Organic with the Seasons    
FALL 2012
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Happy Fall!  With your gardens and yards winding down, hopefully you'll have some time to join us at our upcoming events!  The Organic Land Care program has some exciting new developments including a new grant, new program and a new blog! Read on for:

 
I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!  Happy Autumn!
Best,
Kristiane
Events and Outreach Coordinator
NOFA Organic Land Care and CT NOFA 
Upcoming WorkshopsWorkshops
CONNECTICUT 
Landscaping for a Sustainable Environment  
Instructor: AOLCP Camilla Worden
October 23 at 1:00pm
30 Platts Hill Road, Newtown, CT
The Garden Club of Newtown 
Guest fee of $5 for non-members. For more information call 203-512-7320 
 
October 25 8am - 4:20pm
UCONN Storrs
 
Naturescape Your Yard with Karen Bussolini 
Nov. 7 (Wednesday) 7 to 8:30 pm
Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield. Karen will show how gardeners have learned from the processes of nature to create environment-friendly landscapes that reduce maintenance and costs, while increasing wildlife, beauty and enjoyment. 
 
 
MASSACHUSETTS (hosted by NOFA Mass) 
These are just a few MA workshops selected for 

homeowners, read more on the NOFA Mass page.

 

Making a Semi-Firm Farmstead Cheese

October 20, 2012 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown
$65 NOFA members; $70 non-members

Cheese we will learn to make: a Farmstead Semi-Firm Basket Tomme

 

Making Dipped Curds and Italian Cheeses

November 10, 2012 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Upinngil Farm, Gill
$75 NOFA members; $80 non-members

Cheeses we can learn to make: Parmesan, Fontina

 
November 17, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Robinson Farm, Hardwick
$105 NOFA members; $110 non-members

Cheese we will learn to make: Robinson Family's Alpine-style washed rind cheese.

 
November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Brookline High School , Brookline
$15 Brookline HS students and faculty; $25 NOFA members; $30 non-members

 

The Perennial Chef: Cooking Healthy and Local All Year Round

December 9, 2012 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Future Chefs Office and Teaching Kitchen, Boston
$30 NOFA members; $40 non-members
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Always wanted to become involved with NOFA OLC and weren't sure how? There are lots of upcoming events for a variety of professionals, environmentalists and landscapers.

Friday November 9
9:00am - 1:00pm
Rockfall, CT
Join Frank Crandall and Anne DiFrancesco for a half-day advanced workshop that will teach you to create, plan, and advertise a strong brand to your target audience, and track your impact along the way. This workshop concludes with a business panel featuring Frank, Anne, and Laurence Coronis of Coronis Consulting, and provides a packet of templates and forms that can be used in your own business. Registration Fee: $90 ($80 for AOLCPs and NOFA Members).

Wednesday, December 5 
9:00am - 5:30pm
Sturbridge, MA
Keynote: Eric T. Fleisher, director of horticulture at Batter Park City Parks Conservancy in lower Manhattan. Join NOFA Organic Land Care for the Day! Come learn about the Organic Land Care program and hear from the leaders of the movement. The 2012 Annual Gathering, "Success with the Organic Land Care Market," continues to offer professionals cutting-edge education leading towards business success and a reduction in synthetic pesticide and fertilizer usage to benefit us all.  Registration Fee: $115 ($100 for AOLCPs and NOFA Members)
 
The Accreditation Course
January 14 - 17 in Philadelphia, PA or February 11-14 in Norwich, CT 
This 30 hour course will instruct in the principles and practices of organic land care and is relevant for land care professionals, environmental educators, garden managers.  Registration fee: $495

 The Lawn Certificate Course
January 24 in Manchester, CT or February 26 in Norwich, CT
As consumer demand increases for organic lawn care services, now is the time to educate yourself!  This one-day course will cover how pesticide and fertilizer runoff harms water quality, how to grow a beautiful lawn organically, and how to market organic services.  Registration Fee: $180
 
 
Greener Cleaners for an Organic Non-Toxic HouseholdGreenClean
We advocate for organic land care in our diets and in the yard, what about in the household?  According to this June article, "Tending the Body's Microbial Garden"  in The New York Times by Carl Zimmer, the "war against bacteria, using antibiotics as weapons" is changing. The truth is that bacteria have co-evolved with humans to maintain our health.  Antibiotics are beneficial for many medical uses (of course) but in the home, broad-spectrum antibiotics kill off the desirable bacteria as well.
 
So how do you go green at home? It's really easy - and it's really inexpensive. 
White vinegar: dissolves grease, soap scum and lime deposits.  You can apply lemon juice and vinegar in a spray bottle or mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a quart of water.  
 
To create a scrubbing solution, mix half a cup of baking soda into a bowl with liquid detergent.
 
Baking soda and water mixed into a paste can remove stains or clean the inside of an oven if left for several minutes and then rinsed.  
 
Clean glass with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of liquid detergent, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and two cups of water in a spray bottle.  you can substitute the vinegar with lemon juice or club soda if you don't like the smell.
 
