Homeowner's Workshops Archive

March 16, 2010 - How "Green" is Your Lawn?, Woodbury, CT
Tuesday March 16, 2010
7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Woodbury Town Office Annex
297Main Street,
Woodbury, CT 06798
(203) 263-3467

Come learn how to save time and money on your lawn care, create a lawn
that is safe for your kids and pets, and prevent chemicals from
entering our local streams, rivers, and wetlands. Bill Duesing from

March 20, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Milford, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Saturday, March 20
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Milford Library
57 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 783-3290

March 20, 2010 - Landscaping for Clean Water, Southbury, CT
Saturday March 20, 2010
10:30 am - 12:30 pm (Workshop) & 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Field Trip)
Southbury Parks and Recreation
561 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488-2280
(203) 262-0633

Celebrate the first day of spring and World Water Day by learning how
to implement landscaping techniques that help keep our rivers, lakes,
and wetlands clean. Four great local landscaping professionals will

March 22, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Orange, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Monday, March 22
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Case Memorial Library
176 Tyler City Road
Orange, CT 06477-2445
(203) 891-2170

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

March 28, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Greenwich, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Sunday, March 28
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Audubon Greenwich
613 Riversville Road
April 9, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Ansonia, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Friday, April 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ansonia Nature Center
10 Deerfield Lane
Ansonia, CT 06401-2630
April 10, 2010 - Preparing your Organic Garden, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
April 10, 2010 - NOFA/Mass Organic Gardening Day, 10 Locations, MA

NOFA/Mass Organic Gardening Workshop Day

10 locations in Massachusetts

April 14, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Stamford, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Wednesday, April 14
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
39 Scofieldtown Road
Stamford, CT 06903-4096
April 17, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, New Haven, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Saturday, April 17
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ives Memorial Library
New Haven Free Public Library
133 Elm Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203-946-8125

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

April 20, 2010 - Alternatives to Pesticides and Herbicides, Eastham, MA
Tuesday April 20, 2010
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eastham Town Hall
2500 State Hwy
Eastham, MA 02642
508-240-5900
ww.eastham-ma.gov

Chip Osborn, organic land care teacher, turned Marblehead non-toxic. Learn how to treat our land and ourselves. Get all your questions answered.

Any questions, contact Laura Kelley: 774-353-6511

April 21, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, Cheshire, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Wednesday, April 21
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cheshire Public Library
104 Main Street
Cheshire, CT 06410-2406
203-272-2245
April 22, 2010 - Composting Clinic, Plymouth, MA
Thursday, April 22
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Plimouth Plantation
137 Warren Ave
Plymouth, MA 02360
508-746-1622
www.plimouth.org
April 24, 2010 - Green Up Your Yard, South Norwalk, CT

NOFA OLC Introductory Workshops, in Connecticut

Saturday, April 24
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
South Branch, Norwalk Library
10 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854-2705
April 24, 2010 - Easy Composting Workshop, Phillipston, MA
Saturday, April 24, 2010
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Sugar Hollow Farm
425 Queen Lake Rd.
Phillipston, MA, 01331
978-652-5186
www.sugarhollowfarm.com

Cut household waste in half and create healthy soil by making and using compost. Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, yard waste, and even paper towels into "black gold" that will transform your soil into rich fertile earth.

April 27, 2010 - Easy Composting Workshop, Norwood, MA
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
First  Baptist Church
71 Bond St.,
Norwood, MA 02062
781-762-1633

Sponsored by Norwood Evening Garden Club
Contact: Susan Pearson, 508-668-4039

Cut household waste in half and create healthy soil by making and using compost. Learn how to turn coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, yard waste, and even paper towels into "black gold" that will transform your soil into rich fertile earth.

April 28, 2010 - Slow Landscaping, Framingham, MA
Wednesday April 28, 2010
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630
www.newfs.org

This New England Wildflower Society lecture takes its inspiration from the Slow Food movement, Slow Landscaping seeks to counteract fast or instant landscaping, by showing the way to more fulfilling, equitable, and sustainable landscape practices. This approach to landscaping human settlements mimics the relationships found in natural ecologies.

