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Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

November 11-14 | Stamford, CT

Annual Gathering

13th Annual Gathering of Organic Land Care Pros

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | Heritage Hotel | Southbury, CT


8 am - 9 am: Registration, Coffee, and Networking

9 am - 9:20 am: Introduction & NOFA OLC Program Update | Jeremy Pelletier

9:30 am - 9:55 am: Success without Synthetics: Understanding the Organic System in Landscape Design and Architecture | Chip Osborne

10:00 am - 10:45 am: Exhibitor Introductions

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January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

$59 - $79
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Ten Reasons to Ditch Your Lawn and Garden Chemicals

Adapted from a factsheet by the Organic Lanscape Alliance, Toronto, Canada 
http://www.organiclandscape.org/ (Used with permission.)

Lawn chemicals are unnecessary. Historically, organic lawn care has been practiced for much longer than chemical lawn care and it can easily be implemented on any lawn. Safe and effective alternatives exist for most chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There is no need to expose our families, communities and local wildlife to chemicals that are known or potential hazards.

GSI Grant Project

This page is where we are posting relevant documents about our LISFF Grant Project, "Demonstrating Green Stormwater"


NVCC Plant List and Design


Out and About with AOLCPs

Peter Hinrichs Connects Youths with the Organic Environment 

OLC Apprentice Program Going Strong in Massachusetts

By Kathy Litchfield 

Lawns: Organic Lawn Care for the Cheap and Lazy

Must do:

  • Set your mower as high as it will go (3 to 4 inches).
  • Water only when your grass shows signs of drought stress and then water deeply. (Put a cup in your sprinkler zone and give your grass about 1" inch of water.)

Simple, At-Home Composting Tips

By Alex Beguin

The process of naturally breaking down organic matter into soil has been around since our planet first started sprouting plants. Humans have used composting since the days of hunting and gathering. One could imagine families and villages throwing all of their organic waste into a pile to rot and soon realizing that it made terrific soil to plant with. Thousands of years later, we still find a large amount of the population who take advantage of this natural process to help their gardens produce more, their house plants grow stro

Out and About with AOLCPs

Shaping Beauty in a Chaos of Concrete
By Kathy LitchfieldFrom left: Ralph Padilla, influential tree care figure Alex Shigo, and arborist Chris Roddick

Out and About With AOLCPs

Lifelong Wildlife Lover Nash Pradhan Designs with Respect for Nature


By Kathy Litchfield

Out and About With AOLCPs

Lifelong Wildlife Lover Nash Pradhan Designs with Respect for Nature

By Kathy Litchfield

Lawns: An Organic Approach to Grubs

Several organic landscaping professionals in the Northeast have reported that they have little to no grub problems in organically managed lawns. Scientists have yet to determine why this is. How do you know if you have a grub problem?

May is the time for Spring Tiphia

May is the time for Spring Tiphia

By Ana Legrand, University of Connecticut

Out and About With AOLCPs

Overcoming Barriers: Omar Thomas Offers Compost Tea and Organic Products in Bucks County

By Kathy Litchfield


Soil Testing and Labs

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The first step before implementing any new landscaping should always be to take a soil test. A soil test will tell you exactly what your lawn or garden needs so you can add only those nutrients that are necessary.  You send a sample of your soil to a soil testing laboratory, and they send a report on the chemistry of your soil with specific recommendations of what types of fertilizers and nutrients to add to optimize the soil for what it is you want to grow.

It's All About The Water: Managing Stormwater with Rain Gardens, Permeable Surfaces, and Tree Boxes

On September 27 the Organic Land Care Program hosted its third Advanced Workshop in 2012 about stormwater management at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  Attendees gathered in the Hanson Education building at the Beardsley Zoo.  The workshop opened with a brief welcome from Jeanne Yuckienuz, Senior Keeper and Associate Curator of the Beardsley Zoo (and also an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional) and some background about the City of Bridgeport's green infrastructure projects from Steve Hladun of the City of Bridgeport Department of Parks and Recreation.

Donald Watson, an architect with Earth Rise Design LLC, and one of the developers of the Beardsley Zoo's next rainwater infiltration project, presented on a biofiltration project in Trumbull that modeled different biofiltration features and then outlined the Beardsley zoo project.  There are six phases, but the 319 Grant provides funding for the first phase, shown below. 

Heather Crawford, an Accreditation Course Instructor and former Extension Educator with the Connecticut Sea Grant provided an overview of water pollution, the Pequonnock River, low impact development and bioretention features.  Heather explained that polluted runoff is the number one water quality problem in the United States, especially in dense residential and urban areas where the run off rates are 3 to 10 times greater.  The Pequonnock Watershed (where the Beardsley Zoo is located) has been classified as a priority watershed as having an impact on Long Island Sound's water quality.  Heather discussed Low Impact Development which combines pollution prevention with water filtration features to reduce the impact of development on a river's flow and water quality.  Low Impact Development includes: rain gardens, bio-infiltration systems, grassed swales, green roofs and permeable pavement.

Rain gardens are the most effective way to deal with run off from roofs onsite for most residential properties.  Heather outlined the basic design principles:

Out and About with AOLCPs



Two AOLCPs Build Gardens, Encourage Bees and Chickens as Homefront Farmers


Out and About with AOLCPs

 Hugh Knowlton Transforms Bergen County Community College with Organics


Out and About with AOLCPs: Hugh Knowlton Transforms Bergen County Community College with Organics


PARAMUS, N.J. – A lack of snow at Bergen Community College this past winter was a blessing for Hugh Knowlton, grounds supervisor at the 110 acre campus with 17,000 commuting students.

Out and About with AOLCPs

Intuitive, Organic "Earth Care" for Block Island's Delicate Ecosytems

Ned Phillips works for an island-wide ban on synthetic pesticides and fertilizers


By Kathy Litchfield

Living and Breathing Organic: Paula Kovecses Designs Healthy Landscapes

Another installment of our "Out and About With AOLCPs" series

By Kathy Litchfield

Out and About with AOLCPs

Kevin Burke Reintroduces Streetcars to Atlanta with 1,200 Acres of Organic Parks

Out and About with AOLCPs: Camilla Worden Teams up with Mason John Petriello

Once upon a time, in what feels like a lifetime ago, AOLCP Camilla Worden worked as a polymer chemist researching epoxy resins in the plastics and additives division of a large Swiss firm. She earned her master’s degree in business at New York University and then worked in marketing and product management, getting out from under the chemistry laboratory hood.  Then one day, she found herself staring out the window, and wondering what it was like outside.

My Landscape Ramblings

My Landscape Ramblings - by David Sanders

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