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January 14 - January 20, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Deep Ecology Philosopher Arne Naess Dies

January 19th National Day of Service

This week:

Shrink Your Footprint: Eat Green

Know Your Vegetables: Seed Selection

More

Save The Date:

Regional Sustainability Exchange

Greening the City Conference

More

Announcement:

New January 2009 Course Builds Carbon Auditing Skills

Wilderness First Aid Course Jan 24 & 25

Just Do One Video Contest

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Become a 'Hypermiler'

Weekly Quote:

"Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better." 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Leaf Bullet News

"Deep Ecology" Philosopher Arne Naess Dies at 96

The Associated Press, Published Jan. 13, 2009

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- Norwegian philosopher, writer and mountaineer Arne Naess, best known for launching the concept of ''deep ecology,'' has died, his publisher said Tuesday. He was 96.

Naess is credited with creating the deep ecology concept, promoting the idea that Earth as a planet has as much right as its inhabitants, such as humans, to survive and flourish. He cited the 1962 book ''Silent Spring,'' by Rachel Carson as a key inspiration. Read more.

National Day of Service: January 19th

President-Elect Obama's Inaugural Committee is planning a National Day of Service on January 19th, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the day before the inauguration. This will be the start of a larger campaign called Renewing America's Promise, that will encourage citizens to become fully engaged in ongoing community service projects.

To find out more visit: www.usaservice.org

To search for events in our area click here

 

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Elizabeth Henderson on Local, Organic, and Fair Farming

1/16/09 Providence, RI. 7:00-9:00pm.

NOFA hosts farmer and author Elizabeth Henderson to share her extensive experience with organic farming and kick off the “Organic Matters in Rhode Island” campaign. FREE for NOFA members, $5 for nonmembers. Farms that are members of NOFA are welcome to set up a table with information at this event.

Hosted by NOFA at the Brown University Smith-Buonanno Hall Room 106: 95 Cushing St, Providence, RI.

Contact NOFA at (401) 884-5118 or by e-mail for more information.

Shrink Your Footprint Series: Eat Green

1/17/09 10:00am-12:00pm Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA.

Join us for a lecture and hands-on workshop on "eating green." This is the first of three lectures and workshops that will help you to shrink your carbon footprint. Your carbon footprint is a representation of the effect you have on climate change, in terms of the total amount of greenhouse gases you directly or indirectly produce. Many of your actions generate carbon emissions, which contribute to accelerating global warming. Come and learn which parts of your lifestyle deserve the greatest attention. Armed with such information, you can more readily take effective action to shrink your carbon footprint, thereby minimizing your personal impact on the environment. This series is presented in cooperation with the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society, the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust, the Lloyd Center for the Environment, the Marion Institute, Mass Audubon's Allen's Pond Sanctuary, the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL), the Trustees of Reservations and the Westport River Watershed Alliance.

22nd NOFA/Mass Annual Winter Conference

1/17/09 Worcester, MA. 9.00am-5.30pm Worcester Vocational Technical High School, Skyline Drive, Worcester, MA

"ORGANIC AGRICULTURE: The Roots of a Sustainable Community"

Keynote Speech by Eliot Coleman:
"Small Growers are the Soul of Organics"

The NOFA/Mass Community Farm Initiative is holding a track of workshops at the Winter Conference addressing three key components of forming a successful Community Farm. Learn more about the Community Farm Track here

Over 35 workshops to choose from on crops, gardening, livestock, farm management, organic lawn care, and sustainable lifestyles.

For more information contact Conference Coordinator, Jassy Bratko jassy.bratko@nofamass.org or 978-928-5646, or view a flier for the conference here.

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

Monday, January 19, 6:30pm. Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA

Please join us for our first Know Your Vegetables of 2009 as we discuss:

Seed Selection and Varieties for 2009, Succession Planting and Crop Rotation 

Brandywine, Yellow Brandywine, and/or True Black Brandywine...  come join our discussion as we share thoughts and ideas about seed selection and varieties for 2009.  Which varieties have impressed you with excellent flavor and/or production?  We'll also lay out the basics in developing a crop rotation plan as well as examine succession planting techniques to enjoy consistent harvests throughout the growing season.
Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM. Free.

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

Join the Marion Natural History Book Club

Next discussion: January 21, 2009 7:30pm. Marion Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor of Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion

January's Title: The White Nile by Alan Morehead

The Marion Natural History Book Club welcomes you to join them in 2009! Meetings typically are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Past readings of the group include: When the Rivers Run Dry, Water-the Defining Crisis of the 21st Century (Fred Pearce). Crab Wars, A Tale of Horseshoe Crabs, Bioterrorism, and Human Health(Wm. Sargent), Animal Vegetable, Miracle, a Year of Food Life (Barbara Kingsolver), Grand Canyon, Today and its Yesderdays (Joseph Wood Krutch), & The Abstract Wild (Jack Turner)

For more information please email: cederholm@comcast.net

Regional Sustainability Exchange

2/4/09 9am-1pm, UMASS Dartmouth Woodland Commons, Dartmouth, MA

Please join us for the next in our series of Regional Exchanges. These exchanges are designed to build a regional collaborative working towards a sustainable future, and to give communities the resources they need to move toward sustainability.

