January 2009
Introducing Carol Hannon
Reaccreditation 2009
Last Week to Register for the CT OLC Course
Get Involved!
Training Opportunity for Municipal Workers
AOLCP Credit Opportunities

NOFA & AOLCPs in the News
Also of Interest


Jan. 09
Carol Hannon
Get Involved!
OLC Course
Training Opportunity
NEW Credit Opportunities
NOFA and AOLCPs in the news
Also of Interest
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Introducing Carol Hannon

Our new Accreditation Manager, Carol Hannon, comes to us with administrative experience in higher education, teaching experience, and, most importantly, with enduring interest in organic gardening.  She lives in Bethany, CT, with her husband Martin and two sons and has been a member of NOFA for many years.  We welcome Carol to the program!

Contact Carol for all accreditation issues:
Are you reaccredited for 2009? 

It is not too late to update your accreditation and be listed in NOFA's 2009 Guide as an Organic Land Care Professional.  Visit now to discover timely credit opportunities.  If you have any questions about the status of your accreditation, email or call (203) 888-5146.

Get Involved!

Calling for Articles & Cover Art for the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care!

OLC GuideThe 2010 NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care needs you!  Do you have a photograph that would enhance the cover of the guide?  You may have had a discovery or a learning experience to share with your NOFA accredited colleagues in an article for the Guide.  In either case, please send your contribution to It will be received with appreciation. 
Volunteer at a NOFA Organic Land Care Course!
Here is an opportunity to  promote organic principles with  aspiring members of the organic land care community.  Your interaction with students in the course and the example you set as a volunteer are highly valued and greatly appreciated by NOFA.  Please consider giving some of your time.
Help is needed  with registration,  food setup, digitally recording the course,  monitoring course quality and content,  student inquiries, and case studies.                                                              
To volunteer contact:
New York:  February 17, 18, 19, 20, 23
Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 o
Rhode Island:  February 25, 26, 27; March 2, 3
Sheryl Ellal at, (401) 364-3387 or
Last Week to Register for the CT NOFA Organic Land Care Course
Send or invite your employees, colleagues, friends! 
Missing reaccreditation credits? Attend one day of the course!
OLC course

Register Now!  Online registration for CT course closes Sunday night.  To register after Sunday for the CT course call 203-888-5146!

New Haven, CT
Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30 & Feb. 2 2009
Register Online (CT)!

NEW - Schodack, NY
Feb. 17,18, 19, 20 & 23 2009
Register Online (NY)!

Providence, RI
Feb 25, 26, 27 and Mar 2 & 3
 Register Online (RI)!

Cost: $550
Credits:  1 day worth 6 AOLCP credits and full course worth 30 Pesticide applicator credits

Come learn about:
DAY 1 -  Principles and Procedures * Site Analysis, Design and Maintenance * Rain Gardens/Stormwater Infiltration * Soil Health, Soil Foodweb
DAY 2 - Fertilizer and Soil Amendments * Composting * Lawns * Lawn Alternatives 
DAY 3 - Planting and Plant Care * Wetlands * Pest Management * Turf Insects, Perennials, Trees and Shrubs 
DAY 4 - Pest Management * Ticks and Lyme Disease * Wildlife Management * Disease Control * Weeds * Mulches 
DAY 5 - Invasive Plants/Control * Client Relations * Review * Accreditation Examination

Training Opportunity - Training for  
      Transition to Organic Athletic Turf

2008 DEP Pilot Project in Watertown, CT

NOFA, in partnership with the CT DEP, will sponsor training for Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) who work with CT municipalities in order to prepare them to comply with legislation banning pesticides on K-8 school grounds, effective beginning on July 1, 2009.
The training will focus on making the transition from conventional to organic land care of athletic fields and will include sessions with leaders in organic turfgrass management.  Guidance on writing and implementing an organic  land care plan for a town athletic field will be provided.
If you are an AOLCP who has contracted with one or more CT municipalities to do landscape consulting or management, please contact Bill duesing at or (203) 888-5146.
AOLCP Credit Opportunities
An interactive roundtable discussion co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping Association and the NOFA OLC Program.

