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.1 STMA CEU
1 PACE/Pesticide CEU - categories 32 & 37
Start the holiday season with fellow members at our annual meeting. We’ll gather at the German Club and enjoy a casual evening featuring delicious food and great company, along with a variety of imported German brews.
4:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
5:30 p.m. Annual Meeting & Presentation
6:30 p.m. Buffet Dinner & More Networking
*No walk-ins can be accommodated at this meeting.Fraise Mowing for Weed Control in Pesticide Free Fields
This extensive fraise mowing project, on a K-12 athletic field in Connecticut, set out to control not only poa annua but other troublesome perennial weeds like clover. With the ability to use traditional chemistry for weed control completely restricted, mechanical control is the only real option for managing turfgrass weeds at this site. We’ll take an in-depth look at the practice of fraise mowing from start to finish, as well as the thought process behind seed selection and topdressing material, while considering spring weed competition. Lessons learned, and things that will be done differently for the next fraise mowing project, will be discussed.
Tom Barry, CSFM, Greens Farms Academy, Westport, CT
Armed with a turfgrass management degree from UConn, Tom Barry’s career encompasses the scope of the sports turf industry including grounds crew, golf course management, landscape construction, and supplier sales team – all of which have brought him to the position he holds today as Director of Facilities at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT.
At Greens Farms, Tom has developed highly successful, environmentally sensitive management programs for both turf and landscape plants on campus. Most notably, he led the academy to achieve STMA’s Environmental Facility Certificate in 2018. A Certified Sports Turf Manager, Tom was named NESTMA’s Sports Turf Manager of the Year in 2020 and recently joined the board of directors. He is also a horticulture instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College and teaches sustainability courses to local high school students.
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