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Early Registration Deadlines for Upcoming Courses
 
NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course :  July 1st...... $125
Regular Price: $150 
 
Invasives workshop: July 12th
Regular Price: $200  NOFA Member/AOLCP Price: $185  AOLCP Only Early
Registration: $150
 
Compost Tea workshop: August 16th
Regular Price: $200  NOFA Member/AOLCP Price: $185  AOLCP Only Early
Registration: $150
 
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For course descriptions or to register click here or contact us at 203-888-5146
NOFA OLC Organic Lawn & Turf Course
New Topics and New Speakers!

The sixth annual NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course, featuring new topics and speakers, will be held in Providence, RI on August 5th.  Nationally known natural turf expert, and NOFA AOLCP, Chip Osborne will teach much of the course and is revising the agenda to provide more up-to-date information.  Chip just published "A Cost Comparison of Conventional (Chemical) Turf Management and Natural (Organic) Turf Management for School Athletic Fields."  The favorable long term costs of natural turf care helped the ban on pesticide use at all New York schools to pass the legislature.  Click here for a link to the study.

The new speakers include Paul Sachs of North Country Organics, who will address the important subject of Compaction and Javier Gil of J.Gil Organic Landscaping who will speak on Compost Tea.  Don Bishop of Gardens Are... will also teach Pest, Weeds and Diseases.

The course will be held at the beautiful Save the Bay building on the water in Providence!  A delicious local and organic lunch will be provided.  This is our only lawn and turf course this year and seating is limited, so register soon.

For more information or to register visit our website organiclandcare.net!
Become a Sponsor!  
Please consider becoming a sponsor of one of our Advanced Workshops or our Lawn and Turf Course. By becoming a sponsor you will help to promote the education of organic methods, plus provide your business some added exposure to a wide audience. 
 
We are offering the following workshops:
 
  Edible Landscaping with Fruit - July 21st, New Paltz, NY
  Start with the Soil: an Intensive Workshop on Soil Testing and Interpretation - August 3rd, Bloomfield, CT
  Organic Lawn and Turf Course - August 5, Providence, RI
  Organic Invasive Removal- August 18th, Bridgeport, CT
  Producing and Applying Actively Aerated Compost Tea -  September 21st, Keene, NH
 
To find out more about the sponsorship opportunities, contact Ashley Kremser at 203-888-5146 or akremser@ctnofa.org   
 

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AOLCPs in Action...
                        
 
Peter Schmidt
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Compostwerks is now a distributor for Greater Earth Organics, makers of the Geo Tea Compost Tea Brewing Machine, which makes a 250 Gallon GeoTea Brewers. http://www.compostwerks.com/
  
 
 
 
To all AOLCPs - please share news worthy notices about your business, or information related to organic land care. Contact Clara at 
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Opportunities for AOLCPs
 
   Help Wanted -
PROJECT MANAGERfor Groundwork Lawrence (GWL).  GWL is seeking a Project Manager to lead and implement a variety of landscape and infrastructure improvement projects throughout the City of Lawrence, MA. 
 
Projects typically include a mix of renovation and new construction of parks, streetscapes, community and schoolyard gardens, and waterfront trails, as well as site planning and design for residential and mixed-use properties. Responsibilities of the Project Manager will include preparation of project scopes, budgets, and timelines; management of GWL sub-contractors, including landscape architects, engineers, arborists, Licensed Site Professionals, graphic designers, and other design and construction professionals; oversight and tracking of project budgets and related project administration; coordination of community involvement in concert with other GWL staff and partners; communication with a diverse mix of public, private and non-profit partners.

For additional information: http://www.groundworklawrence.org/

  Competition - COG (Community Outreach Group) design invites students and professional landscape architects & designers, artists, architects, engineers, gardeners, builders and designers of all kinds to take part in the Embassy Park Ideas Competition to redesign this urban pocket park. Embassy Park is an under-used urban pocket park in the heart of downtown Waltham, Massachusetts.
The goal of this competition is to generate innovative ideas to transform this urban space into a vibrant place that reflects the energy, creativity and diversity of downtown Waltham.
Competition kicks off on September 13, 2010. Community Visioning event on September 25. Check COGdesign.org in August for more details.
 
  Oregon Tilth - is holding an Organic Land Care Workshop, Thursday, August 19th, 2010 - Oregon City, OR. From
8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
This can be an opportunity to brush up on your skills. An intensive workshop for landscape professionals focusing on OLC principles and applications, including soil balancing and testing, soil biology, and plant pathology. This class will involve both classroom time and outdoor, hands-on learning and observation.
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City Campus, 19600 Molalla Avenue Oregon City.
Registration fee is $75. To register online go to  www.tilth.org
Also of Interest... 
 

 NOFA Summer Conference August 13 to 15, 2010, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Check out the site for exhibit/advertising opportunities and complete workshop listings and other details. Registration is now open. Early bird registration is before July 12th.  AOLCP credit opportunities available at the Conference. 
 
