Credit Opportunities

3/4/17 - Enhancing Life in the Soil, DE

With Eileen Boyle, Duncan Himmelman, PhD, David Korbonits, and Margaret Shillingford

Four Saturdays: March 4 to April 1, 2017 10 am – 2:30 pm Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR304

Native plant communities are supported by healthy, balanced soils that contain a diverse array of organisms, including microbes, insects, and worms. Learn the basics of soil science, the value of organic matter and its role in soil structure,and the importance of soil organisms. Learn how to make and use compost and compost tea, and how sustainable gardening practices contribute to creating high quality garden soil. Go home with a greater understanding of the life in your soil and knowing you won't have to buy fertilizer ever again. Bring your lunch.

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He has an undergraduate degree in botany and advanced degrees in ornamental horticulture, has taught at colleges in Canada and the US, and has practiced horticulture for more than 35 years.

David Korbonits is the Meadow Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center and author of The Meadow Plants at Mt. Cuba Center. Dave is also part of Mt. Cuba Center's compost team.

Margaret Shillingford is the Education Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center and a former docent. She earned her Master’s in Education from Wilmington University, is passionate about conserving the environment, and is fascinated by plants.

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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3/4/17 - Spring Growth Conference, Unity, ME

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am-4pm

294 Crosby Brook Road  
UnityME 04988 

 

Please visit http://www.mofga.org/ for more details

4 AOLCP CEUs

3/6/17 - Harrington's Organic Pro Series: Soil Health Workshop, Bloomfield, CT

Harrington’s Organic Pro Series: Soil Health Workshops

March 6 @ 8:00 am - March 8 @ 5:00 pm

$1275
Harrington’s Organic Laboratory and Compost Center
70 Highland Park Dr, Bloomfield, CT06002 United States

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Work hands-on with industry pioneers Todd Harrington Soil Food Web advisor and Life Consultant of Harrington’s Organic Land Care and Paul Wagner of Soil Foodweb New York. You will learn in depth about the soil food web, optimizing compost, extracts and teas, and performing “qualitative” analysis of the biological life to interpret the health of your biological amendments before your season gets under way.

4 AOLCP CEUs

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3/11/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 10am-3pm

294 Crosby Brook Road  
UnityME 04988 

 Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed.

Please visit http://www.mofga.org/ for more details

4 AOLCP CEUs

3/13/17 - System's Approach to Natural Turf Management, Sturbridge, MA

Monday, March 13, 2017-Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sturbridge Host Hotel 366 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566

2-day training that covers a “systems approach” to turf care. From understanding a soil test, soil biology and managing soil fertility to cultural practices, insects, weeds, and controls. All from an organic perspective. Practical strategies for customer satisfaction and problem-solving sessions included.

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs

3/18/17 - Liberate Your Home Landscape Plants, DE

With Larry Weaner

Saturday, March 18, 2017 11 am – 12 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=171GAR822

All too often we design our gardens and landscapes with static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But our approach can be more dynamic-and arguably more rewarding-by building upon ecological processes as well as plants' innate tendencies to reproduce and proliferate. Using examples from client projects and his property, Larry Weaner illustrates how this organic, give-and-take approach to design can result in low-maintenance, beautiful landscapes that marry human intent with the patterns and processes of nature.

Copies of Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, which Larry coauthored with Thomas Christopher, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has a nation-wide reputation for combining ecological restoration with fine garden design. The firm's work has received numerous awards and been featured in Garden Design, The American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Larry founded the New Directions in the American Landscape conference.

1 AOLCP CEU

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3/25/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees, Maine

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10am-3pm.

The course is focused on pruning and feeding very old non-productive fruit trees in order to bring them back into fruitfulness. Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.mofga.org

4 AOLCP CEUs available

4/8/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10am-3pm.

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain how to graft, demonstrating whip & tongue and T-budding, as well as outdoor grafting (top working) of established trees. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will be discussed.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.mofga.org

or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org

4 AOLCP CEUs available

4/15/17 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10am-4pm.

Join Michael Phillips, author of "The Apple Grower" and "The Holistic Orchard," for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it. Please bring a bag lunch. Course will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information and to register, please visit http://www.mofga.org

or contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org

4 AOLCP CEUs available