UPCOMING 4-Day NOFA Accreditation Courses:

The next Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care will be available online this August.

Dates

This new format will take place on Zoom over the course of four weeks, twice per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27.

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Times

All sessions will take place between 4 pm and 7:30 pm (each session varies). 

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See below for the course curriculum. Each sectioned is either linked to an introduction video or learning objectives of that topic.

Registration

Registration for this course is $400 per person and comes with the NOFA Accreditation for the rest of 2020 and 2021*

*pending successful completion of the accreditation exam.

For questions about attending the course, contact the CT NOFA office: 203-408-6819 or email Jeremy Pelletier at jeremy@ctnofa.org

Course Curriculum:

Site Analysis, Design, and Maintenance (Mike Nadeau)

Soils (Paul Wagner)

Compost & Compost Tea (Monique Bosch)

Invasive Plant Control (Mike Nadeau)

Mulches (Mike Nadeau)

Lawn Alternatives (Mike Nadeau)

Pest Management (Dan Dalton)

Tree Care (Dan Dalton)

Stormwater Management (Trevor Smith)

Organic Lawn Care (Tom Barry)

Business and Marketing Organic Services (Frank Crandall)

About the course:

“The Organic Land Care Accreditation Course applies principles of organic agriculture to the landscapes where most of us live our daily lives. The knowledge and perspective gained from this accreditation course allow us to contribute more to the natural world we love, to enhance the beauty and the resilience of these landscapes.”
-Dina Brewster

The NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care is going ‘virtual’ this year, offering a full 30 hours of professional instruction, including one-on-one ‘office hours’ with instructors, and an online exam, qualifying you as a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP). This accreditation is considered the gold standard of organic landscaping credentials by organically–inclined customers and is the only organic landscaping/land care credential based on IFOAM-recognized standards.

The well-rounded curriculum will cover organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance. Topics include site analysis, soil health, organic amendments, planting and plant care, management of turf pests, stormwater, the business of organic land care, and much more.

This is an ideal course for landscapers, lawn care professionals, garden caretakers, park and land trust managers, landscape architects, educators, gardeners, and anyone interested in learning how to care for properties without synthetic materials.
Once you have completed this course you will be able to implement organic practices in your work and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically managed property.

Join us in August and earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP).


Why should I earn this credential?:

This credential, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP), tells consumers that you are following a set of guidelines with the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care and that you belong to a recognized and credible accreditation program.

There is an increasing demand by homeowners, municipalities, and private entities for organic practices on a wide variety of landscapes. This credential will demonstrate that you have professional competency in the area of organic landscaping and that you will protect the public interest in the responsible use of land care products and land resources.

The word ‘organic’ is not regulated in landscape and land care practices as it is with agriculture. For this reason, it is important to earn this credential from a reputable organization, in this case following the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.

Course graduates benefit from:

• The respected AOLCP credential for use with potential clients and employers.
• Use of the NOFA Organic Land Care logo for promotional materials and websites.
• Discounts on other NOFA OLC courses and other affiliates gatherings.
• Networking with a community of highly trained organic professionals who know how to manage organic lawns, gardens, and landscapes.
• AOLCPs can be found by new clients via NOFA’s Organic Land Care search engine.

For more information about the Benefits of NOFA Accreditation, click here.