On February 4th, we will be hearing from Megan Amsler of Cape and Island Self Reliance, and Catherine Miller of The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission about their experiences in building regional energy collaboratives.  Our goals include developing a working group to create a regional energy strategy for Southeastern Massachusetts

For a complete agenda or notes from the December Energy Exchange please contact: Louise Hardiman of SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 or by email at: lhardiman@srpedd.org

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

March 25th     Sustainable Food Exchange

April  3rd        Sustainable Transportation Exchange

April 14th        Sustainable Health Care Exchange (Hosted by BCC Center for Sustainability)

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

May                 Date TBD Transition Town Training

The Sustainability Regional Exchanges are cosponsored by UMASS Dartmouth and SRPEDD.

Seminar on Soil Mineral Nutrition with Arden Anderson

2/5/09-2/7/09 Barre, MA.

On February 5-7, 2009, the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter, will host our first Advanced Growers’ Winter Seminar on nutrient density -- a biological approach to farming that has helped many vastly improve yields, significantly decrease disease and insect pressure, and noticeably improve the taste and nutritional content of crops. This approach involves managing the soil so that it contains sufficient biologically available minerals in ratios appropriate for feeding the fungal, bacterial and other soil life communities that are in symbiotic relationships with crop plants.

Come learn a range of diagnostic techniques for discerning which components of the biological system are scarce or excessive and how to shift management choices accordingly to optimize conditions for crop growth. The presenter, Arden Andersen – an agronomist, osteopathic physician, and international leader in the field of biological farming – says that with this approach, big changes are coming in agriculture: Quality standards like nutrient density will gain in importance alongside process standards, such as organic.

Registration for the seminar is $195. With the NOFA member discount (applicable for all chapters) and the early-bird discount (must sign-up before January 17), it is $165. Pre-registration is required and seminar enrollment is capped at 150 people -- first come, first served. The seminar will be held in Barre, MA.

Get full information, including registration, about this event here:
http://www.nofamass.org/seminars/winterseminar.php

Read an article that outlines the approach of biological farming and how this seminar can be useful to you:
http://www.nofamass.org/seminars/tnfnutrientdensity.php

Direct questions to:
Ben Grosscup, Event Coordinator, <ben.grosscup@nofamass.org>, 413-658-5374.

Shrink Your Footprint Series

Eat Green ~ Buy Green ~ Water Green

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-Noon.
January 17, February 21, March 21
Free and open to the public, at the Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford, MA

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.

 

"Greening the City" Conference

3/20-3/22 Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

Lesley University and Mass Audubon are proud to be sponsoring the upcoming conference Greening The City. From March 20-22, 2009, join more than 150 urban environmental leaders from throughout New England at the main campus of Lesley University in Cambridge , MA , to explore key strategies for fostering inspired and innovative urban environmental leadership. “Greening the City” is geared toward environmental practitioners and thinkers from nonprofits, higher education, local community groups, government agencies, and businesses. It will feature prominent environmental thinkers and practitioners from academia and government agencies, as well as from for profit and nonprofit organizations. There will be keynote talks, workshops, and an exhibit area, and other interactive ways to engage with the challenges and solutions arising from our increasingly urban world. We are now accepting proposals for 90-minute participatory workshops. Check out our proposal guidelines.


Leaf Bullet Announcements

New Course for January 2009: Management 690

This course will pair a training on Clean Air-Cool Planet's carbon auditing software with a creative problem-solving module. Students will learn the theory and practice of carbon accounting together with ways to rethink traditional models of municipal and business accounting. There will be an opportunity for students to pursue internships with municipalities and businesses. This course will run over two weekends, beginning January 17th. For more information contact Garry Clayton at gclayton@umassd.edu.

Wilderness First Aid Course Offered by WRWA

The Westport River Watershed Alliance is hosting a Wilderness First Aid Course.  This course is a must for anyone traveling in the wilderness, from the outdoor enthusiast to the trip leader. This wilderness emergency medical course will be coordinated in partnership with SOLO Wilderness Medicine, leaders in the field of rescue and emergency medicine both in the US and abroad.  Participants completing the course will receive a certification in Wilderness First Aid.  The course will be held on January 24 & 25, 9am- 5pm each day.  The cost is $140 to cover the cost of certification.  To register for the course please call WRWA at (508)-636-3016 or visit our website for more information www.wrwa.com.

UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Courses for Intersession and Spring Semester

Check out the exciting listing of sustainability courses available at UMASS Dartmouth for the winter Intersession and the Spring Semester: http://www.umassd.edu/sustainability/curriculum.cfm#courses

Students working toward a Sustainability Minor can apply the credits from these courses toward their requirements.

Just Do One Video Contest

JustDoOne.org is sponsoring a video contest looking for "the best short-video articulating personal action solutions for a better planet." The contest is open to US residents ages 13 and older. Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2009. For details on entering visit: www.justdoone.org.


Leaf Bullet Ongoing

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.

January 19, 2009 – Seed Selection and Varieties for 2009, Succession Planting and Crop Rotation
 

February 23, 2009 – Tools for the Vegetable Garden, Small Farm and Different Approaches to Tillage
March 16, 2009 – Starting Your Own Seedlings: Greenhouses, Coldframes, Potting Soils, and Germination Techniques
April 20, 2009 - Season Extension Strategies: Microclimates, Plastic Mulch, Row Covers, and Transplanting
May 18, 2009 – Weed Control on Organic Farms/Gardens: Stale Bedding, Cultivation Tools, and Mulching

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

Become a "Hypermiler"

"Hypermilers" are drivers who exceed the EPA estimated fuel efficiency on their vehicles by modifying their driving habits. Check out quick tips on improving your fuel economy or download a guide to becoming an experienced hypermiler by visiting: http://www.eot.state.ma.us/gastips/

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