CT NOFA and its NOFA Organic Land Care Program are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Gathering of Land Care Professionals on December 9, 2016. The event will take place at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT and features prominent garden speakers, writers, researchers and filmmakers all addressing the theme "Biodiversity in the Landscape." This conference is very timely, as the Connecticut legislature unanimously voted in the Spring of 2016 and approved SB231 An Act Concerning Pollinator Health, an act which aims to reduce the use of neonicotinoids and to create a pollinator advisory council to reduce further pollinator die-off.
|Catherine Zimmerman, The Meadow Project|
Catherine's latest film is called "Hometown Habitat" and demonstrates the impact which local garden and environmental groups can have when they educate the public about planting sustainably and in favor of the local environmental conditions and fauna. This approach is in contrast to our contemporary yardscape which may contain a sterile monoculture of lawn and a few ornamental plants which often do not supply nectar or nesting places for our native pollinators to live and survive. Catherine hopes her new documentary will help fire up the movement toward making natural landscapes the new landscaping norm!
Karen Bussolini is a national garden speaker and writer hailing from Kent, Connecticut. Karen will give a talk called "The Year-Round Pollinator Garden" and will highlight plant varieties which appeal to pollinators in early Spring, late Fall and Winter which many gardeners do not plan for in their designs. Karen is a seasoned garden photographer and has co-authored many garden books such as the "The Naturescaping Workbook."
Diane St. John will represent Natureworks Garden Center in Northford, CT, where she leads the efforts to raise hundreds of monarch butterflies each summer. She will teach the audience about the process of taking care of these magical creatures from eggs to butterflies, which at times fill the
garden center with cages and chrysalises beyond capacity!
|Diane St. John, Natureworks Garden Center|
|Dr. Kim Stoner, CAES|
|John Campanelli, UCONN|
The audience will include landscapers, environmental educators and related professionals who directly care about our landscapes, many of whom have completed the 30-hour NOFA Accreditation Course in Organic Land Care. All are welcome and can sign up at www.organiclandcare.net or call 203-308-2584.