March News 2011 AOLCP
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WelcomeWelcome to new AOLCPs

We welcome over 100 new AOLCPs, these individuals recently took the 5       day OLC course, and pursued accreditation. 

We look forward to working with all the new, and current AOLCPs.

Thank you to the course presenters, volunteers, and course staff for a job well done.

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Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference


This conference will highlight the positive relationship between organic land care, a beautiful yard, healthy

eating and healthier local and global environment.  Hosted by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and

sponsored the Yale School of Forestry and Environment Studies, this conference is designed for homeowners

and property managers, and will teach you how to transition your yard to organic and explain why organic

practices are crucial to the health of our lands and water. 

To learn more about this fun and informativeconference, go to our site. 

General Admission - $25; NOFA Members, NOFA Accredited Professionals, Yale Community- $20


Saturday, March 19th, 2011

10:00am - 3:00pm

Kroon Hall, Yale University
New Haven, CT

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Also of Interest


Job opening - Camilla Worden Garden Design, in Brewster, NY.
They are looking for a person to join their team to work with a crew of 2-3 people. Predominantly

maintenance but occasional planting. Pruning, edging, fertilizing, mulching. Mostly organic garden

and lawn care. No mowing. Need a good knowledge of plant materials and a clean driving record. Prefer
someone with 3-5 years of experience. Please contact Camilla at 203-790-9809.


Job opening - Designs of Mann, Bloomfield, CT

Searching for a well-motivated, hardworking gardener who is skilled in planting, edging, weeding, pruning,

etc. (plant ID a plus) to help provide professional garden services to both residential and commercial clients.

Work is predominately in the Greater Hartford and Farmington Valley Area of Connecticut. Full/ or

part time--No lawn cutting; no weekends.  Call 860-242-1178 or email:


Summer internship - is available at Vonne's Victory Gardens, LLC, in Westport, CT.  They are looking for someone with some gardening/farming experience who is interested in organic foods and sustainability. Assist with installations and maintenance and learn the business as well as increase their knowledge of soil, garden pests and diseases and nutrient dense crop production.   A small income and great business experience. Contact Vonne at
Research - The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is conducting research into the effectiveness of repellents to prohibit deer browsing on agricultural crops and homeowners' landscape plantings and gardens in Connecticut.  Do you have a home-brewed deer repellent you think works well?  Go to this link to read more.              
Facebook -  join us on Facebook. Please take a look...   Find us on Facebook       

Connecticut Botanical Society - can be a great resource. They have field trips, a quarterly newsletter.  The group is made up of amateur and professional botanists.  View their site.


NOFA NJ - is holding a Permaculture Design Certificate Course, on July 14 -17 and August 11 - 14, 2011.  For further information. 


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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.


3/3/11 - ELA's 17th Annual Conference & Eco-Marketplace, MA
3/3/11 - Ecology and Identification of NH's Shrubs and Vines with Wildlife Value, NH
3/3/11 - Forest Health Monitoring Workshop, CT
3/4/11 - Environmentally-Focused Gardening, Bronx, NY
3/5/11 - CT NOFA Winter Conference, CT
3/5/11 - Landscape Care and Maintenance, Bronx, NY
3/5/11 - Design Environments, Falls Village, CT
3/8/11 - Master Gardener Program, CT
3/10/11 - Perennial Plant Conference, Storrs, CT
3/12/11 - Tree Fruits for the Home Gardener, CT
3/12/11 - Bark and Tree Textures, Framingham, MA
3/14/11 - Raising the Canopy: Building Landscapes for Future Generations, NY
3/14/11 - Organics course in Natural Lawn and Turf Management, MA
3/15/11 - Invasive Plant Workshop, MA
3/15/11 - Winter Tree ID, CT
3/16/11 - Native Plants: Go Local, CT
3/16/11 - NHLA/UNHCE Conference, NH
3/19/11 - Annual and Perennial Garden Maintenance, Bronx, NY
3/19/11 - Gardening Beyond the Ordinary, MA
3/19/11 - Designing Bird-Friendly Landscapes, MA
3/22/11 - National Wildlife Habitat Backyard Habitat Certification, CT
3/23/11 - DistinguishinInvasive Plants and Native Look-A-Likes In Late Winter and Early Spring, Redding, CT 3/24/11 - Organic Land Care Symposium, GA
3/24/11 - Sales, Marketing & Installation of Permeable Pavers, CT
3/25/11 - DistinguishinInvasive Plants and Native Look-A-Likes In Late Winter and Early Spring, Litchfield, CT
3/26/11 - An Introduction to Home Orcharding, MA
3/28/11 - Perennial Garden Design, Boston, MA
3/28/11 - Green Roofs, Green Walls, MA
3/28/11 - Botany for Designers, Boston, MA
3/28/11 - Plant ID in New England, Boston, MA
3/29/11 - Employee Training for Garden Retailers, Sturbridge, MA
4/2/11 - Pruning Shrubs with the Pros, Framingham, MA
4/2/11 - Pruning Shrubs with the Pros, Framingham, MA
4/7/11 - Pruning, CT 


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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Energy Use and Climate Change can be found on page 14 of the

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.


Awareness is growing of the dramatic impact on both the local and global scale of the persistent,

heavy use of fossil fuels. In addition to pollution, environmental degradation due to drilling and

mining, and the geo-political ramifications of depending on these sources of energy, there is now

the specter of climate change on the horizon and all that that implies. 
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