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Thursday, April 21, 2011

NOFA to Offer Free Organic Land Care Workshop in New Haven

NEW HAVEN  – The Northeast Organic Farm Association's Organic Land Care Program will hold a free workshop for homeowners interested in learning more about organic land care.  The workshop, titled "Green Up Your Yard with Organic Land and Lawn Care:  Save Money and the Environment" will be held on Monday, May 23rd, 2011 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  
This is a free 1.5 hour workshop that will be held at the Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St., New Haven.

This informative workshop will provide the tools and informational resources needed to practice organic lawn and landscape care, as well as information on the benefits of organic land care.   Participants will receive a handout of resources and a guide to finding local land care professionals who have the knowledge to maintain lawns and landscapes organically.  The workshop will be taught by a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and includes thirty minutes for questions.

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program was founded in 1999 to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the landscapes where people spend their daily lives. In addition to the five-day accreditation course, it also offers a variety of advanced hands-on, in-depth workshops annually. Past workshops have included compost tea, organic invasives removal and advanced pruning techniques. The program also hosts the one-day, comprehensive, NOFA Organic Lawn & Turf Course, geared towards professional landscapers, municipal employees and anyone interested in growing healthy turfgrass organically.

The demand for organic landscaping services is increasing rapidly, driven by consumer concerns and regulatory pressures, including state legislation. The course curriculum – covering all topics of organic land care -- is especially important today as more people become aware of the danger that synthetic pesticides and fertilizers pose to biodiversity, water quality and ecosystem health.

To find a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional near you, visit www.organiclandcare.net and click on "AOLCP Search" or call the NOFA Organic Land Care Program office to request a copy of the NOFA Guide to Organic Land Care at (203) 888-5146. For more information, visit www.organiclandcare.net.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support from the Quinnipiac River Fund.

Editor's Note: All information in this post was contributed and is presented here as submitted.

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