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January 28 to February 3, 2008

In This Issue


Here's the Catch

New Study on Effect of Climate Change


This week:

NRCS Conservation Grant Workshop

Eyes on Owls

Ocean Voice Speaker Series


Save The Date:

Regional Sustainability Exchange

Sustainability Film Series



SRPEDD Adds Sustainability Page to Website



Know Your Vegetables


Weekly Green Tip:

Low-Flow Showerheads

Weekly Quote:

"All big things are made up of trifles. My entire life has been built on trifles."

Mahatma Gandhi


Leaf Bullet News

Here's the Catch

The Best Idea to Help Small Fisheries Might Come From Your Local Vegetable Farm

By: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, The Washington Post

PORT CLYDE, Maine -- The idea of a community-supported fishery seems so obvious, you have to wonder why it took so long. The equivalent approach to farming, after all, is nothing new and has seen explosive growth in recent years, as farmers appreciate an upfront infusion of cash when they need it most, from consumers who get a guaranteed stream of produce throughout the season. Read more.

New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)

A new scientific study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaches a powerful conclusion about the climate change caused by future increases of carbon dioxide:  to a large extent, there’s no going back.

The pioneering study, led by NOAA senior scientist Susan Solomon, shows how changes in surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level are largely irreversible for more than 1,000 years after carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are completely stopped. Read more


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

NRCS Conservation Grant Workshop

Wednesday, January 28, 6:00-8:00pm. 2490 Main Rd, Tiverton, RI.

The 2008 Farm Bill was recently approved with over $7 million dollars for private agricultural and private forestry or woodland owners!

Although NRCS accepts applications for assistance throughout the year, the next milestone
application deadline February 1, 2009.

Come learn about how NRCS grants provide financial and technical assistance that address:
Composting animal and plant wastes:
Protecting crop fields
Preventing soil erosion
Enhancing your woodlands
Eradicating invasive plant species
Managing your manure
Improving your pasture land
Reducing your irrigation water use
Improving your water quality
rotecting and enhancing wildlife areas

Whether or not you are familiar with NRCS' programs, technical and financial assistance
available, have completed an application, or plan on completing an application, the workshop
will provide valuable information including:
Summary of programs available to address common conservation needs
Review Application Process
Review Planning Process
Review Contract Process

Hosted by Natural Resource Conservation Service at the Eastern Conservation District Office (behind White Wine Plaza): 2490 Main Road, Tiverton, RI.

Contact Tom Sandham at (401) 949-1480 for more information.

Eyes on Owls

Friday, January 30th, 7pm. Westport Middle School, 400 Old County Road, Westport, MA.

Everyone loves owls!  Yet, how many of us have ever seen a live owl up close?  Marcia Wilson of Eyes on Owls will share the field marks, signs, and naturalist's skills that you can use to find wild owls without disturbing them, while introducing you to six live owls up close.  Everyone is treated to a hooting lesson, as well as tips on how to attract and protect owls near you.  The event, sponsored by the Westport River Watershed Association, is $5 for people twelve years old and older and free for children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult.  To purchase tickets online please visit the WRWA shop.

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 3, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Sharks In Danger!

Despite their reputation as tough, indestructible eating machines, many shark species are under threat. Join the Director of the Ocean Explorium, Mark Smith, as he reviews the many challenges facing shark populations around the world and explains in more detail a targeted fishing effort, the Portuguese Shark Fishery.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Sustainability Film Series

6:30 pm, Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth

Richard Legault announces the Spring Schedule for the Sustainability Film Series. Most films are followed by panel discussions. Films are shown at 6:30pm in the Library Browsing Area at UMASS Dartmouth.

Wednesday, February 4th
The Future of Food (2004, 88 minutes)
This film offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

Tuesday, March 3rd
Why We Fight (2006, 99 minutes)
Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Wednesday, April 1st
Kilowatt Ours - A Plan to Re-Energize America (2008, 56 minutes)
This award-winning film is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America’s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming.

Tuesday, April 28th
Flow (2008, 84 minutes)
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world s dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009 Information & Networking Session

2/5/09, 4:30-7:00pm, Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine St, Fall River.

Today's Clean Energy Solutions for Tomorrow's Sustainable Future

Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009

Have great ideas and possible solutions for the nation’s clean energy needs? Want to be part of the entrepreneurial teams working to get ideas from the drawing boards to the business and residential customers?

