Corridors to Sustainability: Designing Within the Natural Context
The 2010 NOFA Organic Land Care Annual Gathering
Featuring Keynote Speaker Doug Tallamy
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program will hold its Annual Gathering on Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at the Student Union Building on the UCONN Campus in Storrs, CT from 8:00am - 4:30pm. This is NOFA OLC's largest event, bringing together many of NOFA's Accredited Professionals and the public for a full day of informative speakers, collaboration, and networking.
United Nations has declared 2010 the "International Year of Biodiversity" in the face of the alarming loss of the Earth's biodiversity. In support of this effort, the NOFA OLC Program has decided to focus its Annual Gathering on ways that land care professionals and others can fight this loss in the way they care for landscapes. Landscape related threats to biodiversity, such as habitat loss, alteration, and pollution from excessive pesticide use, as well as the widespread use of foreign plants
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Now more than ever, we as landscapers and land owners have an obligation to preserve habitat while enhancing the aesthetics of the landscapes we live in. This year's conference will address how to preserve biodiversity as we design our landscapes.
Speakers for the day will include Dr. Michael Klemens (Ecological Thinking), Dr. Claire Rutlage (Emerald Ash Borer Update), Carolyn Summers, author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East (Gardens Filled with Life), Catherine Zimmerman, author of Urban and Suburban Meadows (Meadowscaping), Dr. Kim Stoner (Pollinators in the Landscape), and the Keynote Speaker, Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home; How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in our Gardens (Maintaining Curb Appeal). There will also be a 45-minute panel discussion with all speakers at the end of the day.
You can register for this event by calling (203) 888-5146. $85 for NOFA Accredited Professionals, $95 for the public. Lunch will be provided. For more information about the Annual Gathering and the NOFA OLC Program, please visit www.organiclandcare.net.
The NOFA Organic Land Care Program is an environmental project of CT NOFA, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut. It's mission is to extend the vision and principles of organic agriculture to the care of the landscapes where we live, work and play.
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