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Old 01-28-2008, 12:27 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
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absolutely, all are welcome
They have a one day introduction course that they started doing 3 years ago. It started off in the gym of a local school, last year they had to move to 2 gyms in 2 high schools because there were so many people registered
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Old 01-28-2008, 01:17 PM
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I would hate to make that far of a trip for one day. Are there any sister organizations that do training like they do there, but closer to the SE?
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:11 PM
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You would have to look on their website or call someone from NOFA
I believe they have 5, 2 and 1 day courses.
My comment about the expansion and success of their program was just underlining what a great organization they are and how well their program has been received

I am not aware of groups like them in the SE, you might look at acresusa.com, this group is mostly comprised of farmers but may have some groups in the SE
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:20 PM
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Anyone know if there is an organic accrediting organization like this in Minnesota?
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:48 AM
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This issue is something I have been trying to get my head around for a while. There are no national training centers for this type of thing. all states have a pesticide training and accredidation course but not a course on how not to be certified to not use pesticides, if you catch my drift.

If I find it you will be the first to know
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:42 AM
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are you a member of the ecological assoc too?
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Old 01-29-2008, 04:38 PM
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Ecological Landscapers Association (ELA) Yep, we will be there in Springfield in March at their show. The ELA folks shot off from NOFA and focus on landscapes, I believe the farming side of NOFA was not quite the focus for the landscape guys so they formed their own group.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:31 PM
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A client of mine just called me while driving back to Jersey after taking the NOFA Landcare class & Certification test. He was stumped by one of the test questions that asked about the life cyle of an insect pest. Not being from New England, he had never heard of the Winter Moth & got the question wrong. Wish he could have called me during the test.

Anyway, he thought the course was great.
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