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March 18 - March 25, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Sustainable Food Conference at UMass Dartmouth March 25

Growing Anticipation

This week:

Sixth Street Community Garden Public Meeting

Marion Natural History Book Club Discussion

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

"The Dhamma Brothers" Film showing in Fairhaven

Shrink Your Footprint: Water Green

Green Teen Homeless Shelter Fundraiser

TEAMS 3rd Annual Green Fair

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Sustainable Food Exchange

More

Save The Date:

March 28: Therapeutic Gardens Workshop

March 31: Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries

April 24: Therapeutic Garden One Day Intensive in Westport

 

More

Announcement:

Volunteers Needed for Sharing the Harvest Community Farm

Call to Artists: Sculpture Competition

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

Roots Down New Bedford

Volunteer Opportunities

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Instead of Plastic Stir Sticks

Weekly Quote:

"You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions."
- Denis Waitley

 

Leaf Bullet News

Sustainable Food Conference at UMass Dartmouth on March 25th

The Sustainability Initiative at UMass Dartmouth, in collaboration with SRPEDD and The Island Foundation, will host a Regional Sustainability Exchange on March 25th from 9am-1pm focused on Sustainable Food.

The purpose of the sustainability exchanges is to build a regional collaborative working towards a sustainable future and to give communities the resources they need to move toward economic and environmental sustainability. This meeting will focus on sustainable food, including strategies for improving our Regional Food Security and how to Support a Local Food System.

Presenters include: Sue Guiducci, Farmer and Dartmouth Agricultural Commission Board Member, and Derek Christianson, Farmer and Owner of Brix Bounty Farm. Presentations will focus on actions communities can take to support a local food system including ag-friendly bylaws, land preservation, edible schoolyards, buying local, and more. Learn about what’s already happening in our region and help strategize steps for increasing our Regional Food Security.

Registration is required for this free event. For more information please contact The UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability at: 508-910-6484 or email kchristianson@umassd.edu.

Growing Anticipation

By: Ellen Wells, The Boston Globe

Can't wait another moment for spring to arrive? Neither can we. Dig into our week-by-week garden guide.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Sixth Street Community Garden Public Meeting

Wednesday, March 18th 6:00pm Gomes School, 286 S. Second Street, New Bedford, MA.

Community members are invited to attend a public meeting hosted by the City of New Bedford Office of Housing & Community Development and Ward 4 Councilor Bruce Duarte, Jr. to discuss the possibility of a Community Garden on a section of the Morse Site on Sixth Street.

Find out more about the Community Garden model, listen to proposals for the site, and share your own ideas.

For more information please contact: 508-979-1500.

Join the Marion Natural History Book Club

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

Marion Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor of Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion

March 18, 7:30pm: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez.  Written by a prize winning author, Arctic Dreams is considered “one of the finest books ever written about the Far North. “Lopez spends four years in the arctic regions: travel extending from Davis Strait in the east to the Bering Strait in the west, hunting with Eskimos and accompanying archeologists, biologists and geologists in the field.  Lopez became enthralled with by the power of the Arctic legacy, and today, he contends, an imaginative, emotional approach to the Arctic is as important as a rational, scientific one.  Lopez has written a wonderful, compelling defense of the Arctic wilderness.  The work is, as are The Gift of Good Land, by Wendell Berry and Aldo Leopold’s A Sand Count Almanac, a collection of essays.  It usually makes for a better discussion at the book club to read selected essays carefully, rather than pressing to finish a lengthy collection.  That way a person can discuss those essays he is most knowledgeable of, and other readers can compare and contrast ideas by reading other essays on the same general subject.  Of course those who have the time should read Arctic Dreams in its entirety.

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

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

Thursday, March 19th 7pm, Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River, MA

Monthly meeting of Green Futures. New members welcome. For more information please email info@greenfutures.org or visit www.greenfutures.org

Monthly Film Series:The Dhamma Brothers with special guest producer/director Jenny Phillips

Friday, March 20th, 6:00pm vegetarian potluck, 7:00pm film. Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church Parish House, 102 Green Street, Fairhaven, MA.

"THE DHAMMA BROTHERS" with producer/director Jenny Phillips

East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.

Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days.

THE DHAMMA BROTHERS tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), "gives you hope for the human race."

