AOLCP Program of CT NOFA lt
NOFA Accreditation Course-December 2013

Success in Philadelphia!
By Jenna Messier

Jenna Messier, Glen Abrams, and Stephanie Berluti
The Mid-Atlantic Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care was a success! Held in partnership with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for the second time in 2013, we had 41 full time students and 6 one-day students.

There was a great deal of energy at this course, due to the high caliber of students and presenters from many disciplines. The majority of students were landscapers, but we had our usual mix of environmental educators, landscape architects, and horticulturists. A new trend may be arising; we had three students attend who are professional groundskeepers or facilitymanagers from Gettysburg College, University of Delaware and University of Texas. Exciting!

Thanks to the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia forsponsoring 6 students by paying 75% of their course fees!  Thissponsorship was part of an initiative to train their members in Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI.) In fact, Glen Abrams developed a special 4 hour track on GSI. This track featured a new topic, Infiltration Soils, which we were fortunate to have
Mike Nadeau teaching site analysis
Mark Highland from Organic Mechanics present to the group.

Frank Crandall led the business panelists who were very engaging and energizing. AOLCP Lori Hayes, fromPhiladelphia Park and Recreation, spoke about their compostingfacilities and how she has incorporated information from the Standards into her work. AOLCP Paco Verin spoke passionately about living life according to his principles, posing one question "you practice organic land care, but how do you treat your own body?" He emphasized questioning what people tell you is "organic" and how working with a good accountant has allowed him to grow his business substantially and maintain a balanced life. Mark Highland joined the panelist and told his story about carefully researching the potting soil business and creating a business plan over 5 years before starting this incredibly successful business.

Thanks to PHS for their continuing support and partnership, and to Glen Abrams and Stephanie Berluti for both doing a superb job coordinatingthe course for the first time!

Congratulations to the new AOLCPs!

Glen Abrams
John Beauchamp
Chantal Bouchard
Christine Carrington
Jack Carroll
Gino Casali
Robert Collins
CJ DeLuca
Mae Dooley
Sara Felker
Terri Foss
Maryellen Gabay
Michael Gabay
Roland Greenwood
Keith Guiles
Guina Hammond
Chris Kane
Zack Kline
William Lighter
Michael Loftus
Jim Mako
Lisa McDonald Hanes
Emma Melvin
Melissa Miles
Brandon Ritter
Harry Rotz, Jr.
Steven Rozier
Mahesh Singh Dangol
Connor Stanton
Marcia Tate
James Usher
Joel Usher
Mason Vollmer
Mike Wallick
Anna Wik
Bob Young
Caroline Young

Engaging Annual Gathering in Southbury!

We had some great presentations and exhibitors at the Annual Gathering. Our first speaker, Trevor Smith, spoke about offering green stormwater infrastructure to your clients, with some great examples of pervious driveways, living walls and green roofs.  A full report is forthcoming in the next newsletter and on the blog! I am hoping to post the power point presentations as well.

Thank you to our Annual Gathering 2013 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Out & About with AOLCPs

Patty Laughlin Integrates Edibles into
Every Landscape

By Kathy Litchfield

EPPING, N.H. - Every landscape Patty Laughlin plants has at least one low-bush blueberry. She considers the blueberry a "gateway fruit" as it is low maintenance, easy to grow and delicious, and seems to quickly lead to a client's discovery of other wonderful edible plants.  

Even if clients don't ask for edible landscaping, she finds a way to integrate something low maintenance that will provide food for wildlife as well as the humans inhabiting the land.

"I've always focused on edible gardening. My dad was a master gardener when I was growing up and we always had a big vegetable garden and lots of fruit trees and berry bushes. I didn't know how spoiled I was until I went to college," she laughed. "Blueberries are native, so easy to grow, and edibles are so engaging for people in a landscape. The level of interaction you create between the humans and animals and landscape itself gets amplified when you bring edibles into the picture."

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Announcing Upcoming Programs!

Feb. 10-13, 2014

Norwich, CT


CT NOFA Winter Conference

March 1, 2014

Western Connecticut State University  

Danbury, CT  

AOLCP credits available 


NOFA Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
March 27, 2014 
Connecticut College, Crozier-Williams College Center
New London, CT   


Standards Review Rescheduled TBD


Due to our full event calendar, we are postponing the revision of the Standards so we may carefully and thoroughly review and study any changes to OLC's core document.

We continue to invite your suggestions and ideas, which will be compliled via our online form. Two areas which we plan to address are the Emergency Non-organic Rescue Treatment - should it stay or should it go?- and defining qualifications for high-quality organic compost.

Click here for the online form.  Thank you for your patience. 
Reaccreditation Corner


Have you earned and reported your 4 credits yet this year?

If not, please fill out this quick online form


What's New?

Write to, and Debbie will help with your questions.


Business members, don't forget you have access to free ad templates for web and print!

receive discounts when shopping with participating businesses.  Businesses- reach new customers by offering discounts! New businesses will be added monthly.

Click here to see the full list of participating businesses. If you want to become a participating business, click here. 


Participating Businesses


Osborne Organics 

25% discount on consulting fee for first time AOLCP clients.


Tech Terra Environmental 

$25.00 Off 44 Lb. Bag of A.D.I.O.S An EPA Exempt Natural, Selective Post-Emergent for Weeds


10% off all compost tea supplies and turf/garden products (minimums apply). Bulk earthworm castings, Compost Tea Microbe Food, Turf Rescue, liquid fish hydrolysate, and our garden barrels are our best sellers.


New Participating Business in Member Benefit Program

Bernadette Giblin, AOLCP, & founder of Safeground Organic Landcare, is currently conducting survey research with NOFA  OLC on the LISFF 2013 grant. Below is a link for you to take part in this very important survey.  Data and analyses will be used by NOFA OLC to further improve educational offerings to its members. The survey will only take you 10 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the survey.

Surveying Your Clients

With the full support of NOFA OLC, Bernadette Giblin of SOL is extending her survey research expertise directly as a Member Benefit to all AOLCP's at a reduced rate. The typical cost of such a comprehensive survey design and analysis could be in the neighborhood of $5,000. Due to the large number of AOLCP potential participants, SOL will be able to design a professional survey and analysis for $99 for the first 50 AOLCP's that sign up.  An analysis of the data will be provided in a simple report which will help you better serve your clients and be more competitive in the landscape market.

Wouldn't you like to know data about how your customers think and feel about your services?

Contact to express your interest by December 30th and within 48 hrs your survey work will begin. And within 3 weeks you will have data from your customers to make your 2014 season the most profitable and successful ever!
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