Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Upcoming CT NOFA and OLC workshops

Permaculture Workshop
Connecticut NOFA is hosting a Permaculture Wokshop from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Center for Sustainable Living on 90 Cabbage Road in Bethlehem, Connecticut. 
What is permaculture exactly? The Permaculture Institute defines it as an ecological design system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor.  It teaches us how to build natural homes, grow our own food, restore diminished landscapes and ecosystems, catch rainwater, and build communities and much more.  The Center for Sustainable Living is transitioning from a conventional greenhouse operation and home garden to a homestead designed according to permaculture principles.  They grow most of their own fruit and vegetables and are planning a chicken coop attached to a greenhouse for mutual benefit of each of those.
The workshop will commence with a short introduction to permaculture and a presentation of the written/drawn plan developed for the site.  The workshop will focus on the plan for an edible forest garden and maintaining a mostly wooded site by growing specific products like mushrooms, ramps, goldenseal, etc.  The Center is also developing a coppiced woodlot, water catchment and integrated garden area.  You can learn more about the center’s work and plans at their blog
The registration is $25 for CT NOFA members and $30 for non-members.  If you are interested, please preregister by calling the CT NOFA office at 203-888-5146, printing and mailing this form or registering online here:

There is also one more Organic Land Care Workshop this summer!
The OLC workshop is titled “Compost Tea: First Defense in Organic Land Care” and is scheduled for August 23, 2011 from 9 am until 4 pm at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126). 
Peter Schmidt of Compostwerks, LLC will lead land care professionals and advanced gardeners through the environmentally cutting edge process that can reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides.
An understanding of how roots, biology, and soil influence plant health is critical in managing a landscape. The workshop will comprise both classroom time and a staff-guided site visit to the Botanical Garden’s compost tea facility. Topics to be examined include compost production and its specific uses, the relationship between soil and plants, and the role and importance of organic matter and soil structure.
Students will come away with practical diagnostic tools and the knowledge of how to brew compost tea.
Peter Schmidt is a certified Soil FoodwebAdvisor,  a certified arborist, and founding partner of Compostwerks, LLC. He has worked in the horticultural industry for 25 years.
Registration Fees are:
Peter Schmidt of Compostwerks
General Public: $200
AOLCPs, NOFA and or NYBG members: $185
AOLCPs who register by August 2nd: $150
To register please call our office at 203-888-5146 or register online here:

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