You are invited to a free screening of the documentary "The Dhamma Brothers," with special guest, Producer/Director Jenny Phillips. This inspiring film chronicles the profound effect of this program on the inmates and their subsequent experiences in the prison system. There will be a question and answer session with Ms. Phillips following the film.

The Green Sanctuary Vision Group Of the Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church is Sponsoring a monthly series of films whose content relates to eco-justice, sustainability, and social justice issues.  The films are shown on the third Friday of each month through May.   The films are shown in the Parish House located at the corner of Center and Green Streets in Fairhaven.  Each film starts at 7:00 preceded by a vegetarian pot luck supper at 6:00.  The public is invited to both or either of the events. 

For more information you may call the church office at (508)992-7081.

Shrink Your Footprint Series: Water Green

Saturday, March 21, 10am-12:00pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo, 425 Hawthorn St, New Bedford, MA

The third of the 2009 Shrink Your Footprint Workshops, Water Green, will teach you how to wisely use water at home and in the garden. Learn how to build your own rain barrel.

Free and open to the public.

Green Teen Homeless Shelter Fundraiser

3/21/09 1-4pm, SkyRoom Howland Place, 651 Orchard St, New Bedford, MA.

Come and support a great need for New Bedford teens. 100% of the funds will go to build a Green Teen Homeless Shelter for the areas suffering youth. This project is at it's inception so support in all areas are needed money, volunteers, construction workers, supplies, artists, visionaries etc.

We will build it green, sustainable and in unity.

$10 per person/ $5 Students/ Free for 12 and under

For more information please contact: Tem Blessed 508-858-9261

TEAMS 3rd Annual Green Fair

3/21/09 10am-4pm, Ted Williams Camp on Bedford Street/Route 18 in Lakeville, MA.

The Green Fair, is held to help people to understand how watersheds work and how actions of individuals can impact our watershed. Some activities/ speakers are lined up:

Vernal Pool Outdoor Field Study: 10-11am and 2:30-3:30

Karen Kullas: Learn how and why to Compost: noon-1PM

Christine Odiaga: Discuss the Wetlands Protection Act: 1:30-2:30

Musical Entertainment: Starry Night Band 11:30 & The Generators 1:30

Some of the participants whose booths you may visit are: Solar Systems – totally tubular system demo, Master Gardeners –on hand for advice, Energy Efficiency Building Technologies– learn how to save energy by reducing your costs, All-Clear Title 5 Services, Inc.—septic inspections, trouble shooting and maintenance, Local Ecology Club—Hands on children’s activities, Rochester and Lakeville ConComs– wetland maps and regulation, Private Quarters—eco-friendly bed & bath linens, Kettle Pond an organic farm being farmed as Community Supported Agriculture, Young Living Products-100% therapeutic essential oils and all natural supplements, A NEST IN NATURE-a natural childcare and gentle preschool, Falmouth Toyota- will present an Eco-nomic Prius Hybrid for the "green" individual and family, Ropes and Saddles-Organic Landscaping, TRWA- information about their mission and stormwater management, Board of Health Agent - answers well and septic questions, APC representative on hand to answer questions about the Assawompset Pond complex. Additional participants/vendors to join the event will follow.

For more information please visit: www.teams-on-web.org

Ocean Voice Speaker Series: Celebrating Women in Science and Engineering

Tuesday, March 24, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

A successful career in science and engineering is an assembly of parts: education, training, resources and opportunity must all be within reach. During the month of March, participants in our Ocean Voice will learn of personal journeys and accomplishments from local scientists and engineers. Their success stories celebrate their achievement and hard work and serve as a model for future generations of women. This Tuesday: Nancy O'Connor, Ph.D Professor and Chair, Biology Department, UMass Dartmouth.

Regional Sustainability Exchange: Sustainable Food

3/25/09 9am-1pm, UMASS Dartmouth Woodland Commons, Dartmouth, MA

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 March 25th our topic will be Sustainable Food:

Almost every state in the U.S. imports 85% of its food.

On average food in the US travels 1300 miles.

In Massachusetts this food import imbalance translates to a $4 billion leak in the state economy on an annual basis.

