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Organic Lawn Accreditation Course Set for January

This NOFA organic lawn care course in 2006 demonstrated equipment used for top-dressing compost.

This NOFA organic lawn care course in 2006 demonstrated equipment used for top-dressing compost.

The Northeast Organic Farmers Association have pioneered standards and teaching for organic lawn care. The next five-day course has just been scheduled for Newburyport, Mass., a beautiful coastal town north of Boston near the New Hampshire border.

Professionals from across the United States have taken these courses in the past; they’re highly recommended for anyone who wants to remain on the cutting edge of emerging natural techniques and products.

Here is the full press release:

10th annual NOFA 5-day Course in Organic Land Care:
JAN. 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 2011 in Newburyport, MA

NEWBURYPORT, MA — The 10th annual Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Course in Organic Land Care will be held on January 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 2011 (snow date Jan. 20) at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts, a sustainably-constructed “green” building with a state-of-the-art theater and multi-purpose classroom where the course will be held.

The refuge was established in 1942 to provide feeding, resting and nesting habitat for migratory birds, and is of special significance to waterfowl and shorebirds.

Sponsored and organized by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, this five-day, (accreditation optional) intensive course is designed to provide professionals with the education needed for an understanding of organic land care from design to maintenance. The curriculum is based on Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes, written by NOFA’s Organic Land Care Committee. These Standards, first published in 2001, are the first of their kind in the country.

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; Mulches; Invasive Plants; Client Relations and Running a Business. 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 (AOLCPs), able to use the NOFA Organic Land Care AOLCP logo, be listed in the new AOLCP Online Searchable Database at and have the opportunity to represent NOFA at organic land care events.

Over 1,200 land care professionals from 22 states have taken NOFA’s course. These professionals include landscapers from large and small firms, landscape architects, garden center employees, municipal groundskeepers and property managers. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, homeowners, land trust and conservation organization staff and many others have also found the course extremely valuable.

For more information or to receive registration brochures, contact Kathy Litchfield, NOFA/Mass Organic Land Care Course Coordinator, at (413) 773-3830, [email protected] or visit to register online.

About The Author

Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Sarah

    Thank you for posting this – note that this same course is also offered at two other sites and dates in 2011:

    New Haven, CT
    January 24-28, 2011

    Providence, RI
    February 17, 18, 22, 23 & 24, 2011

    Visit for more information, a schedule outline, list of speakers, and to register.

    Early bird registration (save $30) is by Dec. 17 in MA & CT; by Jan. 28 in RI


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