Clean wood with vinegar and warm water.  You can polish wood using 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a spray bottle and then using a soft cloth (but not on floors).  

This information was borrowed from "Shine On" an article by Jennifer Santisi in E-Magazine.  Read the whole column here.
 
From the Blog:FromTheBlog
Learning to Make Cheese at Beltane Farm
Read all about September's "Hands On Cheese Making" Workshop with Paul Trubey at the 
  See more photos on our Facebook Album.
 
    
  
  
Announcing the Lawn Certificate Course and our grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fundlawncertificate
We at NOFA Organic Land Care are so excited for our new Organic Lawn Certificate Course thanks to a grant from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund - check out the grant announcement on the NOFA Organic Land Care Blog. This course is for school groundskeepers, municipal workers, and landscapers to learn about organic lawn care practices and the environmental benefits.  Because the course is in the winter, is one day, and is relatively low cost, almost any Connecticut town, school or landscaping company can send an employee to learn these practices! At the conclusion of the course, attendees will take an exam to receive a Lawn Certificate.  The course dates are January 24 at Manchester Community College and February 26 at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. Learn more on our website
OLC Program Director, Jenna Messier and CT NOFA Executive Director, Bill Duesing point to their project on a map of LISFF funded projects.
Fall Planting: 
October, to mid November, is the time to plant Garlic for next year. 
 
Fall Harvest: 
Root crops, like carrots and parsnips, continue to grow through the cool fall and sometimes into next spring. Potato varieties can also be harvested into November. The energy of most plants and shrubs goes into the roots for the winter. The winter months are when plants and shrubs work on their root system to prepare for spring growth, so foods like garlic, parsnips and carrots do well through the winter. Hearty cold weather crops use sugar as an anti-freeze for protection from the cold. This is why many foods taste sweeter when picked after the frost, or hard freeze. Plan some protection for the more tender warm weather plants. A light covering of plastic, or fabric at night will provide Tomatoes into October and even November. Salad greens and Peas will also continue into October, and sometimes into November. Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Parsnips and other root crops will also be available into November, leaving some carrots and parsnips for a winter harvest, as well. The spring harvests of these are sweeter and very welcome as a fresh late winter vegetable.
 
Indoor Growing:  
The cold weather crops of salad greens, spinach and radishes can be grown in window boxes inside your home. The cold temperatures against the window will not bother the plants. The light from the window and regular attention will provide healthy fresh food in the winter for much less money than would cost to buy "fresh" greens from the store. The nurturing activity also prevents the "winter blues" for most people. This is a wonderful activity for families, people who live alone, senior living centers, and schools.
A light weight window box may be built using: 
  • An Eight foot gutter section cut into two four foot lengths. 
  • Poke holes in one of the sections to make drainage for the excess water to flow. 
  • Add end caps to both four foot sections of gutter. 
  • Place inch of gravel or pebbles in the bottom section 
  • Place the other section (with the drainage holes) into the other section 
  • Fill the top section with potting soil 
  • Water the soil lightly and wait an hour for the water to settle, then water again. 
  • Plant the seeds with a light coating of soil, as directed on the package. 
  • Water with a mister twice a day for three days, then once a day in the mornings
  • When the sprouts show 1 inches of growth, weed them, but put them in your salad, or nibble as you go. 
  • Turn the garden around once a week to have stronger and more balanced plants. The plants grow towards the sun, so turning them will help them to move and not stick against the window. 
  • As the greens grow, harvest only the outer leaves to allow the inner growth to continue producing for months of food.
Sprouts: Another way to grow food inside is to grow sprouts in a jar on your kitchen counter. The sprout jar could be purchased, or made by you. Just take a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid, poke multiple holes in the lid, using an awl or a nail, for air and to let excess water drain out. Rinse the seeds each morning for about a week to get a healthy crop of greens for your enjoyment.  Having a few jars going at various stages and various types of sprouts too, will provide a constant source of these nutritious vegetables for your meals. 

 

 
Meet our Featured AOLCPAOLCPs
June's AOLCP, David Melevsky
Go Green Landscaping Inc., Scarborough, ME 

It was early on a Friday morning in August when David Melevsky got the call. The athletic fields recently transitioned to organic management were flooded and preparations for the town's annual summer festival were scheduled to begin. Melevsky worked fast to pump off the water and re-arrange where some of the booths would be

 

"Scarborough is a marshy town and it's tough when we get two- to three-inch rainstorms overnight," he said.

 

In June, the town approved Melevsky's company, Go Green Landscaping Inc., to manage all 37 acres of the town's athletic fields organically.

 

"There was a real division where half the people in town wanted chemicals and the other half wanted organics. It was a year-long process to get it through. It started with a grassroots group called 'Citizens for a Green Scarborough' proposing organics to the town. The main opposition was price and effectiveness of organics," said the NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) since 2010 (Newburyport, MA 5-day course).

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This newsletter is a publication of both the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut and the regional NOFA Organic Land Care Program. Kristiane Huber, the Outreach and Events Coordinator for both CT NOFA and NOFA OLC edits the newsletter and would appreciate your feedback and input.
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