Pouder photo July 2013
Leonard Pouder and his wife
Out and About With AOLCPs 

Back to the Basics with Leonard Pouder

By Kathy Litchfield  

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Respecting Mother Nature and working within her parameters is a choice  Leonard Pouder made over 30 years ago. Growing up on a small scale hobby farm in the then-agricultural suburb of Bedford, N.Y. and working for his father in the nursery business, gave him a secondhand knowledge about the benefits of a farm-based lifestyle.

            "Being exposed to the soil, planting, growing and eating what you grow is very normal for me," said Pouder, owner of Lieb's Nursery & Garden Center. "When I was a teenager, I worked on a farm for three to four years picking vegetables. It was an amazing experience."

When he first moved to New Rochelle after college, Pouder yearned to create a semblance of where he grew up so he started raising pigs, sheep, chickens, meat rabbits and goats - a couple of each a year - to feed his family. He butchers and processes the animals and makes his own sausage. He grows a large organic vegetable garden, loves to hunt, fish and loves the simplicity of this lifestyle. "I would way rather eat what I raise or hunt, than buy it in a supermarket, there's no comparison."

"I've always been organic because it just makes sense and it's so easy," said the father of two grown children whose wife is a professional chef.


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Upcoming Events

NOFA Organic Lawn Care Certificate Course
July 26, 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Naugatuck Valley Community College
Waterbury, CT  

Do you want your clients to value you as an industry expert? The February 2013 issue of Lawn & Landscape Magazine reports that 42% of homeowners think they can do a better job than their landscaper! Do you want to be viewed as a trusted contractor who recommends products that work because you know it works? That same issue of L&L Magazine reports that 58% of homeowners don't trust their landscapers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in this industry is expected to grow 18 percent between 2008 and 2018 (View the full report). Don't get lost in the crowd! Become an expert who your clients can trust. Come learn trade secrets from trusted industry leaders, so deeply committed to the organic land care movement that they want to share it with you to grow your business. Learn more and register here.


NOFA Summer Conference - 45 Workshops to Earn AOLCP Credits 
August 9-11, 2013
Umass Amherst
Amherst, MA

OLC track workshops announced for NOFA Summer Conference!

Expand your knowledge of the trade and practice of organic land care and many other topics related to organic agriculture at the NOFA Summer Conference. For each OLC Track workshop attended from the list here, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals can earn 1.5 AOLCP credits. This year it is easier than ever to report your credits, just fill out our online form naming the workshops you attended, and attach or forward your receipt of payment from the conference. Click here for the online form. If you prefer printing a form, filling it out, and sending it in by mail, you can still do that.  Click here for the printable form. Please note, your fees are due by January 1st, 2014, not when you submit your CEU credits.  Call the CT NOFA office, 203-888-5146, if you have any questions.  

Member Benefit Program


Below is the current list of discounts. You can also click here to see the list online. If you want to become a participating business, click here. New businesses will be added monthly - stay tuned for more discounts! 


New Participating Businesses


Osborne Organics

25% discount on consulting fee for first time AOLCP clients.


Tech Terra Environmental

$25.00 Off 44 Lb. Bag of A.D.I.O.S An EPA Exempt Natural, Selective Post-Emergent for Weeds


10% off all compost tea supplies and turf/garden products (minimums apply). Bulk earthworm castings, Compost Tea Microbe Food, Turf Rescue, liquid fish hydrolysate, and our garden barrels are our best sellers.

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You can Help Revise the Standards! 
We are getting ready to print a new edition of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, and will be making revisions and updates for the new version. You can get involved - send us your suggestions for revisions by filling out the online form here. Your suggestions will help inform us as we move forward to revise the new edition of the Standards. We plan to revise the Standards this upcoming winter, so submit your suggestions this spring and summer so that we will have them by the winter.

In The News


Natural step forward for Provincetown, MA municipal lawns

It's not easy being green, but the town has begun an organic land management plan that will make its lawns toxin free. The board's action voids the town's contract with Scott Lawn Services, which has been using chemicals to grow grass at Motta Field, the Bas Relief, Town Hall, the Provincetown Library, Jerome Smith soccer field and the fire station. All of the other town-owned lands are already organically maintained. More> 


Manitoba cosmetic pesticide ban to start in 2015

The Manitoba government has announced plans to ban synthetic pesticides for lawn care in the province. Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced on Friday that legislation would be introduced in the fall session to ban the pesticides.Under the ban, which would take effect in December 2014 but allow for a one-year grace period, synthetic, chemical lawn pesticides would not be allowed on lawns, driveways, sidewalks, patios, school grounds, playing fields and playgrounds. More>


Oregon restricts use of certain dinotefuran pesticides

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is restricting the use of 18 pesticide products containing the active ingredient dinotefuran while it continues the investigation of a large kill of bumblebees in Wilsonville and Hillsboro this month. By adopting a temporary rule, ODA is taking action, in an abundance of caution, to avoid the potential of similar large bee kills this summer due to specific pesticide applications. More> 


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Current AOLCP Credit Opportunities 

The following classes and events have been approved for OLC credits.  In order to see a complete description of an event and the number of credits that will be awarded for attendance, please go to the credit opportunities page of our website. When you click on an event title, a complete description, including time, place, registration information, and number of credits will open. 


The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will be offering pesticide credits (3.75 hr, all supervisory categories and private applicators) for _Plant Science Day 2013 _(please see attached). As in the past, there are no fees to attend and no pre-registration is required.  JULY 10?   



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NOFA Standards Review
Last month we reviewed basic organic lawn care principles.  THis month, we'll focus on how to maintain an organic lawn throughout the season. The following excerpt on preferred organic lawn maintenance practices can be found on page 34 of the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.

  • Reducing the size of lawn areas to what is absolutely necessary
  • Lawn seed mixtures consisting of law-maintenance grasses, broadleaf plants, and/or legume varieties appropriate for the site
  • Lawn alternatives, such as "no-mow" lawns, native grasses and wildflowers, native or low-maintenance perennials, herbs, shrubs, and trees
  • Allowing lawn to grow unmowed
  • Covering high-traffic recreation and pedestrian areas with mulch, sand, etc., instead of trufgrass. Note: Recycled rubber tire mulch is prohibited in these Standards, and for playgrounds, there are Child Safety standards and Americans with Disabilities Act standards to consult.
  • Disease - and/or - insect-resistant grass cultivars
  • Mowing to maintain a height of 3 inches or more
  • Irrigation by natural rainfall only
  • Seeding or overseeding in fall to minimize the amount of water needed for germination and the establishment of young grass plants
  • Leaving grass clippings on the lawn
  • Returning shredded leaves to the lawn in the fall
  • Having soil tested to determine nutritional needs prior to the application of amendments or fertilizers
  • Thatch removal using thatch-reducing soil amendments

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