Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference

The NOFA Organic Land Care Program is proud to host the Healthy Yards, Safe Waters Conference on Saturday, March 19th.  Co-sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the conference will be held in Kroon Hall, a truly sustainable building on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT. 
This conference is meant for homeowners and property managers who are interested in learning organic techniques to keep their yards healthy and free from pesticides.  Many do not realize the effects that pesticides and harsh chemicals have not only on our yards but also our waters. 

9:30am – 10:00am – Registration and Exhibits
10:00am – 10:15am – Introduction
10:15am – 11:00am – Why Go Organic?
11:00am – 12:00pm – A Landlubbers’ Guide to Protecting Long Island Study
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – 2:00pm – Breakout Session #1
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Breakout Session #2
3:00pm – 3:15pm – Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions
Local Initiatives Panel
Working with Towns
Lawns and Lawn Alternatives
Increasing Biodiversity and Environmental Services in Your Yard
Rain Garden Installation
Nearby Nature: Creating Habitats for Children

Confirmed Speakers
Dr. Michael Dietz, Program Director, CT NEMO
Bill Duesing, Executive Director, CT NOFA
Troy Hill, Doctoral Student, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Mike Nadeau, Owner and Operator, Plantscapes
Judy Preston, CT Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant
Chris Randall, Executive Director, New Haven Land Trust
Michael Sesko, CEO, Encendia Biochar
Jerry Silbert, Executive Director, Watershed Partnership
Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Vegetable Entomologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Christine Tang, Director, City of New Haven’s Office of Sustainability

The conference will cost $25 for the general public; $20 for NOFA members, NOFA Accredited Professionals and the Yale Community.  For group rates, please call the office at 203-888-5146.  The cost includes a delicious lunch by the Big Green Truck Pizza!


Kroon Hall is located at 205 Prospect Street in New Haven, CT. For more information and to register online, please visit

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