Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference Press Release

Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference to Explain How Organic Practices Protect Our Yards and Waters

New Haven, CT - The NOFA Organic Land Care Program will be hosting the Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference on Saturday, March 19th, 2011 in Kroon Hall, a truly sustainable building on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT.  This conference will address the importance of organic practices on our yards and lawns, and how pesticides and chemicals affect the health of our yards and our waters.
With titles like “A Landlubbers Guide to Protection Long Island Sound”, “Nearby Nature: Creating Habitats for Children”, and “Increasing Biodiversity and Environmental Services in Your Yard” the Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference is geared towards homeowners and property managers interested in learning tips to treat their yards and lawns with organic practices.
The morning will feature talks from prestigious speakers Bill Duesing (Executive Director of CT NOFA), Dr. Kimberly Stoner (Vegetable Entomologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station) and Judy Preston (CT Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant).
In the afternoon, there will be break-out sessions for activists, environmentalists, and do-it-yourselfers, with confirmed speakers including Dr. Michael Dietz (Program Director, CT NEMO), Jerry Silbert (Executive Director, Watershed Partnership, Inc.), Mike Nadeau (Plantscapes, Inc.), and a Local Initiatives Panel of Troy Hill (Doctoral Student, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies), Chris Randall (Executive Director, New Haven Land Trust), Michael Sesko (CEO, Encendia Biochar), and Christine Tang (Director, City of New Haven’s Office of Sustainability).
The event will cost $25 for the general public and $20 for NOFA members, NOFA Accredited Professionals, and the Yale Community.  It will include a delicious lunch by the Big Green Truck Pizza.  For group rates, please call 203-888-5146. 
Kroon Hall is located at 205 Prospect Street in New Haven, CT.  For more information and to register, please visit  This conference is co-sponsored by Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and supported by a grant to CT NOFA from the Watershed Fund of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program is an environmental project of CT NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut.  Its mission is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where we live, work and play.

Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
Kroon Hall, Yale University
205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
10:00am - 3:00pm
9:30am - 10:00am - Registration and Exhibits
10:00am - 10:15am - Introduction
10:15am - 11:00am - Why Go Organic?
11:00am - 12:00pm - Your Yard and the Long Island Sound
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Breakout Session #1
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Breakout Session #2
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Closing Remarks