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2014 Organic Land Care Symposium

Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Monday, August 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

2014 Organic Land Care Symposium

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Registration   more info 83 Tickets Ended $65.00 $4.57
Regular Admission (after August 10th)   more info 92 Tickets Ended $75.00 $5.12
Student Admission   more info 100 Tickets Ended $25.00 $2.37

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Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. invites you to the fourth annual Organic Land Care Symposium to be held on August 25, 2014 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Join us as we welcome regional and national experts to describe the benefits of an organic approach to managing open spaces.

This all-day event includes your choice of two educational sessions in the morning, a speakers’ roundtable, your choice of an afternoon session, and an address from our keynote speaker. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided and are included in the cost of admission. This is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with fellow land care professionals with a variety of backgrounds. Our knowledgeable speakers are available throughout the day for questions and impactful dialogue.


Tickets for the Organic Land Care Symposium go on sale beginning July 14, 2014 at 8 a.m. Discounted prices for early registration will go through August 10, 2014 at 11 p.m. Regular online registration (no discount) will be available from August 11, 2014 at 12 a.m. until August 22, 2014 at 11 p.m. Online student tickets will be sold from July 14, 2014 at 8 a.m. until August 22, 2014 at 11 p.m. 

*Tickets purchased after 11 pm. August 22 will only be available the day of the event (August 25) at a cost of $85. For students, tickets will be available on the day of the event for the regular price of $25.

Location and Parking

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is located at 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Parking is available in the parking deck at the garden. All early and regular admissions include the cost of parking for the day. This excludes student parking.

Symposium Schedule:

  • 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


Speaker Sessions:


 Session 1

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 2

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

Session Speakers:

Ron Danise - Owner and President of Southern OrganicsRon 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)


Catering by Sun In My Belly


kings lake + crane granola + organic yogurt 

variety of fresh bagles served with cream cheese

assorted muffins + breakfast pastries


tuscan sandwich with smoked turket + dill havarti cheese + field greens + sun dried tomato mayonnaise served on sourdough 

roast beef + provolone + dried tomato mayonnaise + Dijon mustard + mized greens on sourdough bread

MLJ - think cut buffalo mozzarella + vine ripe tomatoes + field greens + pesto mayonnaise on sourdough bread

garlic aioli + sautaed leeds and dried organic cheeries on wheat bread

Side Items:

Warm cilantro couscous

the geisha: baby spinach + silvered almonds + mandarin oranges + fresh blueberries + pickled red oinion + ginger vinaigrette 

Dessert Items: 

a combo of chocolate chuck brownies and assorted fresh baked cookies 


orange juice, coffee, bottled water, hot tea, coke, diet coke, Coke Zero, Sprite 

Afternoon Snack:

fresh fruit +  lemon parfaits with oatmeal crumble garnish 

skewers of fresh organic fruit 


4 CEU available for GA (For all other states: check with individual state chapter for credit qualifications.)

Have questions about 2014 Organic Land Care Symposium? Contact Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

When & Where

1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Monday, August 25, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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