Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012 Organic Land Care Accreditation Course

The Northeast Organic Farming Association's Organic Land Care (NOFA OLC) Program is planning the 2012 Accreditation Course and we would really like to get the word out to school grounds employees, especially those in Connecticut who are having trouble adjusting to the state's pesticide ban at schools.

The Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care is for any land care professional or enthusiast to learn the ecology of residential yards or municipal and school grounds and to learn how to care for these spaces using sustainable and safe products and methods. The course is ten years old, has taught over 1200 students, and there are currently about 550 Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) bringing this expertise to their jobs as landscapers, groundskeepers, conservationists, planners, garden center employees and a number of other fields.

We hope to continue to recruit a variety of students who can apply these lessons in their towns and professional field anywhere in the country.
With the growing concern about the serious health threats pesticides can pose to adults, children and animals, more individuals, families and communities are looking to go organic as are entire municipalities. It is important to equip grounds employees with this knowledge of organics if the policies in their town change.

The course dates and locations are as follows:

January 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA

February 15, 16, 17, 21, 22
The Connecticut Agricultural Station-New Haven Laboratory
New Haven, CT

February 27, 28, 29, March 1, 2
Kettle Pond Visitor Center
Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge
Charlestown, RI

For more information please visit or call our office (203)888-5146. I have also attached the formal press release and course brochure for more information.

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