May 1, 2010 - Low-Maintenance Design with Native Plants, Whately, MA
Saturday, May 1, 2010
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Nasami Farm Nursery
128 North St
Whately, MA 01093
413-397-9922
www.newfs.org

This New England Wildflower Society lecture teaches how to lower your garden maintenance by using native plants and designing carefully. Learn how to design a unique garden space with strong connections to our spectacular New England landscape. In this interactive format, you are encouraged to bring your ideas, along with photographs, plans, or sketches of your own property. Landscape designer Owen Wormser helps you create enjoyable, low

May 8, 2010 - Compost, Mulch, Worms, Garbage, etc., Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
May 11, 2010 - Organic Lawn Care For Your Home, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Lawn Care For Your Home

7 pm to 9:30 pm
Duke Farms Coach Barn
80 Route 206 South
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
908-722-3700

Are you tired of seeing those flags on your lawn after your lawn care provider is finished?   The NOFA-NJ Organic Lawn and Land Care Class is your answer!  Not only will you be equipped to have a convincing conversation with your land care provider about ensuring the safety of your yard, your family and your environment

May 15, 2010 - The Botany of Design, Framingham, MA
Saturday May 15, 2010
10:30 am - 12:00 noon
Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630
www.newfs.org

In this New England Wildflower Society lecture Bill Cullina uses his latest book, Understanding Perennials as a starting point and tackles the thorny subject of garden design in a completely different way. In this fun and information-filled talk, he explores such things as the reasons for big leaves, variegation, red foliage and flowers and ways to create more satisfying designs without breaking the budget. He looks at life beyond the color wheel, the importance of healthy soil and reveals some of his best horticultural secrets while weaving together aesthetics,

May 19, 2010 - Pollinator-friendly Landscaping, Framingham, MA
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630
www.newfs.org

In this New England Wildflower Society lecture you learn that as New England’s landscape becomes increasingly developed, backyards are becoming a “final frontier” in providing essential habitat for at-risk pollinator species that play an integral role in the health of our environment. Garden coach and habitat naturalist Ellen Sousa explains how to help sustain and restore pollinator populations in your own backyard, regardless of its size or location. Learn to choose the best plants to help feed and shelter pollinators, and some best practices

May 20, 2010 - Organic Lawn Kick-Off Event, Stoneham, MA
Thursday, May 20, 2010
2:00 PM
Town Common’s Center Circle, Stoneham, MA
(413) 773-3830

Join NOFA/Mass and the NOFA Organic Land Care Program on Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Stoneham, MA and Saturday, June 5 in Ayer, MA at 1:00 p.m. to kick-off the Organic Lawn Demonstration Sites.  These projects, funded via a grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, partner NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals with Town employees to transition 10,000 sq.ft. of public lawn area to organic management.

May 22, 2010 - Vegetable Gardening with Lee Reich, New Paltz, NY
May 22, 2010
2:30 - 5:30 pm
Lee's Garden, 387 Springtown Rd., New Paltz, NY
845-255-0417

A workshop geared to those people with little space and little time, but who like the idea of stepping out their kitchen door to pick a head of buttery buttercrunch lettuce, ambrosial Anna Russian and Sungold tomatoes, or delectable Blue Lake beans ? all very fresh, all  very organic, and all very local.

June 2, 2010 - Gardening for Wildlife, Belmont, MA
Wednesday June 2, 2010
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Habitat
10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA 02487
617-489-5050
www.massaudubon.org

Are you doing battle with critters such as squirrels, woodchucks, and deer? Learn how to plant for harmony. We'll take a hands-on look at critter-resistant plantings as well as plants which provide food for birds, nectar for insects, and habitat for wildlife.

June 5, 2010 - Organic Lawn Kick-Off Event, Ayer, MA
Saturday, June 5, 2010
1:00 pm
Sandy Pond Recreation Area, Ayer, MA
(413) 773-3830

Join NOFA/Mass and the NOFA Organic Land Care Program on Thursday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m in Stoneham and Saturday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m.in Ayer to kick-off the Organic Lawn Demonstration Sites at the Stoneham, MA Town Common’s center circle and the Town of Ayer’s Sandy Pond recreation area. These projects, funded via a grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, partner NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals with Town employees to transition 10,000 sq.ft. of public lawn area to organic management.

