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For health and food,

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Annual Gathering - December 6th
Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations!

Join us at the 2011 NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Gathering, on December 6th, 2011 at the UCONN Student Union in Storrs, CT. This is an opportunity for you to renew your accreditation, gather with colleagues and receive cutting-edge updates and information.

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Tom Wessels

Tom Wessels - is the Keynote Speaker, he will focus on The Foundational Principles of Sustainability. Tom is an ecologist and founding Director of the master's degree
program in Conservation Biology at Antioch University New England.

Before November 22 . . . . $75 (Coupon Code: AG11Early1)
After November 22 . . . . . . $85 (Coupon Code: AG11AOLCP1)

Before November 22 . . . . $85 (Coupon Code: AG11Early2)
After November 22 . . . . . . $95

Please go to our site to register and to learn more, or call us at 203-888-5146.

Earn your 2012 NOFA OLC re-accreditation credits!

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Early Results From The AOLCP Survey

By Frank Crandall NOFA Education Committee Chairman

survery clip artEarly analysis of the AOLCP Business Survey shows some interesting results. Most of the respondents have sales under $250,000, have fewer than 5 employees, and have been in business under 10 years. Of interest is the fact that 37% are having similar sales in 2011 as in 2010, however, over 50% are doing better than last year...a very positive sign for our AOLCP's! All continue to face economic challenges; 60% indicated customer cutbacks of services and projects number one followed by low consumer confidence and labor challenges. Read much more about this survey.

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2012 NOFA Course in Organic Land Care

This 30-hour course for professionals provides the education needed for an understanding of organic landscape design and maintenance. In 2012 there will be three courses offered in Organic Land Care, these are the locations and dates of the course. Please share this information with others.

Massachusetts - Worcester, MA

January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2011 with Jan. 15th as a snow date

Connecticut - New Haven, CT

February 15, 16, 17 and 21, 22, 2012 with Feb. 23rd as a snow date

Rhode Island - Charlestown, RI

February 27, 28, 29, and March 1 and 2, 2012 with March 5 as a snow date

$550 Course. $150 Exam & Accreditation (optional).Early bird discount:-$30 for registrations received by Dec. 19th in MA; by Jan. 25 in CT; by Feb. 6 in RI.

For more information, please go to the Organic Land Care site, or call the office 203-888-5146.

Visit NOFA MA site to register for the MA course.

We know that you do a lot to spread the word about the Accreditation Course, and we really value your help! As we announced earlier, this year we are taking $20 off your re-accreditation fee for each new student you refer to the Accreditation Course. If you refer five people, your re-accreditation fee will be entirely waived. Thanks in advance for helping to spread the word! We've created a sample email and Facebook post that you could use to get you started.

For further information about the Referral Program, please contact or call 203-888-5146.

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Out and About with AOLCPs -
Chair of OLC Education Committee Frank Crandall Comes Full Circle


Frank Crandall 2RHODE ISLAND - For 38 years, Frank H. Crandall III ran Wood River Evergreens based in Hope Valley, a successful company that won 24 landscape awards and at its peak grossed in excess of $3 million annually with 30 employees.

Crandall had begun landscaping in high school, worked through college at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, and founded a lawn mowing company in Weekapaug in 1972. Gradually, he expanded the business to include mowing, maintenance, construction and design services. By the mid-90s Wood River Evergreens had expanded to include masonry, carpentry, landscape lighting, nursery and educational services.

Crandall had always tried to minimize chemicals in his landscape operations - inspired by his grandfather, Westerly, R.I. farmer Frank Crandall Sr.'s careful approach to land care principles - and made a commitment in the early '90s not to use any restricted pesticides. By 2005, he was using only bio-rational choices (horticultural oil, insecticidal soaps, Bt and other organically approved chemicals.

In January of 2005, Crandall earned his NOFA accreditation in Wellesley, Mass. and still maintains that the NOFA course "is the best educational course I have ever taken." Continue to read the full story...

