June News 2011 AOLCP
June 2011

Advanced Workshops 


Organic Invasive Removal and Control

Friday, July 8th, 2011 (Rain date - Friday, July 15th, 2011)
8:30 am - 3:00 pm 
Beardsley Zoo
Bridgeport, CT 06610
Come and learn about plant identification, biological controls of invasives with beneficial insects, and a demonstration of organic techniques used for removing a variety of invasive plants. 

Compost Tea: First Defense in Organic Land Care


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


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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NOFA 37th Annual Summer Conference


nofa summer 2011August 12-14, 2011

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA




Eric Toensmeier Friday,August 12th, 7:30 pm

Award-winning author promoting food forestry to sequester carbon worldwide.


Ignacio Chapela Saturday,August 13th, 7 pm

Scientist and activist on GMOs, agri-fuels, and the global food crisis.

Go to this website for additional information.

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Organic Lawns and Landscapes Refresher Workshops

Friday, August 12, 8am - Noon 
UMass Amherst Campus Center 904-908, Amherst, with Chip Osborne 

Friday, August 19, 9am - 1 pm

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Newburyport, with Javier Gil


How do I interpret, and then do, what a soil test recommends? What do I do with a grub-infested lawn?

Answers to these questions and many more will be discussed in depth by Chip Osborne and Javier Gil, during these NOFA/Mass workshops.  Read more about the workshops.


To register visit www.nofamass.org or contact Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org.

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Also of Interest


OLC Annual Gathering - mark your calendars! The date for the Annual Gathering is December 7th, 2011, at UConn, Storrs, CT.  More details to come.


Broadleaf Weed Identification -  a workshop at UMass Amherst. On June 24, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  See this site for further information. 


Job opening - Organic PHC/Lawn Technician. Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. is seeking an organic specialist to work throughout their Westchester County, NY territory. For a full job description, visit their employment page.  

Flowers as Pollen Sources - the University of Connecticut has an informative article on "Conserving Pollinators: A Primer for Gardeners. This article has a good list of flowers you can use at a job site. 


UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab has changed - The new address for sending samples is:
UMass Extension Plant Diagnostic Lab, 101 University Drive, Suite A7, Amherst, MA 01002.  For further information


The Trees and Forests of Indonesian Borneo - The giant island of Borneo in Indonesia is probably home to more than 5,000 types of trees. A June 23th talk in MA will give a glimpse on what it's like to do botanical and ecological research in Borneo. Go to the Arnold Arboretum's site.

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Plant a Row for the Hungry - Food pantries served by Connecticut Food Bank need fresh, nutritious produce. You can help by planting an extra row of produce specifically to donate to local hunger-relief efforts. Click here for directions to Connecticut Food Bank's warehouses and hours of operation.

You can visit Ample Harvest to find out where in the country the nearest food pantry is that could accept your donation.  



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Welcome to Kristiane Huber!

Kristiane pic


Kristiane is our new Event, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator.  Some of her duties will be to work on outreach and marketing strategies for our courses and workshops, staff outreach events across New England and CT to publicize programs and courses as needed, and to maintain, and oversee Organiclandcare.net and its database of accredited professionals.


Kristiane is a recent graduate of Connecticut College in New London, CT.  Read more about Kristiane.



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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.


6/7/11 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
6/7/11 - MAINTAINING Your Landscape Organically, Bethel, CT
6/7/11 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition, Bronx, NY
6/9/11 - Wildflowers of New England, New Haven, CT
6/9/11 - Insect Laboratory: Hands-on Identification and Management Strategies, Amherst, MA
6/11/11 - Gardens, Gardening, and Gardeners, New Brunswick, NJ
6/11/11 - Happy Hydrangeas, New Brunswick, NJ
6/18/11 - Fundamentals of Gardening II, Bronx, NY
6/23/11 - Survey of Grasses of the Northeast, Framingham, MA
6/23/11 - Adjusting to Pesticide Ban Legislation, West Hartford, CT
6/25/11 - Native Plant Design, Boylston, MA
6/25/11 - Native Plant Design, MA
7/5/11 - Plants for Landscaping, Bronx, NY
7/12/11 - Plants for Landscaping, Bronx, NY 


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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Wildlife Management  can be found on page 56 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


Native animals of all kinds are essential to a healthy ecosystem. Priority must be given to protecting,

maintaining, and improving critical habitats for wildlife, with the goals of increasing biodiversity

and the stability of local ecosystems.


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