October 2009
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Save this date:  December 8, 2009

You won't want to miss NOFA's Update Course this year! 

Outstanding presenters will address current issues in organic land care:

Janice Thies
Janice Thies will help you gain an understanding of the arguments for and against the use of biomass for bioenergy and biochar as a soil amendment.

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Kevin T. Smith will reveal the cues and signals that lead to conditions of tree growth and senescence resulting in the need for proper pruning, which itself can result in stimulation of growth and other effects.

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Bill Cullina will show you how the plant world of pollen, poisons,   pigments, pheromones, sugars and sex translates to sound organic practices we all can benefit from.

Carole Cheah
Kathleen Nelson and Carole Cheah will bring you
urrent information about Mile-A-Minute vine and
the tiny weevil used for biocontrol of this invasive annual.

Don Franczyk of Baystate Organics will help you determine whether fertility, pest, and disease control products are allowed for use in organic operations.
The Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA is the venue;  and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the time.

Lunch is included in the fee of $75 for AOLCPs and $85 for others.

Even if you don't need credits for re-accredication, you will want to be there!  Register online or call (203) 888-5146.  If you have any questions, email Carol.

AOLCPs in Action

Javier Gil, owner of J. Gill Organic Landscaping, offered organic compost tea to his community at the Newburyport Farmers' Market on a Sunday in July, while promoting organic land care to recipients.  Javier'scompany is 100% organic.  Read more about this event here.

Organic Land Care Program Merchandise


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The T-shirts are made out of undyed, organic cotton!  The "Naturally Beautiful" logo is displayed on the back in green & yellow and smaller on the front in green only.  The t-shirts are available for sale.  They come in sizes Small to Extra-Large and are only $20.00 each!

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We are also selling 'bumper sticker' magnets to our AOLCPs!  They are 8 inches by 5 inches and depict the Accredited Professional Logo!  The magnets are only $5.00 each.
To order call the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146.

Also of Interest...

The fall issue of Connecticut DEP's Pollution Prevention newsletter, P2 View, is now available. Topics include the new solar PV lease system, green options when buying a carpet, and how to keep those carpets clean without harsh chemicals. You can also learn how new laws will make CT cleaner and greener.

This read is a must!  Harvard lawn care has gone organic.  Read all about it in The New York Times!  And you might want to check out the Harvard Facilities Maintenance Operations website. Imagine if all universities followed suit!

The 5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change, the Marion Institute's 5th annual conference will be held in historic Downtown New Bedford, MA, on October 22-25, 2009. Bioneers by the Bay provides an opportunity for concerned citizens to meet with environmental, scientific, and social justice innovators to address the Earth's most pressing challenges.   Keynote speakers, afternoon workshops, an extensive Youth Initiative program, a downlink of the 20th Annual Bioneers Conference in California, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, and more. Scholarships and volunteer opportunities available. For more information, please visit  this website or call 508.748.0816

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