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April 1- April 8, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Nobel Prize Winner Coming to UMD

This week:

April 1 Campus Clean-Up

Nobel Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum to Speak

Sustainable Business Development on the South Coast

More

Save The Date:

Sustainable Health Care Exchange

SouthCoast Rail...The Day After

More

Announcement:

Call to Women Scientists: Submit Your Story

National Women's History Project Honors "Green" Leaders

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

Roots Down New Bedford

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Courses

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Put in a Small Rain Garden

Weekly Quote:

"We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves."
- Thomas Merton

 

Leaf Bullet News

Nobel Prize Winner Coming to UMD

By:Grant Welker, The Fall River Herald

A Nobel Peace Prize winner who has campaigned for peasant workers’ rights in her native Guatemala will talk about human rights Monday at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Rigoberta Menchú Tum was a teenager when she began fighting for social reform and women’s rights, and she later pushed for better working conditions for farmers after her father, mother and brother were killed by an area guerilla army, according to the Nobel Prize organization. In 1983, she wrote a book about her life that was translated into 12 languages. Read more.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

UMass Dartmouth Campus Clean-Up

Wednesday, April 1, 2-5pm, Meet at Campus Center Patio, UMass Dartmouth main campus.

All UMass Dartmouth Community Members are invited to: "Keep it Clean, Keep it Green!" by joining together on April 1st from 2-5pm is the 3rd Annual Campus Clean-Up Day.

Help collect the trash that is littering our campus and have fun in the process. Register as an individual or as part of a clean-up team, and take part in a little friendly competition as we see which team collects the most, finds the strangest piece of trash, has the most enthusiasm, etc.

All participants will be provided with gloves, and bags for trash and for recyclables. T-shirts available for early registrants, and ice cream provided at end of the clean up.

To register, visit the Campus Clean-Up table in the Campus Center or email: campuscleanup@umassd.edu

This Clean-Up is hosted by a collaboration of student leaders, the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative, Facilities, HFOS, the Graduate Admissions Office, SAIL, Sodexho, and the Green Navigators. Add your department or student group to this list! For more information please contact: Kathleen Christianson at x6484 or kchristianson@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/

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

Invasive Strike Force

Saturday, April 4, 9am-12pm, Slocum's River Reserve

Alien invaders are taking over our landscape and volunteers are needed to help stem the tide! Join in the good fight for a frontal assault to reclaim the land for its native inhabitants. FREE. Please pre-register. Telephone: 508-679-2115 E-mail: seregion@ttor.org

Geology Walk with Josh King

Saturday, April 4, 10am-12pm, Gooseberry Island - Westport, MA

Josh King will be leading a walk to Gooseberry Island and Cherry & Webb Beach, where he will be discussing various geological features of the area along the way.  Both Gooseberry Island and Cherry & Webb Beach have gone through many changes resulting from natural and manufactured processes.  Mr. King will teach us about how the features formed and also the changes they go through year to year, season to season, and day to day.  We will meet at Gooseberry Island.  This is a free event sponsored by the Westport River Watershed Alliance. Please call (508)636-3016 or e-mail outreach@wrwa.com for any questions or to reserve a spot on this walk. 

Josh King earned his B.S. in Geology at Keene State College and then went on to study geology in the field in Montana and geophysics in New Mexico.   He then received his Masters in Science in Geophysics from Texas A&M University in 2004 and now works for Hager GeoScience, Inc. a geophysical science firm, in Woburn, MA. 

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchu Tum to Speak

April 6, 3pm-5pm, Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights work, will give a talk entitled "Human Rights and Social Justice in the New Millenium: How We Can Make A Difference" on Monday, April 6, at 3 p.m. at the UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons Community Center. This is a free event that is open to the public, however, reservations are strongly suggested because seating will be limited. To reserve seats, please call the Office of Public Affairs at 508.999.8015 or email publicaffairs@umassd.edu.

Visitors should park in Lot 7; there will be shuttle bus service to Woodland Commons.

Sustainable Business Development on the South Coast

April 6, 8:30am-4pm, Conference Room 115, Charlton College of Business, UMass Dartmouth.

This one-day workshop focuses on enterprises whose sustainable business practises are influencing the SouthCoast economy. Economic meltdowns, environmental degradation, and social unrest indicate that business as usual is no longer an option. Exploitation of resources has to be replaced with ecological stewardship that creates long-term wealth and well being. In this next stage of business evolution, irresponsible Industrial production will be replaced by sustainable exchanges that help maintain and enhance the environment, social structures, and prosperity. Enterprises will need to offer products and services that fulfill society’s needs while contributing to the well-being of all.

For agenda or to register please contact Nadine Britto, nbritto@umassd.edu 508-999-8862.

Cost is $50. Space is limited, please reserve early.

