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A workshop for landscape professionals focusing on Willamette University’s five-year plus organic landscape management. Workshop topics include soil biology and chemistry, plant selection, water conservation and organic weed management. This class will involve both classroom instruction and field study.

Oregon Tilth Accredited Organic Land Care, a program dedicated to training and accrediting sustainable landscape practices, is pleased to announce:

Transitioning to Organics: a workshop for landscape professionals focusing on Willamette University’s five-year plus organic landscape management. Workshop topics include soil biology and chemistry, plant selection, water conservation, compost tea and organic weed management. This class will involve both classroom instruction and field study. 

Participants in the training will receive a copy of the Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care Policies and Standards. Lunch included. Continued education hours are available.

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Transitioning to Organics

Friday, July 26th, 2013
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Willamette University
$80 registration fee
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Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
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Presentations:            

Jim Andersen: Transitioning to Organics
Prior to 2006, Willamette University relied extensively on herbicides and insecticides to maintain the grounds. When Jim Anderson became the campus grounds manager in 2007, he eliminated the entire chemical arsenal.  With a team of committed partners and co-workers, Jim worked to improve the soil organically, restore native habitat and create ecological functions in the campus landscape.

Mickey Cochrane: Willamette University Field Study
Mickey is a groundskeeper at Willamette University in Salem. He is also an Oregon Tilth Accredited Organic Land Care practitioner. Willamette University has been managing its landscapes organically for almost five years now. In this presentation, we will hear about successful organic management on the campus.

Jim Toler: Soil Health Maintenance
Jim founded Willamette Organics in 2003 to serve the farming and landscape industries and has been instrumental in helping Oregon Tilth develop the Accredited Organic Land Care program. He has attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s organic land care training and wrote the initial draft for the Oregon Tilth Organic Land Care Policies and Standards. He will be presenting material related to soil health, including soil testing and soil biology.

Dean Wentworth: Plant Selection for the Organic Landscape
Dean is the Botanical Garden and Greenhouse Curator at Willamette University. He has been with the university since October 1999. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Horticulture, with an emphasis in soils and plant pathology. Dean’s contributions to the campus include more wildlife habitat, an increase in water-conserving plants and a four-season, attractive perennial landscape.

Shepard Smith: Compost Tea Demonstration
Shepard (Shep), founder and president of Soilsmith Services, has extensive experience in soil biology as a farmer, organic farm inspector, and professional consultant to farmers, nurserymen, and growers of many types of plants in various soil and climate conditions.

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