Credit Opportunities Archive

9/24/16 - Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening, DE

With Susan Boss, Eileen Boyle, Erin McCormick, Vic Piatt, Margaret Shillingford, Jimmy Testa, and Marcie Weigelt

Two Saturdays: September 24 & October 1, 2016 10 am – 2:30 pm

Registration Link: https://education.mtcubacenter.org/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=163GAR301

Become a better gardener-sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Observe demonstrations by Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists on basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make every garden an ecologically sound one. Bring your lunch.

Susan Boss is the Mt. Cuba Center Entrance Landscape Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Sue was also a gardener at Winterthur Museum and Garden for 11 years.

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.

Erin McCormick is a horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center who rotates throughout the different garden areas. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of experience.

Vic Piatt is a graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has worked at Mt. Cuba Center for 23 years, where he has been the Cut Flower gardener and Plant Evaluation gardener. He presently holds the position of Rock Outcrop/Scree Gardens Horticulturist and Gardens Manager.

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

Jimmy Testa is the Woods Path Horticulturist/IPM Liaison for Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Longwood Gardens Professional Gardeners Training Program. His horticultural expertise includes propagation, arboriculture, and pest management.

Marcie Weigelt is the Pond Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center where she develops, maintains, and showcases our hallmark pond landscapes. She is an experienced and avid moss gardener.

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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9/22/16 - Sustainable Horticultural Practices, Boothbay, ME

Sustainable Horticultural Practices

with Irene Brady Barber and Gary Fish

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive, Boothbay, ME 04537

 Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, 2016

10 a.m. - 5 p.m

 

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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9/18/16 - Pasture Management and Rotational Grazing, West Brookfield, MA

Clover Springs Farm, West Brookfield, MA

September 18 - 1pm to 4pm

Instructor: Matt Koziol Rotational grazing mimics natural grassland ecology. Learn to rotate herds through fenced off portions of pasture. Your cattle will eat tender grass, gain weight and sequester carbon in soil. Cost: $35 NOFA members; $45 non-members*

For details and registration, please visit nofamass.org

3 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Organic Horticultural Specialist/Organic Master Gardener, ONLINE

Online

From Monday, September 12 to Monday, December 12, 2016

This is Gaia College’s core course. It offers students a holistic ecological framework for garden decision making. 
Topics include: 
• What does “organic” really mean?
• Botany and ecosystem relationships
• The soil ecosystem
• Soil testing
• Soil fertility management
• Hands-on classes on bed installation and composting
• CODIT and tree pruning principles
• Garden inoculants
• Landscape design
• Permaculture
• Water management
• Ecological lawn care
• Landscape Health Management
This course provides sufficient information to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation Exam for land care practitioners.

More information about each course session is available upon request.

Please contact Tamara Schwartzentruber at sunsonghealing@yahoo.com

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives - Online

Online

Sep 12 - Dec 12, 2016

This course provides an overview of plant and ecosystem relationships, through a review of ecosystem ecology, botany and plant physiology as it relates to choosing and planting a variety of native plants.

The plant identification component emphasizes native landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape for the temperate and colder northern hemisphere.

Topics include:
• Interdependence within ecosystems
• The meaning of "native"
• Native ecosystems and plant communities
• Formation of specialized ecosystems
• Ecology, politics & economics of invasive plants
• Creating wildlife habitat with native plants

More details about individual session topics is available upon request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course goes beyond the traditional selection and grouping of ornamental plants for aesthetic effect, which often disregards plant compatibility, ecological suitability, and geographic origins. Students learn how plants are products of their native environment, having adapted to specific soil, water and climate conditions, and how to manage these complex relationships to create thriving landscapes.

The plant identification component of this course emphasizes ornamental landscape plants including annuals, perennials, shrubs, deciduous and evergreen trees, which are commonly used in the ornamental landscape of the temperate and cooler northern hemisphere. Weed identification and arboriculture practices such as pruning: what, when and how, will also be covered as they relate to the different plant types.

Self-guided field trips and research enrich and personalize the experience.

Topics include:
• World biomes
• Plant nomenclature
• Factors in successful plant groupings
• Weed identification
• Plant maintenance including specialty pruning

More detail on specific session topics is available on request. 

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Sketchup Pro for Landscape Design - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course is addressed to landscape designers and architects, permaculturists, farmers, land planners, educators, and anybody tired of drafting by hand. It is a prerequisite for enrollment in Ecological Landscape Design Online (see below for course description). 
In this unique course geared towards landscape applications, we introduce an integrated 3-dimensional design and modeling process. This includes computer aided drafting, modeling, and graphics presentation for landscape professionals.

Whether students’ preferred medium is pen and paper or a conventional 2-dimensional CAD program, the ability to work in 3 dimensions and view their work from all angles will enrich their creative design process. The fluidity of non-static, 3-dimensional models will empower students to communicate their ideas to landscape decision makers who do not have the designer's ability to mentally project a 2-dimensional drawing into images of a real live landscape.

Techniques students will learn in this course include:
• Conventional presentation documents including a full set of 2-dimensional landscape plans
• Computer-based presentations, slide shows and animations
• Integration with imported design components, including base maps and construction elements
• 3-dimensional landscape modeling
• Terrain modeling
• Integration with Excel spreadsheets and Word documents
• Integration with Google maps

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Rainwater Harvesting and Management - Online

Gaia College Online

September 12 - December 12, 2016

This course is intended for landscape architects, architects, engineers, landscape/garden designers, irrigation, water treatment, roofing, gutter and siding, and plumbing trades specialists, permaculture designers, farmers, community garden organizers, land planners, municipal decision-makers, and educators.

As an ancient, yet ever new practice, the harvesting and use of rainwater is fast becoming a major issue, not only in third-world countries, but also in more developed regions, and in particular, in large urban centers. This course covers the foundations of rainwater harvesting and management. Using the concepts of rainwater management, and implementing key components of rainwater harvesting, professionals and trades practitioners will be able to design, create and manage quality systems in a sustainable and environmentally ethical manner.

Topics include:
• Access to quality drinking water world-wide and at home
• Processes for harvesting and managing rainwater
• Rainwater availability
• Regulations governing system implementation
• Components of RWH/M systems
• Design parameters of RWH/M systems

More detail on specific session topics is available on request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/12/16 - Growing Food 2 - Growing Nutrient Dense and High Energy Food - Online

ONLINE

Sep. 12 - Dec. 12, 2016

In this course, students focus on replenishing and rebalancing soil nutrients with the goal of growing not just food, but complete nutrition for humans and animals.

Topics include:
• Connecting soil health and human health
• The complexity of nutrient uptake by plants
• Soil microbiology
• Soil nutrient patterns and desired nutrient content
• Soil test interpretation
• Fertilizers and fertilizer calculations

Finally, students learn how to go beyond the need for massive extraction, transport and use of material substances to explore the rapidly growing field of quantum agriculture, using science-based research to look at energetic solutions such as
• Biodynamics
• Paramagnetism
• Radionics and broadcast towers
• Dowsing and energy structures

More details about individual session topics are available on request.

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4 AOLCP CEUs

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9/8/16 - Horticultural Ecology, Boothbay, ME

Horticultural Ecology with Bill Cullina

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

132 Botanical Garden Drive

Boothbay, Maine 04537

Thursday and Friday, September 8 and 9, 2016

10am to 5pm

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

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