Fall River Street Tree Planting Program

April 6, 7pm, Bristol Community College, Fall RIver, MA, Room C110

Annual Meeting. For more information please contact: macwrose@netscape.com

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/

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

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

A Celebration of Schooner Ernestina with the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus and the Shan-Teens

Celebrate the fishing era of Schooner Ernestina with The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, a volunteer organization of Schooner Ernestina. The group will perform music of the sea featuring traditional and contemporary chanties, ballads, and historic songs. The Chorus will share the stage with The Shan-Teens, an energetic group of high school students from the Sound School in New Haven, CT under the direction of Paula D’Addio.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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

Regional Sustainability Exchange: Sustainable Health Care

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

April 14th        Sustainable Health Care Exchange (Hosted by BCC Center for Sustainability) for information or to register please visit: http://www.bristolcc.edu/events/postcarbon/

Public health and medicine systems will face significant challenges in the face of the world-wide energy emergency. This day-long conference will address the threats to medicine and public health, which will affect us all.

Featured speakers include: Richard Heinberg, Dan Bednarz, Ph.D., and Dr. Jill Stein.

Register by April 6th for Early Bird Discount.

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

April  15th       Sustainable Transportation Exchange (please see below)

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

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

For information about upcoming Exchanges please contact: Louise Hardiman of SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 or by email at: lhardiman@srpedd.org

Regional Sustainability Exchange: SouthCoast Rail...The Day After

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

April 15th, 1:00-3:30,       South Coast Rail...The Day After

Agenda:

1:00 PM       Mayor Robert Correia – Welcome to Fall River
1:30 PM       Kristina Egan, South Coast Rail Project Manager
                             Planning for South Coast Rail and Future Opportunities
2-3:00 PM    Panel Discussion:
                     Greg Guimond, SRPEDD Program Manager, The Day After – What’s Possible
                     Kristin Decas, Executive Director of New Bedford Harbor Development Commission, Linkages to the Sea
                     SRTA Representative, A Vision for Regional Transit

Transportation investments always influence patterns of development because they create opportunity around them.  How that development occurs in southeastern Massachusetts is up to us.  The South Coast Rail project allow us to rethink our transportation network, shape our patterns of land use, protect our ecosystems, enhance our green infrastructure, reduce auto dependency, and cut carbon emissions.  Join a conversation about using the energy from the South Coast Rail investment to get to where we want to go.

Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center 151 Martine Street Fall River, MA 02723

To register please contact Kathleen Christianson, 508-910-6484 or kchristianson@umassd.edu

Please also mark your calendars for our upcoming Exchanges:

April 29th        Green Jobs Exchange and Fair

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

Maxfield City Garden: Community Workshop on New Garden Design & Soil Testing

April 15, 4-5pm, Peaceworks! Maxfield City Garden, New Bedford

Do you have any questions about how to start your own garden in your own backyard? Are you a seasoned gardener that would like a place to grow your own vegetables and flowers? Maybe you would like to adopt a plot in your own community garden right in your own neighborhood. Imagine getting more food for your money or beautiful cut flowers all summer long? Whatever your gardening interests may be we have the answer for you!

For more information please contact:

Email: nbpeaceworks@yahoo.org  website: www.nbpeaceworks.org  Boys & Girls Club 508-992-8011

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.

Operation Clean Sweep: The Great American Clean-Up

4/18, 8am-12:00, Ward 2 Sawyer Street and N. Front St, New Bedford

Spring is a great time for cleaning and pitching in with the Operation Clean Sweep plans for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup. The event, organized locally by Operation Clean Sweep, is part of a nation’s largest cleanup, beautification and community improvement program. Everyone is invited to join in the activities and help make New Bedford a more beautiful and safer place to live.

How to Volunteer: Pre-Register before the clean up – Call: 508.979.1493 Visit: www.operationcleansweep.net and go to the volunteer page Day of the clean up – sign up/ check in at the Operation Clean Sweep Headquarters E-mail Info@operationcleansweep.net

Future Clean-ups: May 16 – Ward 5, June 20 – Ward 6, July 18 – Ward 3, August 15 – Ward 1, Sept. 19 – Ward 4

Bird Outings with Guest Ornithologist Paul Champlin

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.

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 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.

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/

Civic Engagement Summit

May 6, 2009, Hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement, UMass Dartmouth.

Anticipated Keynote Speakers include: Governor Deval Patrick and Professor Tom Sander from Harvard University.

For more information please visit here or contact Matthew Roy at mroy@umassd.edu

Sustainability Summer Camp for Middleschoolers

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 summers Sustainability Camp.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Call to Women Scientists: Submit Your Story

UnderTheMicroscope is a new website of the Feminist Press NSF Women Writing Science project developed by IBM. UnderTheMicroscope collects stories from women involved in science, interested in science, and those who are maintaining or pursuing science in science fields. The most interesting stories will be compiled and published as a survival guide. Check out the site and submit your story!

National Women's History Project: Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet

In 2009, the National Women's History Project honors women who have taken the lead in the environmental or "green" movement. This year we are recognizing one-hundred 2009 Honorees who demonstrate women's leadership in protecting the environment on a local, state, or national level. The 2009 Honorees are representative of women from across the country who have taken or are taking the lead to save our planet.

Visit: www.nwhp.org to view the list of honorees and read their inspiring bios.

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


Leaf Bullet Ongoing

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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Homeowners and businesses can stem the tide of polluted runoff threatening our waterways by setting up a simple “rain garden,” which is beautiful as well as beneficial. Read more.

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