NOFA/Mass will host two “Organic Lawns & Landscapes Refresher” workshops, on Friday, August 12 from 8am to Noon at UMass Amherst, Campus Center Room 904-908, with Chip Osborne, in conjunction with the NOFA Summer Conference; and again Friday, August 19 from 9am to 1pm at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, with Javier Gil. Practical skills and problem solving will be the focus of these four-hour intensive workshops. Beginning with an overview of the systems approach to organic landscaping; soil testing; soil amendments; managing nutrition; grass types; and compost tea, Osborne and Gil will then delve into practical solutions for real-life landscape problems. Case study examples will be explored in depth within small groups, with the goal of boosting students’ hands-on knowledge of organic lawns and landscaping and how to transition to organic management with success, cost-efficiency and grace.
Cost: $100 for the general public; $75 for NOFA members and NOFA AOLCPs. Register online at www.nofamass.org. More info: Kathy Litchfield at (413) 773-3830 or Kathy@nofamass.org.
The Small Planet Institute seeks two dynamic interns for fall 2011. This is a unique opportunity to work directly with Frances Moore Lappé in a small organization doing groundbreaking work on hunger, poverty, food sustainability, and living democracy. Current initiatives include preparing for a national book release, publicity outreach, research for upcoming publications, and general program support.
Duties may involve, but are not limited to:
- Administrative and communications assistance, such as database management, correspondence, and website updates;
- Research assistance, including fact checking, referencing, and research for articles, blogs and publications;
- Assistance with academic and partner outreach campaigns; and
- Social networking activities (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, and blogging).
The ideal candidate has excellent verbal and written communication skills and superb research abilities. S/he is motivated, highly organized, detail oriented, and a self-starter who can work well with little supervision. A passion for social democratic movements and the mission of the Small Planet Institute is required. To learn more about the Small Planet Institute, please visit our website at www.smallplanet.org.
This internship will start in early September. Hours are negotiable, with a minimum requirement of 12 hours per week. We offer a stipend for all interns.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply before August 22nd.
Follow this link to fill out an application. Only those who fill out this online application will be considered.