Accredited Organic Land Care
Soil Testing, Mapping and Planning
Landscape Construction – Design/Build is our main focus
On-Going Organic Gardening, Maintenance,General and Specific Plant Care: Meet Firefly Landscapes, inc Firefly Landscapes, inc is our sister company providing organic gardening to residential and commercial clients in the Pioneer Valley since 2009. Once the on-going land care and garden service division of Treefrog Landscapes, Firefly now operates independently, providing skilled, full season services for discerning clients.
Please find them at http://www. fireflylandscapes.com
Organic Accreditation: Treefrog received Accreditation as Certified Organic Land Care Professionals in 2009. We pride ourselves on being active members of this network and contributing to the field.
Maintaining Accreditation Requires that Professionals
- Take the 30 hour NOFA OLC Accreditation Course in organic landscaping
- Pass the Accreditation Exam
- Pledge to provide organic land care according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care
- Maintain continuing education by attending a minimum of 4 credit-hours of organic landscaping education annually.
- Pay an annual fee to remain accredited
There are many folks out there who might use the term “Organic” in the services that they provide. They may say that they offer “organic services” or use “organic fertilizers.” And that all may be true. They are not breaking any rules.
Yet, there is a significant difference between just using organic products and the accredited organic process. The organic standards and process require a whole systems approach. One small benchmark to see if a professional is actually using organic standards: SOIL TESTS!
Soil Testing is required by organic standards. It makes sense, as the systems approach is not to simply “add more” organic fertilizers. Know the difference between buying the (more expensive) organic products from a conventional landscape professional and working with a professional trained in Organic Standards. If they are not requiring soil tests, before they draw up your design and contract, then they are not Certified Organic.
As of August 2014, Treefrog Landscapes, Inc is the only AOLCP in Hampshire, Franklin or Hampden County (if you become aware of someone – please let us know. We love to know who is out there and who we might refer folks to).
To see more on these standards please visit http://organiclandcare.net/accreditation/standards