 Lawn care pesticide issues. Join a meeting to discuss lawn care pesticide issues and forward looking policy options. Tuesday, July 13th, at 10:00 am at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station's Jones Auditorium. The address of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station is: 123 Huntington Street, New Haven 06511 
 
  NOFA OLC logoCT NOFA City Farm & Garden Tour, Saturday, August 7, 2010 ~ 10 am to 3 pm, New Haven, CT. Rain or shine ~ $20. Come and explore many of New Haven's private, community and school gardens, with a particular emphasis on vegetable gardens, edibles in the landscape, city poultry, and other aspects of agriculture found in New Haven.  CT NOFA is still looking for additional New Haven gardens to feature as part of the Tour.  Please contact Deb Legge at deb@ctnofa.org  or complete and mail out this form.  
  
  
 
 Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association announced in June, 2010 that: Connecticut Nurseries and Garden Centers announced a voluntary phase-out of Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii) plants at the state invasive plants council last week.  Over the next three years, they'll stop new production and sell off existing inventories of 25 barberry cultivars worth an estimated combined $7.5 million wholesale and retail.  Research at the UCONN over the past seven years showed those plants to produce high levels of seed.  Another 18 varieties of less-vigorous barberry would continue to be grown and sold.  Our green industry prefers self-regulation over plant-banning laws.  CNLA's executive director told the Council that if out-of-state growers did not honor the voluntary ban, CNLA would allow it to be put in law three years from now.  The Council voted unanimously to endorse the phase-outs. Read the full article 
 
 Reader's Digest had an article on "Greener Grass" in the 2010 June/July issue. To read the full article follow this link and use the top arrows to "turn the page" twice, look down the page and click on  100 - Quick Study: Greener Grass.  
 
 AOLCP is now on Facebook, please follow us    Find us on Facebook
 
 NOFA OLC logo A Chemical Reaction - The Connecticut and New York Chapters of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers are sponsoring a showing of the movie A Chemical Reaction. The movie features Dr. June Irwin and her struggle to change the pesticide habits in her small town after she becomes convinced there is a connection between her patients' health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides used on their lawns. A Chemical Reaction is as much about the political process as it is about lawn care chemicals. 
 The showing will be on Sunday, August 8th, 5:00 - 8:00 pm. At Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT. $18 per person. To reserve your seat for this private screening of A Chemical Reaction and the special wine tasting, visit www.apldct.org  
 

 These past hot summer days are a reminder to stay hydrated, and a good way to carry water is by using a NOFA water bottle.  We also have T shirts  which are all  organic cotton, we carry woman's sizes as well.                                                                                                             
                                  
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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.
 
7/8/10 - The Permaculture Design Certificate Course, Hillsborough, NJ
7/10/10 - Ferns in the Wild and in Your Garden, New London, CT
7/10/10 - NOFA-NJ Organic Gardening Series, Hillsborough, NJ
7/10/10 - Sustainable Landscape Design - An Inspiring Day in the Berkshires, Shelburne Falls, MA
7/10/10 - Natural Pool Gardens, Ashfield, MA
7/14/10 - Success for Garden Centers With Organics, Canterbury, CT
7/15/10 - Growing Backyard Berries, New Paltz, NY
7/21/10 - Edible Landscaping with Fruit: a workshop with Lee Reich, New Paltz, NY
7/30/10 - Sustainable Home and Landscape, Ashfield, MA
8/3/10 - Start with the Soil: an Intensive Workshop on Soil Testing and Interpretation, Bloomfield, CT  
 
 
 
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                        
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NOFA Standards Review

The following excerpt on Principles of Organic Land Care can be found on page 5 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.
 

Principles of Organic Land Care

The mission of the Organic Land Care Program is to extend the vision and principles of organic

Agriculture to the care of the landscapes where most people carry out their daily lives. We do this by educating land care professionals and the general public about the virtues of organic land care and about practices which maintain soil health, eliminate synthetic pesticide and synthetic fertilizer use increase landscape diversity and improve the health and well-being of the people and web of life in our care.

The Organic Land Care Program, formed in 1999, has developed these standards as part of the process of educating land care professionals about the meaning of the word "organic" and to present our vision of how these principles can be applied to the landscaping profession. Through an education and Accreditation program, we hope to make available to the public landscaping services that will meet or exceed the standards presented here. We also hope to educate the public about the meaning of "organic" and the benefits of this option for care of the land around their own homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

 

Basic Principles of Organic Land Care

Adapted from the "Principles of Organic Agriculture," International Federation of Organic Agriculture

Movements (IFOAM)

1. Principle of health. Organic Land Care should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plant,

animal, human, and planet as one and indivisible.

2. Principle of ecology. Organic Land Care should be based on living ecological systems andcycles,  work with them, emulate them, and help sustain them.

3. Principle of fairness. Organic Land Care should build on relationships that ensure fairness with

regard to the common environment and life opportunities. Fairness is characterized by equity, respect, justice, and stewardship of the shared world, both among people and in their

relationships to other living beings.

