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April 29 to May 6, 2009

In This Issue

This week:

Green Career Expo 2009

PIP Meeting with EPA and DEP

EPA Dredging Project Meeting

Seedlings and Transplanting Class

Civic Engagement Summit

More events!

Save The Date:

May 7- Lloyd Center for the Environment Annual Meeting

June 6-7 Sustainable Living Festival

More

Announcement:

Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative in New Bedford

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

Volunteer Opportunities

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Grow Organic Veggies

Weekly Quote:

"Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything."
- Albert Einstein

 

Leaf Bullet News

BCC Abuzz Over Sustainability

BCC Abuzz Over SustainabilityDraped in a beekeeper’s net, Collyn Messier taps a screened box to shake the 9,000 bees away from the opening and gingerly “pours” them into a hive. The bees circle around Messier and a crowd of onlookers, some secured in tents and others standing close, risking the small possibility of a sting. Click here for the full article.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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

PIP Meeting with EPA and DEP

Wednesday, April 29, 6:00-8:30PM, Keith Middle School in New Bedford (Community Room on north side of building)

There will be a PIP Meeting with EPA and DEP officials there to discuss and present the current contamination issues at the New Bedford High, Keith Middle School, Paul Walsh Field, and surrounding area contaminated by the former Parker Street Toxic Waste Site on which all of this stands on. It will be a great place to network and learn about this 101 acre site, (Love Canal was about 70 acres). There is plenty of illness in this area including those who have attended NBHS as well as work there. It's an eyeopener!

EPA Dredging Project Meeting

Thursday, April 30, 7PM, Keith Middle School in New Bedford (Community Room on north side of building)

When you see and hear all of the toxic chemicals from that site, you'll understand not only why its the largest Superfund Site in New England but why we need to pay attention to the air quality around here.

Atlas Tack Update

Tuesday, May 5th 7 p.m., Fairhaven Town Hall

It has been more than a year since the US EPA completed the clean up at the Atlas Tack site. Please join us to hear updates from UMD researchers on the site restoration and to share ideas about its future.

Hosted By: Fairhaven Sustainability Committee, Town of Fairhaven, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability.

For more information, contact Susan Jennings at 508-910-6958 or sjennings@umassd.edu.

Roots Down New Bedford: Starting your own seedlings and using transplanting and crop succession to increase production

Tuesday, May 5,4pm, 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. Details here.

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.

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

Civic Engagement Summit

Wednesday, May 6,12:00 PM–5:00 PM @ Woodland Commons, 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

Free Healthy Cooking Demonstration

Wednesday, May 6, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Diabetes Association Inc. Satellite Office - 26 Caroline Street, New Bedford

Diabetes Association Inc. & Coastline Elderly Service Inc. invite you to a free healthy cooking demonstration. Come learn how to cook Healthy Desserts. Information is step by step so you learn how to do it and best of all you get to taste the food!

Due to limited seating please call to RSVP by May 1st for one or more sessions to: Ginny Senna-Davis at 508-717-0499 New Bedford or 508-672-5671 Fall River. Space is limited.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

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.

Annual Taunton River Conference

Saturday, May 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sponsor: Taunton River Watershed Alliance
Location: Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton

This exciting conference will include a wide range of workshops including land protection options, endangered species, invasives, organic farming and integrated pest management, CPA, starting a farmers market, CSAs, and the Wild and Scenic designation.
FREE includes complementary morning refreshments and lunch. Please RSVP director@savethetaunton.org or (508) 828-1101. More details here.

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.

Free Healthy Cooking Demonstration

June 24, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Diabetes Association Inc. Satellite Office - 26 Caroline Street, New Bedford

Diabetes Association Inc. & Coastline Elderly Service Inc. invite you to a free healthy cooking demonstration. Come learn how to cook Healthy Desserts. Information is step by step so you learn how to do it and best of all you get to taste the food!

Due to limited seating please call to RSVP by May 1st for one or more sessions to: Ginny Senna-Davis at 508-717-0499 New Bedford or 508-672-5671 Fall River. Space is limited.

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 - July 17, 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.

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

Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative in New Bedford

The Marion Institute, in collaboration with local organizations, the New Bedford Economic Development Council and the Mayor's Office, announces the creation of the Green Jobs, Green Economy Initiative. The objective of the initiative is two-fold: to ensure that New Bedford accesses American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding - which will support green business and green job development - and to ensure that the city's initiatives specifically benefit and are accessible to low income communities and communities of color in the city. The overarching goal is to help New Bedford become a national leader in the green jobs and sustainability movement.

For more informaiton, contact: Desa VanLaarhoven at desa@marioninstitute.org or Kalia Lydgate klydgate@marioninstitute.org

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

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


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

How to Start an Organic Garden in 9 Easy Steps
Tip from thedailygreen.com

Grow your own delicious, healthful organic food. Tips on planning, composting, watering, weeding, harvesting, natural pest control and more. Read more.

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