June 8th, 2010 - NOFA OLC Introductory Workshop, Westport, CT
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Earthplace
10 Woodside Ln.
Westport, CT
 

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

This free, informative workshop will be presented by a local accredited organic landscaping professional, Mike Papa, and provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.

The workshop is being sponsored by Westport Conservation office.

The power point presentation was developed by the Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and run out of CT NOFA. CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.

 

 

 

 

 

June 9th, 2010 - NOFA OLC Introductory Workshop, Branford, CT
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
7:30PM - 9:00PM
First Congregational Church
 
1009 Main St.
Branford, CT 

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

This free, informative workshop will be presented by a local accredited organic landscaping professional, Sheila Wertheimer, and provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care. The workshop is in conjunction with the local Sierra Club.

Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.

The Organic Land Care Program is a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and run out of CT NOFA. CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.

The workshops are made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund, The Watershed Fund, the Newman's Own Foundation, and the Long Island Sound Future's Fund.

 

June 12, 2010 - Start Your Fall Gardens Now, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
June 17th, 2010 - NOFA OLC Introductory Workshop, West Haven, CT
Thursday, June 17, 2010
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Ora Mason Library
260 Benham Hill Rd.
West Haven, CT 
 

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

This free, informative workshop will be presented by a local accredited organic landscaping professional, Teresa Mucci, and provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.

Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.

The Organic Land Care Program is a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and run out of CT NOFA. CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.

The workshops are made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund, The Watershed Fund, the Newman's Own Foundation, and the Long Island Sound Future's Fund.

 

July 10, 2010 - Manage Weeds and Insects, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
July 14, 21, 2010 - Identifying Natives with Newcomb's, Framingham, MA
Wednesdays, July 14 and 21, 2010
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630
www.newfs.org

In this New England Wildflower Society lecture learn to use Lawrence Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide for the first time or revisit an old friend to understand why this book remains one of the most popular and useful field guides for a non-botanist (botanists like it too). With its unique key, short accurate descriptions, and sensitive drawings by Gordon Morrison, you will be able to identify both woody and herbaceous native plants from rare wild flowers to tiny interesting weeds. Even if you have used this book before, you will enjoy getting to know about

July 18, 2010 - Creating Backyard Biodiversity, Workshop, Westport, MA
Sunday, July 18, 2010
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Westport River Watershed Alliance office
1151 Main Rd
Westport, MA 02790
508-636-3016
www.westportwatershed.org

This New England Wildflower Society lecture and field tour is an opportunity for sharing the experiences of one who has spent twenty years creating and sustaining a variety of microhabitats in a suburban backyard. His ¾ acre “sanctuary” that began as an empty building lot now has a meadow, shrubland thicket, woodland, and a small pond and marsh. There is

July 28th, 2010 - NOFA OLC Introductory Workshop, Meriden, CT
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Meriden Public Library
 
105 Miller St.
Meriden, CT 

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

This free, informative workshop will be presented by a local accredited organic landscaping professional, Cathy Zbuska, and provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.

Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.

The Organic Land Care Program is a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and run out of CT NOFA. CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.

The workshops are made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund, The Watershed Fund, the Newman's Own Foundation, and the Long Island Sound Future's Fund.

 

August 12th, 2010 - NOFA OLC Introductory Workshop, North Haven, CT
Thursday, August 12, 2010
6:30PM - 8:00PM
U. Conn. Cooperative Extension Center
 
305 Skiff St.
North Haven, CT 

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn CareSave Money and the Environment

This free, informative workshop will be presented by a local accredited organic landscaping professional, Bettylou Sandy, and provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.

Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.

The Organic Land Care Program is a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) and run out of CT NOFA. CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advocacy.

The workshops are made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund, The Watershed Fund, the Newman's Own Foundation, and the Long Island Sound Future's Fund.

