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July 2008

Our New Accreditation Manger!
Register for this August's Lawn and Turf Course.
The NOFA Update Course - Results!!!
New Credit Opportunities
NOFA & AOLCPs in the News
Also of Interest

NOFA OLC hires a New Accreditation Manager!

Great News! We have hired Page Czepiga as
our new Accreditation Manager. Page is a recent grad from the University
of Vermont and majored in Community and International Development.
She was participant in Living Routes Ecovillage program in Findhorn Scotland.
She has also worked at the Vermont Hispanic Labor Pilot Project where
she designed a survey, polled workers/producers at 5 farms, developed
communication dictionary published and now available for use
by area farmers.

Page will act as the central communication point between
NOFA OLC and NOFA Accredited professionals. She will be organizing this year's Update
Course and assisting professionals reaccredit for 2009. Page
also will be sending out our monthly Organic Land Care newsletters and
coordinating with credit committee to provide continuing education credit to
NOFA professionals.

Welcome to NOFA Page!

Register for the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course!

Only a couple weeks left to register for the NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course!
Get your NOFA Credits for 2009!
New Jersey
August 14, 2008- Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
August 19, 2008 - UMASS Dartmouth, MA
August 21, 2008 - Manchester Community College, CT
Register now!
- MA
- CT
For more information log onto www.organiclandcare.net
or download the course brochure!

Thank you for voting!
Update Course Topics Results.

Thank you for voting! Below are the topics that were selected as out top five!
Three of these topics will be presented at the NOFA Update Course in December.
Stay tuned!
1- Foodscaping
Potential Speaker:Barbara Damrosch

2 - Compost Tea and Customizing Compost Tea
Potential Speakers:Scott Reil, Paul Wagner

3 - Merging Soil Chemistry and Biology
Potential Speaker: Scott Reil-

4 - Trees
Potential Speaker: Paul Wagner

5 - Moss
Potential Speaker: Christine Cook

NOFA Credit Opportunities

Organic Lawn & Turf Care Workshop for Professionals

Thursday, August 7, 2008
at the Audubon Greenwich,
613 Riversville Road
Greenwich CT from 8:15 to 11:30 am. $10.00 fee can be paid at
RSVP to Christy Pennoyer at (203) 869-5272 x225 or cpennoyer@audubon.org.

UMASS Green School
November 16 - December 18
Sheraton Hotel, 11
Beaver St., Milford, MA (at exit 19 off Route 495)
Description: Green School is a comprehensive
certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught
by UMass Extension Specialists and University of Massachusetts
faculty. This
course is designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, arborists
and other horticultural practitioners wishing to gain an understanding
of horticultural fundamentals and strategies and their relation
to environmental quality. Green School attendees
learn about sustainable approaches to turf and landscape management
and tree care, making environmentally appropriate decisions related
to turf and plant selection, arboriculture, plant maintenance,
and pest and nutrient management.
For more information: greenschool@umassgreeninfo.org

Site Surveying Workshop with Susan E. Sullivan, P.L.S.
Saturday, September 27, 2008 10:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
Early Registration is $75 by September 5, and $90 after this date.
This workshop is an introduction to land surveying for anyone
interested in charting the lay of the land. You will have an overview
of some of the principles of land surveying, how to recognize evidence
of possible lot lines based on reading deeds and plans, information on
using datums and how to create a topographic survey and calculating
slopes using a total station, levels and an introduction to GPS. This
workshop will begin with classroom presentation and instruction and
will be followed by hands on field experience. Participants should
bring calculators, pencils and paper for notes and calculations. This
workshop is co-sponsored by the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
Guest Presenter: Susan Sullivan, InLand Survey, Inc.DBA ZANCA LAND SURVEYING, Stow, MA
For more information click here .

July -October:
July 17-18:Integrated Design/Development Conference
Plymouth, NH
July 24: Native Design and the Herbaceous Ground Layer
Philadelphia, PA
July 26: Rain Gardens: Beautiful Water-Saving Designs
Framingham, MA
August 6: Plant Science Day 2008
Hamden, CT
September 17: Meadows! A Vibrant Alternative to Lawn
Wilton, CT
October 1: Invasive Plant Symposium (NOFA Sponsored)


NOFA and AOLCPs in the News...

July 21, 2008 - Stamford Times - "Environmentalists urge homeowners to use 'green'
lawn care professionals."


Also of Interest...

Artifical Turf Concerns: Exposures to Ground Up Rubber Tires - Athletic Fields, Playgrounds, Garden Mulch
Composting and Organics Recyling - brochure and video by the CT Department of Environmental
Eat the View Campaign!



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