The Problem: Landscapers and homeowners are responsible for our biggest portion of Connecticut’s managed land use – turf, lawn, yard, golf course, etc. While organic and non-toxic landscaping practices are increasing in popularity, there is still a lack of trained landscapers who can offer such services. Furthermore, according to the National Hispanic Landscaping Alliance, 35% of the landscape and lawn care services industry in the U.S. is Latinx. Connecticut’s Latinx community alone stands at 540,000. While there is no research on how many Latinx landscapers practice in Connecticut, access to organic landscaping education in Spanish is paramount in achieving goals of climate change resilience for our region.
The Solution: CT NOFA, with generous support from the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and NOFA members/donors, has translated our Organic Land Care Standards into Spanish. For the first time, in November 2019, our celebrated OLC Accreditation Course will be offered free of charge to qualifying Connecticut residents and the course will include live-time Spanish/English translation.
The Standards for Organic Land Care are available in Spanish.
About the course:
An ideal course for landscapers, lawn care professionals, garden caretakers, park and land trust managers, landscape architects, educators, gardeners, and anyone else who is interested in learning how to care for properties without synthetic materials. This 30-hour, 4-day course for land care professionals and environmental educators offers a well-rounded curriculum which covers organic land care principles, practices, design, and maintenance.
With this course, you will be able to implement organic practices in your work projects and will open up your business to a fast-growing market of customers and consumers who understand the benefits of an organically-managed property. At the end of this course, you will earn the trusted credential of being a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) which organically–inclined customers in the Northeast have come to view as the gold standard organic landscapers.
Course graduates benefit from:
• The respected AOLCP credential for use with potential clients and employers.
• Use of the NOFA Organic Land Care logo for promotional materials and websites.
• Discounts on other NOFA OLC courses and other affiliates gatherings.
• Networking with a community of highly trained organic professionals who know how to manage organic lawns, gardens, and landscapes.
• Business-level AOLCPs can be found by new clients via NOFA’s Organic Land Care search engine (nofa.organiclandcare.net)
Course Topics & Instructors
The course topics are wide-ranging and include organic lawn and turf care, tree and shrub care, soil science, plant disease, compost and compost tea, stormwater management, and much more. The following links will give an overview of the topics, course pace, and instructors.