 

August 14, 2010 - Seed Saving and Exchange, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
September 11, 2010 - Garlic and Season Extenders, Hillsborough, NJ

NOFA - NJ Organic Gardening Series, in New Jersey

Saturday, April 10
September 29, 2010 - Woodbridge Library, CT

           Homeowner's Workshop

Wednesday, September, 29th, 2010
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Woodbridge Library
10 Newton Rd.
Woodbridge, CT 06525
 
March 10, 2011 - Marshfield Agricultural Commission, Marshfield, MA

“Go Green in Your Yard & Garden”

March 10  6:30 pm (registration and refreshments); 7:00 pm (lecture)
Marshfield Agricultural Commission
Seth Ventress Building
76 South River St., Marshfield

Free

Contact: 781-837-1433 or summerdreamsfarm@verizon.net

 Learn about organic lawn and yard care, including building healthy soil, composting, protecting water resources and reducing toxins in this presentation by Ann McGovern of MassDEP.

Chance to win a free compost bin donated by the Town of Marshfield and other prizes.  Local vendors and community groups will be on-site; meet organic product vendors, landscapers and master gardeners.

Ann McGovern
Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator
Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection
One Winter St., 7th Fl.
Boston, MA  02108
617-292-5834 tel
617-292-5832 fax
email: ann.mcgovern@state.ma.us
web site: www.mass.gov/dep

March 19, 2011 - 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.

April 7 and 9, 2011 - NOFA/Mass Organic Lawn Days: 12 Venues in MA

April 7 and April 9:

NOFA/Mass Statewide Organic Lawn Days
“Organic Lawns for Homeowners” workshops at 12 Locations

Join a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional at one of 12 locations across Massachusetts to learn about how you can take care of your own lawn or property organically. These three-hour intensive workshops will cover site analysis, transitioning from conventional to organic management, compost, amendments, mowing and watering practices you can implement to have a beautiful, low-cost, synthetic chemical-free lawn. Hands-on component and handouts included. Workshops to be held in Stockbridge, Northampton, Pelham, Boylston, Salem, Newburyport, Natick, Barnstable, Dartmouth, Arlington, Stoneham and Ayer.

 

See below for more details.

 

Homeowners from across Massachusetts will learn organic lawn care methods and maintenance by attending one of 12 statewide organic lawn care workshops on Thursday, April 7 and Saturday, April 9, 2011. The workshop series, “NOFA/Mass Statewide Organic Lawn Days” is hosted by The Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts Chapter, Inc., and funded by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Each “Organic Lawns for Homeowners” workshop will be led by a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, and in three hours cover all aspects of caring for one’s own lawn organically, including the organic approach to lawn care, soil testing and soil health, growing healthy grass, mowing, seeding, aerating and topdressing techniques and how-to-find organic supplies, compost and materials needed. Most workshops will also include a hands-on component including a demonstration of organic lawn equipment and cultural practices on organically maintained properties. The registration fee is $25 ($5 discount for NOFA / MOFGA members).
“The goal of this workshop series is to educate and empower homeowners to care for their own lawns organically, without the use of toxic or synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers,” said coordinator Kathy Litchfield, who runs the NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care Program. “Our NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals will share their knowledge with homeowners,  teaching them how to apply what they’ve learned directly onto their own properties.”
The overall project goals are to reduce the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in the management of residential lawns; to educate and demonstrate the benefits of eliminating toxics in lawns (less exposure to toxins, decreased groundwater pollution, increased air quality, cost savings over time, fewer inputs, healthier lawns); and to provide ongoing support to homeowners and groups requesting this information and education.

 

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program, in its 11th year, has educated over 1,500 landscape professionals, homeowners, municipal employees and others through its intensive courses, workshops and presentations. NOFA wrote the nation’s first Standards for Organic Land Care, now being used as a model by other groups, and still maintains the only organic accreditation program for landscape professionals in the country. Over time, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals have demonstrated that organic management techniques offer the same cultural benefits, such as beauty, functionality and cost effectiveness, as synthetic chemical methods, but at a much lower environmental and health cost. Growing public awareness of pesticide use hazards and new legislation mandating least toxic and non-toxic alternatives are fueling homeowners’ concern regarding applying synthetic chemicals. More homeowners are
requesting organic products at garden centers and home stores and NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals care for more of their client’s properties organically year after year.

 

NOFA/Mass Statewide Organic Lawn Days will take place at the following locations:

Thursday, April 7th
Stockbridge – Berkshire Botanical Gardens, 5 West Stockbridge Rd., Stockbridge, MA 01262, 6-9 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Rich Lassor of Nature Works Landcare.

