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Announcing Upcoming Programs!

Adapting to Changes in Business and Climate

Dec. 11, 2013

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Southbury, CT 06488

Tom Tavella 


Keynote Speaker
Tom Tavella, President of American Society of Landscape  Architects (ASLA)


Keynote Address

The future of the SITES Initiative and implementing projects with Landscape Architects


For a our flyer click here.


Sustainable Landscape Using Native Shrubs 

with Dr. Jessica Lubell, Professor of Plant Science from UCONN


Green Infrastructure as a Line Extender 

with Trevor Smith, President of ELA


Innovations in Energy-Saving Technologies for Power Equipment 

with Brandon Fredricks, Kohler


Creating a more Sustainable Business - Financially and Environmentally 

with Frank Crandall, Frank Crandall Horticultural Solutions


Breakout Sessions

Organic Tree and Shrub Care 

with Michael Almstead, Almstead Tree and Shrub Company


Turf - Caring for athletic fields and school grounds

with Tom Barry, Grounds Manager and Field Care Specialist at Greens Farms Academy


Don't forget - Refer a friend to the Accreditation Course and get a $25 OLC credit!  


December 2-5, 2013

Philadelphia, PA


Feb. 10-13, 2014

Norwich, CT

Out and About

Changing the World One Lawn at a Time
By Kathy Litchfield

LEXINGTON, KY - One of Storey Slone's favorite clients is a woman who requested she plant as much clover and as many violets as possible on her lawn, to combat her neighbors' synthetic turf monoculture.

Slone, a 24-year-old organic lawn and turf specialist for the Dave Leonard Tree Specialists, wishes more homeowners would recognize the benefits of an organic approach and embrace this model client's attitude on their own properties.
"People don't realize how their lawn care practices affect their environment, their own homes children or pets, or even a pedestrian walking by," she said.

 ~ Read More
Long Island Sound Future Fund 2013

CT NOFA and NOFA OLC are happy to share the great news - we are being funded by the Long Island Sound Future Fund 2013 to continue our Organic Lawn Care Certificate Program. In addition to hosting another lawn course this winter, we are partnering with Bernadette Giblin of Safeground Organic Lawn Care to reach out to all 100 students that have completed the course. She will be offering support and guidance to encourage adoption of organic lawn care practices. Bernadette will lead the social marketing efforts, identifying key messages which will enable lawn care providers to learn and succeed. We will be sharing our research and findings from the surveys, helping AOLCPs to grow beautiful grass organically as well.
Standards Review Rescheduled TBD


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 for the online form.  Thank you for your patience. 
Reaccreditation Corner


Have you earned your 4 credits yet this year?


Have you reported your credits yet to NOFA OLC?


If not, please fill out this quick online form

We will send out an email by mid-October, letting you know if we have NOT received your credits.


What's New?


Write to, and Debbie will help with your questions.


Business members, don't forget you have access to free ad templates for web and print!


Also, don't forget to update your online profile with great pictures to highlight your beautiful landscapes. To see the primer on using the site click here


Supporters and Business members, please use our Embeddable Text Box on your website, to tell your customers what it means to be NOFA Accredited. The box can be used in print materials as well. YOU asked for it, and here is a great way to expand the NOFA brand.




Check out our NEW AD CAMPAIGN to promote you! 

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Member Benefit Program - AOLCPs
receive discounts when shopping with participating businesses.  Businesses- reach new customers by offering discounts! New businesses will be added monthly.

Click here to see the full list of participating businesses. If you want to become a participating business, click here. 


Participating Businesses


Osborne Organics 

25% discount on consulting fee for first time AOLCP clients.


Tech Terra Environmental 

$25.00 Off 44 Lb. Bag of A.D.I.O.S An EPA Exempt Natural, Selective Post-Emergent for Weeds


10% off all compost tea supplies and turf/garden products (minimums apply). Bulk earthworm castings, Compost Tea Microbe Food, Turf Rescue, liquid fish hydrolysate, and our garden barrels are our best sellers.


AOLCP Asking for your donations for inmates Garden

Renee Portanova writes:

I voluntarily provide horticultural programming to inmates at two Department of Corrections facilities; the Mass Treatment Center and Bridgewater State Hospital. Although both facilities have small greenhouses and previous programming, they are almost completely void of any gardening supplies. In addition to limited resources, we have no operating budget for this programming. The purpose of the program is to grow food, offer an educational and enriching activity to inmates, and help beatify a dismal place.

I am reaching out to the farming and horticulture communities for your support and generosity. As you wrap up for the season, please keep our program in mind. Below is our wish list. If you have items you would like to donate, or have any questions, please contact me directly via email or by calling the number listed below.


Items Needed: garlic, ornamental bulbs, seed trays, seeds, trowels, potting soil, hand tools (plastic preferred), salt marsh hay, compost (bagged), soil amendments, access to photocopy machine or a ream of paper, irrigation (bucket or watering can, a hose, drip line), pots, heating pads, gardening books and magazines, any other resource material, and ANYTHING else you think could be useful.


Renee Portanova, AOLCP
Horticulturalist and Environmental Educator
Call (631) 357-2735

Send items to: 31 School Street, Somerville, MA  

NOFA Standards Review

This month, we'll focus on Wildlife Management. 
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. In addition, humans often like to have some wildlife around purely for its aesthetic value. We must recognize, however, that wildlife can come into conflict with human beings in various ways: by injuring valued plants or crops, increasing the exposure of humans to pathogens (e.g., tick-borne diseases), or coming too close to humans (e.g., bears searching for bird seed). Some species may exceed not only the level of human tolerance (cultural carrying capacity) but also the capacity of the local environment to sustain their numbers (biological carrying capacity). Damage caused by wildlife may even be serious enough to degrade the ecosystem, causing erosion or pollution or a loss of biodiversity. Such conflicts between wildlife and humans may require diversion, the application of repellents, exclusion, or other management strategies. Management also requires the education of clients about wildlife behavior and actions that can be taken to reduce conflict, such as keeping compost covered and eliminating bird feeders.

  • Identifying landscape features that are important to biodiversity and wildlife and protecting or enhancing those features, particularly with respect to endangered and wetland species  
  • Using plants that are avoided by wildlife, particularly deer. Native plants are recommended.
  • Modifying habitat to prevent nesting or feeding by wildlife in areas used by humans
  • Tree wraps (made of materials that are not prohibited in the Standards) to prevent girdling and other wildlife damage
  • Fencing in selected areas, leaving corridors for wildlife to move safely
  • Repellents based on plant materials or soap
  • Human hair placed around the perimeter of an area containing plants favored by wildlife
  • Diversion plantings (planting favored plants in wildlife corridors to draw animals away from human landscapes)
  • Barrier hedgerows composed of noninvasive species
  • Educating the client in methods of preventing conflicts with wildlife (e.g., don't leave food on the ground, don't feed the dog outside, cover the compost pile if it contains kitchen scraps, remove bird feeders, keep domestic cats indoors)

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