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replenish&subdue
02-04-2009, 08:13 PM
If so how did it go?I was considering Rhode Island the end of Feb. Just wonder if it is worth the time and money.

Prolawnservice
02-04-2009, 11:17 PM
yes and yes

roccon31
02-04-2009, 11:29 PM
i plan on attending the NY one in 2 weeks.

ICT Bill
02-05-2009, 11:39 PM
i plan on attending the NY one in 2 weeks.

Excellent, I was just speaking to them today at the NE Grows show, wait until you meet Mike Nedueau (sp?) great guy, great information

Go and get accredited, it is well worth the time, you will make life long friends believe it or not

roccon31, if you know anyone that is in your area tell them to go also. I believe it is the first class in that area of NY, they are trying to get better attendance at the NY class

the CT, MA and RI classes have almost been standing room only

roccon31
02-05-2009, 11:50 PM
everyone around here that i know looks at me like i have 3 heads when i start talking about spraying CT and topdressing with actual compost not just rotting leaves. most folks have no clue what this is even about. even had a contractor friend call me a tree huggin hippy cuz i started a worm farm.....:dizzy: should have seen the looks i got from people when i was trying to buy a topdresser- "a what? you mean a manure spreader? what do ya want that for?" hahaha

i'll be going this alone i think.

Keegan
02-06-2009, 10:34 AM
go for it. well worth it although sometimes I felt I was in a college chemistry class

Prolawnservice
02-06-2009, 01:21 PM
1st time around a lot of it was over my head, I'm considering a second go around maybe in NY this time, I got to see if it will fit into my schedule. Well worth it in my opinion.

treegal1
02-06-2009, 03:45 PM
eh even I went to one on mass a few years back, listened to chip Osbourne and some others, I like what they do, maybe not how they do it. but if you can go, I will say yes do it and have a great time dont stress if you dont get it the first time, take what you can and enjoy.

I just wish they would do one farther south

ICT Bill
02-06-2009, 11:33 PM
eh even I went to one on mass a few years back, listened to chip Osbourne and some others, I like what they do, maybe not how they do it. but if you can go, I will say yes do it and have a great time dont stress if you dont get it the first time, take what you can and enjoy.

I just wish they would do one farther south

They are trying to expand, a little push is welcome

treegal1
02-07-2009, 12:22 AM
They are trying to expand, a little push is welcome
they just need to dump the N before they get to the stars and bars parts, maybe just OFA.:laugh::laugh:

Prolawnservice
02-07-2009, 11:07 AM
OLC(organic land care) or AOLCP (accredited organic land care provider) is really what they use for us landscapers NOFA is used more in the farming or overall areas.

bicmudpuppy
02-07-2009, 12:34 PM
everyone around here that i know looks at me like i have 3 heads when i start talking about spraying CT and topdressing with actual compost not just rotting leaves. most folks have no clue what this is even about. even had a contractor friend call me a tree huggin hippy cuz i started a worm farm.....:dizzy: should have seen the looks i got from people when i was trying to buy a topdresser- "a what? you mean a manure spreader? what do ya want that for?" hahaha

i'll be going this alone i think.

.........The road less traveled!

Doesn't make it the wrong path! Do it with integrity and do it well. The golf industry gets a bad rap (IMO) that it doesn't deserve, and it is from opinions like you are mentioning. On large scale turf, sometimes budget and profitability (ROI) must be the first priority. That doesn't mean (just because the media found ONE course and made sure the world knew about it) that golf course managers nuke the world everyday w/ chemicals. I think most would be surprised at the bridges to organics that are in place. Not because of an intentional move to organics, but because the organics work. I've been spraying kelp/seaweed my entire career (OK, only almost 30 years, but....). We did it back in the 80's, not because of a an organic movement, and not because of all the research in the last 20 years about L-amino's or any of that, but because it WORKED. The mistakes of the ignorant few are paid for by the many. Golf courses like where I am would, in general find that organic PROGRAMS are budget friendly. Does that mean I won't be spoon feeding ammonium sulfate? don't bet on it.

Compostwerks LLC
02-08-2009, 06:17 AM
The speakers at the NOFA OLC courses are top notch. These guys have many years of experience of actually applying what they're lecturing on. They speak with passion and honesty.

There are two more classes and exams;

Feburary 25, 26, 27 and Mar 2, 3 - 2009 in Providence, RI

Feburary 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 2009 in Schodack, NY (near Albany)

More information can be found here (http://www.organiclandcare.net/index.php).

Sorry about the shameless plug. I promised someone that I would promote the course in any way I could.:waving: