Aug 2011

2011 - 2012 Guides are available 


  The New Organic Land Care Guides are now available for distribution.  This is the publication that lists 2011 OLC Guide cover

current land care professionals, as well as useful articles on land care.


To request free copies of the the OLC Guide, email 


or give us a call at 203-888-5146.




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Advanced Workshops 

Compost Tea: First Defense in Organic Land Care

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
New York Botanical Garden


Still time for early registration discount!  Register by August 2nd


Peter Schmidt of Compostwerks, LLC will lead land care professionals and advanced gardeners through the environmentally cutting edge process that can reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides.  

For additional information, go to our web site.

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Annual Gathering


The date for the next Annual Gathering will be December 6th, 2011, at the University of CT, in Storrs.

We are in the process of scheduling exciting topics and speakers. 


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Organic Lawns and Landscapes Refresher Course

Friday, August 12, 2011, 8am - Noon   UMass Amherst Campus Center 904-908, Amherst.

Friday, August 19, 2011, 9am - 1 pm Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport.


To register visit or contact Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or


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Also of Interest  


Comparing two landscape strategies - sustainable vs. traditional in Santa Monica, CA. View this interesting article .    


Use of Imprelis, a herbicide, may cause the death of trees - "I've done nothing for the last three weeks but deal with angry customers." Reported a service manager for a Michigan land care business. Read the full story .


New Organic Turf Care web forum site - the NOFA OLC program worked with The Watershed Partnership, Inc., in CT, to help implement this online  site for you to discuss organic turf care. Please take a look. 


Designing Ornamental Gardens for Highly Effective Stormwater Infiltration - This is an informative article.  


Book - The Homeowner's Complete Tree & Shrub Handbook, by Penelope O'Sullivan, and photography by Karen Bussolini (AOLCP). This book will be for sale on our site as soon as we receive copies from the publisher.


Book - Flora Mirabilis: how plants have shaped world knowledge, health, wealth, and beauty, by Catherine Howell. The theme of this book is botanical exploration.  


The New England Wild Flower Society - their web site has an "Articles" section with wonderful

articles on horticulture,controlling invasives, climate change, and other titles.


A new look at pollen -  Take a look at this short clip on "Pollen Origami".  



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Current AOLCP Credit Opportunities 


The following classes and events have been approved for OLC credits.  In order to see a complete description of an event and the number of credits that will be awarded for attendance please go to the credit opportunities page of our website.  When you click on an event title, a complete description, including time, place, registration information, and number of credits will open.


8/10/11 - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, Framingham, MA
8/12/11 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
8/12/11 - Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher Workshops, Amherst, MA
8/13/11 - Twice-cut Ferns Workshop, Framingham, MA
8/13/11 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
8/13/11 - Twice-cut Ferns Workshop, Framingham, MA
8/14/11 - NOFA Summer Conference, Amherst, MA
8/19/11 - Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher Workshops, Newburyport, MA
8/19/11 - Edible Forest Garden Caretake and Harvest , Rochester, NY
8/23/11 - Compost Tea: First Defense in Organic Land Care, Bronx, NY
8/25/11 - Weed ID Workshop: An In-Depth Look at Grassy Weeds, Amherst, MA
8/27/11 - Asters of Field and Woodland, Framingham, MA
8/31/11 - Native Herbaceous Plant Materials: Late Season, Framingham, MA
9/6/11 - Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Summer and Fall Perennials, Bronx, NY
9/6/11 - Native New England Shrubs, Framingham, MA
9/7/11 - Disease Identification and Management, Bronx, NY
9/7/11 - Disease Identification and Management B , Bronx, NY
9/7/11 - Ornamental Herbaceous Plants: Summer and Fall Perennials, Bronx, NY
9/7/11 - Systematic Botany, Bronx, NY


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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Weeds  can be found on page 47 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


A weed has been defined as a plant out of place, one whose desirable attributes have yet, perhaps, to be discovered. It is important to distinguish between weeds in the yard and invasive plants causing havoc in natural ecosystems (see Native, Exotic, and Invasive Plant Species, page 37 for information on invasive plants).

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