Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Homeowner's Conference, New Haven, CT

Conference Description
This conference will highlight the positive relationship between organic land care, a beautiful yard, healthy eating and healthier local and global environment.  Hosted by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and sponsored the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies, this conference is designed for homeowners and property managers, and will teach you how to transition your yard to organic and explain why organic practices are crucial to the health of our lands and water.

The conference will be held at Kroon Hall, a beautiful green building on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT.

Biodiversity, climate change, water quantity and quality and other important environmental factors are closely connected with, and influenced by, the way we landscape our yards and communities.   The conference will feature interesting and informative workshops, including: Plant Choices and Site Analysis, Rain Garden Installation, Composting, the Importance of Watersheds, Your Yard and the Long Island Sound, Children and Wildlife, Why Go Organic?, and a panel discussion on innovative strategies and local initiatives.  It will also provide a unique opportunity to consult with local NOFA Accredited Organic Landscapers about your landscape concerns or with gardening questions.

The day will include breakout sessions focusing on three tracks for: community leaders, environmentalists, and do-it-yourselfers.  The conference will include a delicious lunch.

Tentative Schedule
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

Breakout Sessions
Local Initiatives Panel
Preemption and Working with Towns
Lawns and Lawn Alternatives
Increasing Biodiversity and Environmental Services in Your Yard
Rain Garden Installation
Children and Wildlife

Michael Dietz, Program Director, CT NEMO
Bill Duesing, Executive Director, CT NOFA
Mike Nadeau, Owner and Operator, Plantscapes
Judy Preston, CT Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant
Jerry Silbert, Executive Director, Watershed Partnership

The conference is supported by a grant to CT NOFA from the Watershed Fund of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority.

The conference will include a delicious lunch catered by the Big Green Truck Pizza


General Admission - $25
NOFA Members, NOFA Accredited Professionals, Yale Community- $20

Call the office at 203-888-5146 for information regarding group discounts.

Online or by calling 203-888-5146


March 19, 2011