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Soil Biology
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Community Farm of Simsbury
Simsbury, CT
5:30pm to 7:30 pm
* 2 CEUs*

A Special Culinary Fundraiser  and Award Presentation 
Friday, July 18, 2014 
6:30 to 9:30 pm  
Winvian, Morris, CT  


A Summer Gathering ~ Growing Food, Farms & Community
Saturday, July 19, 2014
9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Winvian, Morris, CT 


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JUNE 2014
Out & About with AOLCPs

A Lawn Guy With a Mission
By Kathy Litchfield

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Fred Holdsworth has always been a lawn guy. He also doesn't beat around the bush -- he says what he means and suggests his customers find someone else if they desire the fast effects of chemical weed killers and fertilizers.


"Many clients just don't have the patience for organics. I'm honest with people and don't try to fabricate anything or tell them something will work when I know it probably won't," he said. "Most clients I work with have mostly green lawns but they haven't ever done anything. Very rarely do I have chemical lawns transitioning to organic. Depending on their expectations and budget, I tell them it'll take a couple of years and here's what we can do."


Practicality has served Holdsworth well over the years. As a youngster, he worked with his Italian immigrant grandfather in the wealthy Villanova area, landscaping people's yards and planting vegetable gardens.


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Credit Opportunity in CT this Wednesday!
AOLCPs will earn 2 CEUs- $20
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Join us at our annual fundraiser befitting  CT NOFA and NOFA OLC!

AOLCPs We need you!
We need silent and live auction prizes with a minimum of $100 value. It's a great way to publicize your business and support CT NOFA & NOFA OLC.
To donate a prize please email

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How To Edit Your Business Profile 

Click HERE for step-by-step video instructions on how to edit your online business profile on our Organic Landscaper search site.  

New For AOLCPs!
NOFA OLC is excited to announce new online educational tools that will be available to AOLCPs 24/7!

WebinarsOur first 2 free pre-recorded webinars on "Surf and Turf: Making Environmental Connections Between Landscaping and Long Island Sound" and "Social Marketing" as presented at the Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course.  

Podcasts: AOLCP Bernadette Giblin will be posting  a weekly podcast featuring AOLCPs in the field that you can listen to whenever you're free. Each Wednesday Bernadette will post a new podcast to her blog, Finding Safeground 

Coming Soon: AOCPs and future accredited professionals will soon be able to take the full Organic Lawn Care Course online! Professionals will be able to take the full or selected presentations from the course at their own pace and around their own schedule. 

NOFA Standards Review 

This month, we'll focus on poison ivy.

Issue of Special Concern: Poison Ivy 

Poison ivy fruit is an important food for birds. For this reason, poison ivy should be left unmolested whenever feasible. The following procedures are 
suggested for removing it from an area where humans or domestic animals will have contact with it.
Do not burn


Hand pulling:  

  • Use non-absorbent gloves that completely cover the arm from fingers to shoulder 
  • Wear rubber boots
  • Before handling poison ivy, apply a protective lotion designed to block urushiol. Urushiol is the oil that causes skin irritation. 
  • For large jobs, don a Tyvek suit and tape the cuffs to your gloves. Dispose of contaminated suit in a plastic bag. 
  • Gather plants in bags and dispose of entire collection in the trash. Take care to protect anyone who may come in contact with the trash. 
  • Be sure to dig out the entire root system to prevent resprouting. Repeated weeding may be needed. 
  • Wash gloves and boots completely with naptha-based soap or urushiol-removing cleanser before removing them to dry 
  • If poison ivy comes in contact with your skin, wash within ten minutes with water or a wet wipe, or wash within eight hours with a product that is formulated to remove urushiol. Such products can also be used to help minimize the spread of rashes. 


  • Sheep and goats will browse poison ivy without harm to themselves. Repeated grazing is necessary to eradicate the plant. NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care

Click HERE (page 48) to read more.

Standards Revision Rescheduled

 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.

Click HERE to fill out the online Standard Revision Form
The mission of Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where people carry out their daily lives.

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