Extension Offers Organic Land Care Certification Course

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EAST BRUNSWICK — Rutgers Cooperative Extension presents a new program of seminars for the landscaping industry entitled the Organic Land Care Certification Course, on Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Middlesex County 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The four-day organic land care certification program is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and Master Gardeners. Program participants will also earn NJ DEP pesticide re-certification credits and the NJDEP Natural Turf & Landscape Management Certificate. Some of the topics to be presented include, Landscape Alternatives to Lawns, Interpreting Soil Sample Results and Marketing Your Organic Company.

Other presentations will focus on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted run-off from managed landscapes. This program is not intended for recreation and sports turf fields. Certification is attained by passing an optional exam at the end of the program. Participants that pass the exam will be considered a certified organic land care provider and be listed on the Rutgers website as such.

Early registration (postmarked by Dec. 31) will cost $475 and if postmarked after Jan. 1, the registration fee will be $500.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. To register for the program, or find out which pesticide credits will be offered, please call the Middlesex County Extension office at 1-732-398-5275. Deadline for registration is Jan. 7.


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