June 2009
Summer Events of Special Interest - CT NOFA's Gardener Education Workshops  - NOFA Organic Land Care Guide Available  - A Call for Help - CT NOFA Employment Opportunity - AOLCP Credit Opportunities - What to do if and when - AOLCPs in Action - Also of Interest

June 2009
Summer Events of Special Interest
CT NOFA's Gardener Education Workshops
Employment Opportunity
A Call for Help
Credit Opportunities
What to do if and when...
AOLCPs in Action
Also of Interest
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Summer Events of Special Interest

A Free Program Thursday, June 25...
The Asian Longhorned Beetle:
What Connecticut Green Industry Professionals Need to Know

The Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) has been found just 20 miles from the Connecticut border.  Everyone in the green industry needs to be concerned about this pest, because when it's found, valuable trees are OLC Class Photo 09lost and costs are high to eradicate the pest.
Presented by Rose Hiskes of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station and Chris Donnelly of the CT Dept. of Environmental Protection, and cosponsored by CNLA, CTPA and NVCC.

:  Thursday, June 25
Time:  5:30-7:00pm
Where: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, Ekstrom Hall, Room 440
Costs & Registration:  Free program, although we would appreciate knowing you are coming.  Follow this link for directions to NVCC.

Sakonnet View Farm Garden Tour
Portsmouth, RI
Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

This certified National Wildlife Foundation Backyard Habitat was designed to attract local wildlife and to provide family and friends with organic food. This "Backyard Habitat" is divided into a series of themes including: a driveway alley, an entry courtyard, herbs and vegetable bed, berry patches, perennial gardens, woodland, 'wild' meadow and bee yard.

Sakonnet View Farm is a great example of sustainable horticultural practices. Learn how to amend the soil with compost, create mulch by using your own chopped leaves, encourage beneficial insects in the garden, work to control invasive plants, utilize companion planting, prune trees and shrubs appropriately, and protect plants from stress.

Advanced registration is required.
To register please call (401) 253 2707, exts.16 or 21 or register online.  Price: $30 Blithewold Members, $35 Non-Members.

NOFA is providing Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals many fun and interesting ways to enhance their knowledge and skills this summer.

OLC Class Photo 09On July 8, NOFA's Mike Nadeau will lead an Advanced Workshop on Pruning Woody Trees and Shrubs in Bridgeport, CT at...

In August,
NOFA's Lawn & Turf Course 
will be offered in three states --in Amherst, MA on August 7; in Hillsborough, NJ on August 18; and on August 20 in Manchester, CT.

2009 Summer ConferenceNOFA's Annual Summer Conference
will offer many learning and social opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere at UMass-Amherst over the August 7-9 weekend.

On September 2nd join Peter Schmidt of Compostwerks, LLC for a workshop on Producing and Applying Actively Aerated Compost Teas at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Pocantico Hills, NY (Westchester County)
Hope to see you there!

CT NOFA's Gardener Education Workshops--Summer 2009
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Each of these workshops for homeowners on organic methods of gardening  will meet first in Manchester and two days later in Wallingford, CT
from 6-8 p.m.

July 7 & 9:  Pruning Vegetables and Flowers
July 14 & 16:  Garden Problem Solving
August 18 & 20:  Season Extenders & Fall Crops in the

For more information visit CT NOFA or contact Deb Legge at 203-888-5146.
Employment Opportunity at CT NOFA

Part-time Project Coordinator
NOFA Organic Land Care Program

The NOFA Organic Land Care (OLC) Program seeks a highly motivated person to coordinate special projects for our rapidly growing multi-state program for organic land care professionals, including our new Homeowner Campaign.

We have created the Homeowner Campaign in an effort to educate homeowners on organic land care and connect them with our Accredited Professionals. Key components in the NOFA Homeowner Campaign are a series of workshops geared toward homeowners,  a series of seasonal articles, and  a homeowner's how-to section on our website, where additional information on the Organic Land Care program can be found.

NOFA Organic Land Care
     Guide Available Now!

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The 2009-2010 edition of the NOFA OLC Guide  provides homeowners a directory of NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and articles about organic land care.

Every page of the Guide refers readers to our new online searchable database.

Please email Deb or call the CT NOFA Office (203-888-5146) if you would like to receive a copy or copies of the latest edition for yourself and your clients.

   A Call for Your Help!

