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Marion Larson

Marion Larson

Outreach Coordinator, MassWildlife

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The recent snowfall shouldn't keep you from thinking it's too early to start planning for landscaping season! There is still time to sign up for an intensive five-day seminar in January on Organic Land Care offered by the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. The course is designed for landscape professionals, horticulturalists, and conservation or park staff interested in managing land using organic practices. Taught by land care professionals and scientists, and natural resource specialists, this accredited course covers all aspects of organic landscaping including soil health, site analysis, rain gardens, soil amendments, composting, pest management, planting, wildlife management, wetlands, invasives, business management, and more.

The course will be held on January 13, 14, 15, 19, and 20, 2010, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center in Newburyport. Click here for registration information or contact coordinator Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org. I've taught the wildlife course for the past five years.

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Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

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A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28

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