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3/8/16 - UMass Community Tree Conference: Work Safe, Stay Safe, Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

9am to 4pm



8:00 – 9:00 AM  Registration & Coffee


Morning Moderator:  Rick W. Harper, Univ. of Mass. Department of Environmental Conservation


9:00     DCR Update

            Mollie Freilicher/Julie Coop, MA DCR Urban Forestry Program


9:25     Emerging Approaches to Tree Inventory Analysis 

            David V. Boniarz, Ph.D., UNRI and Gabriel Markarian, University of Massachusetts


10:15   Break


10:30   Best Practices for Applicators: Pesticides & Plant Pollinators in the Urban Landscape

            Anne Averill, Ph.D., UMass Department of Environmental Conservation


11:20   PPE, Deer Ticks and Their Management in the Landscape

            Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension


12:10 – 1:00 PM         Lunch Break


Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., UNRI, USDA Forest Service                  


1:00     Scholarship Awards

            Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA)       Robert LeBlanc, MTWFA President  

            Mass. Arborist Association (MAA)                                     Marc Hanson, MAA President

            Southeast Mass Tree Wardens                                            Chris Fallon, SETW President


1:10     OSHA and the Tree Care Industry

            Dale Varney, OSHA Compliance Specialist


2:00     Climbing Tips for Long-Term Physical Health & Safety

            Melissa LeVangie, Shelter Tree Products, Inc.


2:50     Break


3:00     Plant Disease Update: What Can We Expect This Growing Season?

            Nicholas Brazee, Ph.D., UMass Extension


4:00     Q & A                                                                                                

            Professional Continuing Education Credits (MAA, ISA, CTSP, SAF, Pesticide
            Applicators),  Dismissal

Details and Registration, please look for this course in their calendar


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to submit credits


Any questions can be directed at Ellen Weeks,

3/2/16 - Principles and Fundamentals of Weed Science (Part 1 of Invasive Plant Management Certification), Amherst, MA

UMass Extension French Hall
Amherst, MA 01003

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

9:00AM to 2:30PM

A critical first step in the development of a weed or invasive plant management program is a strong and complete understanding of several
principles and fundamentals of the discipline of weed science. The session will cover the topics of weed biology, weed ecology, herbicide
modes-of-action, herbicide timings and more.

Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report  CEUs


2/28/16 - NOFA RI Winter Conference, Warren RI

Hope & Main

691 Main Street, Warren, RI

February 28, 2016

'Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants, Healthy People"

Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

2/25/16 - Landscaping with Native Shrubs: They are Tougher Thank You Think, Waltham, MA

UMass Waltham Field Station 240 Beaver St.

Waltham, MA 02452

Thursday February 25, 2016

7pm to 9pm

Native shrubs are under utilized in tough landscaping sites because landscapers and designers do not deem them hardy enough to withstand tough conditions. However, many native species will perform well if you understand which plants to use where, and how to get them established. Jessica Lubell will teach us about these adaptable natives, how to choose the best shrubs for your site, and the best techniques for getting the shrubs established. She will touch on both readily available and lesser-known native taxa.


Details and  Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits


2/11/16 - Conservation Bilogical Control Short Course, Kingston, RI

Building 75, URI East Farm

1 E Farm Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

9:00am - 4:30pm

Learn how to attract beneficial insects to farms and orchards for natural pest control. This workshop will cover:

    • The importance of beneficial insects – predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.
    • Overview of conservation biological control and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
    • How to identify beneficial insects and distinguish them from other insects.
    • How to recognize the habitat needs of beneficial insects and identify habitat deficiencies.
    • The design and implementation of habitat improvements, including site preparation, insectary strip plantings, hedgerows, beetle banks, and more.
    • The current best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on beneficial insects and mitigate exposure to insecticides.
    • How to access USDA conservation programs for financial and technical support.

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please report CEUs here

2/1/16 - Rutgers Organic Land Care Certificate Course, Randolph NJ

County College of Morris 214 Center Grove Rd
Randolph, NJ 07869


Monday February 1, 2016 - Tuesday February 9, 2016

8AM to 5PM


The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a 5-day class for landscapers and land care providers. The course focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

The course is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and Rutgers Master Gardeners. The class does not focus on recreation and sports turf fields although these professionals are welcome.

The certificate program requirements include:
• Attendance at the 5 day course
•Passing an optional exam based on course content

Participants that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion and be listed on the organic land care program website:


Monday, February 1

•Pesticide Risk, Toxicity and Environmental Contamination—Roy Meyer, Former Bureau Chief, NJDEP
• Physical, Chemical, Biological Aspects of Soil – Dan Kluchinski, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Soil Food Web – Jennifer Adams Krumins, Associate Professor, Montclair State University
•Compost and Compost Tea – Michael Kolenut, President, Lincoln Landscaping

Tuesday, February 2

•Lawn Installation, Fertilization, and Management– James Murphy, Extension Specialist in Turf Grass Management, and Brad Park, Sports Turf Research & Education Coordinator, Rutgers University
•Water Resource Protection—Michele Bakacs, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Rain Gardens and Rainwater Harvesting—Amy Rowe, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Wednesday, February 3

