News
Also of Interest...
Thank You!
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Register now for the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course!
The NOFA OLC Program is happy to announce that it will be offering its Organic Lawn & Turf Course in Hillsborough, NJ for the first time! Located in Central NJ this course location is only an hour away from both Philadelphia and New York City. This year our courses will be held in:
New Jersey August 14, 2008- Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
Massachusetts August 19, 2008 - UMASS Dartmouth, MA
Connecticut August 21, 2008 - Manchester Community College, CT

Register now!
- MA
- CT

The courses will provide state-of-the-art information for managing lawns and turf organically and are open to all land care professionals and groundskeepers for educational institutions and municipalities who are responsible for the establishment and care of grass. They will be taught by NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals, Donald Bishop of Gardens Are. in Marlborough, MA, Mike Nadeau of Plantscapes, Inc. in Fairfield, CT, Bill Duesing of CT NOFA in Oxford, CT and Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics and co-founder of the Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, and by Dr. Kimberly Stoner of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. Chip, Don, Bill and Mike all have years of experience using organic methods. Chip created the organic management plan for Marblehead's athletic fields and is a nationally renowned speaker on organic turf management. New this year will be an interactive case study lead by Mike and Bill, about the conversion of athletic fields to organic management. Both instructors have been involved in a demonstration project led by the CT DEP with local Park & Recreational Departments. The project is entering into its second year of soccer field conversion in Manchester and the first year for a baseball field in Watertown. All course participants will also receive a copy of the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Handbook: Beautiful Grass Naturally, which serves as the course manual. This 100-page comprehensive, practical and easy-to-use reference manual details methods for growing and maintaining beautiful, healthy, organic turfgrass. Written and edited by scientists and experts in the field of organic lawn and turf care, this book covers what landscapers, landscape designers, municipal staff and homeowners need to know to grow natural and organic lawns. Topics include: Why Organic? Site Analysis, Soil Health, Cultural Practices, Weeds, Insects, Diseases, Obtaining Materials and Equipment, Running a Business, Client Relations and much more!

To order your copy, please send a check for $28 to: CT NOFA, PO Box 264, Stevenson, CT 06491. Pesticide Applicator Credits offered. Worth 6 NOFA AOLCP credits.
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Vote on this year's Update Course Topics!
Let us know what topics interest you or speakers that you recommend. Annually, NOFA's OLC Program offers an Update Course for NOFA Accredited Professionals. Last years agenda featured a panel discussion entitled "Controlling Invasives Organically", a talk on "Compost and Compost Quality," and "Plant Growth & CO2 in a Changing Climate."

This year our OLC committee has come up with a some ideas and would like to know what you are most interested in. Please email me at akremser@ctnofa.org with your top 5 picks and rating them on a scale from 1-5, 1 being your top choice. Also, feel free to suggest new topics or speakers. Please type in the subject line of your email "Update Course - Top Picks."
- Compost Tea and customizing Compost Tea
Potential Speakers: Scott Reil, Paul Wagner

- Trees
Potential Speaker: Paul Wagner

- Tree Physiology
Potential Speaker: Kevin Smith

- Foodscaping
Potential Speaker: Barbara Damrosch

- Moss
Potential Speaker: Christine Cook

- Merging Soil Chemistry and Biology
Potential Speaker: Scott Reil

- Permaculture
Potential Speaker: Jono Neiger

- Pest Management with the "Buglady"
Potential Speaker: Suzanne Wainwright-Evans

- Organic Products
Potential Speaker: Baystate Organic's - Don Franczyk
- The Soil Food Web
Potential Speaker: Jeff Lowenfels

- Green Roofs

Please let us know what you think!
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NOFA Credit Opportunities

Various events have been added to the NOFA Credit Opportunities Page.
Go check them out:
July 1: River Action, a forum on Low Impact Development
Bridgeport, CT
July 17-18:Integrated Design/Development Conference
Plymouth, NH
July 24: Native Design and the Herbaceous Ground Layer
Philadelphia, PA
July 26: Rain Gardens: Beautiful Water-Saving Designs
Framingham, MA
August 6: Plant Science Day 2008
Hamden, CT
September 17: Meadows! A Vibrant Alternative to Lawn
Wilton, CT
October 1: Invasive Plant Symposium (NOFA Sponsored)
UCONN, Storrs
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NOFA and NOFA Accredited Professionals in the News!

Have you been in the news? Have you seen NOFA in the news? Let us know! Email: akremser@ctnofa.org!
June 4, 2008 - Cape Gazette "Historic Lewes Farmers Market expands to 38 vendors."
June 2008 - Stamford Times "Environmentalists urge homeowners use 'green' lawn care professionals."
May/June 2008 - Channel 3 Eyewitness News "Experts Offer Tips To Go Green" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Also of Interest...
More reasons not to use sewage sludge: Environmental Science and Technology - "Tracking plastic's breakdown products"
Research indicates that endophytes could be harmful to animals: Endophyte Toxins in Grass Seed Fields and Straw Effects on Livestock ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Thank you for your help!
The NOFA OLC Program would like to thank all of you who are helping distribute this years Guide to Organic Land Care! We truly appreciate your help in getting the word out to homeowners and the public about our Program and the importance of Organic Land Care! We still have plenty of Guides left! Give us a call at 203-888-5146 or email us if you would like to help distribute them in your area! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


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