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OLC Winter Advanced Workshop

Turf Nutrition with Chip Osborne


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 (new date)

 8:30am - 12:30pm

Save the Bay, Providence, RI

This workshop will cover the different aspects of turfgrass nutrition.  We will begin by documenting the origins of the lawn care industry and how the N, P, K thought process was started and ultimately led to a synthetic, product centered approach to growing grass.  The differences between this process and an organic approach will be detailed. 

General public.................................$180
AOLCPs and/or NOFA members.............$160
AOLCPs who register by February 8th......$125

Register Online or call 203-888-5146.  
CEU: 4 AOLC credits.  

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RI 5 day course starts this month 

The Providence, RI NOFA Course in Organic Land Care will be held on February 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24th, 2011.


 For more information, please go to our education section of the OLC web site.

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Out and About with AOLCPs  - Daniel MacPhee Daniel MacPhee


 Growing Food and Family with Daniel MacPhee


By Kathy Litchfield

NEW HAVEN - Living in rural Africa, growing food and buying local chickens fueled NOFA AOLCP Daniel MacPhee (Leominster, MA course, '08) to pursue a career and lifestyle that was close to the land and connected to his community.


From lead remediation in Cambridge, Massachusetts soils to organic farming positions and urban landscape design projects, MacPhee's career has always come back to having his hands in the dirt, educating people about sustainable food and agriculture, and living his family's dream of working together, playing together, raising food and being together as much as possible. Read the rest of the interview with Daniel.     

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Also of Interest


29th Annual CT NOFA Winter Conference -  March 5, 2011, Manchester, CT. For details .  Credit opportunities available for AOLCPs.


Community Tree Conference -  Tree Workers & Working Safely - A Reality Check. Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Stockbridge Hall, UMass Amherst.  More information on their site.


Soil Health Workshops (East Coast) - with Elaine Ingham & Todd Harrington.


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Elaine Ingham &Todd Harrington


February 28 - March 4th, 2011.  Maximize the results of your organic approach with knowledge and skills from world  renowned experts who know how to make organics work!!! 


Courses will be taught in a state of the art facility that enables you to see the best techniques discussed in a live operation.


 To register, call Todd Harrington at Harrington's Organic Land Care at 860 243-8733 or email at events@harringtonsorganic.com. Four OLC credit.  Read more details!


 Vermicompost -  Cornell University has an interesting website on Vermicompost, as well as a short award winning video on YouTube.  


 Lawn-care preemption laws - "Connecticut, along with 41 other states, has enacted pesticide "preemption laws" that include lawn-care pesticides." Read more about these laws. (Environment and Human Health, Inc.)     


The Arnold Arboretum - has an interactive site to test your knowledge on the function and structure of trees.  Have some fun by clicking on Tree Basics.  It starts out easy but becomes more challenging.  


Compost Tea Workshop - February 16, 2011, Leominster, MA

Peter Schmidt
Peter Schmidt 


Investigating the possibility of applying Compost Tea as a service platform to help your clients?  Are you seeking ways to learn about improving delivery of Compost Tea in your current operation?  Peter Schmidt, Certified Soil Foodweb Advisor and founding partner of Compostwerks LLC is hosting a one day workshop which gives AOLCP's a litany of directly applicable information about organics as well as 4 accreditation credits. 

To register visit Compostwerks LLC.  Read more details.  



Roundup - the SafeLawns blog has an eye opening  article about Roundup, a researcher in Argentina, and how he was prevented from delivering his research findings on Roundup. 


Plant sale- for those of you craving for some hope for spring. The Native Plant Center at Westchester Comm. College, NY is holding its annual wildflower and native plant pre-sale.  Order Deadline:Monday, February, 14, 2011.  Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, April 30, 2011 

Sound Health - CT Environmental Headlines mentioned that the Sound Health 2010 report has been published, the publication focuses on Long Island Sound.  A separate biennial report, (2007-2008) Protection and Progress highlights actions that are being taken to improve the Sound. 

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

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Current AOLCP Credit Opportunities NOFA


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.

2/2/11 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers, Bronx, NY
2/2/11 - New England Grows 2011 Expo, MA
2/2/11 - One-day natural turf management course, NY
2/3/11 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY
2/6/11 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers, Bronx, NY
2/7/11 - Introduction to Wetland Restoration Management, Bronx, NY
2/8/11 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY
2/9/11 - What Does Sustainability Really Mean? , MA
2/11/11 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY
2/13/11 - The Multifaceted Edible Landscape, MA
2/16/11 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY
2/16/11 - Compost Tea Workshop, MA
2/16/11 - Natural Landscape Design: Meadows & Woods, MA
2/19/11 - Indoor Seed Starting, MA
2/22/11 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY
2/22/11 - Compost Tea Workshop, WI
2/23/11 - Ecology and Identification of NH's Shrubs and Vines with Wildlife Value, NH
2/25/11 - Ecology and Identification of NH's Shrubs and Vines with Wildlife Value, NH
2/26/11 - Pruning in Winter, MA
2/28/11 - SFW Workshops (East Coast), CT
2/28/11 - Wetland Restoration: Planting and Design, Bronx, NY
3/1/11 - Turf Nutrition, RI
3/3/11 - Ecology and Identification of NH's Shrubs and Vines with Wildlife Value, NH
3/3/11 - ELA's 17th Annual Conference & Eco-Marketplace, MA 


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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Fertilizers and Soil Amendments can be found on page 21 of the

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


Fertilizers and soil amendments are tools that enable us to modify existing soil conditions. The

"feed the soil" principle is used to benefit plant health, not artificially stimulate plant growth.



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