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NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE PROGRAM
May 2008
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Guide to Organic Land Care
NOFA Job Opportunity
Credit Opportunity
Lawn & Turf Courses!
In the News
NOFA AOLCP Discount
Credit Opportunities
Also of Interest...

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NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care Now Available!

As of April 22nd the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care 2008-2009 print edition was
made available to the public. We would like to thank all those who submitted art work for the cover and congratulate
Laurie Waite of Laurel Garden Designs whose photo was selected for the cover of this years guide!

The Guide currently is available online in PDF format. We are working on our online
edition of the guide which we hope to have ready by mid-May. Currently, those seeking
a NOFA Accredited Land Care Professional can request a print version of the guide,
download the PDF or contact the office via email or phone.

A postcard announcing the Guide and calling for AOLCPs to help out with its distribution
will be sent out later this month. We are hoping that you will take an active role
in spreading the word about NOFA and the Organic Land Care Program. Please contact
the office to request copies of the Guide and to sign-up to help distribute it.
Volunteer to leave them at your local town hall, library, school and/or nursery
center!
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NOFA JOB OPPORTUNITY:
Part-time Accreditation Manager.

The NOFA OLC Program is currently seeking a part-time Accreditation Manager starting
in July, 2008. For details, please click here or call the office at 203-888-5146.
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Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care NOFA Credit Opportunity

May 10:
The Living Lawn, A Lawn for Living "Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care"©
The Living Lawn Project - Marblehead, MA

Registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
Register at theundergroundmay2008program.eventbrite.com

In this presentation Gina Field and Chip Osborne will discuss some
compelling reasons why we should consider a natural approach to lawn
care. Public health, children's health, storm-water runoff, and water
quality issues are all reasons why we should begin to reduce our
dependence on synthetic and chemical products to grow our lawns. Their
approach will be "Awareness Through Education". Armed with sound
information about these products, we can then make decisions about how
we choose to take care of our lawns. Chip and Gina will then present
"Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care"©, a detailed approach to a natural
lawn care program. Basic steps will be outlined and explained in a
common sense approach. The basic premise of this lawn care program is a
threefold approach. It involves 1) a basic understanding of soil
biology, (an acknowledgement that the soil is very much alive), 2) the
proper use of natural, organic products, and 3) some very specific
cultural practices. This will be explained so that the do-it-yourselfer
will be able to care for the lawn or so that the homeowner can convey
their wishes to their landscape contractor. The information in this
presentation is also a very good introduction to natural lawn care for
the landscape contractor. The workshop will be held at the Living Lawn,
an organic lawn and garden demonstration site, located at the end of
Everett Paine Blvd (off Route 114) in Marblehead, MA.
Worth 3 AOLCP credits
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NOFA's Organic Lawn and Turf course now offered in New Jersey!

The NOFA OLC Program is excited to announce the dates of this year's Organic Lawn and Turf course
and let you know that the course will be offered for the first time in New Jersey this August!
The 2008 dates have been set and the course will be offered on:
August 14th, Duke Farms, Hillsborough, NJ
August 19th, UMASS Dartmouth, MA
August 21th, Manchester Community College

New to the course curriculum this year is an interactive Case Study on the organic
conversion of athletic fields. Join Michael Nadeau and Bill Duesing as they present
a case study based on the organic conversion of athletic fields demonstration project
they're working on with two Connecticut towns and the CT Department of Environmental
Protection. This is the second year of the conversion of soccer fields in Manchester
and the first year for a baseball field in Watertown.
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NOFA and NOFA Accredited Professionals in the News!

Have you been in the news? Have you seen NOFA in the news? Let us know! Email: akremser@ctnofa.org!

March 27, 2008 - New Haven Advocate and Fairfield County Weekly: "Grassroots Lawn Care"

April 20, 2008 - The New York Times: "When It Comes to Lawn Care, a Bit Less May Do Us Good"

April 2008 - Hartford Magazine: "10 Green Steps You Can Take to Help the Environment"

May/June 2008 - New Hampshire Home: "Understanding Your Lawn"
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Perennial Harmony Offers AOLCPs discounted rates.

Perennial Harmony offers a substantial discount to NOFA Farms and Accredited OrganicLand Care Professionals.
The discount is available on plants and products including mulch, soils, fertilizers and pesticides. If anyone is
interested, please email perennialharmony@msn.com for details.

Also:

Perennial Harmony will have organic vegetable, herb and flower starts
beginning May 15th at the Garden Center. Perennial Harmony, 368
Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT 06385 Hours Mon-Sat 9 to 5, Sunday 10 to 2.
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Credit Opportunities added to organiclandcare.net!

Log on to www.organiclandcare.net to view out updated list of upcoming workshops that have been approved for AOLCP credit!

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Also of Interest...

Moss Lawns - The moss approach to lawn maintenance.
Edible Estates - what some folks are doing with their yards, besides growing grass..

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