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Four Day Course in Organic Landscaping Helps Land Managers Protect Human and Ecological Health

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This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2019 December Issue Newsletter

By Doug Cook, NOFA/Mass Education Event Coordinator

Manage your landscape organically to have an impact on your wellbeing and our larger environment. 

Accreditation Course in Organic Landcare, Amherst, MA, January 6-9, 2020

As we go about our daily lives, we might not consider the myriad functions of the landscapes we inhabit.  The way that the landscapes that surround us are managed have an impact on our wellbeing and the function of our larger environment. How a landscape is managed impacts our air and water quality, our exposure to systemic toxins, the insect, bird, and other wildlife the landscape supports, the amount of water the landscape absorbs and the amount of carbon that the landscape emits or absorbs and stores, along with many other functions.

Parks, schools, yards, athletic fields, public ways and municipal open space can all be managed in a way that enhances human, ecosystem, climate and watershed health while also serving recreational, aesthetic, and other public functions.

Progressive Massachusetts towns are enacting their own policies to maintain environmental resilience and address public health concerns in the overuse of harmful chemicals in our landscapes. The future is calling for more organic landscaping to bridge the gap from principle to practice.

To help land care professionals across the private and public sector adapt to changing demands, the Northeast Organic Farming Association provides a four-day professional training for landscapers and land managers. The NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care, a 30-hour professional training and accreditation course to be held at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA on January 6, 7, 8, & 9, 2020. Over the course of four days, attendees will gain detailed knowledge on ecological soil health, organic fertilizers, mulching, natural pest control, site analysis, organic turfgrass management and lawn alternatives, stormwater management, marketing to the organic marketplace, and more.

Those who pass the accreditation exam on the final day of the course become Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals (AOLCPs), the only professional organic landscaping credential in the country.  The course content is based on the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care (accepted under the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM).

Landscaping professionals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and other New England states increasingly consider this course a crucial investment in distinguishing themselves as highly trained experts, meeting demand in the growing market for non-toxic and organic landscaping services. Since 2002, The NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care has been the definitive professional training course for landscapers, lawn care specialists, municipal groundskeepers, landscape architects, and environmental educators to learn best practices for organic land stewardship.

Visit our website for more information and to register for the training.

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