Oct 11
Annual Gathering
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.   


Kevin Smith, PhD; Claire Rutledge, PhD; and Robert Marra, PhD, - will focus on tree health and tree pathology.         


Peter Wild and Todd Harrington - will share their expertise in arboriculture, landscaping and transitioning your business to organic practices.


Diane Devore - an award-winning Landscape Architect, will offer her perspective on incorporating trees into your landscape design. 


Dr. Jim Conroy and Basia Alexander - will share their alternative concepts of tree health and tree healing. 

$85 for NOFA AOLCPs, $95 Admission for non-AOLCPs
$75 for NOFA AOLCPs with an Early Registration Discount (ends Nov. 11, 2011)


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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2012 NOFA Course in Organic Land Care 


As most of you know, 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.   



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


Worcester State University
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA  01602



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


CT Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington St.
New Haven, CT  06511


Rhode Island

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


Kettle Pond Visitor Center     

50 Bend Road

Charlestown, RI 02813


$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. 

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These are tough economic times, but it has never been more important to reduce toxins in our environment and protect biodiversity. Despite the hard times ahead, we all need to work together to get more people trained in organic methods.

In response to the economic downturn, we are instituting a new Referral Policy for AOLCPs. If you refer anyone to any of our 5-Day Organic Land Care Courses, we will take $20 off your re-accreditation fee. If you refer 5 people in a year, we will completely waive your re-accreditation fee.  


We will ask incoming students if they have been referred by anyone-but just be sure to remind your colleague or friend to let us know you told them about the course! For further information about the Referral Program, please contact  clara@organiclandcare.net or call 203-888-5146.


Thanks for your help!   

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We Need You!

  sam 2NOFA's Organic Land Care Program is gathering information about AOLCP's horticultural business prior to our Annual Gathering meeting on December 6th, 2011 at UConn. The last several years have been challenging for many in the landscape/nursery/lawn care business. By taking a few minutes to fill out this survey, which will arrive shortly by email using Survey Monkey, we can learn more about the needs of our members and address those needs with our future programming. WATCH FOR IT in your emails, and we hope you choose to participate.


In addition, we will use YOUR responses to inform a Panel Discussion during the Annual Gathering, "Solutions to Assist your Business in Challenging Economic Times," where successful, local, and experienced horticultural business owners will share their techniques, methods, and advice to help you to attract new clients, operate your business more profitable, and devise winning strategies in slow economic times.   


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Also of Interest  


The Arnold Arboretum - is offering private tours and theme tours, many of them offer behind-the- scene looks at interesting features of the Arboretum


Managing Japanese Knotweed - and Guidelines for Disposal of Terrestrial Invasive Plants are just two articles that are featured in the September's Ecological Landscaping Association's e-news.


Rep. Richard Roy
CT NOFA's Annual Meeting - Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 12 - 4 at Common Ground, New Haven, CT. Representative Richard Roy will address recent legislative efforts to label products in Connecticut.    


The Real Dirt - Camilla Worden, an AOLCP, is offering a workshop on how to create an organic garden space. The program is on Sunday, October 16, at 2:00pm, at the Danbury, CT library. Visit this site to learn more.


Job - full time greenhouse manager at the Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. Visit this site to view the full job description.   


Fun night out - wildflowers wonders & cocktail reception and lecture at The Native Plant Center, Valhalla, NY, November 2, at 6pm. Lecture by naturalist, Dr. Robert Gibbons.


The Green Room Blog - be part of our online journal, where you will read comments, reflections, and articles related to organic land care. Learn and share information that is of interest to other land care professionals. 

NE Grows - 2012 Expo is being held on February 1 - 3, 2012, in Boston, MA.  We will be there too. 


Join us on 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.


10/16/11 - Native Flora in Autumn, Bronx, NY  

10/18/11 - Tree Preservation from the Top, Assonet, MA

10/19/11 - Garden Design Master Class, Roslindale, MA  

10/19/11 - Discovering Leaves, Framingham, MA

10/20/11 - Urban and Community Forestry in Connecticut, Wallingford, CT

10/21/11 - Horticultural Techniques, Framingham, MA

10/22/11 - Common Conifers of Rhode Island, RI

10/22/11 - Woodland Lichens, Weston/Lincoln, MA

10/22/11 - Fall Fruit and Foliage in Action, Acton, MA

10/26/11 - Designing a Sustainable Landscape, Bronx, NY

10/27/11 - Wood Decay Fungi Common to Urban Living Trees in the Northeast, Roslindale, MA

10/29/11 - Tree Management, Bronx, NY

11/2/11 - Winter Tree Identification, Bronx, NY

11/3/11 - Botany for Gardeners, Stamford, CT

11/5/11 - Landscape Design Workshops - Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade, Torrington, CT

11/5/11 - Chainsaw Use and Safety, Boston, MA

11/8/11 - Introduction to Plant Propagation, Bronx, NY

11/10/11 - Winter Gardening: Challenges and Rewards, Framingham, MA

11/10/11 - OH DEER! - Managing Deer in the Landscape, Bethel, CT

11/12/11 - Gardening for Sustainability, Stockbridge, MA

11/12/11 - Pruning Fundamentals, Framingham, MA

11/12/11 - Landscape Design Workshops - Garden Color Harmonies For Sun & Shade, Torrington, CT

11/13/11 - Bark Basics: Know Your Trees, Norwich, VT

11/21/11 - Pruning Techniques, Bronx, NY


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NOFA Standards Review

The following excerpt on Pruning can be found on page 45 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


Our first thought should be to "do no harm." Organic land care practitioners are expected to care

about what they do and possess the knowledge, proper tools, and necessary licenses and/or

certifications to do the job. Because plants are living systems, it is important to know how these

systems work and how to work within them.

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Farewell to Kathy Litchfield

Kathy Litchfield

Dear AOLCPs, 

It is with sadness that I share my resignation from NOFA/Mass, as of Sept. 30th.  It has been an incredible 7 years. I've loved working with each of you, and wish you all the best in your organic land care and other endeavors!

Please join me in welcoming Caro Roszell, who will coordinate the Massachusetts 5-day accreditation course, Jan. 9-13, at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. Caro's email is caro@nofamass.org

Meanwhile, I have begun freelancing for our AOLCP e-newsletter, and I'd love to hear from you!  Please email or call me anytime (kathylitch29@yahoo.com or 413-773-3830) to share new, exciting or unusual projects you're working on, and to share ideas for feature articles. I'll see you at the Annual Gathering Dec. 6th. Thank you so much for your work and dedication to OLC!
Best wishes,
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Welcome to Melissa Gabso!

Melissa Gabso

We have hired a new Public Ally, Melissa Gabso, to join our team for their 2011-2012 apprenticeship season. Melissa will be working in publicity, outreach, and graphic design.   


Public Allies is a national movement grounded in the conviction that everyone leads. Their mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation.


Prior to joining Public Allies, Melissa had previous experience working in education, photography, and graphic design. She grew up in New Hartford, CT, and obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in fine arts with a concentration in illustration. She currently lives in Naugatuck with her husband, Seth, and her cat, Noodle, working outside of Public Allies on her business drawing portraits for commission. Her drawings can be viewed at melissagabso.com



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