Friday, February 11, 2011

'Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference' coming up

NEW HAVENTo highlight the "positive relationship between organic land care, a beautiful yard, healthy eating and a more healthful local and global environment," the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies will hold the Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19.

Designed for homeowners and property managers, the conference will be held at Kroon Hall, a green building on the campus of Yale University, according to a statement.

"Biodiversity, climate change, water quantity and quality and other important environmental factors are closely connected with, and influenced by, the way we landscape our yards and communities," the statement said.

The conference "will teach you how to transition your yard to organic and explain why organic practices are crucial to the health of our lands and water," the statement said.
The conference "will feature interesting and informative workshops, including: Plant Choices and Site Analysis, Rain Garden Installation, Composting, the Importance of Watersheds, Your Yard and the Long Island Sound, Children and Wildlife, Why Go Organic?, a panel discussion on innovative strategies and local initiatives."
It also will provide a unique opportunity to consult with local NOFA Accredited Organic Landscapers about landscape concerns or with gardening questions.

The conference is supported by a grant to CT NOFA from the Watershed Fund of the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, the statement said.

The day will include breakout sessions focusing on three tracks for: community leaders, environmentalist, and do-it-yourselfers. The conference will cost $25 and will include lunch provided by the Big Green Truck Pizza, the statement said.

For more information, call 203-888-5146 or visit

Editor's note: all information in this post was contributed.

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