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Professional Education

As a busy landscaper, you need quality continuing education to stay ahead of the sustainable curve. Our programs, offered in partnership with the Community College of Allegheny County(CCAC), are taught by experts in the field of horticulture, arboriculture, turf management, and forestry. These classes are designed to help landscapers build the skills they need to offer more environmentally-friendly services while taking care of their bottom line. Successful completion of our professional education programming earns attendees a certificate from Phipps, as well as a certificate of attendance from CCAC. Check out our current offerings below.

Compost Tea Workshop: A Practical Introduction to Managing the Microbiology of your Landscape

Dates: Tuesday, July 29
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Keith McNeish
Level: N/A
Fee: $ 50 members; $50 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Actively aerated compost tea is an easy and inexpensive tool that can help any landscape perform to its full potential, and is an important component of any ecologically responsible landscape management plan. Join us for this one-day workshop where you will learn about the relationship between microbes and plant performance, discuss seasonally appropriate applications, identify microbes under a microscope, and help brew and apply a batch of compost tea. Class will also cover the role of soil testing and mineral amendments in helping to manage landscapes without synthetic inputs. Practical considerations will be addressed, including common mistakes. This will class will be geared specifically for professional practitioners, including grounds personnel and other landscape professionals.

Instructor: Keith McNeish is the grounds manager for Pittsburgh Job Corps, a federal job training facility with 25 acres of turf, mature trees, and ornamental beds which Keith has transitioned to organic management over the past 3 years. Keith is also the proprietor of Ecological Landscape Innovations, a landscaping company that offers soil mineral and biology testing, compost tea application and organic remediation.

Fee includes light breakfast, coffee and lunch.

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Please call or email with questions.