If you would like to help CT NOFA distribute the Guide to Organic Land Care and/or brochures about the new Home Gardener Education Project and Workshops, please contact Deb or call (203) 888-5146.  We very much appreciate all that you do to advocate organic methods of land care.
   AOLCP Credit Opportunities

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

June 24: Where Wildlife Live - Hampton, CT
June 25: The Asian Longhorned Beetle - Waterbury, CT
June 26-28: Newport Flower Show Lectures - Newport, RI
June 27: Green Garage - Alexandria, Virginia
June 28: Foods from the Landscape -Burlington, CT
July 8: Pruning Woody Trees and Shrubs - Bridgeport, CT
July 17-25: New England Plant Communities - Athol, MA
July 18: Fern Glenn - Winchendon, MA
July 19: One Acre in the Woods - Chesterfield, MA
July 21: On-Farm Workshop at Gilbertie's Herbs - Easton, CT
July 24-29: Int'l. Soc. of Arboriculture Conf. - Providence, RI
July 24-26 & Aug. 13-15: Field Botany of New England -
                                     Cambridge, MA and Newry, ME
July 31-Aug. 13:  The Sustainable Home and Landscape-
                          Ashfield, MA and Cambridge, MA

August 1: Medicinal Herbs -  Boxborough, MA
August 7-9: NOFA Summer Conference - Amherst, MA
August 7: NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course - Amherst, MA
August 18: NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course-Hillsborough,NJ
August 20: NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course-Manchester,CT
Aug. 23 & Sept. 18-20: Field Botany of New England II -
                                   Cambridge, MA and Newry, ME
September 2: Aerated Compost Teas - Pocantico Hills, NY
Sept. 9 - Oct. 21: Trees in the Landscape - Cambridge, MA
Sept. 9-Oct. 21: Green Roofs and Rain Gardens-Cambridge,MA
Sept. 9-Dec. 9: Ground Rules and the Sustainable Environment
                        - Cambridge, MA
Sept. 9 - Dec. 16: Sustainable & Green tech.- Cambridge, MA
Sept.10 - Dec.10: The Small Sustainable Farm -Cambridge, MA
October 4: Seed-saving - Gill, MA
Nov. 4, 2009 - Feb. 11, 2010: Sustainable Site Engineering -
                                            Cambridge, MA
Nov. 9-Dec. 21: Green Roofs and Rain Gardens-Cambridge, MA
Ongoing: Natural Turf Pro, Professional Landscaper DVD Training and written test.

A Refresher:  What to do if and when...
  • When attending an approved workshop or course for  reaccreditation credits, remember to bring with you a Reaccreditation Form, and have it signed by the presenter.  Send the signed form to Carol Hannon, Accreditation Manager, CTNOFA, P. O. Box 164, Stevenson, CT 06491.  You can send your $100 reaccreditation fee anytime before the end of December to avoid a $25 late fee.
  • If you request approval for a workshop/course, please check "Credit Opportunities" at our website  about ten days later to see whether it has been approved.  If you don't see it there, contact Carol to follow up. 
  • If you are presenting a workshop, please submit a complete description of your presentation to Carol, so that she can submit it to the Credit Committee for approval. You may receive reaccreditation credits for your  presentation.

   AOLCPs in Action!

Sanne Kure-Jensen is offering a tour of her Sakonnet View Farm in Portsmouth, RI, on July 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. See details about this summer event above.

Marie Stella is teaching a graduate course at the Landscape Institute, which will explore the Beaver Lodge, a Platinum-Leed-certified residence that she designed.  See the Credit Opportunity above, entitled "The Sustainable Home and Landscape..." on July 31 to August 13.

Ingrid Wheeler's monthly workshops for home gardeners  at ROOTS Natural Foods in Leominster, MA will
continue through September

Dawn Pavone's workshop on medicinal herbs takes place on August 1 at the Bird House Garden Center, Boxborough, MA.

Remember to seek out your AOLCP colleagues at the NOFA Summer Conference!

   Also of Interest 
New studies find that Roundup's inert ingredients can kill human cells, see Environmental Health New's article.

"Poisonous Mulch...Deadly For Dogs"
According to, the Internet's preeminent resource for verifying and debunking rumors, although Cocoa Mulch had no warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company 's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats .   Visit the Snopes site for more information.

"The Great American Lawn--There's more to a healthy lawn than green grass," by Mary Serreze, appeared in the Valley Advocate on May 28.

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