4. Principle of care. Organic Land Care should be managed in a precautionary and responsible

manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.

 

Health

Health is not simply the absence of illness, but the maintenance of physical, mental, social, and

ecological well-being. Our role is to sustain and enhance the health of ecosystems and organisms from

the smallest in the soil to human beings, and with the future of the planet in mind. We seek to maintain and increase the long-term health of soils, and the diversity, resilience and sustainability of ecosystems. We strive to avoid all forms of pollution in the establishment and care of landscapes.

 

Right Plant, Right Place

Plant health depends on growing the plant in the right place and in healthy soil appropriate to the habitat and needs of the plant. Plants have evolved to occur in certain niches in the landscape. Choosing plants suited to a specific site, rather than modifying a site for the plants, is the embodiment of "Right Plant, Right Place."

 

Ecology

We seek to work with natural systems rather than trying to dominate them, and to encourage and enhance biological cycles involving microorganisms, soil flora and fauna, plants, and animals. These cycles are universal, but their operation is site-specific. We work as much as possible within a closed system with regard to organic matter and nutrient elements, and, when inputs are needed, to use renewable resources from local sources. We must protect the diversity of the land and its surroundings, including protection of native plant and wildlife habitats.

Organic Land Care depends upon the principles of ecology and sustainability for long-term health of

plants and soils. Ecology describes the relationships among living things and their surroundings.

Sustainability relates to the ability of living things to survive. When plants are carefully chosen for a site and planted and maintained according to these principles, they will thrive for the long term.

 

Fairness

An integral part of organic land care is stewardship of the earth's inhabitants, including humankind. To be an organic land care employer entails a strong belief in this ethic, including fair distribution of assets and benefits, development of business systems that respect the requirements of nature, family needs, personal values and goals, and sustainability. To be considered sustainable, our businesses must be economically sound, socially acceptable, and environmentally benign. Each company should set a required amount of hours to be worked. Any work beyond this should be voluntary, and the employee

paid for the time in accordance with all applicable laws.

We offer this as a philosophical statement, rather than a mandate. Business owners must be free to define honest and ethical social conduct within their own personal beliefs and conditions. In any case, all federal, state, and local laws must be complied with.

 

Employees

Employees involved in organic land care must receive compensation which meets their basic needs and

allows fair return and satisfaction from their work. Included in this compensation is a safe, respectful,

working environment that ensures their basic dignity. Employees are entitled to at least one day of rest out of every seven. Employees are to be informed in a timely and thorough manner of their legal rights and the policies of the company. Employees must be informed of any hazards in the workplace (e.g., toxic materials, dangerous equipment), be properly trained, provided all necessary personal safety equipment and be instructed in its use, and be well protected from such hazards. Employees are to be allowed sufficient and adequate breaks for rest, intake of food and water, and use of sanitary facilities.

 

Employers

Employers are entitled to an honest day's work from their employees, adherence to all agreed-upon

company policies, as well as reasonable care of company property and respect for clients and vendors.

Employers are encouraged to go beyond the minimal employer-employee relationship by increasing

participation and responsibility of employees in the business, with wages and benefits commensurate

with such increased responsibility. Employers are entitled to fair and equitable treatment and pricing

from vendors, as well as acceptable terms of payment, and to be treated with respect and compensated in a timely manner by their clients.

 

Clients

Clients of the company are entitled to honest and ethical business practices, a fair price for materials and services provided, and a job performed to their fair, reasonable satisfaction.

 

Vendors

Vendors of the company are entitled to honest and ethical business practices and to compensation within the terms agreed upon with the company.

 

Care

We must consider the wider social and ecological impacts of the materials and techniques used and the landscapes created.

 

Do No Harm

Every land use decision we make will have a positive or negative effect on the land in our care. One of

the tenets of organic land care is to protect and enhance the natural elements that exist on a site-to do no harm. Elements that benefit the whole ecosystem--such as indigenous plants and soils, wildlife

corridors and habitat, riparian buffers and watershed drainage, and their interaction with each other and their surroundings--should be carefully considered before any site "improvements" are made. If these natural elements are damaged or nonexistent, then restoration or establishment should be the aim. This can be best done by studying natural areas or remnant woods with similar landforms that are close by and using this ecology as a model for restoration.

 

Genetically Engineered Organisms

In recent years, the organic community has had to address the use of genetically engineered organisms and their products in light of the principles and goals listed above. The National Organic Standards of the United States Department of Agriculture contain the category "excluded methods" for organic growing, and they describe and define "excluded methods" as: "A variety of methods used to genetically modify organisms or influence their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes and are not considered compatible with organic production. Such methods include cell fusion, microencapsulation and macroencapsulation, and recombinant DNA technology (including gene deletion, gene doubling, introducing a foreign gene, and changing the position of genes when achieved by recombinant DNA technology). Such methods do not include the use of traditional breeding, conjugation, fermentation, hybridization, in-vitro fertilization, or tissue culture."


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