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Introduction to Organic Land Care

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County

310 Milltown Road

Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3587

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The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Introduction to Organic Land Care course focuses on promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

The dates are February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2019 (snow date: March 7) from 8am- 5pm. Lunch and breakfast included.

Over 20 university and industry experts teach the course and share their experience of how to successfully transition a landscape to organic management and add organic services to a business.

The course is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects, and Master Gardeners.

New for 2019! One day registration options.

Interested in soil health, but not plant care? The new format allows you to register for whatever topic you are intersted in.

Day 1: Thursday, February 7- Soil Health and Introduction to Organic Philosophy

Day 2: Thursday, February 14- Organic Turf and Plant Care

Day 3: Thursday, February 21- Pests, Disease Management, and Rain Gardens

Day 4: Thursday, February 28- Bringing it All Together

Certificate Program- The certificate program requirements include:

  • Attendance at all 4 days of the Organic Land Care course

  • Passing an optional exam based on course content

Participants that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion and be listed on the Find a Landscaper section of the organic land care program website: www.njaes.rutgers.edu/organiclandcare

This course offers:

  • Fertilizer applicator NJ re-certification– 14 credits approved

  • The NJDEP Natural Turf and Landscape Management Certificate.

  • NOFA AOLCP: credits pending

  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES): 10 hours anticipated. Check website for updates.

PROGRAM AND SPEAKERS

Day 1: Thursday, February 7– Soil Health and Introduction to Organic Philosophy

  • Welcome and Organic Land Care Overview. Michele Bakacs, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • Organic Principles: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy. Mark Keating, Wheel of Life Consulting.
  • Understanding the Soil Beneath Your Feet: Physical, Chemical, Biological Aspects of Soil. Eileen Miller, Owner, Healthy Landscapes, Inc.
  • Soil Food Web. Jennifer Adams Krumins, Associate Professor, Montclair State University
  • Compost and Compost Tea. Michael Kolenut, President, Lincoln Landscaping

Day 2: Thursday, February 14- Organic Turf and Plant Care

  • Lawn Installation, Fertilization, and Management– James Murphy, Specialist in Turfgrass Scienc and Brad Park, Sports Turf Research & Education Coordinator, Rutgers University
  • Incorporating Native Plants and Lawn Alternatives- Rik McCoy, President, McCoy Horticultural Services
  • Tree and Shrub Planting and Plant Care- Larry Kuser, Owner, Fernbrook Farm

Day 3: Thursday, February 21- Pests, Disease Management, and Rain Gardens

  • Pesticide Risk, Toxicity and Environmental Contamination- Roy Meyer, Former Bureau Chief, NJDEP
  • Key Insect/Mite Pests of Landscape Trees & Shrubs- Steve Rettke, Ornamental IPM Program Associate, Rutgers
  • Diseases and Disorders in the Landscape: Managing the Mania- Nick Polanin, Department Chair, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • Rain Garden Planning Installation and Maintenance- Amy Rowe, Environmental Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Day 4: Thursday, February 28– Bringing it All Together

  • Bringing It All Together: Best Management Practices for Earth-wise Landscapes, William Hlubik, County Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  • Organic Landscapers Panel Discussion- Barry Draycott, Tech Terra Environmental; Keith Haitz, HydroGreen; Steve Davidson, Earth Groomers; Rik McCoy, and Chris Paul
  • Certificate Exam, pesticide recertification form distribution, program evaluation
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Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County

310 Milltown Road

Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3587

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 7 days before event

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