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Spring Kickoff!

Spring Conference for Landscapers

This program is a collaborative effort between NHLA and UNH Cooperative Extension

Sweeney Hall Auditorium
New Hampshire Technical Institute – Concord's Community College
Concord, NH

March 12, 2014

Pesticide credits pending;
NHCLP credits awarded available

Register online

Program Brochure available here



Registration, Visit Vendor Booths, Greet members
Coffee, Tea, Muffins

Naturally Curious, A Journey Through the Year Through a Naturalist's Eyes
Mary Holland

10:00-10:15 Announcements and Scholarship Awards
10:15-10:30 Break, visit vendor booths
  Track 1   Track 2
10:30-11:20 Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations,
Part 1

T. Richard Shute

Discovering New England Stonewalls
Kevin Gardner                            


Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations,
Part 2

T. Richard Shute

OR Phytotechnologies: Using Plants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites
Kate Kennen
12:20-1:15 Lunch / Visit Exhibitors and Vendors
  Track 1   Track 2
1:20-3:00 Growing Fruit in a Permaculture Ecosystem
Michael Phillips
OR Re-Thinking Turf Fertilization
Panel Discussion
Pesticide credits pending;
AOLCP credits available;
2 NHCLP Credits awarded for attending Conference.

Registration Details

Early registration is $50 first person, $47 for additional persons from the same business or organization if paid in full by March 5, 2014). Late registration or payment at the door is $55 per person. Student registrations: $25 before March 5. (Please call 862-3208 if you would like to register as a student.) No refunds after March 5 and lunch is not guaranteed for registrations after March 5.
Note: we cannot give refunds for non-attendance.

RSVP by March 5, 2014

Register online

Program Brochure with mail in form available here

Students, pleases call 862-3208 to register.

Questions? Contact Cathy Neal, UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist at UNHCE at 603-862-3208 or cathy.neal@unh.edu or Jon Batson, NHLA Education Committee Chair at 603-335-5372 or jontree13@aol.com

Review of Educational Sessions

Naturally Curious: A Journey Through the Year Through a Naturalist's Eyes

In this presentation you’ll go on a visual journey through the 12 months of the year. Beginning in March, when the earth awakens, and ending in February, Mary Holland will guide you through a selection of each month’s most memorable natural events. Images and information about amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insect, spiders, plants and fungi of New England are included. The program is based on her book Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England, which won a National Outdoor Book Award in 2011.     

Presenter: Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education includes directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) for eight years, working as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting her own hands-on Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for five years for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. She has written two children’s books about nature and writes a nature column for newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and has done extensive environmental education work throughout Vermont. Visit her natural history blog where she posts a photograph and accompanying information five days a week at www.naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com.

Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations General Overview

This double session is a 2 hour course on motor carrier rules and regulations.  Any company with employees operating a vehicle rated over 10,001 lbs and up to 26,000 lbs GVWR is considered a commercial motor vehicle operator and has to abide by additional rules when operating your vehicles. If you are driving a ¾ ton truck and towing a trailer or a 1 ton dump truck like so many of us do you are operating a commercial motor vehicle. Make sure you and your employees are prepared if they are pulled over by State Police Officers. This will expand on the course we had at the March Conference in 2012. Richard will update us on any new changes that we should be aware of as well as new ones coming our way. Richard will set some time aside for questions from attendees so be prepared with your questions. Attendees who attend both 1- hour sessions will receive a Certificate of Training from the Department of Safety.   

Presenter: Tr. Richard S. Shute is with the NH State Police Troop - G, Department of Safety, Division of State Police.

Discovering New England Stone Walls

This presentation will cover a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, The Granite Kiss (Countryman Press), touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics. He will explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.

Presenter: Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. For nearly forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Kevin published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls. In addition to The Granite Kiss, he has published poetry, songs, and essays. Kevin is also a performance critic, feature writer, and producer for NH Public Radio. Kevin is also a longtime professional actor, director, and teacher of theater. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School.

Phytotechnologies: Using Plants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites

Phytotechnology, the ability of plants to uptake and remove contaminates from soil, is a gaining attention in the fields of sustainability and landscape architecture. From gas stations burdened with fuel spills, to brownfields contaminated with heavy industrial pollutants, cost-effective, natural cleanup methods can be an effective strategy in mitigating pollutants.  This presentation will cover the basic fundamentals of phytotechnology, current case studies, advantages and limits of plant-based cleanup, and implications for future integration in design and planning.

Presenter: Kate Kennen, principal of Offshoots, Inc. (www.offshootsinc.com) is a registered Landscape Architect based in Boston. Having spent her childhood at her family’s garden center in central Massachusetts, Kate is well versed in the plants of the Northeast. She earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. Kate teaches a research seminar on phytotechnologies with Niall Kirkwood at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and their book Phyto for Landscape Design will be published in Fall 2014.

Growing Fruit in a Permaculture Ecosystem

Our primary role as earth stewards is to build system health. Embracing forest edge ecology is an important starting point for biological advantage for fruiting plants. Equally apropos are fascinating ecosystem connections that keep insect challenges far more manageable. We’ll examine dynamics like beneficial accumulators, pollinator habitat, spider allies, even how plant growth cycles suggest particular task timing to enhance these connections. Holistic methods are about deep nutrition and competitive colonization along with organically-approved approaches to achieving pest balance.

Presenter: Michael Phillips is known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found at www.GrowOrganicApples.com provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire. Michael’s newest book, The Holistic Orchard: Tree Fruits and Berries the Biological Way, speaks for all fruits and recently received Garden Book of the Year honors from the American Horticultural Society.

Re-Thinking Turf Fertilization: Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will inform us about the new voluntary and regulatory guidelines affecting fertilizers and nutrient management in turfgrass.


Eric Williams, Asst. Administrator from NH DES, Water Pollution Division, will provide context in terms of water quality and the environment.

Clare Ryan, Program Manager, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, will talk about NEIWPCC and how it has led to changes in policy/law in the Northeast.

Jennifer Gornert from NH Dept. Of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Division of Regulatory Services will explain the Dept of Ag’s under House Bill 393, which passed last season.

Margaret Hagen, (UNHCE) will talk about what Extension is doing in updating soil test recommendations and fact sheets for homeowner education.

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