Announcing Upcoming Programs!
Advanced Workshop II
Business and Marketing for Small Landscaping CompaniesNovember 4, 2013
Stamford Museum and Nature Center - Stamford, CT
Join us for an intensive workshop which will provide insights and practical knowledge for your business. We have a great line-up of
speakers! Phoebe Browning will provide information on the
necessities of bookkeeping, record keeping, and employee
management. Frank Crandall will cover overhead, job estimates, P&L statements and setting financial goals. Liz Dederer will discuss finding your target market and selecting your marketing media. Linda Goldsmith will discuss branding and keeping your marketing consistent.
The 2013 Annual Gathering
Adapting to Changes in Business and Climate
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Southbury, CT 06488
Tom Tavella, President of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
The future of the SITES Initiative and implementing projects with Landscape Architects
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
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!
Mid-Atlantic Accreditation Course
The New England Regional Accreditation Course
"Out & About with AOLCPs"
Lifelong Wildlife Lover Nash Pradhan Designs with Respect for Nature
By Kathy Litchfield
When Nash Pradhan told his parents he wanted to move to the United States, they thought he was "absolutely crazy." The Nairobi, Kenya native was just 24 years old and his three brothers and four sisters didn't share his aspirations. His father worked for a canvas sewing production company while his mother raised the family.
"I was the only wild one that decided one day, after finishing high school and a couple years of agricultural college in Kenya, to go the States," said Pradhan, who had worked as a courier taking tourists to the game parks and interpreting the flora and fauna of East Africa for them. He had always loved the flowers, trees and wildlife of his native country and enjoyed sharing his knowledge and taking photographs. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro three times and also attended the Outward Bound Mountain School.
This foundation, combined with his passion for education, fueled his career. In 1972, he came to the U.S. and lived with a host family in Rye, N.Y. He graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase, then earned a master's degree in natural resources from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. While doing his thesis on the re-introduction of wild turkeys through the Dept. of Environmental Protection, he worked at a private 6,500-acre forest connected to the Yale School of Forestry and worked there for 8 years, increasing his horticultural knowledge while discovering his interest in alpine rock gardens.
NOFA Organic Land Care Program Needs YOU and your expertise!
This Fall the Standards Committee will reconvene and revise the Standards. We want your input, and it is as easy as a click away!
We have an online form, where you list a subject and a section which you think could be reviewed and updated. You can suggest the change to be made as well. As a working AOLCP, we know your on-the-ground knowledge is valuable and will be extremely helpful to the revision process. 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.
for the online form. Thank you!
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.
Write to email@example.com, 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.
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.
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.
NOFA Standards Review
This month, we'll focus on Mulches.
Mulch is a layer of material-either organic or inorganic-applied to the soil surface. The natural state of soils in this bioregion is to be covered with plant material-whether alive, dead, or both. This layer performs many functions that are vital to plant and soil health. Organic mulches mimic this natural cover by adding organic matter, humus, and nutrients to the soil; providing a substrate for beneficial microorganisms; retaining moisture; controlling erosion; moderating soil temperature fluctuations; and helping to suppress weeds. Inorganic mulches are less desirable because they do not contribute to soil or plant health and are usually more ecologically harmful to produce and transport, but they can sometimes be reused and do not need to be replenished as often as organic mulches. The following excerpt on preferred organic lawn maintenance practices can be found on page 49 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care
- Mulching bare ground as soon as possible to prevent the elements from damaging the soil
- Mulching seeded areas to prevent erosion
- Limiting the mulch layer to 3-4 inches around woody plants and keeping the mulch a minimum of 4 inches away from trunks
- Limiting the mulch layer to 2-3 inches around herbaceous plants and keeping the mulch away from their crowns
- Replenishing mulch to maintain but not exceed the above depths
- Applying a winter mulch (e.g., evergreen boughs) after the ground has frozen to ensure that root systems remain dormant through winter
- Sawdust (only for acid-loving plants). Like under composed leaves and fresh wood chips, sawdust may temporarily tie up soil nitrogen.
- Buffering materials (e.g., compost) to prevent "shocking" of soil microorganisms when using mulch materials that are at the extreme ends of the pH scale 50 | NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care
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