NOFA OLC Announces the 2011 Annual Gathering, "Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        
November 10, 2011
Contact: Kristiane Huber
kristiane@ctnofa.org

 The NOFA Organic Land Care Program announces its 2011 Annual Gathering
“Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations”

STORRS, CT—The NOFA Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC,) a regional project of the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (CT NOFA), has announced “Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations” as the theme for its 2011 Annual Gathering.   The conference is open to the public and scheduled for December 6, 2011 (with a snow date of December 7) from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at the University of Connecticut’s Student Union in Storrs.  Conference speakers include scientists and landscaping professionals to share scientific research and expert advice on organic land care, especially the planting and preservation of trees.

Tom Wessels, Conservation Biology Professor at Antioch University New England and author of numerous books including “Reading the Forested Landscape” will present the keynote speech titled “The Foundational Principles of Sustainability”. Wessels will explain natural principles of sustainability and apply them to human systems like communities and economies.  This alignment of ecological processes with landscape design and maintenance is the very foundation of the Organic Land Care Program.

Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D., Supervisory Plant Physiologist at the Forest Service and author of over 90 published articles will present "Tree Protection and Defense for Long-term Landscapes."  Claire Rutledge, Ph.D., an expert on wood-boring insects and Robert Marra Ph.D., a forest pathology researcher, both researchers at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will each explain the latest science surrounding tree diseases and pests. 

Jim Conroy, Ph.D. and Basia Alexander, founders of Plant Health Alternatives, LLC, will give a talk titled “Tree Whispering® and Cooperative BioBalance®--Paradigm Shifting to Restore Balance in Nature".  Respected organic landscaping professionals invited to discuss trees in the built landscape include: Peter Wild, the Founder and CEO of ArborJet, Inc., Todd Harrington, owner of Harrington’s Organic Land Care in Bloomfield, CT and Diane Devore, owner of Devore Associates Landscape Architects in Fairfield, CT. 

Registration fees for the general public are $85 ($95 after November 15) and accredited organic land care professionals receive an additional $10 discount.  The course is approved for 6 AOLCP credits, please check the website for other credit offerings.  The registration fee includes lunch and coffee.  For more information, please visit the Organic Land Care website: http://www.organiclandcare.net/education/annual-gathering .  Participants can register online or by phone by calling (203) 888 5146.