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October 29 through November 4, 2008

In This Issue

News:

Google's Green Agenda Could Pay Off

Farmer-In-Chief

This week:

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Open Space


Believe in Birth Film Series

More

Save The Date:

Two Angry Moms Film Screening

More

Announcement:

Increase Your Green Competition

More

Ongoing:

Farmer's Markets

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Green Halloween

Weekly Quote:

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leaf Bullet News

Google's Green Agenda Could Pay Off

SAN FRANCISCO — Google, the Internet search and advertising giant, is increasingly looking to the energy sector as a potential business opportunity. From its beginning, the company has invested millions of dollars in making its own power-hungry data centers more efficient. Its philanthropic arm has made small investments in clean energy technologies.

But in recent weeks, Eric E. Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, has hinted at the company’s broad interest in the energy business. Read more at the New York Times.

Farmer-In-Chief: An Open Letter to the Next President

Dear Mr. President-Elect,

It may surprise you to learn that among the issues that will occupy much of your time in the coming years is one you barely mentioned during the campaign: food. Food policy is not something American presidents have had to give much thought to, at least since the Nixon administration — the last time high food prices presented a serious political peril. Since then, federal policies to promote maximum production of the commodity crops (corn, soybeans, wheat and rice) from which most of our supermarket foods are derived have succeeded impressively in keeping prices low and food more or less off the national political agenda. But with a suddenness that has taken us all by surprise, the era of cheap and abundant food appears to be drawing to a close.

Read more at The New York Times.

 

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Green Your Business: Energy Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency, Production

October 30- 8:30-11:00am. 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.

800 Purchase Street, New Bedford. Fee is $20 per class.

Allen's Pond Shrubland Restoration Volunteer Day

October 30 - 9:30am-12:00pm. One of the goals of the shrubland restoration is to preserve native fruit-bearing shrubs, which are important for the survival of shrubland birds.  Work will focus on eradicating invasive plant species, namely Multiflora Rose and Asiatic Bittersweet.

Please wear long pants and long sleeves and bring water. We will provide all other equipment and a light snack.

The Economic Benefits of Preserving Open Space

October 30 - 7:00 p.m. - Constance de Brun of The Trust for Public Land will speak about the Economic Benefits of Preserving Open Space. Sponsored by The Trustees of Reservations.
Bristol Aggie Auditorium, 135 Center St, Dighton, MA. Free. Please pre-register: Miriam Scagnetti-978-840-4446 x1935.

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.

Allen's Pond Sanctuary Ramble

October 31- 9am. Meet at the Allens Pond Field Station, 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA.

Come explore the Sanctuary in its fall beauty with Sanctuary Director, Gina Purtell, or another Allens Pond staff person.The fall is a fantastic time to observe migrating shorebirds and hawks, butterflies, late-blooming Asters and wild mushrooms.

Fee: Members $4, Nonmembers $6. For more information or to make a reservation please call (508) 636-2437.

Cafe Conversations: Urban Food

October 31 - 8:30am-12:00pm. New Commons, 56 Pine Street, Providence, RI.

How will urban centers respond to the emerging demand of producing their own food? One answer is creating the self-sustainable city, where city people eat city- or regionally-grown food. In our cities, it is time to act now to ensure the future! Practices for urban agriculture stretch from simple, urban back yard gardens, roof gardens, vertical farming and sky-vegetables - and more.

The program will include a multi-media presentation on conditions, current practices, and wild ideas/solutions, and a round-table discussion with Josh Miller of Local 121, Greg Gerritt of the Urban Agriculture Task Force in Providence, and Catherine Ady from Woonsocket City Planning.

Please RSVP with Jackie Fellow at 401-351-7110 or email jfellow@newcommons.com

Stone Wall Building Workshop

November 1 - 9:00am-1:00pm. -Chris Tracey, local stone wall expert and owner of Avant Gardens in Dartmouth, MA teaches Trustees members the art and science of dry stack stone wall building. Take an active part in our efforts to protect and restore the 150 year-old stone walls at Copicut Woods, Fall River. Free. 508-679-2115, bioreserve@ttor.org. Please pre- register.

