January's News 2011 AOLCP
January 2011 newsletter

OLC 2011 Winter Advanced Workshop

Turf Nutrition with Chip Osborne
February 17th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Save the Bay, Providence, RI


Course description coming soon.


Please continue to check this site for more details.

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Call for workshop proposals


For the 2011 NOFA Summer Conference - August 12 - 14, 2011, at UMASS Amherst, MA.


AOLCP's are asked to submit a workshop proposal for the 2011 NOFA Summer Conference, the Northeast's foremost conference for pioneers of organic agriculture and sustainable living.  The workshops are 90 minutes long.


The conference features workshops for adults on: alternative energy and the environment; land care; practical skills; soil fertility; and urban agriculture to name just a few.


If interested, please contact Ben Grosscup  ben.grosscup@nofamass.org

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First 5-day NOFA Course in OLC starts 1/12/11, MA

Newburyport, MA on January 12,13,14,18, and 19th, 2011.  The location is at Parker River Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Tpke.  With a snow date of January 20th.

New Haven, CT on January 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28th, 2011.  The location is CT Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington St. With a snow date of January 31st.

Providence, RI on February 17, 18, 22, 23, and 24th, 2011. Location is at Save the Bay Center, 100 Save the Bay Drive.  Snow date February 25th.

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Also of Interest


29th Annual CT NOFA Winter Conference -  will be held at Manchester Community College, Saturday, March 5th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  More information to come on education credit opportunities.  


Residential Head Gardener - the Menla Mountain Retreat & Conference Center, Phoenicia, NY is looking to hire a head gardener. Position is from mid-April - mid-October 2011. Contact them for a full job description. 


SFW Workshops (East Coast) - February 28 - March 4th, 2011. The workshop is being offered at Harrington's Organic Land Care - Bloomfield, CT. This is a five day workshop with world renowned soil scientist Dr. Elaine Ingham. This workshop will cover topics such as composting, soil foodweb, and light microscope. 

Space is limited. Early bird discounted price of $1,200 for all five days if you register by January 21st (a $500 savings!).  To register,call Todd Harrington at Harrington's Organic Land Care at 860-243-8733 or email at events@harringtonsorganic.com. Four OLC credit.


EPA's "Bad for Our Brains" list of Chemicals - take a look at a list of pollutants that are likely to contribute to learning disabilities and some neurological disorders. Read more on our blog.  


The NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care - now on its 5th edition.  Copies of the Standards are

available for purchase - $20.00. You can also view a copy of the new Standards on our site 

2011 standards 3  

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This book was recommended to us by Karen Bussolini, who took the    photographs, and is a NOFA committee member.  The author is Penelope O'Sullivan.









NOFA Bulk Order - The Bulk Order offers many organically certifiable lawn care, farm, and garden products at "bulk" prices, while also supporting NOFA.  Go to this site to download the order form.  Orders must be postmarked January 31st .                                                                                                                                      




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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.

1/11/11 - Winter Tree Identification, Bronx, NY
1/12/11 - NY StateTurf and Landscape Trade Show, NY
1/12/11 - One-day natural turf management course, NY
1/12/11 - Winter Symposium & Expo CNLA-CGGA, CT
1/13/11 - Winter Symposium & Expo CNLA-CGGA, CT
1/13/11 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, CT
1/15/11 - NOFA Mass Winter Conference, MA
1/19/11 - Invasives: Strategies for Survival Panel Discussion, MA
1/19/11 - 2011 Winter Lawn Care Conference, MA
1/21/11 - NOFA NY Winter Conference, NY
1/22/11 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY
1/22/11 - Wow-Botany Is Exciting!, MA
1/22/11 - Pruning Techniques, CT
1/24/11 - Organic Land Care Accreditation, OR
1/24/11 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
1/24/11 - Green Technology: Design, Installation, and Maintenance, Bronx, NY
1/24/11 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, Bronx, NY
1/25/11 - Winter Meeting, NH
1/27/11 - CT Grounds Keepers Association 2011 Conference, CT
1/28/11 - CT Grounds Keepers Association 2011 Conference, CT
1/29/11 - Pruning in Winter, MA
2/1/11 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
2/1/11 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition, Bronx, NY
2/2/11 - One-day natural turf management course, NY
2/2/11 - New England Grows 2011 Expo, MA
2/2/11 - Ornamental Woody Plants: Conifers, Bronx, NY
2/3/11 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY 

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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Inland Wetlands and Watercourses can be found on page 8 of the

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


Inland wetlands may be transitional areas between open water and dry land. Or they may be isolated areas away from open water. They are found in uplands, on the top of hills, the side of hills, in valleys, and along watercourses such as rivers, streams, and ponds or lakes. Wetlands form in areas dictated by landscape position in relation to the underlying soil and bedrock and regional drainage patterns. The formation and development of wetlands may also be influenced by wildlife activity, e.g., beavers.


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