April News 2011 AOLCP
April 2011 newsl

Listing and Advertising your Business in the Guide

We're getting ready to print the 2011-2012 NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care!   

Before we do so, there are a few things we'd like you to know.


Your Business Information: We will be using the information you have provided on the NOFA Organic

Land Care Website.  Details such as company name, town, state, telephone number, and email will be

copied for use in the Guide.  Please visit the www.organiclandcare.net site and make any desired changes by April 11th, 2011.



Advertising: Looking for an opportunity to promote your business in the 2011-2012 NOFA OLC Guide? 

There are two ways to advertise this year!  We will print 12,000 copies of the Guide, and will

distribute copies to numerous communities and states, including CT, MA, and NY.  Copies of the Guide are available to be distributed in your customer neighborhoods. Contact us to request copies of the Guide.

              Traditional Ads (in color) 

Full-page: $360

Half-page: $198

Quarter page: $132

Business card: $75   


Feature Listings for NOFA AOLCP's   

For $80, you can have a feature listing in this year's Guide.  This includes a biography

of yourself and your business (limit of 150 words) and one photo. Please send the

information to robert@ctnofa.org by Friday, April 22nd.


This will be a special issue of the Guide, with a number of articles that focus on information that homeowners can use. The author of these articles is Sarah Little.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clara at clara@organiclandcare.net or



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Out and About  - Richard Bajana

"Organic Landscaping is a Way of Life"


By Kathy Litchfield


bajama picBETHESDA, MD - After spending three "very long" years applying over 1,500 gallons of

pesticides weekly, to large government properties in Washington, D.C., Richard Bajana

sees organic landscaping as much more than a simple business practice.

"It is a way of life, that we choose," said the five-year NOFA AOLCP

(CT course '06). "Interacting with the environment (nature and socially) should be a

win-win situation and if we really live our work, becoming an organic landscaper is the

natural way to be harmonic and respectful with nature."   Read the rest of the story.

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Also of Interest


Job opening - At Plantscapes Organics. Learn from one of the founders! Plantscapes Organics in Fairfield, CT seeks knowledgeable & experienced applicator. Must have experience and love for Organic Landscaping.
For more details.


Job opening - Almstead Tree & Shrub Care has a number of full time employment opportunities
is New York,Connecticut and New Jersey. To learn more, please go to their website.  
Lawsuit against Monsanto - NOFA MA and NOFA VT have joined others in a "Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto's
Patents on Genetically Engineered Crops" (NOFA VT). "Plaintiffs in the suit represent a broad array
of family farmers, small businesses and organizations from within the organic and non-GMO agriculture
community who are increasingly threatened by genetically modified seed contamination despite using their
best efforts to avoid it." (NOFA MA). To lean more for MA and VT.  


Permaculture Design Certification Course - offered by NOFA-NJ and The Permaculture Project,
on July 14 - 17 and August 11 - 14, 2011. To learn more go to this website.


Planet Day of Service - is on April 22, 2011. Many landscapers will be participating in this year's Planet
Day of Service. If you or your business will be a part of this event let us know and send photos. 
Visit their site.


New England Garden Fling - to Glen Magna Farms, headquarters of the Danvers, Massachusetts Historical Society. The Native Plant Center, at Westchester Community College is offering this fun outing. 


Facebook -  join us on Facebook. Please take a look...  Find us on Facebook  

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Current AOLCP Credit Opportunities 


The following classes and events have been approved for OLC credits.  In order to see a complete description of an event and the number of credits that will be awarded for attendance please go to the credit opportunities page of our website.  When you click on an event title, a complete description, including time, place, registration information, and number of credits will open.


4/7/11 - Introduction to Wildflower Identification, Chevy Chase, MD
4/7/11 - Pruning, CT
4/7/11 - Introduction to Plant Science B, Bronx, NY
4/7/11 - Introduction to Plant Science, Bronx, NY
4/8/11 - Spring Wildflowers of the Potomac, Chevy Chase, MD
4/9/11 - Design Your Own Nature Garden and Support The Environment , Topsfield, MA
4/9/11 - Understanding Soil and Soil Health, Bethlehem, CT
4/9/11 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Spring Trees and Shrubs, Bronx, NY
4/9/11 - Clone of Introduction to Plant Science C, Bronx, NY
4/13/11 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Spring Trees and Shrubs, Bronx, NY
4/14/11 - Plants for Landscaping, New Canaan, CT
4/15/11 - Edible Forest Garden Installation, Rochester, NY
4/16/11 - Designing an Active Compost Pile, Stockbridge, MA
4/17/11 - Invasives: ID: Ecology, and Control, Framingham, MA
4/20/11 - Clone of Ornamental Woody Plants: Spring Trees and Shrubs, Bronx, NY
4/25/11 - Champion Natives for Your Garden, Wellesley, MA
4/26/11 - Wall-Mounted Living Wall Installation, Andover, MA
4/27/11 - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Early Season, Framingham, MA
5/1/11 - Creating a Butterfly Garden, MA
5/4/11 - Native Woody Plant Materials , Framingham, MA
5/6/11 - Native Flora in Spring, Bronx, NY 

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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Lawn Maintenance can be found on page 33 of the

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


The ongoing sustainability of a properly installed lawn is dependent upon proper maintenance. For high-maintenance lawns, fertility levels and soil pH should be maintained by the judicious use of soil amendments and fertilizers, as determined by soil testing.

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