NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE PROGRAM
April 2009
AOLCP Search is Ready
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April 2009
2009-10 NOFA Guide
AOLCP Search
Get Involved!
Business Opportunity
Credit Opportunities
AOLCP News
Also of Interest
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Carol

 
AOLCP Search is Ready to Launch!

Dear AOLCPs,
We are extremely excited to inform you that AOLCP Search, our new online searchable database of accredited professionals is ready to be launched!  Expect to receive an email in the next few days with your contact e-mail, password, and instructions on how to access the site and create your profile.  It's very important that you create your profile ASAP so that we can release a full and comprehensive database to the public.  We expect that AOLCP Search will grow into a extremely valuable tool in connecting you with potential clients searching for a Accredited Professional in their area.
 




Help us distribute this year's NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care.

2009-10 Guide CoverNOFA's 2009-10 printed Guide to Organic Land Care will soon be hot off the press and  available to homeowners and property managers!  This resource is another way to link homeowners to Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and to AOLCP Search, our new online database of accredited professionals.   This year's guide features articles on ...

Help us Distribute the Guide!
Want to help get the word out?  Helps us distribute the guide to local libraries, Town Halls, health food stores, nurseries, and garden centers!  To request a copy for yourself or more to distribute by contacting Deb and the CT NOFA office at deb@ctnofa.org.

Get Involved!
Home Gardener Education Project

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CT NOFA has developed a "Home Gardener Education Project," including Gardener Education Workshops, from April through August, and Garden Tours on June 13.  Do you have a vegetable or flower garden--or both--that you would be willing to share on the tour?  Do you know of another garden to recommend for the tour?  In either case, please contact Deb at CT NOFA, or call the office:  203-888-5146.

Another way to offer a contribution would be to distribute brochures about this new program.  Please call (203-888-5146) or e-mailDeb for brochures.  For a preview and further information about this new program, please visit the CT NOFA website.
 

Business Opportunity

Green Conscience Organic Lawn Care, located in Saratoga County, New York, is owned by Karen Totino.  She is opening a retail showroom for green building materials in Saratoga Springs and is looking for an individual or business to take on existing and referral based clients.  If you have any interest please call her at 518-573-6846 or e-mail Karen.
   AOLCP Credit Opportunities

Please view Credit Opportunities at the Organic Land Care website for further information and useful links:

April 23: Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors... - Boston, MA
April 25: Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs - location TBA (Eastern MA)
April 25: Native Knowledge with Douglas Tallamy & William Cullina - Great Barrington, MA 01230
April 27-June 12: Organic Gardening Distance Learning Course - Cornell University Department of Horticulture
June 3: Training I: Inland Wetland Plant Identification - UMass-Amherst
June 10: Training II: Identifying Inland Wetland Soils - UMass-Amherst
June 3-August 26: Plant Identification in New England - Landscape Institute,Cambridge, MA
July 24-26 & August 13-15: Field Botany of New England - Landscape Inst., Cambridge, MA and Newry, ME
August 1: Medicinal Herbs with Dawn Pavone - Bird House Garden Center, Boxborough, MA
August 23& Sept. 18-20: Field Botany of New England II - Landscape Inst., Cambridge, MA and Newry, ME
October 4: Seed-saving: keeping your favorites for next year with Laughing Dog Farm's Dan Botkin - Gill, MA

Ongoing: Natural Turf Pro, Professional Landscaper DVD Training and written test.
   AOLCP Announcements

Hyannis Country Garden on Cape Cod will host a Spring Planting Festival on April 19.  Nan Ingraham will give a talk, entitled "Good Bug, Bad Bug," and AOLCPs Chris Stokes and Jocelyn Keith will be on hand to respond to landscaping questions from herbs to houseplants, trees to turf, and pests to perennials. For more information, call
508-775-8703.

Also of Interest  

A beautiful publication on plants beneficial to pollinators:
Selecting Plants for Pollinators
published by NAPPC AND Pollinator Partnership™

For AOLCPs in CT:
CT pesticide credits (3 hours, all categories) will be offered at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station's 2009 Spring Open House, Gardening in Connecticut.  This event will be held on 23 April 2009 in Jones Auditorium, at 1:00pm. 
Information can also be found on the Station's website.

For AOLCPs in Massachusetts:
The UMass Extension Landscape Message, previously available only by subscription, is now available online for free. The message allows landscapers, arborists, turf managers, and nursery growers to be in touch with local pest activity on a 24-hour basis. The following information is available for turf and landscape plant materials:
What insects are emerging that week
Disease occurrences and potential disease problems
Growing degree day reports
Cultural problems and solutions
Pest management strategies, including Integrated Pest Management
A new message is available weekly during the heart of the growing season, bi-weekly in mid to late summer, and monthly during the winter months.
A faxed version of the Landscape Message is available by subscription for $50 per year. Call (413) 545-0895 or e-mail kcarroll@umext.umass.edu for details about a fax subscription.
NOFA and AOLCPs in the News


A Lawn as Healthy as It Looks, New York Times, April 1st
Our very own Bill Duesing in the New York Times!  We hope you'll check out all the comments too.

The town of Mansfield, CT is offering an Organic Land Care Workshop series.  The first, entitled "Organic Lawncare" was taught by AOLCP, Bettylou Sandy - owner of Bettylou's Gardening. Check out the article in Mansfield Today and call the Mansfield Recycling Coordinator at  860-429-3333 for information about the remaining workshops. 

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