PDA

View Full Version : 8th ANNUAL NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE COURSE Feb. 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 in SCHODACK, NY


Michael J. Donovan
11-26-2008, 10:32 AM
Here is an informational only posting regarding the upcoming NOFA Course

The 8th Annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Course in Organic Land Care will be held for the first time on February 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23, 2009 at the Birch Hill, 1 Celebration Way, in Schodack, NY (15 min. southeast of Albany).
The course will also be held on Jan. 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21, 2009 in Leominster, MA; Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30 and Feb. 2, 2009 in New Haven, CT; and Feb. 25, 26, 27, March 2 and 3, 2009 in Providence, RI. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for info!
Sponsored and organized by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, this is a five-day, (accreditation optional) intensive course designed to provide professionals with the education needed for an understanding of organic land care from design to maintenance. The curriculum is based on Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, first published in 2001, are the first of their kind in the country.
Course faculty include respected scientists and experienced organic land care practitioners, who instruct the following classes: Principles and Procedures; Site Analysis, Design, and Maintenance; Rain Gardens/Storm Water Infiltration; Soil Health; the Soil Foodweb; Fertilizer and Soil Amendments; Composting; Lawns; Lawn Alternatives; Planting and Plant Care; Wetlands; Pest Management; Wildlife Management; Disease Control; Weeds; Mulches; Invasive Plants; Client Relations and Running a Business. Four hands-on case studies are also included in the course.
At the end of the course, attendees will be able to incorporate methods and materials that respect natural ecology and the long-term health of the environment into the care of their own landscapes or ones that they manage. Those who pass the optional exam offered at the conclusion of the course can become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals, able to use the NOFA Organic Land Care Logo, be listed on the www.organiclandcare.net website, be published annually in the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care and have the opportunity to represent NOFA at organic land care events.
Over 700 land care professionals from 17 states have taken NOFA’s course. These professionals include landscapers from large and small firms, landscape architects, garden center employees, municipal groundskeepers and property managers. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, homeowners, land trust and conservation organization staff and many others have also found the course extremely valuable.
For more information or to receive registration brochures, contact Kathy Litchfield, NY Course Coordinator, at (413) 773-3830, kathylitch29@yahoo.com or visit www.organiclandcare.net and register online.



CALENDAR LISTING:
The 8th Annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care will be held January 14, 15, 16, 20 and 21, 2009 at the Doyle Conservation Center in Leominster, MA; Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 2009 at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT; Feb. 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23, 2009 at the Birch Hill, Schodack, NY; and Feb. 25, 26, 27, March 2 and 3, 2009 at the Save the Bay Center, Providence, RI. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information.

AND/OR, separately:

Jan. 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 2009 – 8th annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care. Doyle Conservation Center, Leominster, MA. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or contact Kathy Litchfield, 413-773-3830 or kathylitch29@yahoo.com.

Jan. 27, 28, 29, 30, Feb. 2, 2009 – 8th annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care. CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or contact Ashley Kremser, 203-888-5146 or akremser@ctnofa.org.

Feb. 17, 18, 19, 20 and 23, 2009 – 8th annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care. Birch Hill, Schodack, NY. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or contact Kathy Litchfield, 413-773-3830 or kathylitch29@yahoo.com.

Feb. 25, 26, 27, March 2, 3, 2009 – 8th annual NOFA Course in Organic Land Care. Save the Bay Center, Providence, RI. This 5-day intensive course trains and accredits professionals to practice organic land care (caring for land without the use of synthetic pesticides or soil amendments). It is recommended for landscapers, designers, municipal and parks employees, horticulturists, master gardeners and entrepreneurs. Visit www.organiclandcare.net for more information or contact Sheryl Ellal, 401-364-3387 or sheryl@woodriverevergreens.com.