Please join us for the next of our Regional Sustainability Exchanges as we discuss strategies for improving Regional Food Security and how to support a Sustainable Local Food System.

Agenda:
9:00-9:30 Coffee
9:30-11:00 Presentations and Questions
11:00-1:00 Lunch and Initiation of Regional Food Security Strategy

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Confirmation of your attendance is required.

To RSVP please contact Kathleen Christianson at 508-910-6484 or by email at kchristianson@umassd.edu

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


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Organic Beekeeping Course Offered

Monday evenings, 6:00-8:00pm, March 23-April 27.

Bristol Community College, Fall River Campus

Sign up for a 6-session course in beginning beekeeping!

Topics:

                  • Getting Started
                  • Buying Equipment
                  • Honeybee Life
                  • Colony Management
                  • Harvesting Honey
                  • Hands-On Field Work
                  • More...

This will be a practical course- participants will have the opportunity to get their own hive with bees!

For more information contact: Jim Corven, 508-678-2811 or Everett Zurlinden, 401-885-5172

Register online at http://www.bristolcc.edu

"Noncredit Course Search" (also available as a 1 credit course)

Regional Sustainability Exchange

3/25/09 9am-1pm, UMASS Dartmouth Woodland Commons, Dartmouth, MA

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 March 25th our topic will be Sustainable Food:

Almost every state in the U.S. imports 85% of its food.

On average food in the US travels 1300 miles.

In Massachusetts this food import imbalance translates to a $4 billion leak in the state economy on an annual basis.

Please join us for the next of our Regional Sustainability Exchanges as we discuss strategies for improving Regional Food Security and how to support a Sustainable Local Food System.

Agenda:
9:00-9:30 Coffee
9:30-11:00 Presentations and Questions
11:00-1:00 Lunch and Initiation of Regional Food Security Strategy

Coffee and lunch will be provided. Confirmation of your attendance is required.

For information about upcoming Exchanges 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 14th        Sustainable Health Care Exchange (Hosted by BCC Center for Sustainability)

April  15th       Sustainable Transportation Exchange (please note new date)

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

May                 Date TBD Transition Town Training

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

Children's Garden Network Winter School

March 28, 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!

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.

Bird Outings with Guest Ornithologist Paul Champlin

3/28 and 4/18, 9am-10:30am.

Join ornithologist Paul Champlin, an internationally traveled bird guide, for a bird walk at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Birdwatchers and nature lovers will amble through thickets and shoreline looking for over-wintering shrubland birds, sea ducks, marsh birds, and other winter visitors. Whether you're an experienced birder, a curious beginner or just a nature enthusiast, you will enjoy these programs. Mass Audubon members $4, nonmembers $6. Call (508) 636-2437 for more information or to register.

EarthHour: March 28th at 8:30pm

World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

For more information visit: www.earthhourus.org

Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries

Tuesday, March 31, 12:30-2:00pm, Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMASS Dartmouth Main Campus (285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth).

Please join us for a talk on the Impact of Climate Change on Fisheries by Brian J. Rothschild, School for Marine Science and Technology at The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The person on the street thinks of climate change as relating to warming and sea-level rise. However, the affect of climate on the ocean relates as well to changing the density structure of the ocean, and this affects the delivery of nutrients to tiny ocean plants, which in turn affects the abundance of fish. The talk relates to observations that we have made concerning the balance of heat on Georges Bank. One of the important issues in considering climate is sorting out the climate-scale effects from shorter term variations. All of this will be discussed in the context of the decline of Atlantic cod and its relation to fisheries.

UMASS Dartmouth Campus Clean Up Day

April 1, 2-5pm, UMASS Dartmouth Main Campus.

For information on registering a team or as an individual please email: campuscleanup@umassd.edu

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, 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.
http://www.kilowattours.org/

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.
http://www.flowthefilm.com/

15th Annual Wine Festival to Support Local Charities

Thursday, April 2, 6-9pm, Cafe Funchal, 123 Church Street, New Bedford, MA.

The New Bedford Rotary Club is having their 15th annual Wine Festival. The proceeds go to benefit the many charities that the Rotary Club supports.

The event features a large variety of wines, cognacs, and champagnes from Europe, a buffet put on by Café Funchal, a silent auction event and musical entertainment. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Café Funchal, Cardoza’s Liquors or any New Bedford Rotarian you may know.

