BORDENTOWN, NJ - Many New Jersey homeowners want to keep their yard maintained in a way that doesn’t harm the environment of pose risk to their family’s health. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Course is a 5-day class for landscapers and land care providers. Over 20 Extension professionals and industry experts help teach the course which focuses on organic practices for promoting healthy soil, enhancing biodiversity, and reducing polluted runoff from managed landscapes.

This program was recognized with the Environmental Stewardship award by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association at the Green Expo in Atlantic City in December. The Environmental Stewardship award is presented in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation. The Organic Land Care working group is comprised of extension faculty and staff, government staff, and industry professionals that have come together to create this program under Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s leadership.

The course dates are January 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 2015, 8am to 5pm, (snow date: January 22) and it will be held at the Rutgers EcoComplex, 1200 Florence Columbus Rd. Bordentown, NJ 08505.

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The course is designed for professional landscapers, property managers, and public works employees, groundskeepers, landscape architects and Rutgers Master Gardeners. It is not intended for recreation and sports turf field managers. The certificate program requirements include attending the 5 day course and passing an optional exam based on course content. Participants that pass the exam will receive a certificate of completion and be listed on the organic land care program website.

For registration information and course details, visit the organic care website, or call (732) 398‐5275.