Newly accredited organic lawncare services are now available from NH-based landscaper Steve Phillips of Heidelberg Farms.
Having offered organic lawncare services for years, Philips took the extra step to become accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association by recently completing an intensive four-day course in Connecticut. The course was taught by highly experienced scientists and leaders in the “green” industry, each of whom have pledged to provide services according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.
For Phillips, accreditation is not just an empty qualifier about his business, but rather an important indicator of knowledge.
“I learned so much in those four days, including the fact that many supposedly ‘green’ practices are not green at all,” he said. “I look forward to adhering to the principles of NOFA and delivering legitimately green and organic services to my clients. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to the earth and I know others feel the same way.”
Individuals must pass a rigorous test to become accredited.
“It was pretty hard—I am really happy I passed,” Phillips added.
The NOFA Accreditation Courses are held annually in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast. They generally attract landscapers and designers from large and small firms, state and municipal employees, school groundskeepers, garden and nursery center owners and staff, professors, and others. The course curriculum—covering all topics of organic land care—is especially important today as more people become aware of the danger that synthetic pesticides and fertilizers pose to biodiversity, water quality and ecosystem health.
To learn more about Heidelberg Farms , call Phillips at (603) 501-9919.