The mission of the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Organic Land Care Program (NOFA OLC) is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where people carry out their daily lives.

Organic land care is a sustainable ecological landscaping system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-site inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony and beauty in urban and suburban landscapes and gardens. Organic, in particular, means landscaping with no synthetic pesticides of any kind (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc.) and with no synthetic fertilizers or soil amendments.

New AOLCP Business Listing

We have a new Organic Land Care Guide and Map to help clients find your organic business. To have your business added to the map, you must fill out the new business listing.

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Professional Accreditation

NOFA OLC trains professionals in organic land care practices and offers the credentials of Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) to individuals who complete training and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the organic land care approach defined by the Standards of Organic Land Care.

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Continuing Education for AOLCPs

The Organic Land Care Program offers in-person and online workshops relevant to organic land care. Registration fees for workshops are waived for AOLCPs who have priority registration. AOLCPs looking to satisfy continuing education requirements may also look to many other organizations.

Find Organic Land Care Services

Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs) listed on our companion Organic Land Care Guide website site have satisfied all accreditation requirements with the NOFA Organic Land Care Program and adhere to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care when offering organic services.

Resources

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Resources for professionals include high-level guidance for lawns, gardens and landscapes—including a directory of soil testing labs, a list of products in the Northeast consistent with the NOFA Standards, publications, and more.

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Resources for homeowners include a searchable map to help you find an organic land professional, instructions on soil sampling, an organic lawns and yards guide, and more.

The Standards for Organic Land Care

The NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes present a vision of how organic agricultural principles can be applied to the landscaping profession, defining "organic" for landscaping as the USDA defines "organic" for agriculture.

Latest News

DR. KIMBERLY STONER JOINS CT NOFA AS NEW DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

CT NOFA is excited to announce that Dr. Kimberly Stoner will be joining our team as our new Director of Advocacy. Dr. Stoner recently retired as an Agricultural Scientist from…

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CT NOFA Welcomes Jennifer Shaffer as Organic Land Care Program Director

CT NOFA is pleased to welcome Jennifer Shaffer as the new Director for the Organic Land Care Program. In her role, Jennifer will be developing new educational programming, managing the…

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Connecticut Native Plant and Sustainable Landscaping Guide

UConn Extension Releases Native Plant and Sustainable Landscaping Guide (Repost from ELA) By Victoria Wallace and Alyssa Siegel-Miles   Interest in native plants and sustainable landscaping has exploded over the…

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