Transitioning To Organic Land Care (OLC)
In Your Town
Video topics include:
- What is meant by organic land care
- On-location interviews with Cheshire and Granby town officials who talk about their experiences implementing organic land care on their playing fields
- Benefits and potential challenges of going organic
Some products can be purchased through the Capitol Region Purchasing Council
(scroll down to "Grass and Seed Fertilizer Bid documents") or call Jennifer March-Walker at 860-522-2217.
DEEP partnered with NOFA to provide technical assistance to municipalities to convert to organic methods to manage their turf playing fields. DEEP and NOFA worked with Manchester and Watertown to transition from conventional pesticides and fertilizers on soccer and baseball fields.
One of the most challenging parts of moving to Organic Land Care is the cost of organic fertilizers compared with conventional ones. Utilizing "free" compost produced from town leaves is one of the best responses to this challenge. Organic land care specialists recommend that the compost be tested before application and results compared with the needs of the turf soil for nutrients, organic matter and biology.
For more information contact Mary Sherwin at 860-424-3246 or Judy Prill at 860-424-3694.
provides information on the risks to children who play on fields treated with conventional pesticides.
- Low Impact Development (LID). CT DEEP has developed a series of brochures for municipalities and homeowners who want to learn more about reducing stormwater run-off using techniques such as rain gardens, pervious pavement and more.
- Planning For Stormwater. (UCONN, NEMO) Information on LID and site design elements to reduce stormwater run-off such as rain gardens, grassed swales, green roofs.
- Find out how organic land care fits into the objectives of Recommendation #36: “Reduce Use of Non-Farm Fertilizer” in the Connecticut Climate Change Action Plan.
- NOFA accreditation course on organic land care
Content Last Updated November 2011