For more information please contact Sarah Lamothe at sarah.b.lamothe@verizonbusiness.com

Join the Marion Natural History Book Club

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

Marion Museum of Natural History, 2nd Floor of Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion

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

First Massachusetts Farm to School Convention

April 15, 12:30-6:30 Old Sturbridge Village

Who Will Be There:

Tony Geraci, dynamic food service director of the Baltimore Public Schools;

Dorothy Brayley, noted farm to school advocate, executive director of Kids First in RI;

John Lee, general manager of Allandale Farm, board member of Mass. Agriculture in the Classroom;

Bonnie Hallam from The Food Trust's successful Kindergarten Initiative in Philadelphia; 

Farmers who deliver with information about the products they can sell to schools;

Innovative Food Service Directors and their advocates from Somerville, Lawrence,Edgartown, and Cambridge; 

Excellent Practitioners of cooking with kids, school gardening, youth development through farming, and ag in the classroom from Orange, Boston,Williamsburg, Lexington, Holyoke, and Martha's Vineyard;

College Organizers from Boston College and a new national group, The Real Food Challenge;

Public Health Activists discussing proposed new legislation to support farm to school and healthy school meals efforts in Mass.

Registration Cost: $20, or $10 for students

For more information please contact Kaitlin Doherty, at the Mass. Farm to School Project office. 413-253-3844 or kaitlin@seedsofsolidarity.org.  

Farm to School website: www.mass.gov/agr/markets/Farm_to_school/index.htm

Monthly Film Series Focuses on Eco-Justice, Sustainability, and Social Justice

3rd Fridays of the month, February-May. 6:00pm vegetarian potluck, 7:00pm film. Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church Parish House, Fairhaven, MA.

The Green Sanctuary Vision Group Of the Fairhaven Memorial Unitarian Church is Sponsoring a monthly series of films whose content relates to eco-justice, sustainability, and social justice issues.  The films are shown on the third Friday of each month through May.   The films are shown in the Parish House located at the corner of Center and Green Streets in Fairhaven.  Each film starts at 7:00 preceded by a vegetarian pot luck supper at 6:00.  The public is invited to both or either of the events. 

For more information you may call the church office at (508)992-7081.

Massachusetts Organic Gardening Workshop Day

April 18

NOFA/Mass presents our second annual Statewide Spring Organic Gardening Day. On April 18, there will be organic gardening workshops in every region of the state (see map and full details here). Growing our own food is an excellent way to save money, lessen our carbon footprint, improve our health, and connect with neighbors and nature. Isn’t now a good time to learn skills that will help you plant a garden and make it productive throughout the year?

Topics that will be covered at these workshops:

  • Starting garden beds
  • Seed starting
  • Organic soil fertility
  • Organic soil amendments
  • Mulches and cover crops
  • Weeds, disease and pests
  • What to plant when
  • Crop spacing
  • Succession croppings

These workshops are all being led by experienced gardening educators, and they are intended to meet the tremendous resurgence of energy and action for backyard and community gardening. In addition to explaining and demonstrating some key steps that can empower to you start your own garden, these workshops provide a great opportunity for you to come forth with your questions about beginning the process of gardening. Whether you are a complete newcomer to gardening or you just feel that you could use some brushing up on growing skills and concepts, these workshops are for you.

Workshops are being held in the following regions and towns:

Boston/North Shore – Mattapan, South Natick and Newbury

Southeast Mass – Middleboro and Cohasset

Central Mass – Worcester, Barre and Winchendon Springs

Western Mass - West Springfield, Wendell, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Pittsfield

Download and Print Registration Form to mail in with check or money order.

Register online for any one of these workshops with Credit Card or ECheck.  For questions or more information contact Ben Grosscup at ben.grosscup@nofamass.org or visit the NOFA/Mass website http://www.nofamass.org/programs/practicalskills/workshopday.php

How to Create a Therapeutic Garden Activity Program: ONE DAY INTENSIVE

April 24, 2009, 8:00-4:30pm, Westport Council on Aging, 75 Reed Road, Westport, MA.

