"Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher" Workshops
Friday, August 12, 8am-Noon
UMass Amherst Campus Center 904-908, Amherst
With Chip Osborne
Friday, August 19, 9am-1pm
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? Where do I get organic products and how do I use them? What is the systems approach to organic landscaping and how do I start doing it?
Answers to these questions and many more will be discussed in depth by Chip Osborne and Javier Gil, during the NOFA/Mass "Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher" workshop, happening Friday, August 12 from 8am to Noon at UMass Amherst, Campus Center Room 904-908; and again Friday, August 19 from 9am to 1pm at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport.
Practical skills and problem solving will be the focus of these four-hour intensive workshops. Beginning with an overview of the systems approach to organic landscaping; soil testing; soil amendments; managing nutrition; grass types; and compost tea, Osborne and Gil will then delve into practical solutions for real-life landscape problems. Case study examples will be explored in depth within small groups, with the goal of boosting students' hands-on knowledge of organic lawns and landscaping and how to transition to organic management with success, cost-efficiency and grace.
Re-accreditation credits available. Workshop cost: $100 general public; $75 NOFA members and AOLCPs. To register visit www.nofamass.org or contact coordinator Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org.
Welcome to Kristiane Huber!
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 tomaintain and oversee Organiclandcare.net and its database of accredited professionals.
Kristiane is a recent graduate of Connecticut College in New London, CT. She double majored in Environmental Studies and Government with a focus on environmental justice and climate change. In the summer of 2010 until April 2011, Kristiane interned at Tribal Link Foundation, an indigenous rights advocacy organization in New York, New York. Her interest in equitable food access as a local environmental justice issue drew her into the sustainable food movement during her freshman year of college. She was Co-Chair of Sprout, Connecticut College's organic garden club and sustainable food initiative and interned at CitySeed New Haven in 2009.