May News 2011 AOLCP
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The OLC Program is seeking candidates for the following positions


Program Director

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program seeks an experienced and dynamic program director who will take over leadership of our highly successful regional professional education and accreditation program in the new and rapidly expanding field of organic care of lawns and landscapes.

The Program director reports to CT NOFA Executive Director.  This is a part-time position for an estimated 25 hours of work per week. 


Program Coordinator

The NOFA Organic Land Care (OLC) Program, an initiative of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is looking for a highly motivated person to coordinate, Organic Land Care courses and various projects, for our rapidly growing multi-state program for organic land care professionals.

This is a part-time position for an estimated 25 hours of work per week. The rate of pay will be between $13/hr and $17/hr, depending on experience. 

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Peonies, Wine and Jazz!


cricket hill peonyA day of delightful sights and music to benefit  CT NOFA.


Friday, May 20, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hosted by Cricket Hill Garden, Thomaston, CT. For more information go to CT NOFA.


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Also of Interest


car with plantsPlants on Wheels - what to do with those gas guzzling cars?  Here's one alternative from Baltimore's Green Harmony Living.


Promote your business - have you been thinking about how to promote your business on the web?  Take a look at this company's blog for ideas or inspiration.


How Tick Safe is Your Back Yard? - it is possible to reduce the number of deer ticks that reside near residences by the way a property is landscaped and maintained. Read more.


CT lawmakers cut deal with pesticide lobby -  read the story at the CT News Junkie.


Garden Tour - in Bloomfield, CT, on June 18, 2011, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Sponsored by the Wintonbury Land Trust.  For more information, go to their web site, or call 860-216-0806. 

Book review - If you create native gardens as part of your services, you may want to read Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East, by Carolyn Summers.  Read a review of the book on the ELA website. 


Organic Trade Association (OTA) - the OTA has a resource list of "certified organic products, producers, ingredients, supplies and services offered by OTA members, as well as items of interest to the entire organic community."

Find Your Trees - is offering free memberships to The Underground members. Enter 9uHRRbx into the discount box.  Go to this site to register.

Lawn of native grasses vs. traditional lawn - has an informative article based on a study done at The University of Texas at Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Edible Landscaping Combines Best of Both Worlds - the UConn extension's web site has a short, but interesting, article on incorporating food producing plants in landscaping. 

Facebook -  join us on Facebook. Please take a look...  Find us on Facebook  

Pesticide Exposure in Utero - three separate studies indicate that babies exposed to pesticides before birth may have significantly lower intelligence scores by age 7 than children who were not exposed. 


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Farewell from Ashley Kremser,

NOFA OLC Program Manager


ashleyIt is with great sadness and excitement that I announce that I have recently
accepted a position at the New Haven based non-profit, CitySeed.
CitySeed's mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local
food system that promotes economic development, community development and
sustainable agriculture.  I have lived in New Haven, CT for over 7 years and
it was through CitySeed that I first became interested in issues of
sustainability related to food.  It was also through CitySeed that I learned
of NOFA.   CitySeed has done an amazing job in increasing access to and
public awareness of sustainable local food systems in my community and I am
fortunate to have the opportunity to play a larger role in these efforts.    

It has truly been an honor to be a part of the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and work with and amongst so many passionate and committed individuals.  I can't fully express how wonderful it has been to witness the program flourish over the past four years.  I am thankful to have had the opportunity to contribute to its advancement through my role as Program Manager.  Although I am stepping down from this role, I intend to remain involved by serving on a committee of the Organic Land Care Program.
Consequentially, I'm sure I will see many of you in the near future! 

-Ashley Kremser

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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.


5/11/11 - Herbaceous Plant Identification, Bronx, NY
5/12/11 - Gardening with Native Plants , Bronx, NY
5/13/11 - Edible Forest Garden Installation and Caretake, Rochester, NY
5/14/11 - Gardening and Landscaping In Deer Country, Topsfield, MA
5/15/11 - ID and Use of Trees for the Urban Landscape , Boston, MA
5/15/11 - Fruit Gardening, Bronx, NY
5/18/11 - USING KEYS to Identify Wildflowers and Shrubs, New Haven, CT
5/19/11 - Dendrology: Woody Plant Identification, Bronx, NY
5/21/11 - Native Pollinators: Beyond Just Honeybees, New Brunswick, NJ
5/26/11 - Taking Care of Trees and Organic Turf Care, Silver Spring, MD
5/28/11 - Late Spring Botany Walk, Litchfield, CT
5/28/11 - Discovering Native Shrubs, Easthampton, MA
6/2/11 - Native New England Shrubs, Framingham, MA
6/3/11 - Holistic Partnership with Trees, Plants, and All of Nature's Beings, NY
6/7/11 - MAINTAINING Your Landscape Organically, Bethel, CT
6/7/11 - Soil Science I: Physical Properties, Bronx, NY
6/7/11 - Soil Science II: Chemistry and Nutrition, Bronx, NY 



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NOFA Standards Review


The following excerpt on Lawns and Lawn Alternatives can be found on page 31 of the

NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.

Lawn is an area of land covered with closely cropped plants, usually grasses. Most lawn grasses
used today in the Northeast are sun-loving, sodforming,cool-season species of European descent.
Their genetic predisposition is to grow tall, produce flowers and seed, and become dormant during the
heat and relative dryness of summer.

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