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October 17th through October 24th, 2008

In This Issue

News:

Local farmers growing a green revolution

This week:

Green Fairhaven Energy and Ecology Fir

Dr. Paul Calvert to speak on biomemetics

More

Save The Date:

Bioneers By the Bay Conference

More

Announcement:

Know your vegetables

More

Ongoing:

Farmer's Markets

Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Ten reasons to buy local food

Weekly Quote:

"We have not inherited the world from our forefathers - we have borrowed it from our children."
-Kashmiri Proverb

Weekly Web Site:

Better World Club - A green alternative to AAA for car owners.

Leaf Bullet News

A Green revolution is brewing at local farms, urban lots

Picking pearsNEW BEDFORD — A growing green revolution is quietly taking root on the South Coast, slowly being spread by a coalition of farmers, environmentalists, social service representatives, health care agencies, and academics. Read more at the Standard Times.

Huge Gap Between World Demand For Fish And What Can Be Sustainably Harvested

Huge Gap Between World Demand For Fish And What Can Be Sustainably HarvestedThe President of SINTEF Fisheries and Aquaculture, Karl Andreas Almås, crouches over his laptop, opens one of his presentations and finds an illustration. It shows one red curve and one blue one. He then indicates the point where they meet each other, then frowns and says the message he cannot repeat often enough: There is a huge gap between world demand for fish and what we can harvest from the world’s natural stocks. The figures are clear: If we don’t do something about the over fishing, the stocks of wild fish will be dealt a death blow. Read more at Science Daily.

 

Leaf Bullet Featured Events

Green Fairhaven Energy and Ecology Fair

Green FairhavenOctober 18, 9am-3pm. The Fair is an event designed to bring people with an interest in "Green" together with people who work in the Green Industries. For details, visit the Green Fairhaven web site.

Dr. Paul Calvert to speak on biomemetics

Tuesday, October 21st, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Please join us in the Library Browsing Area on for Paul Calvert's presentation and discussion on Biomimetics, a new science that studies Dr. Paul Calvertnature’s best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems. The presentation will focus on Biomimetic Engineering and Soft Machines and will cover Biomimetics as a philosophy as well as design examples,including Biomimetic ceramics and composites copied from tooth, shell and bone. Topics covered will include likely outgrowths of Biomimetic research, including soft electronics, muscle-driven robots, and cell-machine hybrids. Dr. Calvert writes: "In materials we now see the aim as building into machines the same kind of toughness and flexibility we see in animals. There are obvious applications of this philosophy to sustainable engineering in general. We do not necessarily want cars that eat other cars, but digestible cars might be a good idea."

 

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability
Green Fairhaven Energy and Ecology Fair

Saturday, October 18, 9am-3pm. The Fair is an event designed to bring people with an interest in "Green" together with people who work in the Green Industries. For details, visit the Green Fairhaven web site.

Dartmouth YMCA Fall Family Celebration and Sharing the Harvest Farm Festival

Saturday, October 18. Activities include:  5K/10K Road Race and Fun Run, Farm Activities, Pie Baking Contest, Hayrides, Barbecue Dinner. The Sharing the Harvest Farm Festival takes place from 1PM-4PM. Event begins with judging of the pie contest ($5 to enter your homemade pie). The afternoon will include hayrides, sheep petting area, drop spindle demonstration, farm tour and nature hikes through the property, farm games, climbing tower, and a talk "Growing Healthy Food" - vegetable gardening basics with a focus on fertility presented at 2:30 PM by Derek Christianson, Sharing the Harvest Farm Project Coordinator. $10 fee per family for the afternoon (the whole day is part of a fundraising effort for the YMCA general scholarship fund).
For more info please contact the Dartmouth YMCA at 508-993-3361.

The Once and Future Farm

Saturday October 18, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please join us to learn about The Trustees’ plans to restore the farmhouse and breathe new life into this property, which captures the very essence of community. Bring your own photos, mementos, and memories of the farm to share. Local refreshments are on us!
At the Westport Town Farm. For more info: 508-679-2115 or seregion@ttor.org.

Green Your Business: Water Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency

October 23. Learn how you can position your business to be resilient in the face of declining supplies and increasing prices of energy, water, and other resources. After this class you'll return to work with an understanding of how to calculate, evaluate, and reduce your organization's environmental impact- establishing your business as a leader in your industry.

Know Your Vegetables: Fall Fertilizers and Composting

Monday October 20. Join us for a free conversation series focusing on topics related to small scale vegetable production. This month we'll be discussing fall fertilizers and compost.

For more information or to RSVP please contact us:  
Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747   
Ph:  508.992.1868         
http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

4th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change Conference

Bioneers by the BayOctober 24-26. This year's Bioneer's conference will be held in downtown New Bedford. Bioneers is an annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants. The conference will bring together a diverse audience of students, faculty, entrepreneurs, scientists and every-day people. We anticipate an audience of 2,000 people [including some 500 college and high school students] from all over the Northeast – and perhaps further. Visit: www.connectingforchange.org for more information.