Gardening for Good will offer a one-day intensive workshop in Westport focused on how to create a therapeutic garden activity program. Learn how to create a therapeutic garden activity program to achieve goals and improve wellness and quality of life for children and adults you serve. Whether you are a healthcare or human services professional, educator, volunteer or caregiver, you'll gain beneficial hands-on information regarding the best methods and activities to use to enhance a person's abilities. Valuable reference materials will be provided.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE UNTIL APRIL 3rd!

For information on cost and registration please visit: www.gardening4good.org

Sustainability Summer Camp for Middle schoolers

July 13 - July17, 2009, UMASS Dartmouth main campus.

Please contact Kathleen Christianson at 508-910-6484 or kchristianson@umassd.edu for more information on registering your child for this summer's Sustainability Camp.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Volunteers Needed for Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA

Sharing the Harvest Community Farm at the Dartmouth YMCA (276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA) is looking for volunteers to work on our 2-acre farm. Volunteers will plant, transplant, cultivate and harvest on the farm. All produce is donated to the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts (a United Way Program).

We will have volunteer drop-in hours starting April 1st on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-11 and Thursdays from 3-5. The 2009 season runs from April until October.

For more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Edberg at 508-993-3361 x13 or by email at sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org

2009 Sculpture Park Call to Artists: "Interpretations of Functional Bicycle Racks"

Idea Submission Due By April 15th.

Four Corners Art Center in Tiverton, RI is looking for sculptures for the 12th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Park. This year we are looking for artist interpretations of bike racks.

For all information and submission requirements please visit: www.FourCornersArts.org

BCC Non-credit Organic Farming Courses Offered

Spring 2009, Fall River campus.

Introduction to Herbs and Herb Gardening: this course is an introduction to herbs and herb gardening, it is meant for those interested in herb plants, their properties, uses, and propagation. Course will cover three major areas: Introduction to herbs, herb gardening, and application of herbs. [7 sessions]
17513 XHG 10 03 Fall River $120 W 6:00-8:00pm 4/1-5/13

Water Availability, Quality, and Conservation: this course will give students an introduction to the chemistry of water; its hydrologic cycle, the effects of Man's activities and ways that water can be conserved from the viewpoint of sustainability. [5 sessions]
17514 XHG 11 01 Fall River $95 M 4:00-6:00pm 4/27-5/25

Beekeeping Course: the BCC beekeeping course introduces the basic principles and practices of organic beekeeping. The course prepares new beekeepers to understand the basics well enough to begin their own beekeeping as a hobby or small enterprise. [6 sessions]
17515 XHG 12 01 Fall River $65 M 6:00-8:00pm 3/23-4/27

The End of Oil: Farming and the Future of Food:this course focuses on the social and structural forces that shape the current global food system with particular emphasis on societal problems and changes anticipated for this fossil-fuel based, industrial agribusiness model. [7 sessions]
17516 XHG 13 02 Fall River $95 T 5:00-7:00pm 4/14-5/26

New! Bristol Community College will offer credit courses leading to a certificate in Organic Farming starting in Fall 2009. To learn more, contact Admissions at 508.678.2811, ext. 2590.

Online Sustainability Courses

Classes run March 25-May 9th

UMASS Dartmouth Online

Two fully online sustainability courses available for the second Spring session beginning March 25th:

SUS 347 Environmental Law 3 credits. An introduction to basic concepts of environmental law. The emphasis is on broad introductory themes.

PSC 235 - Environmental Policy 3 credits. Environmental Policy will explore the decision making process that underlies most of our current environmental laws and regulations in the U.S. Students will learn about the process of environmental decision-making from an "incentive-based" approach and alternatives analysis. Topics such as air, water, hazardous substances, climate change, and environmental justice will be discussed. Students will interpret a current proposal to use charge systems to implement environmental policies. The course is meant as an introductory theme into environmental policy. There is no course pre-requisite.

