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April 22 - April 29, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Crash Course

This week:

1st Annual Green Awards

Earth Day Vigil

Sustainability Film: Flow

Environmental Coffee

Green Jobs Breakfast

More events!

Save The Date:

May 7- Lloyd Center for the Environment Annual Meeting

June 6-7 Sustainable Living Festival

More

Announcement:

Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Dartmouth YMCA

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

Roots Down New Bedford

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Courses

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Use a Clothes Line

Weekly Quote:

"The earth is what we all have in common."
- Wendell Berry

 

Leaf Bullet News

Crash Course

What does the economy have to do with the environment and sustainability? Check out this online video presentation discussing the connection between our current economic woes and the state of our environment:

http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

1st Annual UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Green Awards

Wednesday, April 22, 12-1:30pm. Library Browsing Area, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA.

The UMass Dartmouth Community celebrates Earth Day and the sustainability achievements of the campus community with the first annual Chancellor Green Awards! Please join us as we honor the contributions of this year's Green Award recipients.

Earth Day Vigil

Wednesday, April 22, 4pm. Somerset-side of Brightman St. Bridge. Park at Somerset Park n' Ride (intersection of Rte 6 and 138/Riverside Ave). People will gather in public park then go to the sidewalk.

The Greater Fall River Committee for Peace and Justice, along with the Somerset Chapter of the Massachusetts Clean Air Coalition, announce an Earth Day Vigil that will focus on the need for renewable fuels which do not contribute to global warming, environmental pollution and war to gain control of oil and gas. We are encouraging anyone to come, bring signs or not, and simply spend an hour so on Earth Day thinking, praying or meditating about our planet and how we may improve our environment. We chose this location because it so close to the two coal-burning power plants, but we hope that we all together will reduce sharply the use of all fossil fuels.

For more information contact Rev. James Hornsby, Rector, Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, Fall River, 508-672-6607.

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

Vernal Pool Night Hike Exploration

April 24, 2009, 6:30pm-8:00pm, Russell's Mills -Meet at Russells Mills landing parking lot, Horseneck Road, Dartmouth.

Join WRWA Education Director Shelli Costa at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust’s 32 acre Parsons Reserve for an up-close and personal exploration of some vernal pools. These seasonal water bodies provide crucial breeding habitat for mole salamanders, wood frogs, and other species. We will be in search for frog/salamander eggs and other critters that are dependant on these pools. As the evening comes we will finish off the night with some activities to compare animal senses to our own. Dress for the cool nights of spring and bring a flashlight. Free.

Mass Audubon Statewide Volunteer Day

April 25, 9am-12:00pm.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day! Join us for a day of family fun as we dive into projects suitable for all ages and abilities. After a morning of hands-on work, enjoy a free program and stay to explore the wildlife sanctuary. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and a picnic lunch. School community service verification is available. See our participating sanctuaries for volunteer projects and free programs. Sign-up online today!

Allens Pond, Dartmouth: Uncovering the Stone Barn Farm

For a list of other participating sanctuaries please visit Volunteer Day 2009.

Electronics Recycling Day

April 25, 10am-1:00pm. Westport Town Hall, 816 Main Road, Westport, MA.

WRWA is hosting the 3rd annual Computer and Electronics Recycling day on April 25th, so start gathering up all of your batteries, lightbulbs, computers, and electronics. The event was a big success last year with 509 items recycled totaling 10,728 pounds. Complete Recycling Solutions from Fall River will return this year to help rid you of unwanted technology at special discounted rates. For a pdf of accepted items and their prices click here. Please note: cash and checks only, no credit/debit cards will be accepted. They will load all of the items into their trucks and then dispose of them properly and responsibly.

Bioneers by the Bay Community Input Meeting

April 28, 6:00 pm, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, Downtown New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant St, New Bedford, MA.

Bioneers by the Bay is looking for suggestions, support, comments, etc. on how we can better support and serve the community of New Bedford and how the conference can better help to create deep and positive change. This will be an open dialogue, all are welcome.

Sustainability Film Series

Tuesday, April 28, 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.

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/

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Tuesday, April 28, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Mark Rasmussen, The Coalition for Buzzards Bay
This winter, Coalition for Buzzards Bay President Mark Rasmussen worked alongside scientists from the Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution studying ecosystem change along the Antarctic Peninsula.  Join Mark for a first-hand experience of a rapidly changing continent.

Admission is free for members. $2 Adult, $1 Child & Senior.

Environmental Coffee

Wednesday, April 29, 7:30am-9:00am. New Bedford City Hall, Room 314.

Interested community members are invited to attend this informal networking session to discuss environmental activities, ideas, etc. Coffee will be provided, but please bring your own mug!

Green Jobs Breakfast with Konarka Co-Founder and Chairman Howard Berke

Wednesday, April 29, 8:30-9:30am. Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth,MA.

