The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care

NOFA Organic Land Care
January 6, 2020 (All day) to January 9, 2020 (All day)
Hampshire College
893 West St.
Amherst, MA

NOFA Members: $500 / Non-members: $600

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This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals, master gardeners, and garden educators provides a complete grounding in the principles and practices of creating and maintaining naturally beautiful organic landscapes. 

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.  

The curriculum is based on NOFA’s internationally-recognized Standards for Land Care: Practices for Design and Maintenance of Ecological Landscapes.These Standards, first published in 2001 and revised semi- annually, extend the vision and practices of organic agriculture to the care of landscapes where we live, work, and play. 


Who should attend the course? 

Landscapers - Designers - Landscape Architects - Garden Center employees - Municipal employees - Parks and Recreation employees - Land trust staff - Property managers - Master gardeners -  Horticulturists - Horticulture and Landscape teachers - Entrepreneurs and new business owners 


Are there pre-requisites for the course? 

We have designed the course for professionals who have at least 5 years of experience and/or college level science studies. We expect students to be familiar with plant identification and landscaping maintenance practices. Pre-reading is not required, however reading the Standards in preparation for the course will allow you to absorb more information. 


What is Accreditation? 

At the end of the course, students will take a 50 question, multiple-choice exam. Upon passing with a score of 70% or higher, students become an Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which is a marketable credential offering many benefits. Join over 500 AOLCPs from over 20 States! Learn more about Accreditation  

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