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NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE PROGRAM
September 2008
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L&T: Record Setting Attendance!
Emissions Standards Tightened
The New Yorker's "Turf Wars"
NEW SECTION for Municipal Workers
AOLCP Credit Opportunities
NOFA & AOLCPs in the News
Also of Interest
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Organic Lawn & Turf Course: Record Setting Attendance!

The Organic Lawn & Turf course was a huge success, with a total of 195 professionals
in attendance! There was a wide variety of people in attendance- students included
landscape designers, landscape architects, landscapers, educators/activists and
17 municipal employees from 3 states.
The New Jersey course, which was offered for the first time this year, was at capacity,
with 40 professionals in attendance, the Massachusetts course had 63 professionals
and the Connecticut course had 92 in attendance.
The evaluations provided us with valuable information with which to plan next years
course. The common strengths were the Instructors' knowledge/experience and skill.
A few people commented that there was too much information packed into one day.
This will all be taken into consideration for next year.
View pictures from the CT course here!
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Emissions Standards Tightened for Lawn Equipment

A Washington Post article by Juliet Eilperin stated "The Environmental Protection
Agency
yesterday [Sept. 4th] tightened emissions standards for new gasoline-powered lawn
mowers, weed trimmers and boat engines, reducing the amount of
smog-causing pollution these motors will be allowed to emit."
This new regulation requires small gas engines to have catalytic converters and
will take effect in 2010 and 2011.
Once implemented, this will eliminate 600,000 tons of hydrocarbons, 130,000 tons
of nitrogen oxide and 1.5 million tons of carbon monoxide. The Post article explains
"Both hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide contribute to ground-level ozone,
or smog, which is linked to respiratory illnesses as well as premature
deaths."
EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson stated "EPA's new small
engine standards will allow Americans to cut air pollution as well as
grass".
The article also stated that "Environmentalists, who noted that one riding lawn
mower emits as much
pollution in an hour as 34 cars, said the move would protect the
environment and promote energy efficiency."
While organic land care protects people's health,
improves the health of the landscape and protects the environment; this new guideline
will cut down on the amount of smog in the environment as we continue to improve
the landscape around us.
Read the article in its entirety
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An excerpt from The New Yorker: "Turf Wars"by Elizabeth Kolbert

Americans can't live without their lawns-but how long can they live with them?

"The new herbicides allowed gardeners to kill off plants that they didn't care for
with a single spraying.
One of the most popular herbicides was-and continues to
be-2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, as it is commonly known, a
major ingredient in Agent Orange. Regrettably, 2,4-D killed not only
dandelions but also plants that were beneficial to lawns, like
nitrogen-fixing clover. To cover up this loss, any plant that the
chemical eradicated was redefined as an enemy. "Once considered the
ultimate in fine turf, a clover lawn is looked upon today by most
authorities as not much better than a weed patch" is how one guidebook
explained the change.
The greener, purer lawns that the chemical treatments made possible
were, as monocultures, more vulnerable to pests, and when grubs
attacked the resulting brown spot showed up like lipstick on a collar.
The answer to this chemically induced problem was to apply more
chemicals. ... In "American
Green" (2006), Ted Steinberg, a professor of history at Case Western
Reserve University, compares the lawn to "a nationwide chemical
experiment with homeowners as the guinea pigs."
Read the whole article
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Workshops For Municipal Workers:

Organic Turf Management Course
NOFA invites Schoolgrounds Keepers and Municipal Workers to an Organic Turf Management
Course tailored to their needs
Date: November 20
Time: TBA
Location: Jones Auditorium, New Haven, CT
Cost: $50
Credits: 4 AOLCP Credits
Topics Covered Include:
-Differences between Synthetic & Natural Turf management
-Talk by the DEP on Pesticide Use on School Grounds & Athletic Fields
-Proper Cultural Practices
-Case Studies- 'Experience Within' instructors speak about their experiences transitioning
fields to organic
-Implementation of a Natural Program- Strategies, Budget, & Management
To register: Call 203-888-5146

Compost Workshop for Municipal Turfgrass managers:
How to use this valuable resource to improve athletic fields
Date: September 25th
Time: 7:30 to 11:30
Location: Jones Auditorium, New Haven, CT
Cost: $20
Credits: 2 AOLCP Credits
Topics Covered will Include:
-How to improve municipal compost
-How to develop specifications for purchasing compost
-When & how to apply compost
-A panel discussion with town officials who have utilized compost on their fields
To register: Call (860) 424-3297, registration deadline is September 18th!
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AOLCP Credit Opportunities

New:
Organic Turf Management Course

NOFA invites Schoolgrounds Keepers and Municipal Workers to an Organic Turf Management
Course tailored to their needs
Date: November 20
Time: TBA
Location: Jones Auditorium, New Haven, CT
Cost: $50
Credits: 4 AOLCP Credits
Topics Covered Include:
-Differences between Synthetic & Natural Turf management
-Talk by the DEP on Pesticide Use on School Grounds & Athletic Fields
-Proper Cultural Practices
-Case Studies- 'Experience Within' instructors speak about their experiences transitioning
fields to organic
-Implementation of a Natural Program- Strategies, Budget, & Management
To register: Call 203-888-5146

New:
Let's Talk Turf: Organic Lawns

An interactive roundtable discussion co-sponsored by the Ecological landscaping
Association and the NOFA OLC Program
Date: January 28th, 2009 (snow date Jan. 29th)
Time: 1:00-3:30
Location: Doyle Conservation Center, Leominister, MA
Cost: $25 for ELA members and NOFA AOLCPs, $35 for non-members
Credits: 2 AOLCP Credits
Topics Covered Include:
-Transitioning from conventional to organic lawns
-What organic can & can't do
-How to sell organic to a client/meeting expectations
-Realistic costs of organic
-Successes & failures
There will be 45 minute organic lawn presentations by Chip Osbourne & Bernadette
Giblin, followed by 60 minutes of Q&A and information sharing by all in attendance!
To Register: Call Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or email her at kathylitch29@yahoo.com

Upcoming Credit Opportunities:

September 17:Meadows! A Vibrant Alternative to Lawn

Wilton, CT
September 18th: Using Biological Control in Greenhouses
Sturbridge, MA
September 22:Environmental Friendly Fall Gardening (for the home owner)
Norwalk, CT
September 24:West Hartford's Sustainable Lawn/Landscaping Forum
West Hartford, CT
October 1:Invasive Plant Symposium (NOFA Sponsored)
UCONN, Storrs
October 1:UMASS Extension's Walkabouts: Weeds and Trees & Shrub Diseases
Amherst, MA
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NOFA and AOLCPs in the News...

August 24, 2008 - Harvard Post-"Gardeners Specialize in Organic Land Care"
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Also of Interest...

Landscapedia! -A database & community for Landscape Professionals & Plant reference database
Fertilizer Phosphate demands corroding water safety - phosphate based lead corrosion inhibitors in short supply
NE Greenhouse Conference & Expo - Largest nationally recognized floriculture industry show in New England
Native Plant/Flower Societies -A list of societies by state
EPA Bans Carbofuran use on Food -bird & bee killing pesticide effectively being banned from market

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