New Bedford – The Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, 5:30-8:30 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Jessica Duphily Cook of Quintessential Gardens.

Saturday, April 9th
Arlington – Residence at 26 Kensington Pk. Arlington, MA 02476, 1-4 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Frank Koll of GreenScapes Lawn & Garden Services.

Ayer – Sandy Pond Recreation Area, corner of Sandy Pond and Snake Hill Roads, Ayer, MA 01432, (afternoon time TBD), taught by NOFA AOLCP John Coppinger of Coppinger Co.

Boylston – Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505, 10 am – 1 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP John Tycz of Go Organic LLC.

Danvers – Alfalfa Farm Winery, 267 Rowley Bridge Road, Topsfield (hands-on portion to be held at 12 Brentwood Circle, Danvers)  9 am - Noon, taught by NOFA AOLCP Curtis Dragon of Earth Landscape.

Hyannis
– Barnstable Senior Center, 825 Falmouth Rd., Hyannis, 1-4 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Finbarr Phelan of Old Sod Landscaping.

Natick – Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760, 11am – 2 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Peter DiClemente of Pure Lawns.

Newburyport – Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Tpke., Newburyport, MA 01950, 9 am – Noon, taught by NOFA AOLCP Javier Gil of J.Gil Organic Landscaping.

Northampton – Look Memorial Park, 300 North Main Street, Florence, MA 01062, 1-4 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Bernadette Giblin of SafeGround Organic Landcare.

Pelham – Pelham Public Library, 2 South Valley Road, Pelham, MA 01002, Noon – 3 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Navid Hatfield of Pioneer Valley Organics.

Stoneham – Stoneham Public Library and Town Common Center Circle,431 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 02180, 11 am – 2 pm, taught by NOFA AOLCP Michael Murray of Organic Soil Solutions, Inc.

The workshop fee is $25 ($5 discount for NOFA/MOFGA members). For more information or to register for any of the workshops, please contact Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org. Online registration is available at NOFA/mass website.

Jan - April, 2011 - Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT

Elizabeth Park offers a gardening lecture series many of which are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about ecological techniques. Or view their website at: www.elizabethpark.org

Elizabeth Park
Prospect Avenue and Asylum Avenue
Hartford CT

Friends of Elizabeth Park
P.O. Box 370361
West Hartford, CT 06137
860-231-9443
www.elizabethpark.org
Monday, May 23, 2011 - Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care, New Haven, CT

Homeowner’s workshops -

Monday, May 23rd, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St., New Haven.

June 7, 2011 - Healthy Landscaping and Lawn Care, Framingham, MA

Healthy Landscaping & Lawn Care Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, 2011;  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Leominster Public Library 

30 West Street, Leominster MA

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - Homeowners organic land care, East Haven, CT

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Saturday, September 10, 2011 - Poison Ivy: Facts, Myths, and More, Litchfield, CT

Poison Ivy: Facts, Myths, and More

Saturday, September 10, 2011


12:30 P.M.

White Memorial Conservation Center 
80 Whitehall Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

“Leaves of Three, Let it Be” – the old adage is true, but is there more to the Poison Ivy story that you should know? Join Donna Katsuranis for an informative talk about this scourge of many of our summer activities, and learn about ways to protect yourself from exposure to one of the Great Outdoors’ most common allergens. After the talk, we’ll take a short walk and do a little Poison Ivy Field ID. 12:30 P.M., A.B. Ceder Room.
FREE…

For more information, call 860-567-0857 or go to 
http://www.whitememorialcc.org/calendar.html#september

Saturday, September 10, 2011 - Organic Lawn Renovation, Northford, CT

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Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Reduce the size of your lawn and take it off chemicals, Middletown, CT

Reduce the size of your lawn and take it off chemicals

Saturday, September 17

9 – 11:30


Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457


IMAGINE A LAWN THAT TAKES LESS OF YOUR TIME AND STILL LOOKS GOOD.

In this seminar, you will identify opportunities to create the lawn you really need while having   a landscape that is both attractive and sustainable. The seminar begins with a review of your goals and your current lawn. You are invited to bring photographs and a map of the area. The discussion covers common lawn care problems, such as soil quality, fertilizers, erosion, insects, seeding practices, watering, and more. The instructor will also discuss wildflower meadows, as well as landscape and lawn practices that can reduce ticks. (Fall, by the way, is an excellent time for Connecticut lawn renovations.)


