2014 Organic Land Care Symposium
Monday, August 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Location and Parking
- 7:30-9:00: Check-in
- 9:00: Welcome
- 9:15-10:30: Session 1
- 10:45-12:00: Session 2
- Noon-1:15: Lunch / Keynote Speech
- 1:15-2:00: General Q/A with All Speakers
- 2:15-3:30: Afternoon Session
Session Topic: Compost Tea: Site Specific & Goal Oriented
This session will cover making and applying sight specific, goal-oriented, active, aerated compost tea.
Session Speaker: Allan Streiff - Authentic Soil Regeneration
Session Topic: Connecting the Pieces of the Green Puzzle of Dynamic Living Landscapes
This presentation will focus on the St. Louis Arch renovation and the soil and turf trials completed on the National Park Grounds under the Arch. This project compared Topdressing with compost, compost tea and topdressing and compost tea together. The results from this project proved to be quite interesting. Other projects such as Governors Island on nursery tree management will compare data of ecto and endo mycorrhyza inoculants on trees.
Session Speaker: James Sotillo - Environmental Land Management
Session Topic: Organic Soil Amendments and Fertilizers; Product Development, Applicability, and Regulatory Compliance
The environmental consequences of using traditional fertilizers and the benefits of sustainable organic land care practices are well documented. Find out how organic products are currently being developed, tested, labeled, and certified, and what may be developing with regulation and how it could affect product options in the future. Discussion will include the process of obtaining OMRI Certification and an overview of EPA involvement in monitoring organic product source materials. Practical solutions to protect and rebuild soil integrity will be presented along with an in depth review of currently available organic soil amendment product options.
Session Moderator: Spence Rosenfeld - Arborguard: Spence Rosenfeld founded Arborguard in 1981 and has pioneered innovative design and construction methods to preserve trees, soils, and natural ecosystems on hundreds of commercial sites
Ron Danise - Owner and President of Southern Organics: Ron Danise is Owner and President of Southern Organics in Charlotte, N.C. Recognized nationally as a creative innovator, he has worked in Arboriculture since 1964 specializing in diagnostics and Plant Health Care, where he helped originate the concept of IPM. He now produces and distributes numerous organic soil products and maintains a large worm farm to cultivate castings.
Robin Ross - Market Development Scientist, Plant Science Division at Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL): Robin Ross is the Market Development Scientist, Plant Science Division, at Acadian Seaplants Limited (ASL). ASL is an industry leader in the processing of seaweed-based products for food, biochemical, and agricultural markets worldwide and in the cultivation and processing of seaweeds for global markets.
Tradd Cotter - Mycologist: Tradd Cotter is a Mycologist specializing in fungal ecology, microbial culture, mushroom cultivation, and mycoremediation of contaminated soil and water. He has isolated and maintains over 120 species of saprophytic and mycorrhizal fungi, Entomopathogenic fungi for biological control, and fungal strains that neutralize pollutants.
Session Topic: Organic Land Care: The Drivers, Solutions, & Realities
This presentation will address different aspects of the organic question. We will explore the idea of what organic land care is and how we approach developing overall protocols to carry out these concepts. It is important to be aware of what is driving this growing interest in alternative management strategies. Organic land care is solution oriented with the goal of creating and maintaining high quality landscapes that are both appropriately functional and aesthetically pleasing. As a wrap-up, this will be framed in a discussion of the realities of these alternative strategies and how they play out in the real world.
Session Speaker: Chip Osborne- Osborne Organics
Lunch / Keynote Speech
Session Topic: From Grassroots to Mainstream: A look at the evolution of Compost Tea into Liquid Biological Amendment
This presentation will take a look at how compost tea/liquid biological amendment has become a viable, dependable tool for organic land care managers and stewards.
Keynote Speaker: Paul Wagner - President NY Soil Food Web
General Q/A with All Speakers
Session Topic: Native Grasses and Forbs for Urban Landscapes
A review of desirable native species and their cultural requirements, meadow establishment practices and long-term maintenance requirements.
Session Speaker: Walter Bland - Rock Springs Farm
Session Topic: Water Extremes and Design Alchemy
Plants that turn too wet or too dry sites into landscape gold. Ideas to transform problem areas; with an emphasis on plant selections that thrive in parched or saturated situations.
Session Speakers: Atlanta Botanical Garden Staff Panel - Kathryn Moomaw (Senior Horticulturist), Beth Perdue Owen (Senior Horticulturist), Valerie VanSweden (Curator, Aquatic Plant Collection)
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