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October 2008

OLC at New England Grows 2009
5-day course registration
Get Involved!
For Municipal Workers
AOLCP Credit Opportunities
NOFA & AOLCPs in the News
Also of Interest

OLC at New England Grows 2009

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program will be at New England Grows, booth #2675. Stop
by and say hello to NOFA staff and volunteers, ask questions, get a re-accreditation
form or just visit.
Also, let us know if you'd be interested in participating on the panel of our meeting
discussion -- we'll be hosting a gathering during New England Grows again this year,
entitled "Questions & Answers with AOLCPs." If you have at least five years
experience working in organic land care, can be succinct and helpful in answering
questions, and enjoy public speaking, Kathy Litchfield would like to hear from you!
We'll be selecting five or six AOLCPs to serve on the panel and answer questions
about OLC from NE Grows registrants who attend the meeting. For more info or with
questions, call Kathy at (413) 773-3830 or email kathylitch29@yahoo.com

Do You Know Someone Who Would Like to Become Accredited?

Registration is now open for the 8th annual NOFA course in organic land care! This
year the five-day accreditation course will be offered in four states: MA, CT, RI,
and NY.
More information can be found here online.

Get Involved! Volunteer Opportunities

NY AOLCPs - Speaking Invitation & Volunteers Needed!
If you're an AOLCP in New York state and might be interested in serving on the Client
Relations Panel of the 8th annual NOFA 5-day Accreditation Course inorganic Land
Care, please contact Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or kathylitch29@yahoo.com.
In addition to earning two of your four required re-accreditation credits for 2010,
you'll be helping to make history! The first-ever NY 5-day accreditation course
will be held Feb. 17-20 and 23, 2009 at Birch Hill in Schodack, NY (15 min. from
Albany). We'd love to have one or two AOLCPs from the state participate to share
their first-hand knowledge and experience with our students.
The Client Relations Panel is structured with the students writing questions on
slips of paper, which are reviewed and categorized by panel members, who pass the
mic around and answer as many questions as possible within one hour's time.
Kathy is also looking for volunteers to help out during the course, with registration,
materials distribution, catering assistance and daily coffee/tea maintenance. Please
let Kathy know if this sounds like fun to you! Thanks so much!

Help Spread the Word!
The CT law that prohibits the use of pesticides on school grounds with children
from grades K-8 will extend to athletic fields starting July of 2009.
Join us on Nov. 20th for a workshop tailored for school groundskeepers and municipalities
on turf management. Building the health of your soil now will improve your success
in transitioning to a natural turf management program in 2009.
Can't make it? Print a few brochures & bring them to the schools or board of education in your town. Help us spread
the word and give them to anyone who might be interested!
For more information on this workshop, see below!

Workshops For Municipal Workers:

Organic Turf Management Course
NOFA invites Schoolgrounds Keepers and Municipal Workers to an Organic Turf Management
Course tailored to their needs
Date: November 20
Time: 7:45 - 4:30
Location: Jones Auditorium, New Haven, CT
Cost: $50
Credits: 4 AOLCP Credits
Learn to:

* Successfully transition to Organic Management

* Create healthy, durable turf

* Manage and budget for a natural program

* Comply with Connecticut's new legislation extending to athletic fields July 2009
To register: Call 203-888-5146 or register online
For more information: Print out a brochure
or visit the website

AOLCP Credit Opportunities

8th Annual Update Course
Date: December 9, 2008
Location: Ecotarium Museum - Worcester, MA Directions [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=isgvmrcab.0.0.z9ptvccab.0&ts=S0368&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ecotarium.org%2Fvisitor%2Fdirections.html&id=preview]
Cost: $75 Admission for NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs)
and $85 Admission for non-AOLCPs
Credits: 4 AOLCP Credits and Pesticide Applicator Credits are pending.
The last NOFA Organic Land Care event before the January 1st re-accreditation deadline!!
Check here for more information or register online.

Let's Talk Turf: Organic Lawns
An interactive roundtable discussion co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping
Association and the NOFA OLC Program
Date: January 28th, 2009 (snow date Jan. 29th)
Time: 1:00 - 3:30
Location: Doyle Conservation Center, Leominister, MA
Cost:$25 for ELA members and NOFA AOLCPs, $35 for non-members
Credits: 2 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.
The presentations will be
followed by 60 minutes of Q&A and information sharing by all in
attendance. Don't miss this great interactive opportunity! Come and
share your own successes and failures and learn from each other!
Refreshments will be served.
For more information or a registration form: call Kathy Sargent-O'Neill at (508)
759-5177 of ELA (or email ksoland@verizon.net), or Kathy Litchfield, at (413) 773-3830
of NOFA (or email kathylitch29@yahoo.com), or visit this website

New: Organic Lawn Care: Why & How
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Clarence Dillon Public Library (2336 Lamington Road) - Bedminster, N.J.
Description: Paul Tukey will present "Organic Lawn Care: Why & How" followed
by a book signing. Paul Tukey is co-founder of SafeLawns & Landscapes, a
franchise-based service company that currently is expanding from its Connecticut
He is also presenting in Kentucky, and Connecticut.
More information: It will be posted here on our website when it become available.
Upcoming Credit Opportunities:
October 7+:Framework Trees of New England
Framingham, MA
October 15: Discovering Leaves
Framingham, MA
October 22, 26, 28th:Organic Lawn Care: Why & How
Bedminster, NJ & Louisville, KY & Norwich, CT
October 31+:Ecological Landscaping Techniques
Norwalk, CT
November 3rd:Landscape Design: Where Art and Nature Meet
- Conway, MA
November 6 to December 18: UMASS Green School
Milford, MA
For the full list of current credit opportunities click here

NOFA and AOLCPs in the News...

September 11, 2008 - The Boston Globe - "How Green is Your Valley"
September 21, 2008 - Shape Our Future Blog-"Position on Lawn Care Pesticides"

Also of Interest...

PATHOGEN ALERT:Chrysanthemum White Rust detected in Massachusetts
EPA Buzz Kill: Is the Agency Hiding Colony Collapse Disorder Information?
Dispatches From the Fields: Back to the garden- On the transformative potential of community-scale food production



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