Participate in the Ignite Clean Energy Competition 2009! The competition is open to both student and professional teams, meeting selection criteria. Teams will experience mentoring and coaching from successful entrepreneurs as the competition progresses.

Learn about the competition at the Information Session and Networking Event on Thursday, February 5th, 4:30 - 7:00 PM at the Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center (ATMC), 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA 02723.

Speakers include John Miller (Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center,Linda Plano (Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center), and past competition participant Don Crooks (Hy-SyEnce, Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC)technology company). Presentations are followed by a networking & team building session and reception.

For more information and registration, please contact Marina Dippel at mdippel@umassd.edu or call (508) 863-1348.

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:

Read an article that outlines the approach of biological farming and how this seminar can be useful to you:

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

Shrink Your Footprint Series

Buy Green ~ Water Green

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

Children's Garden Network Winter School

Workshops beginning February 28th! Providence, RI.

The Children's Garden Network is pleased to announce the launching of the 2009 Winter School for parents, teachers, administrators, community members, gardening friends and others interested and/or engaged in growing garden education programs at schools and youth organizations.

The Winter School will be hosted by the URI/CELS Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

For a full description of each course,please visit the CGN website and don't forget to register. We look forward to seeing you there!

Make it Work: Garden Team Building and Program Organization
February 28 or March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Green Thumbs 101- Basic Horticultural Skills
March 7th
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Teaching Schoolyard Garden Design to Students
March 14 and 21st (Two-Part Course)
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Creating a Field Guide from Your School's Environment
March 14 or 21st
Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm & Gardens, N. Smithfield

Dig in and Grow: Creating Garden Programs to Meet Special Education and Therapeutic Goals
March 28
Roger Williams Park Botanical Center, Providence

Hosted by RICAPE at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center: 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI.

Contact Stu Nunnery at (401) 592-0209 or by e-mail for more information.

Michael Klare Speaking at UMASS Dartmouth

3/3/09 12:30-2:00pm, Library Browsing Area, UMASS Dartmouth.

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies, a joint appointment at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies (PAWSS), positions he has held since 1985.

Professor Klare has written widely on international security affairs, U.S. military policy, the arms trade, and global resource conflict.  His most recent books are Resource Wars (2001), Blood and Oil (2004), and Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy (2008).

Professor Klare is the Defense Correspondent of The Nation magazine and is a Contributing Editor of Current History.  He has written for these journals and Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Technology Review.

He also serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association and the National Priorities Project.

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

SRPEDD Adds Sustainability Page to Website

The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic District (SRPEDD) has added a page to its website highlighting "Sustainability/Futures Task Force." The Futures Task Force was a group formed to answer the question, what should SRPEDD, its communities and other regional organizations be doing differently in 2008 to plan for the next 50 years. The work of the Task Force culminated in a provocative report that outlines choices for the future.

You are invited to visit the new page, read the Futures Task Force Report if you haven't already, and make suggestions for additions. Visit the page at: www.srpedd.org

Online Course for Beginning Farmers

The NY Beginning Farmer Project announces the next round of online courses designed to help plan new farm enterprises.

Starting Feb. 18, *Taking Stock: Evaluating Your Resources and Choosing an Enterprise* is 5 weeks long. The second course, *Marketing and Profits: Making Money Selling What You Grow*is 6 weeks long and begins March 18. Both courses are designed to stand alone, or build on each other by being taken back-to-back. They will be taught by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension, and both courses will incorporate real-time interaction with webinars.

Register soon as space is limited. Cost is $100 per course or $150 for both. See website for computer requirements and registration details.

Hosted by Chenango County Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Online: 99 N Broad St., Norwich, NY.

Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 334-5841 or visit website for more information.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Courses for Spring Semester

Check out the exciting listing of sustainability courses available at UMASS Dartmouth for 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.

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.

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                  

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

One of the top users of water around the home is the shower, where Americans stand under more than 1.2 trillion gallons of H2O each year, reports the EPA. A typical shower uses up to 25 gallons of the wet stuff, while each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day total.

Low-flow showerheads slash bathing water consumption 50 to 70%. You’ll also use less energy heating up the water.

Low-flow showerheads are simple to install and start around $8. Many styles and features are available, including flow-adjusting dials and a pause button, which allows you to break for a bit of lathering up, then return to the same temperature and pressure. The EPA is currently developing efficiency standards for the devices through its WaterSense program.

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