5th Annual Organic Lawn and Turf Courses, June 1, 2009

5th Annual NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course, Aug 2009
Aug. 7 in Amherst, MA --- Aug. 18 in Hillsborough, NJ – Aug. 20 in Manchester, CT

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program, a project of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Massachusetts, will hold the 5th annual NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course in three states this year: on Friday, Aug. 7 at UMass Amherst in Amherst, MA; on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ; and on Thursday, Aug. 20 at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT. Each course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This one-day, intensive course will provide state-of-the-art information for managing lawns and turf organically and is geared toward land care professionals, groundskeepers and municipal employees responsible for the establishment and care of grass, as well as anyone interested in learning organic turfgrass management methods.

The course will be taught by NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional Donald Bishop of Gardens Are Inc. in Marlborough, MA, CT NOFA Executive Director Bill Duesing of Solar Farm Education in Oxford, CT, nationally renowned organic turfgrass educator Chip Osborne of Osborne Organics in Marblehead, MA, and entomological scientist Dr. Kimberly Stoner of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station.

NEW THIS YEAR! The course will include a special section on Water Management and Conservation, covering water efficiency, irrigation options, maintenance requirements and water quality issues. In Amherst, MA this section will be led by noted engineer and water conservation expert Amy Vickers, president of Amy Vickers & Associates Inc. of Amherst, MA. In NJ and CT this section will be led by NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional Frank Koll of Greenscapes Lawn & Garden in Arlington, MA.

Topics covered during the course include Why Organic?, Soil Health & Fertility, Soil Amendments & Compost, Culturla Practices,  Pests/Weeds/Diseases, Water Management and Conservation and “Q&A with AOLCPs.” There will be plenty of time for Q&A and networking. Lunch is provided.

All course participants will receive a copy of the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Handbook: Beautiful Grass Naturally, which serves as the course manual. This 100-page comprehensive, practical and easy-to-use reference manual was written and edited by scientists and experts in the field of organic lawn and turf care, this book covers what landscapers, landscape designers, municipal staff and homeowners need to know to grow natural and organic lawns.

The NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course costs $150 for the first person from a firm/town and $125 each additional person. For more information or to register online, visit www.organiclandcare.net or contact Ashley Kremser, OLC Program Manager, at (203) 888-5146 or akremser@ctnofa.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 1, 2009    

CONTACT INFO:

Ashley Kremser, Program Manager
(203) 888-5146
akremser@ctnofa.org