Dec 2011
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This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!

D.M. Dellinger

2012 NOFA Course in Organic Land Care

January 9th is the first day of the MA Organic Land Care Accreditation Course.5 day course

Massachusetts - Worcester, MA

January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 2012 with Jan. 15th as a snow date

Connecticut - New Haven, CT

February 15, 16, 17 and 21, 22, 2012 with Feb. 23rd as a snow date

Rhode Island - Charlestown, RI. February 27, 28, 29, and March 1 and 2, 2012 with March 5 as a snow date

$550 Course. $150 Exam & Accreditation (optional).Early bird discount:-$30 for registrations received by Dec. 19th in MA; by Jan. 25 in CT; by Feb. 6 in RI.

For more information, please go to the Organic Land Care site, or call the office 203-888-5146.

Visit NOFA MA site to register for the MA course.

This year we are taking $20 off your re-accreditation fee for each new student you refer to the Accreditation Course. If you refer five people, your re-accreditation fee will be entirely waived. Thanks in advance for helping to spread the word!

For further information about the Referral Program, please contact or call 203-888-5146.

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A Great Day at the Annual Gathering

The Organic Land Care Program's Annual Gathering "Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations" was on December 6th, 2011. We had an interesting line up of ecologists, landscape architects, tree care professionals, and forest pathologists. To start off the day, Peter Wild, CEO of Arborjet Inc. and Todd Harrington, an OLC Committee Member.

Our keynote, Tom Wessels, followed. Tom discussed scientific principles, mainly entropy and the law of self-organization to discuss how these principles govern nature and have supported life on earth for billions of years. Read more about the Annual Gathering.

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Market Organic, Market Yourself!

Now available for AOLCPs, this attractive brochure tells your customers why to choose organic, includes the homeowners check list and offers additional NOFA resources which can be ordered for more information. (Left)

olc brochure insert Best of all, the "Contact Us" section is left blank for

you to staple your business card or stamp your

contact info and MARKET YOUR BUSINESS.(Right)

It is what you have all been asking for - an affordable marketing tool which will familiarize the public with NOFA Accreditation, explain the concept of organic land care, and show the availability of YOUR organic land care services in their local area.

We can offer the brochure to you for 50 cents each in quantities of 50. Or you may go to, download the file in Illustrator, add your name, and have it printed yourself.

The Introduction to Organic Lawns and Yards by Sarah Little, Ph.D.

It's gorgeous! A 53 page, color glossy booklet which thoroughly introduces homeowners to organic practices and principles for their own yards. The back cover has space for you to stamp your business name, as well.

With an order of 5 or more, the price drops from $5 each to $3 each.

For the OLC Brochures and the Booklet, email Deb Legge at to order yours NOW!

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Out and About with AOLCPs -
Camilla Worden Teams up with Mason John Petriello


Once upon a time, in what feels like a lifetime ago, AOLCP Camilla Worden worked as a polymer chemist
Camilly Feature
Camilla Worden
researching epoxy resins in the plastics and additives division of a large Swiss firm. She earned her master's degree in business at New York University and then worked in marketing and product management, getting out from under the chemistry laboratory hood.

Then one day, she found herself staring out the window, and wondering what it was like outside.

"That's when you know it is time to change professions," said Worden, who left her corporate job after having her second child. Continue to read the full story...

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Help NOFA when you shop


Sign up for a NOFA credit card to support NOFA's important policy work to build a strong, regional organic food system. NOFA receive a $50 donation upon first use of the card, and at least 1% of all purchases.

To apply, please go to this site, or call 203-888-5146.

Also of Interest

Reminder to re-accredit for 2012 - All AOLCPs, including those who were newly accredited in this calendar year, must have proof of credits and payment postmarked by January 2012 in order to re-accredit for next year. Contact Clara for more information or questions,

Ten and five year anniversary of AOLCPs - these individual have been accredited NOFA Organic Land Care Professionals for ten or five years!

Horticultural Business Seminar - Frank Crandall will host the 8th two-day intensive GEM (Growth, Effectiveness, Management) Seminar on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, 2012, from 8am to 5pm at the Kettle Pond Visitor's Center in Charlestown, RI . Contact Frank at or (401) 742-7619.

CNLA 2012 Winter Symposium - January 4th and 5th, 2012, at Manchester Community College, CT. Also enter & See the Landscape Design Challenge. See their website for more information.

Spring Bulk Order - Do you buy compost, potting soil, cover crop seed, fertilizers, mineral amendments, potato and allium seed? If yes, make sure get your bulk order in by January 1, 2012. Contact Cathleen O'Keefe, Bulk Order Coordinator, 413-587-0565,

Boxwood blight in CT - The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven reported that it has found boxwood blight in Hartford, Middlesex Fairfield, and New London counties. Read more.

NOFA Winter Conferences - See the complete list of all the Winter Conferences.

Be a presenter at the NOFA Summer Conference - Final deadline to register is March 1, 2012. For more information contact Ben Grosscup, at .

Green roofs in Bridgeport, CT - An interesting story in the, and featuring Lindquist Landscape Design.

Rhode Island Nursery & Landscape Association - 2012 Annual Winter Meeting, January 24 & 25, 2012,

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Warwick, RI.

Dr. Huber Lays it All Out: Roundup is Killing Us - Paul Tukey's blog provides an recap of the Acres USA conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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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.

1/4/12 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition , Bronx, NY
1/4/12 - CNLA-CGGA Winter Symposium and Expo, Manchester, CT
1/4/12 - Tree Management, Bronx, NY
1/4/12 - Pruning Principles and Practices, Bronx, NY
1/5/12 - CNLA-CGGA Winter Symposium and Expo, Manchester, CT
1/7/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
1/9/12 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
1/12/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, Haverford, PA
1/13/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, Haverford, PA
1/14/12 - NOFA/Mass Winter Conference, Worcester, MA
1/15/12 - Designing the Outdoor Living Space, Canton, CT
1/17/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, New London, CT
1/18/12 - Interdisciplinary Approaches to Ecological Landscape Design, New London, CT
1/18/12 - GEM Business Seminar (Growth, Effectiveness, Management), Charlestown, RI
1/19/12 - Restored Ecosystem / Improved Water Quality, Wellesley, MA
1/19/12 - Sustainable Practices for Ecosystem Restoration, Wellesley, MA
1/20/12 - Gardening in Wet Spaces with Native Plants, Framingham, MA
1/21/12 - Winter Botany, Framingham, MA
1/21/12 - Pruning Techniques, New Canaan, CT
1/21/12 - Native Flora in Winter, Bronx, NY
1/21/12 - Winter Tree Identification, Bronx, NY

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NOFA Standards Review

The following excerpt on Soil Health can be found on page 16 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.

"The foundation of organic land care is knowledge of and proper care for the soil. Soil tests, along
with site analysis, allow the land care professional to select and implement practices that maintain or
increase soil life and vitality and thereby enable the soil to support a vigorous plant community."
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