Learn the secrets to a great garden this spring, and join a community of Master Gardeners who are active in all 50 states in the United States and four Canadian provinces. BCC is proud to once again offer the nationally recognized Master Gardeners Program that improves the knowledge and skills of novice and experienced gardeners alike.
The knowledge gained in the Master Gardeners Program can be applied towards opportunities working with school or resident home gardens, establishing community gardens, and more. Read more →
SEMAP is very excited to have Will Bonsall presenting at our conference this coming weekend. Bonsall has a fantastic new book coming out, set to be published in July 2015. Many thanks to Chelsea Green Publishing who will be giving the first 150 registrants to the Ag & Food conference a chance to purchase Bonsall’s book at 35% off normal price!
About the Book:
“Society does not generally expect its farmers to be visionaries.” Perhaps not, but longtime Maine farmer and homesteader Will Bonsall does possess a unique clarity of vision that extends all the way from the finer points of soil fertility and seed saving to exploring how we can transform civilization and make our world a better, more resilient place. Read more →
We know a lot of people are looking forward to hearing Will Bonsall speak at our conference next week. Here’s what he’ll be discussing:
Keynote : Ecoefficiency – the Heart of Sustainable Agriculture
The organic movement needs to be asking itself questions that go far deeper than OMRI or NOP standards. Are our farms and gardens actually producing fertility or merely moving it around, with a huge carbon footprint? The best organic cropping system is inferior to nature’s method of maintaining and even building tilth using materials which ate the most ecoefficient – produce more than they consume. Only by carefully examining our farm or garden’s real bottom line can we hope to be truly sustainable. Read more →
In the last several years, there has been growing interest in invasive plants and their management. While turf and landscape professionals might be very proficient in the development of a weed management program for turf and/or landscape, invasive plant management often reveals many new and unique challenges. This 4-day program is intended to help participants meet these challenges when attempting to develop an invasive plant management program as part of their business.
A certificate in INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT may be obtained by attending all four sessions (see below) and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 – A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B: Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. All sessions will be offered annually to facilitate earning the certificate over more than one year’s time. ALL SESSIONS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN INDIVIDUALLY. Please note: The Pesticide Contact Hours are awarded for attending any of the classes you choose. You do not have to take or pass a test after attending to receive the contact hours – the test is only for attendees who wish to earn the Invasives Plant Management Certification.
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