Food and Sustainability on Campus

November 3 - 12:00-1:30pm. -Join the UMASS Dartmouth Campus Sustainability Assessment's Food Committee as they present on their work investigating the sustainability of the campus food system. Committee members will present on what is already happening on campus relating to food, and some possibilities for steps we could take to make our campus food system more sustainable. Hear about waste-to-farm recycling, local purchasing efforts, the on-campus Farmer's Market, and what other campuses have done.

UMASS Dartmouth, Library Browsing Area.

Believe in Birth Film Series

November 3 - 6:30pm. -Birthing Under an Illusion Massachusetts Premier. The brand new film shows how human childbirth is portrayed in American movies, television, and tabloids. Humorist and media specialist Vicki Elson created this hilarious, alarming and inspiring film contrasting Hollywood birth scenes with films made by natural childbirth advocates.

There will be panel discussions following each film with Carol Mailloux, RN, MS, Professor of Nursing, UMASS Dartmouth; Camille Quarles-Wilson, SN, UMASS Dartmouth; Louise Bastarache, Certified Nurse Midwife, of Wareham Nurse Midwives; and Paige Eastman Dickinson, Certified Professional Midwife of Birth Care Midwifery.

UMASS Dartmouth, Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area.

Election Day

November 4 - Get out and vote!


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Two Angry Moms Film Screening

November 6 - 6:00-9:00pm-The Marion Institute hosts Two Angry Moms screening - a documentary that asks the question: What happens when two “fed-up” moms try to change the school lunch program?

Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St, Marion, MA, 508.748.0816, info@marioninstitute.org. Free.

AHA! Night: The Artful Plate

November 13. Downtown New Bedford.

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!
UMASS Dartmouth, Library Browsing Area.

Young Farmers Conference

12/4/08 & 12/5/08 Pocantico Hills, New York.

In addition to workshops, The Young Farmers conference will feature keynote addresses by Frederick Kirschenmann of Stone Barns Center and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm (Harborside, ME). The conference will also include entertainment, a seed swap, tabling area, networking and more.


Workshops during the conference will cover topics on four tracks:
§ Getting Started ¬ the economics of buying land and starting a business
§ General Skills ¬ raising a variety of livestock and diverse produce
§ Policy, the Farm Bill, and Global Agricultural Issues
§ The Farmer-Chef Relationship, cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships with restaurants and chefs

Hosted by Stone Barns Center at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY. Contact Nena Johnson at (914) 366-6200 x112.

Building Energy '09 Conference

3/10-3/12 Boston, MA. Exhibitor's Early Bird Deadline is 11/3.- Over 200 speakers, experts from every field of the sustainable energy and building industries, are preparing dozens of sessions and accredited workshops for BE09, to take place March 10-12. Listings of all sessions and workshops will be posted at www.nesea.org in mid-November.

Last year, Governor Patrick appointed a Task Force on Net Zero Energy Buildings to offer recommendations on how to create buildings that create as much energy as they consume. At BE09, the Governor's Task Force will present results at the Opening Plenary, March 11.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Increase Your Green Competition for Middle and High School Students

"Increase Your Green is a call to action for students in middle and high schools nationwide to decrease their school’s carbon footprint. Do Something challenges YOU to save energy, reduce, reuse, and recycle. Tell us what you did and if you made your school the most eco-friendly, we’ll hook you up with grants to help you keep increasing your green at school!”  Check out www.dosomething.org/increaseyourgreen . This project is powered by the National Grid Foundation.

Check out NESEA's Green Schools Resources page and the Clean Energy for a Clean Environment program for tips and ideas on something you can do to increase your green. Good luck & have FUN!

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
Farmer's Markets

Dartmouth: Last Market is 10/31, Friday 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.

New Bedford: Last Market is 10/30, Wings Court, Thursdays, 2:00-7:00pm,located at Wings Court, Purchase St& Union St, down town New Bedford.

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 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/


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Green Halloween

Don't let your Halloween be scary for Mother Earth. Check out these tips for having a Green Halloween.

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