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9th Annual Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care, MA, Jan 2010
JAN. 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 2010 in Newburyport, MA
NEWBURYPORT, MA - The 9th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Course in Organic Land Care will be held on January 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 2010 (snow date Jan. 21) at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts, a sustainably-constructed “green” building with a state-of-the-art theater and multi-purpose classroom where the course will be held. The refuge was established in 1942 to provide feeding, resting and nesting habitat for migratory birds, and is of special significance to waterfowl and shorebirds.
Sponsored and organized by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, this five-day, (accreditation optional) intensive course is designed to provide professionals with the education needed for an understanding of organic land care from design to maintenance. The curriculum is based on Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, first published in 2001, are the first of their kind in the country.
Course faculty include respected scientists and experienced organic land care practitioners, who instruct the following classes: Principles and Procedures; Site Analysis, Design, and Maintenance; Rain Gardens/Storm Water Infiltration; Soil Health; the Soil Foodweb; Fertilizer and Soil Amendments; Composting; Lawns; Lawn Alternatives; Planting and Plant Care; Wetlands; Pest Management; Wildlife Management; Disease Control; Mulches; Invasive Plants; Client Relations and Running a Business. Four hands-on case studies are also included in the course.
At the end of the course, attendees will be able to incorporate methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into the care of their own landscapes or ones that they manage. Those who pass the optional exam offered at the conclusion of the course can become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs), able to use the NOFA Organic Land Care AOLCP logo, be listed in the new AOLCP Online Searchable Database at www.organiclandcare.net and have the opportunity to represent NOFA at organic land care events.
Over 1,000 land care professionals from 20 states have taken NOFA’s course. These professionals include landscapers from large and small firms, landscape architects, garden center employees, municipal groundskeepers and property managers. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, homeowners, land trust and conservation organization staff and many others have also found the course extremely valuable.
For more information or to receive registration brochures, contact Kathy Litchfield, NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care Course Coordinator, at (413) 773-3830, email@example.com or visit www.organiclandcare.net to register online.
The 9th annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care will be held January 13, 14, 15, 19 and 20, 2010 at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Tpke., Newburyport, MA. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or call Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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January 13, 14, 15, 19 & 20, 2010 – 9th Annual NOFA 5-Day Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care, held at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Tpke., Newburyport, MA. Intensive course (accreditation optional) trains professionals to practice organic land care. Recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, etc. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or contact Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org.