AslainLonghornedBeetleDate: January 28, 2009
         (snow date Jan. 29)
Time: 1:00 -3:30 pm
Location: Doyle Conservation Center
               464 Abbott Ave.
               Leominister, MA

Cost: $25 for ELA members and NOFA AOLCPs;$35 for non-members
Credits: 2.5 AOLCP credits

During this workshop, Osborne and Giblin will discuss what organic lawns entail in terms of installation, maintenance and management, transitioning from conventional to organic lawns, what organic can and can't do, how to sell organic to a client/meeting expectations, realistic costs of organic. They will also share successes and failures they've experienced in the industry.

For more information or a registration form, call Kathy Sargent-O'Neill at (508) 759-5177 of the Ecological Landscaping Association (or email, or Kathy Litchfield, at (413) 773-3830 of NOFA (or email  
or Kathy Litchfield, at (413) 773-3830 of NOFA (or email  
AslainLonghornedBeetle    Date:        February 4th - 6th, 2009
    Location:  Boston Convention & Exhibition 

The following courses have been approved for ONE AOLCP credit each:
Air Knife & Air Spade: New Techniques for Soil Modification & Tree Preservation
Tough Urban Plants: Making Magic in our Cities
How Mushrooms Can Save the World: Solutions from Nature
Put Beneficial Insects to Work For You
Native Intelligence: Using Indigenous Plants in the Designed Landscape
Today's Urban Forest: The Role Arborists Play in Managing Risk
Breeding New Garden Perennials from Native Plants
Using Organics Effectively in the Landscape
Beyond Branding: Promoting Plants Without Creating Brands

The following courses have been approved for 1.5 AOLCP credits each
Climate Change & Peak Oil: Post Petroleum Landscape Design
Sustainable Design Using Grasses, Sedges & Rushes
Sensible vs. Senseless Pruning
Green Roof Construction 101
Conservation Arboriculture: The Art of Preserving Ancient Trees
The following course has been approved for 0.75 AOLCP credit:
Evolution of LED Lighting in the Green Industry

The following courses have been approved for 0.5 AOLCP credit each
Greener Pest Management
Landscape Management: Surefire Ways to Keep it Fresh
Surfactants: An An Integral Piece of the Water Consumption Puzzle
The Latest in White Grub Management
Understanding Urban Tree Fertilization

For more information and to register, visit

     February 24, 2009
Time:    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Roosevelt Hall, SUNY Farmingdale, Broadhollow Rd.,
                Farmingdale, NY
For further information:  Contact:  (631) 963-5454 or

Organic Lawn and Turf Care for Professionals

February 26 (snow date February 27)
8:15 AM Registration and breakfast
8:30 to 11:30 AM Presentation
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 
Presenter: Chip Osborne
Cost$15.00 fee can be paid at door
This course has been approved for TWO AOLCP credits.
For further information:

March 12, 2009
Time:  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location:  Lewis B. Rome Commons, UConn Campus, Storrs
Contact:  Donna Ellis, 860.486.6448,

The following courses have been approved for ONE AOLCP credit each:
Diseases of Perennials - Getting Around Them
New, Old, Fashionable or Forgotten: Tested Plants for Regional Gardens andLandscapes
Emerging Garden Trends 2009
Water in the Garden: An Opportunity for the Gardener to Help the Planet
Sustainable Landscape Practices in the Real World
What's on the Shelf? Unraveling the Mysteries of Biological and BotanicalProducts
Natural Mixers
The following course has been approved for.5 AOLCP credit:
Tough As Nails

April 5 and 12, 2009
Time:   6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
Offered by:  Dori Smith, Gardens for Life, 6 Half Moon Hill, Acton MA 01720, 978-635-1145
978-835-5568 (cell),

This course has been approved for TWO AOLCP credits.
The two-session course will focus on concepts, designs, and use of native plantings in rain gardens, using case studies for inspiration. The second session covers practical details for planning and designing a rain garden
NOFA and AOLCPs in the News...

January 13, 2009 - Go Green! Organic & Low Impact Lawn Care 

January 17, 2009 - Mansfield Today - Organic Lawn Care Workshop, led by Bettylou Sandy, owner of Bettylou's Gardening on on Saturday, April 4, in the council chambers at the Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building, 4 South Eagleville Road.

Also of Interest

2009 Less Toxic Landscaping Resource Directory
(For Rhode Island & Southeastern New England)


  Published by Toxics Information     
  Project (TIP)
  P.O. Box 40441, Providence, RI 02940
  Tel. 401-351-9193
  Compiled & Edited by Liberty Goodwin,
  TIP Director

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