NOFA Organic Lawn and Turf Course

August 15th, 2006, 8:30am to 5:30pm
Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven, CT
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Who Should Attend?
What is the NOFA Organic Land Care Program?
Course Instructors
What will you Learn?
Course Schedule
Cost
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WHO SHOULD ATTEND ?
•Professional landscapers
• Municipal and school employees
• Landscape architects
• Garden center managers
• Anyone wanting to learn specific methods of organic lawn and turf management

WHAT IS THE NOFA ORGANIC LAND CARE PROGRAM?
This course is offered by the 6-year-old NOFA Organic Land Care Program, governed by a committee of landscape professionals, scientists, educators and concerned citizens. The program’s mission is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where people carry out their daily lives.

In addition to this course, the program offers a comprehensive five-day course covering all aspects of Organic Land Care, based upon NOFA’s Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for the Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes . Graduates of the five-day course are eligible to become NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. We presently have 215 Accredited Professionals in nine states.

COURSE INSTRUCTORS
Thomas Akin, Agronomist, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Amherst, MA
• Donald Bishop , owner of Gardens Are..., Marlborough, MA
Todd Harrington, owner of Harrington’s Organicare and Sustainable Growth (TM), Bloomfield, CT
Michael Murray, owner of Organic Soil Solutions Inc., Woburn, MA
Michael Nadeau , owner of Plantscapes Inc., Fairfield, CT
Chip Osborne, co-founder of the Living Lawn Project, Marblehead, MA
Kimberly Stoner, Ph.D. , Entomologist, The CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN ?
• How to grow organic lawn and turf that looks good and survives stress
• Why the demand for organic lawn and turf care is increasing
• How to transition from conventional to organic management
• How to use this knowledge to make a profit in a rapidly expanding market
• Ways to educate and communicate with clients about organic land management methods
• Practical information from experienced professionals on the tools and skills you will need

COURSE SCHEDULE
8:30-9:00 Registration, coffee
9:00-9:15 Why Organic?
9:15-10:00 Site Analysis
10:00-11:00 Soil Fertility & Health, Soil Amendments, Compost
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Cultural Practices
12:15-1:15 Lunch (provided)
1:15-2:15 Pests, Weeds, Diseases, Insects
2:15-2:30 Break/move into split tracks
2:30-4:00 Lawn Track OR Turf Track (separate locations)
- Covered: sample programs, special issues, question/answers.
4:00-5:00 Outdoor demonstrations

COST
Includes coffee, handbook, local organic lunch
$145 for 1st person from firm or town
$120 for each additional person

This course provides 4 Credits for NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals

CT and MA Pesticide Applicator Recertification Hours Available

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CT NOFA
PO Box 164 • Stevenson, CT 06491

phone: (203) 888-5146 • fax: (203) 888-9280

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