There is still time to catch the Early Bird Discount on the NOFA 5-day Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care! The early bird deadline is Dec. 21st for the Leominster, MA and New Haven, CT courses. Registering before Dec. 21 means you can save $30 off your course registration!!! The NOFA 5-day Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care is in its seventh year, and the program is growing at a rapid rate. We have almost 300 Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals in 11 states, many of whom are practicing within your communities, and over 500 have taken the 5-day course in the last six years that it has been offered. 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; Running a Business, and Client Relations. 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. The Leominster, MA course takes place Jan. 16, 17, 18, 22 and 23, 2008 at the Doyle Conservation Center. The New Haven, CT course takes place Jan. 23, 24, 25, 28 and 29, 2008 at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station. And, new this year! We are offering a course in Narragansett, Rhode Island, happening Feb. 27, 28, 29, March 3 and 4, 2008 at the URI Coastal Institute. Each of the courses costs $525 for the five days ($495 with the Early Bird discount); accreditation is another $150. An organic lunch is included and NOFA membership can give you additional discounts. For more info, visit www.organiclandcare.net or call Kathy Litchfield in MA at 978-724-0108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In CT, call Ashley Kremser at 203-8888-5146 or emai l email@example.com. In RI, call Frank Crandall at 401-364-3387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.