Friday, August 12, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon, and Friday, August 19, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Organic Lawns and Landscapes Refresher Course


The Northeast Organic Farming Association will host an Organic Lawn and Landscapes Refresher Course with Instructor Chip Osborne on Friday, August 12, from 8 – 12 at UMass Amherst Campus Center, Rooms 904 – 908.  This course will be repeated on Friday, August 19 with Instructor Javier Gil, from 9 – 1, at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Practical skills and problem solving will be the themes of these refresher courses.  Additional topics will include soil testing, soil amendments, managing nutrition, grass types, and compost tea. Osborne and Gil will then delve into practical solutions for real-life landscape problems.  Case study examples will be explored in depth within small groups, with the goal of boosting students’ hands-on knowledge of organic lawns and landscaping and how to transition to organic management with success and cost-efficiency.  Re-accreditation credits available.  Workshop cost is $100 to the general public, $75 for NOFA members and AOLCPs.  To register, contact coordinator Kathy Litchfield at 413-773-3830, or email kathy@nofamass.org.