Instructor Kathy Connolly is a landscape designer with a master’s degree in sustainable land use planning and design from the Conway School of Landscape Design. She is an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and an Advanced Master Gardener. Visit Kathy’s web site at www.speakingoflandscapes.com.
Seminar fee is $50.

Call 860-343-5865 to register.

 

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - Homeowners organic land care, Southington, CT

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 - Fall Planting Techniques for the Beginner Gardener, Hamden, CT

Fall Planting Techniques for the Beginner Gardener

Sunday, October 2, 2011

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Broken Arrow Nursery
13 Broken Arrow, Rd.
Hamden, CT 06518

203-288-1026

Transplanting and dividing plants are important skills for all gardeners. Proper technique is important to limit stress and ensure long-term health. In this hands on demonstration, our Field Production Manager, Mark Marenholz and Perennial Plant Manager, Carl Galanter will demonstrate and discuss how to properly transplant both container plants and those dug from the ground. They will also discuss the principles of division and demonstrate proper techniques as they relate to the fall gardening season.  No Registration Require


Sunday, October 16, 2011 - The Real Dirt! , Danbury, CT

The Real Dirt!

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.

Danbury Library
170 Main Street
Danbury, CT

Come for inspiration and practical information on creating organic garden spaces. Whether you want a greener lawn or a spectacular perennial garden, Camillia Worden knows how to make it happen using sustainable gardening methods. Camilla has over 20 years experience in landscape design and is committed to promoting organic and ecologically sensitive practices.

Speaker isCamilla Worden, of Camilla Landscape Design LLC.

For more information, visit www.onebookdanbury.org



Saturday, November 5, 2011 - Organic Gardening, North Haven, CT

F11/05 ORGANIC GARDENING

Saturday, November 5, 2011
2:00 – 4:00 PM

New Haven County Extension Center
305 Skiff Street
North Haven, CT 06473

Offered by the UConn Master Gardener Program

Instructors: Jude Hsiang & Rachel Ziesk DEADLINE: October 28. 2011

For more information:   http://www.ladybug.uconn.edu/index.html

In this class we will examine the various uses of the labels “organic” and “natural” with a focus on the Standards of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). Then we’ll talk about how these practices work in real life gardening. Whether your focus is vegetables & fruits, lawns & ornamentals, or the native plants of our forests & fields, organic gardening methods will work for you. You can enjoy healthy food and a beautiful garden while protecting our environmental legacy.

Classroom Hrs: 2 FEE: $40.00 Master Gardener,  $50.00 Non-Master Gardener



Jude Hsiang is an Advanced Master Gardener and New Haven County coordinator of the UConn Master
Gardener program. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional. She edits the Connecticut Botanical Society Newsletter and works at Broken Arrow Nursery.

Artist Rachel Ziesk is an active Certified Master Gardener and long time organic gardener. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Haven Land Trust which manages community garden locations in the city in addition to open spaces and wetlands. Rachel is a partner in Pollen, an urban gardening business which establishes honey bee colonies and chicken flocks for its clients, in addition to caring for residential and commercial gardens.


March 7, 2012 - Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care, Hamden, CT

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care:  Save Money and the Environment.

Offered by the Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, (CT NOFA)

A free 1.5 hour organic lawn care workshops will be held at the Hamden Public Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT, on Wednesday, March,7th, 2012  at 7:00 pm.


The workshop is being offered by the Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, (CT NOFA).  The workshop includes a half an hour for question and answers.

The informative workshop will provide the tools and informational resources needed to
practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of
organic land care.   Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to 
find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain
lawns and landscapes organically.

CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect
biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education,
support, and advocacy.

For more information on the Organic Land Care program please visit us at
www.organiclandcare.net, or you can contact Clara at 203-888-5146.

The workshop is made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund.

Registration not required.

March 8, 2012 - Sustainable Gardening for Homeowners, Goffstown, N.H.