•Managing Abiotic Problems in the Landscape– Nick Polanin, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Sustainable Landscape Design—Jan-Marie Traynor, Professor Emeritus, County College of Morris
•History of Organics – Joseph Heckman, Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility, Rutgers University
•Landscaping with Edible Plants (lunchtime speaker)- Joseph Heckman, Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility, Rutgers
•Incorporating Native Plants and Lawn Alternatives— Rick McCoy, President, Richard A. McCoy Horticultural Services
•Planting and Plant Care, Dominick Mondi, Executive Director, New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association

Monday, February 8

•Disease Management, Trees and Shrubs– Charles Schmitt, Sr. Resource Extension Educator, Cornell University
•Key Insect/Mite Pests of Landscape Trees & Shrubs – Steve Rettke, Ornamental IPM Program Associate, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Cultural Practices: Bringing it All Together- Bill Hlubik, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Tuesday, February 9

•Wildlife Management— Madeline Flahive DiNardo, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
•Business Management and Customer Communications– Chris Paul, President, Genesis Landscape Contractors, Inc.
•Organic Landscapers Panel Discussion– Barry Draycott, Tech Terra Environmental; Keith Haitz, HydroGreen; Rick McCoy, and Chris Paul
•Exam, pesticide recertification form distribution, program evaluation

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credtis


2/1/16 - Organic Master Gardener (OMG), Massachusetts

February 2017

Be prepared for a major shift in paradigms! This is a gardening course, and so much more. Students have called it "life changing" - because once we truly understand the connection between soil health, plant health, human health and environmental health we look at the world with different eyes.

This is our core course. It is intense - challenging - inspiring, consisting of lectures and hands-on exercises. And it is taking the country by storm!

  • Learn to create fabulous food and ornamental gardens without pesticides and other harmful chemicals
  • Gain essential skills to start or enhance your own business in the rapidly growing organic land care industry
  • Prepare to write the SOUL Organic Accreditation exam for land care professionals
  • Earn generous Continuing Education Credits to maintain your industry certifications (ISA, CNLA, BCSLA, SOUL)

Everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. Just come, learn and have fun. To receive a Certificate of Completion students must attend 90% of classes and satisfactorily complete all assignments and quizzes.

Organic Master Gardener ®is a registered trademark of Gaia College.

Student Comment

Just have to say this course is such a priceless contribution to us and our planet. I feel privileged to be taking it, absorbing like a sponge, reveling in what confirms and supports.
Many thanks, Carol McIntyre

Registration Details


1/30/16 - Root to Shoot Farming, Briston, RI

Mount Hope Farm,

Saturday, Jan. 30, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Stowday January 31

To squish or not to squish…that is the question! Lee Ann Freitas of Indie Growers has over ten years experience with greenhouse growing and will help answer this question. In this free CRAFT Workshop, Lee Ann will be opening her greenhouse to share tips on insect and pest identification. She will also share her unique and holistic approach to growing that she calls “Root to Shoot.” Lee Ann will discuss small space gardening and essential herbs for creating your own unique and flavorful garden.

Indie Growers is located in the greenhouse behind the Mount Hope Farmers Market in Bristol, RI. Indie Growers is a purveyor of unique greens, vegetables, herbs and edible blossoms. Find Indie Growers products at James Beard Award winning restaurants and fine food establishments in Boston and Providence. All Indie Growers products are grown sustainably, independent of chemicals.

Details and Registration

AOLCPs, please report CEUs here



1/27/16 - 2016 RINLA Winter Meeting, Warwick, RI

January 27

8am to 5pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Ave., Warwick RI 02886

This year’s one-day meeting and trade show will offer members a day to learn from experts in the fields of horticulture as well as business. It’s also a great opportunity to meet up with fellow RINLA members to share information and network. At-tendees will also have the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of vendors who offer goods and services of interest to RINLA members. During the afternoon/evening trade show members will also participate in a FREE raffle (with $1,500 in prizes) and RINLA’s Landscape Award winners will be announced. Continen-tal breakfast, lunch and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Topics for the educational sessions will offer something of interest to every RINLA member.


Details and Registration


AOLCPs, please fill out the online form to report credits

1/25/16 - Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management, Tarrytown, NY

Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh 475 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY , NY 10591

Monday, January 25, 2016 and Tuesday, January 26, 2016

8am to 4pm

*The history of conventional turf management practices and how a natural organic systems approach differs
*What is a systems approach?
*Soil and the soil biomass
*Soil tests, managing soil fertility, turfgrass nutrition
*Liming, soil amendments, product rates and calculations
*Insects and fungal diseases of turf and appropriate control products
*Turf weeds, control products, and strategies
*Choosing the right grass
*Revised horticultural practices
*Mowing, cultivation, irrigation, and over seeding
*Compost and topdressing
*Managing the transition period

Details and Registration

4 AOLCP CEUs per day

AOLCP, please fill out the online form to report credits