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Sponsorships Still Available!

Get noticed by hundreds of AOLCPs by exhibiting your products and services at our annual event! We have 5 tables left, so contact us today for more information. Basic vendor tables cost $250, the non-profit rate is $150 and Supporting Sponsorships begin at $500. All prices include admission for one. Thanks to Todd Harrington, Frank Crandall and Peter Schmidt for becoming Supporting Sponsors of the 2012 NOFA OLC Annual Gathering. For more information, contact Jenna Messier at

Also of Interest

NOFA Mass Winter Conference - January 14, 2012, Worcester State University, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. Keynote Speaker - John Jeavons. Visit this site for more information.

jeff smith30th Annual Winter Conference for CT NOFA - Saturday, March 3, 2012, Manchester Community College Manchester, CT, 8:30 am 4:30. Celebrate with international bestselling author Jeffrey M. Smith. Mr. Smith is the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). He documents how the world's most powerful Ag biotech companies bluff and mislead critics, and put the health of society at risk. Go to this site for more information.

Almstead Lawn Care Brings Science of Organic Care to Scarsdale, NY - "Organic Lawn Care Invigorates 20 Acres of Scarsdale Sports Fields. " I know you want to read more about this.

Oregon Tilth - is offering an organic land care accreditation course on Monday, January 23 - Friday, January 27, 2012, in Oregon City, OR. Learn more.

State Won't Enforce 1919 Law Barring Some Tree Trimmers from Working in Connecticut - "State officials say that in the wake of the storm that damaged trees across the state, they won't enforce a 1919 Connecticut law that bars some tree trimmers from pruning or taking down branches." Read the full story from the Hartford Courant.

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Sheep as Lawn Mowers - this company rents out sheep to help with the maintenance of yards. Read more.

Winter Moth: What Connecticut Green Professionals Need to Know - FREE seminar, co-sponsored by CNLA and CTPA, on Thursday, December 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the DEEP Marine Fisheries Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme CT. No registration required.

The Organic Turf Care Forum - is a place where landscapers and groundskeepers can get information about organic turf care methods, ask questions of experts, exchange ideas and information with colleagues about what works and what didn't work, find out about resources, share resources, and get information about workshops and conferences. Constructive and civil comments are welcome as are your suggestions on how to improve the forum.

The Green Room Blog - this is the OLC blog. A current posting on our blog is about the NOFA OLC's Standards having been approved by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement (IFOAM).

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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.

11/12/11 - Pruning Fundamentals, Framingham, MA
11/12/11 - Landscape Design Workshops - Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade, Torrington, CT
11/12/11 - Gardening for Sustainability, Stockbridge, MA
11/13/11 - Bark Basics: Know Your Trees, Norwich, VT
11/14/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT
11/15/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT
11/16/11 - Healthy Soils Workshop, East Windsor, CT
11/16/11 - Introduction to Permaculture Design, Concord, NH
11/17/11 - Tower Hill Urban Landscape Symposium, Boylston, MA
11/21/11 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY
12/1/11 - Topics in Sustainable Landscape Design & Management, Sturbridge, MA
12/2/11 - Turning a New Leaf Conference, Lancaster, PA
12/3/11 - Introduction to Winter Tree Identification, Boston, MA
12/4/11 - Shrubs in Winter, Framingham, MA
12/6/11 - NOFA OLC Annual Gathering - Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations, Storrs, CT
12/14/11 - Winter Tree ID, West Hartford, CT
1/4/12 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition , Bronx, NY

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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.

Unnecessary applications of any fertilizer or soil amendment-including those listed as Preferred or

Allowed in these Standards-can cause nutrients to build up to excessive levels in the soil. At such

levels, nutrients may enter local water resources. Nitrogen and phosphorus are the nutrients most

involved in eutrophication of water bodies (nitrogen in oceans, phosphorus in lakes and

ponds), and are thus of major concern as pollutants. Nitrogen can also be a hazard to human

health when it pollutes drinking water supplies.

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