GreenOvation Survey Helps You Become More Energy Efficient

GreenOvation is a research project dedicated to help the local community become more energy efficient by identifying the areas of wasted energy in your home or business. The purpose of this survey is to gain information regarding the energy efficiency of our community, and to assist in the implementation of greener solutions. Considering today's economic woes, our GreenOvation initiative will also decrease energy costs, in turn relieving the financial strains held on so many Americans today. As a result of this project, GreenOvation's efforts will to help the surrounding community prosper by encouraging more efficient and sustainable practices easily incorporated into everyday life. GreenOvation is a project of the UMASS Dartmouth chapter of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

To take the survey please visit: http://www.umassd.edu/sustainability/surveys/sife.cfm

Eco-New Bedford Blog

Check out a new blog on a green building project in downtown New Bedford: http://www.econewbedford.blogspot.com/

Create an Eco-Float for "Earth Eve" Aha! Night

Take part in the April 9th Aha! Night "Earth Eve" Celebration by joining the Eco-Float Procession!

An Eco-Float is anything that a person or group can wear, roll, or carry along the procession route. The only requirements are that your eco-float must not use fossil fuel, must honor the earth, and be mindful of the 3 R's -reduce, reuse, recycle.

Eco-floats must pre-register. For registration form and more information please contact: Deirdre Healy at 508-999-8641 or dhealy@umassd.edu

"Greening the City" Conference POSTPONED

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

The "Greening the City" Conference originally scheduled for March 20-22, 2009 has been postponed until the Fall of 2009 due to budget constraints. The new date will be posted on the MA Audubon and Lesley University websites. Check the conference webpage Greening The City for future updates.

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


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.

Roots Down New Bedford: Gardening Workshops

1st Tuesday of every month, 4pm, Lawler Branch Public Library, 745 Rockdale (NE Corner of Buttonwood Park). Accessible by SRTA bus routes #6 and #10.

What: A free monthly series focusing on sustainable gardening techniques.

Why: To help new and experienced gardeners gain a deeper understanding of methods used in healthy food production. To help build local food security for our community.

April 7: Preparing a New Garden Bed and Rejuvenating Your Existing Garden (with an introduction to container gardening).

May 5: Starting Your Own Seedlings and using transplanting and crop succession to increase production.

The summer topics will be announced in May .

Roots Down - New Bedford is part of the Safe Soils for Healthy Food Project presented by Brix Bounty Farm and the Rotch-Jones- Duff House&Garden Museum and is made possible by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - SEEAL Fund.

For more information please contact Brix Bounty Farm at 508-992-1868 or visit the farm blog at http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

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.

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/

Volunteers Needed for The Coalition for Buzzards Bay

Although Jack Frost doesn't seem to be loosening his grip, we know Spring has to be just around the corner. And that means it's time to sign up to be a Baywatcher volunteer!
   
Now in its 18th year, Baywatchers is Massachusetts' largest volunteer-based coastal water monitoring effort. From May through September, more than 100 dedicated volunteers help us to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay by testing water samples from more than 30 harbors and coves from the Westport River to Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands.

And the Coalition needs more than 100 volunteers to help again this year!

A strong science background is not necessary. A good Baywatcher is someone who can consistently commit one hour between 6-9 a.m. each week from May-September and follow scientific instructions on how to test the water using a Baywatchers test kit.  A Baywatcher should also be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the waters edge.  All volunteer Baywatchers participate in a training session to learn the proper sampling techniques and receive a sampling test kit, a handbook of procedures/protocols, and data sheets.

To Sign Up:

Contact Tony Williams, Director of Monitoring Programs, at 508-999-6363 x203 or e-mail williams@savebuzzardsbay.org and provide a message with your name, e-mail and contact information.

Volunteers Needed for Friends of Buttonwood Park

The Friends of Buttonwood Park need enthusiastic volunteers to introduce the Buttonwood Park Arboretum and its unique trees to local K-4 school groups.

The Friends provide all the necessary information about the 13 trees and volunteers take small groups of students and their teacher around the Arboretum while chatting about each tree. Each walk takes approximately 45 minutes and two are scheduled daily from 9 to 11am.

This popular educational program runs for 3 weeks each fall and spring and requires 2 hours of your time several mornings during its duration.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in joining please call for more information.

Ann Beaumont: 508-993-8458

Anne Eades: 508-996-1299


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Instead of Plastic Stir Sticks

Tip from thedailygreen.com

Instead of using plastic stir sticks for your beverages (coffee or others), put in the milk/cream or sugar/sweetener first, then add the coffee. It mixes better. North America throws out more than 138 billion non-biodegradable plastic stir sticks each year!

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