Annual Gathering Report
The Annual Gathering was a success on December 11th in Southbury, CT. 175 people gathered to hear current topics in organic land care and to share their experiences with each other from the 2013 landscaping season. An organic lunch was served with vegetables from New England farms and exhibitors shared information on organic fertilizers, power equipment, nursery stock and more.~ More
Thank you to our Annual Gathering 2013 Sponsors!
Weekly, Informative Conference Calls
Join the Chat Series!
As part of the Long Island Sound Future Fund Grant, we invite all participants from the Organic Lawn Care Courses and all AOLCPs to participate in these weekly, informative CONFERENCE CALLS where long time Organic Land Care Professionals share expertise on how they overcame those early hurdles to grow successful organic land care companies in their local community. Plus, we'll open the discussion up to all your questions.
The Live Chat series is moderated by Bernadette Giblin and held on
Fridays from 1-2PM EST via tele-conference.
Just dial 605-475-4000 with access code of 351392#
The following dates are scheduled:
Jan 17th- Todd Harrington
Jan 24th -Mike Nadeau
Jan 31st-Chip Osborne
Feb 7th -Tom Barry
1. Once on the conference line disregard the instruction to announce yourself.
2. Press Star (*) 6 to mute and un-mute your phone, such as during the Q&A session.
3. The host of the Live Chat will moderate the discussion and the Q&A session at the end of the call.
Out & About with AOLCPs
Swimmable & Fishable by 2020
Two AOLCPs Help Restore the River One Neighborhood at a Time
By Kathy Litchfield
| Sara Felker|
PORTSMOUTH, VA - Reducing lawn fertilizers is one of seven specific things homeowners agree to do when they become a "River Star Home" through The Elizabeth River Project, and it's one that's close to the heart of NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) Terri Foss.
"I live on the river and have always been environmentally aware," said Foss, who works hands-on with riverside dwelling homeowners, taking soil tests and educating them about choosing organic lawn care practices through the River Star Homes Program.
"I feel like I'm doing my part to contribute to the bigger picture of a cleaner, healthier river, that I live and work on. We're having a lot of success and that makes me feel good," said the former director of gardens and grounds for the Hermitage Foundation Museum in Norfolk, Va., an 11-acre site surrounded by the Lafayette River - a branch of the Elizabeth River.
Announcing Upcoming Programs!
Bulk Order Opens January 1-31
AOLCPs and CT NOFA Members get a discount
Open for one month
How do you participate? Click here.
Where do I pick up my order? At High Hill Orchard in Meriden and other sites throughout MA and RI.
Have you earned and reported your 4 credits yet this year?
If not, please fill out this quick online form.
Write to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Make your 2014 season the most profitable and successful ever!
A $99 special through January for a professional custom design & analysis survey to your existing customers to keep them happier and understand their needs. Also, we'll help make your e-marketing and social media more effective.
25% discount on consulting fee for first time AOLCP clients.
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.
Standards Revision 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.
for the online form. Thank you for your patience.
NOFA Standards Review
This month, we'll focus on Soil Health
Page 16, NOFA Standards for Organic Land care
There are two approaches to matching soils and plants:
1. We can maximize the diversity of soils and plants and minimize the need to alter the soil by leaving the soil alone as much as possible and choosing appropriate plants for that soil, site, and microclimate; or NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care | 17
2. We (or the client) can decide what plants are desired and alter the soil and site to make them suitable for the desired plants.
The first choice is the more desirable because it minimizes our effects on the environment, and thus the potential for harm from our interventions. In either case, we must avoid practices that impair soil health and the health, diversity, and functioning of soil organisms.
Organic land care follows a holistic approach to plant health, nourishing soil life instead of feeding plants directly. This is accomplished by increasing organic matter in the soil, balancing nutrients and pH, and increasing soil life through the judicious use of biologically active materials such as compost and compost tea.
To reduce our ecological footprint, we emphasize the cycling of nutrients on site, supplemented as needed by local, renewable, sustainably harvested materials, and limit our use of materials that are mined or transported from far away to those that are necessary and not obtainable in any other way.
Soil tests are essential to gain specific information about the soil, and must be performed before any soil alterations can usefully be made.
We must minimize or eliminate any risk of contamination of soil or water with toxic substances or excessive nutrients, whether they are added directly, as with fertilizers, or simply allowed to come into contact with the soil. We utilize natural remediation methods, where possible, to cleanse the soil of contaminants.