Dr. Deborah Young, Director of the Colorado State University IPM Center, in cooperation with the City of Boulder and Chip Osborne from Osborne Organics would like to extend an invitation to school districts who are considering organic turf as an option. It is also open to school staff who would like more information about “going organic”. In addition to the workshop, participants are invited to an afternoon tour of the City of Boulder athletic fields and park sites that have been managed without pesticides for over 12 years. City staff will be conducting the tours and will be available to answer questions.
Participants are encouraged to attend all or part of the day’s activities, depending on their availability. When considering your level of participation, please RSVP for the workshop, the tour, or both. There is no charge for the workshop or the tour.
Monday August 11, 2014
Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management – Osborne Organics
Introductory 3 Hour Training for School Grounds Turf Managers
Sponsored by the City of Boulder
Chip Osborne will discuss the realities of Natural Turf Management. He will present an overview of the basic concepts and protocols of the program and will cover in detail the core practices that one must follow. This is a half-day course. The premise of the course is that a healthy, naturally maintained turf is more resilient, more drought-tolerant and more resistant to pest infestations than chemically managed turf. We will discuss in detail how to measure, develop and maintain healthy soil biology, how to maintain proper fertilization levels for optimum growth and plant health, how cultural practices should be altered for organic turf, and how to address specific pest problems without chemical pesticides.
Alfalfa’s Market Community Room
Boulder, CO 80302
Use corporate entrance on southwest corner of building. Room is at the end of the hall.
8:30-8:45 Why go organic
8:45-9:00 Difference between conventional and natural lawn and turf care products and practices
9:00-9:15 Overview of natural turf management: programs and protocols including costs and realities
9:15-10:15 Insect, weed, and disease management
10:30-11:00 Nutrition and fertility management
11:00- 11:30 Proper cultural practices
Lunch will not be provided. Alfalfa’s does have an in-store deli and there is a dining area located in the store. Chip will be available for informal discussions over lunch.
Tour of athletic field and park sites following the workshop.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Genevieve Berry (Genevieve.firstname.lastname@example.org), by August 8th.