2011 NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

ANNUAL NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE COURSE

 

The 10th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) 5-day Accreditation Course

in Organic Land Care will be held in three states this year:

 

NEWBURYPORT, MA: Jan. 12, 13, 14, 18 & 19, 2011

NEW HAVEN, CT: Jan. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI: Feb. 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2011

 

Sponsored and organized by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, this is a five-day, (accreditation optional) intensive course designed to provide professionals with the education needed for an understanding of organic land care from design to maintenance. The curriculum is based on Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, first published in 2001, are the first of their kind in the country.

Course faculty include respected scientists and experienced organic land care practitioners, who instruct the following classes: Principles and Procedures; Site Analysis, Design, and Maintenance; Rain Gardens/Storm Water Infiltration; Soil Health; the Soil Foodweb; Fertilizer and Soil Amendments; Composting; Lawns; Lawn Alternatives; Planting and Plant Care; Wetlands; Pest Management; Wildlife Management; Disease Control; Weeds; Mulches; Invasive Plants; and Client Relations. Four hands-on case studies are also included in the course.

At the end of the course, attendees will be able to incorporate methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into the care of their own landscapes or ones that they manage. Those who pass the optional exam offered at the conclusion of the course can become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals, able to use the NOFA Organic Land Care Logo, be listed on the www.organiclandcare.net website, be published annually in the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care and have the opportunity to represent NOFA at organic land care events.

Over 550 land care professionals from 20 states have taken NOFA’s course. These professionals include landscapers from large and small firms, landscape architects, garden center employees, municipal groundskeepers and property managers. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, homeowners, land trust and conservation organization staff and many others have also found the course extremely valuable.

For more information or to receive registration brochures, contact:

MA:     Kathy Litchfield, (413) 773-3830, kathy@nofamass.org

CT:      RJ Mercede, (203) 888-5146, robert@ctnofa.org

RI:       Sheryl Ellal, (401) 330-6869, sheryl@organiclandcare.net

Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or to register online!

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

            The 10th Annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care will be held January 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 2011 at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA; Jan. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2011 at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT; and on Feb. 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2011 at the Save The Bay Center in Providence, RI. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information.

 

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