On Wednesday, April 29th, from 8:30-9:30, UMass Dartmouth is hosting a Green Jobs Breakfast in Woodland Commons. The keynote speaker will be Konarka Co-Founder and Chairman Howard Berke. A thin-film solar startup, Konarka recently opened a new manufacturing plant in New Bedford. Berke will speak about Konarka as well as the promise of the Green Economy. He has founded or co-founded 13 start-up companies and has initiated and completed numerous corporate acquisitions, mergers and R&D joint ventures in the US, Europe and Asia, and is currently a senior advisor to Good Energies, a private investment firm in solar photovoltaic companies and wind developers. Good Energies contributes as a strategic investor to the ongoing energy transition process through its long-term investments and its support of development initiatives in the field of clean energy technologies. The breakfast precedes a Green Jobs Fair, which will run from 10-3 pm in Woodland Commons. For More Information, contact Susan Jennings at 508-910-6958.

Green Career Expo 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 10:00-3:00pm. Woodland Commons, UMass Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth,MA.

Recruiters from around the region will attend, offering full-time, part-time, internships, community service and co-op opportunities. All UMass Dartmouth students and alumni who are seeking employment or career information are encouraged to attend. Please bring resumes and dress appropriately. A complete list of employers is available at: Career Resource Center, LARTS, ground level or at our website: www.umassd.edu/crc or contact Carol Faria at 508-999-8661 / cfaria@umassd.edu or Elizabeth "Betty" Goodine at 508-999-8658 / egoodine@umassd.edu


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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

Lloyd Center for the Environment Annual Meeting

May 7, 2009, 6:30pm Reception, 7:00 Annual Meeting, 7:30 Key note Speaker. Dartmouth Grange Hall, 1133 Fisher Road, Dartmouth.

Keynote speaker: Susan Jennings, Director, Office of Campus and Community Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Join fellow members in celebrating the Lloyd Center’s recent accomplishments and learn about plans for the future.  The sixth annual presentation of the George G. Haydock Award will be given to an individual, selected by the staff and Board of Directors, who is deemed to have made a most outstanding contribution to protecting the nature of our coastal environment.  Refreshments will be served. This event is free and does not require registration.

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.

Apeiron Sustainable Living Festival

June 6-7, 2009, Coventry, RI.

8th Annual RI Sustainable Living Festival combines workshops & resources with an incredible music lineup.

Silverbrook Farm: Vermiculture Workshop

June 27, 2009, 9am-12pm. Silverbrook Farm, 592 Chase Road Dartmouth Ma 02747 508-991-5185 

Composting with Worms - Vermiculture!  Creating amazing fertility!

Host: Michael Bradlee, Masters in Chemistry from Notre Darme, Undergraduate degree in Biology.

Learn hands on construction of a worm composting system. Handle the worms.  Learn the biological and chemical processes that make this one of the best organic fertilizers.  Handle red wiggler worms and leave with some to start the process. Discussion, demonstration and reference material provided.  With five years experience with vermiculture, Mike implemented worm composting at Silverbrook.  He will guide you through the process, answer quesitons and provide resources for your success. 

Please contact us at Farmsilverbrook@aol.com  to sign up.  Class size limited to twenty.  Silverbrook and Six Farm CSA members are given  priority. For more information about Silverbrook Farm please visit: SilverbrookDartmouth.com

Future events include: Canning and Preserving - Yes We Can!
     Jam and Jelly Creating.
     Lacto-fermentation Pickling!
     Local Cheese tasting and production.
     Sustainable gardening techniques - farm walk about.
     And "Dine at the Barn"  dinners.

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.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 7-9, 2009, UMASS Amherst main campus.

Featured key note speakers this year include: Will Allen and Paul Stamets. Learn more at: http://www.nofasummerconference.org

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Dartmouth YMCA

Young Farmers Specialty Camp at Camp Metacomet, Dartmouth YMCA - 1 and 2 week sessions throughout summer 2009.

Do you have a passion for science and the growth of healthy fruits and vegetables? Join us for the first ever Camp Metacomet Specialty Camp that will look at our world's growing issue of food production and healthy eating. Working alongside a seasoned farmer, campers will gain the skills and talents to begin growing his or her own garden right in the back yard. Campers will experience the nurturing food from seed to harvest, while also participating in traditional camp activities. This program is perfect for campers ages 6-15. We guarantee that this camp will allow campers to explore another side of science and discover the fruitful labors of their hard work. Campers will help to develop our working farm and learn about leadership and community service.

For more information visit www.ymcasouthcoast.org or check out the 2009 Camp Brochure (info on young farmers camp on page 17);  interested?  Here's the 2009 YMCA Camp Registration Form. (Ages 6–15)

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!


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.

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

*Neighborhood-based workshops now scheduled! Visit the Farm blog for locations and schedule

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.

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

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.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Hang Some Laundry Out to Dry
Tip from thedailygreen.com

Save energy, and make your clothes and linens smell extra fresh, by putting up a clothesline, just like your grandparents did. Read more.

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