Sustainable Gardening for Homeowners

Thursday, March 8-April 12, 2012

6-8pm

The GAP at GHS
27 Wallace Rd.
Goffstown, N.H. 03045

This is a basic introductory garden/landscape design course for the gardener who wants to keep the biodiversity on their property using native plant material and organic methods.  As an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, Paula would like to convey the importance of
enhancing the land, not abusing it.  This is a six week course, two hours a week that will involve the following methods of giving back to the earth what we take away.

Introduction.  What is sustainablity and why is it important for our ecosystems?

Organic vs. pesticides
Starting with soil – Composting basics – organic soil preperation
Rain Gardens – learning how to conserve water and deal with runoff
Meadows/organic lawns/lawn substitutes
Plant material
Design elements

To sign up for this class go to  http://goffstown.k12.nh.us/AED

603-497-4841 Ext. 356

March 13, 2012 - Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care, Cheshire, CT

Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care:  Save Money and the Environment.

Offered by the Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, (CT NOFA).

 

A free 1.5 hour organic lawn care workshops will be held at the Cheshire Public Library, 104 Main St.,  Cheshire, CT, on Tuesday, March,13th, 2012  at 7:00 pm.


The workshop is being offered by the Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut, (CT NOFA).  The workshop includes a half an hour for question and answers.

The informative workshop will provide the tools and informational resources needed to
practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of
organic land care.   Participants will receive a handout of resources they can use to 
find more information, and on finding a landscaper who has the knowledge to maintain
lawns and landscapes organically.

CT NOFA promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect
biodiversity, soil, water, air and the needs of future generations through education,
support, and advocacy.

For more information on the Organic Land Care program please visit us at
www.organiclandcare.net, or you can contact Clara at 203-888-5146.

The workshop is made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund.

Registration not required.

April 15, 2012 - Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Organic Lawn Care

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1-4pm

Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive
Boylston, MA

We'll begin by covering all aspects of transitioning your lawn to an organic approach, including the relationship of soil to lawn health, choosing the right products, and maintenance. This discussion will be followed by an outdoor demonstration and hands-on participation, applying the organic methods in the field.

Instructor, John Tycz, Go Organic LLc

11-3-2012 - Gardening in a Changing Environment

 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Olin Science Center Auditorium
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

ONGOING - New England Wildflower Society, Framingham, MA

New England Wildflower Society offers many classes on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about organic techniques. Visit their website to learn more. http://www.newfs.org/learn/adult

Garden in the Woods
180 Hemenway Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
508-877-7630
www.newfs.org
ONGOING - Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University offers many classes on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about organic techniques. Visit their website to learn more. http://arboretum.harvard.edu/programs/education.html

Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
617-524-1718
http://arboretum.harvard.edu
ONGOING - Ecological Landscaping Association, MA and other states

The Ecological Landscaping Association offers classes at a variety of sites in Massachusetts and other states on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about ecological techniques. Most classes, but not all, are organic. Visit their website, www.ecolandscaping.org to learn more. Or view their calendar at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/events

 

Ecological Landscaping Association
841 Worcester Road #326
Natick, MA 01760
617-436-5838
www.ecolandscaping.org
ela.info@comcast.net

 

ONGOING - Massachusetts Audubon, MA

Massachusetts Audubon offers classes at a variety of sites in Massachusetts on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about organic techniques. Visit their website, www.massaudubon.org/catalog and search on "adult" and keyword "garden." They have classes around the state of Massachusetts. The main office is in Lincoln, MA.

Mass Audubon
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-9500
www.massaudubon.org

ONGOING - New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

The New York Botanical Garden offers many classes on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about organic techniques.  They have an Environmental Gardening track with many classes on sustainable and organic gardening, suitable for beginners and experts alike, that can lead to a certificate. Visit their website to learn more, http://www.nybg.org/adulted/  (Search on Environmental Gardening for track info.)

New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
718-817-8700
www.nybg.org

ONGOING - Garden Education Center, Cos Cob, CT

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich offers many classes on native and ecological landscaping and gardening that are suitable for homeowners wanting to learn more about organic techniques.  Visit their website to learn more, www.gecgreenwich.org/calendar.html

The Garden Education Center of Greenwich
130 Bible St.
Cos Cob, CT 06807
203-869-9242
www.gecgreenwich.org