Beach Grass Planting

October 25 - 10 a.m. - Noon - The Westport River Watershed Alliance invites you to join in and help stabilize the dunes by planting beach grass in eroded areas. After planting we will explore the stretch of dunes that separates the beach from the estuary and learn about these ever changing natural barriers. Bring a garden trowel and wear shoes for walking in the sand.
Meet at Westport Town Beach (Cherry and Webb) parking lot.

Fall Night Hike

October 31 - 7:00 p.m. - Join WRWA on an adventure through the woods in search of sights and sounds of creatures of the night. We will use hands-on activities to test our senses and compare them to our local animals. Dress warmly and leave the flashlights at home.
Meet at WRWA office at 1151 Main Road, Westport. Fee: WRWA members $5 / $7 non-members.

Sustainability Film Series - The Great Global Warming Swindle

Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM - The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007, 120 minutes) Everything you’ve ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. From Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to news reports from the popular media outlets and even public classrooms, which seem to be screaming - the sky is falling. But is it really? This film blows the whistle on what it claims is the biggest swindle in modern history. We are told that Man Made Global Warming is the biggest threat ever to mankind and that it may even threaten our very survival. If we do not change our ways and reduce CO2 emissions, polar ice caps will melt, coastal areas will flood and hurricanes like Katrina will become common. There is absolutely no room for doubt because there is a scientific consensus. Anyone who questions the data or conclusion is an enemy of the state and humanity. The Great Global Warming Swindle uses a plethora of leading scientists who will not bend to political or philosophical or ideological pressure. Watch this film and make up your own mind!
(Library Browsing Area)

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Green Your Business: A Six Session Course for Business Owners and Managers

Learn how you can position your business to be resilient in the face of declining supplies and increasing prices of energy, water, and other resources. After this class you'll return to work with an understanding of how to calculate, evaluate, and reduce your organization's environmental impact- establishing your business as a leader in your industry.

Classes will be taught by Glenn Bachman, a certified management consultant and certified planner with over 30 years experience. He works in transforming organizations into sustainable enterprises that create enduring value. Bachman is the author of The Green Business Guide, which will be published this winter.

Classes will be held starting October 2nd from 8:30-11:00am at UMASS Dartmouth's downtown campus at 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford.

Here's the schedule:
October 2 Green Enterprise: Environmental Context, Attributes, Benefits.
October 9 Planning the Transformation: Environmental audit, Green as
Strategy.

October 23 Water Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency.
October 30 Energy Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency,
Production.
November 6 Resources: Green facilities, Eco-products, Materials
management, Zero waste.
November 13 Synthesis: Eco-labeling, Certification, Promoting the Green
Enterprise.

Fee is $95 for all six classes, including materials and certificate or $20.00 per individual class. Class size is limited and preference will be given to individuals from New Bedford businesses. Go here to register (PDF).

Know Your Vegetables: A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production. 

We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys vegetables… young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.
Monday October 20 – Fall Fertilizers and Composting
Monday November 24 – Nutrient Density in Foods
Monday December 15 – Biodynamic Agriculture

January 2009 – Preparing a Seed Order and Variety Selection   
February 2009 – Tools for the Vegetable Garden, Small- Scale Farm
March 2009 – Seed Starting, Greenhouses and Cold Frames   
April 2009 - Sustainable Production Techniques, Row Covers and Transplanting
May 2009 – Weeds, Cultivation, and Stale Bedding

Conversations will continue into summer 2009:  topics to be determined.

Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM

For more information or to RSVP please contact us:  
Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747   
Ph:  508.992.1868                  
http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

Pajama Project

The City of New Bedford is asking for you old pajamas! Help the HarbOUR HOUSE Family Shelter by clicking this link to learn more

 

Leaf Bullet Ongoing
Volunteer with Sharing the Harvest Farm Project

Dartmouth YMCA, 276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.

Saturdays 10am-12pm. www.ymcasouthcoast.org

Farmer's Markets

Dartmouth: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.

Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm at the Fairhaven High School.

New Bedford: Brooklawn Park, Mondays 2:00-7:00pm, Ashley Blvd & Brooklawn St, New Bedford.

New Bedford: Clasky Common, Saturdays, 9am-1pm,located at Pleasant St & Pearl St, New Bedford.

New Bedford: Wings Court, Thursdays, 2:00-7:00pm,located at Wings Court, Purchase St& Union St, down town New Bedford.

Westport: Saturdays,8am-12pm, Westport Grange, 870 Main Rd, Westport.

 

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Ten reasons to buy local food

It might seem obvious to some, but the age of the 3,000-mile salad is coming to an end and there's more reasons to eat local than just the oil impact. Here are ten reasons to buy local food.

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