Natural Lawn Care Workshop for Professionals and Municipalities
Natural Lawn Care Workshop for landscape companies, turf managers, municipalities, and school districts
March 21, 2012
$125, Discounts available for multiple registrants
Indiana University Northwest John W. Anderson Library/Conference Center
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408 See Map
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn
about the latest in natural lawn care techniques
and principles, plus explore how to expand your
clientele and develop a profitable program. Indiana 3b CCH’s are available.
Chip Osborne,renowned natural lawn care expert
8:30-8:45 Introduction and Welcome
Rachel Rosenberg, Safer Pest Control Project and Joe Exl, NIRPC
8:45-10:00 Introduction to a Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management Chip Osborne
10:00-10:30 Phosphorus Laws and Indiana: Past, Present, and Future Marija Watson, Indiana Wildlife Federation
10:45-12:00 It’s All About the Soil Chip Osborne
12:45-2:00 Horticultural Practices for Natural Lawns
2:15-2:45 Alternatives to Lawn: Native Plants and Sustainable Landscaping Mark O'Brien, Cardno JFNew
2:45-3:45 The Best of the Rest: Addressing Expectations, Sports Turf, Costs, and Transitional Lawns Chip Osborne
3:45-4:00 Wrap-up and evaluations
Registration is open.
President, Osborne Organics
Chip Osborne, founder and President of Osborne Organics, LLC, has over 10 years experience in creating safe, sustainable and healthy athletic fields and landscapes, and 35 years experience as a professional horticulturist. As a wholesale and retail nurseryman he has first hand experience with the pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides routinely used in landscape and horticultural industry. Personal experience led him to believe there must be a safer way to grow plants. His personal investigation, study of conventional and organic soil science practices, and hands-on experimentation led him to become one of the country's leading experts on growing sustainable, natural turf.
Along the path to greening his own industry practices, Chip became a regular lecturer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association, a board member of Beyond Pesticides, Chairman of the Marblehead, Massachusetts' Recreation and Parks Department, and speaker nationwide on the topic of turf management for athletic fields and landscapes. He speaks to a wide audience of sports field professionals, state and municipal agencies, and community groups. In 1998 Chip and Pat Beckett, co-founded The Living Lawn Project in Marblehead, MA, one of the country's first natural lawn demonstration sites. It is a nationally-recognized, living example that beautiful, healthy grass can be grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. He remains a dedicated environmental activist speaker for communities wanting to learn about why and how to change their town policies.