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May 6 - May 13, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Summer Sustainability Courses at UMass Dartmouth

Executive Order for Sustainability

This week:

How to Organize a Community Garden Presentation

Lloyd Center for the Environment Annual Meeting

Taunton River Watershed Management Plan Public Meeting

More events!

Save The Date:

June 24 Healthy Cooking Demo

June 27 Worm Composting Workshop

More

Announcement:

Camp Metacomet Seeks Summer Staff

More

Ongoing:

Know Your Vegetables

Roots Down New Bedford

Volunteer Opportunities

Sustainability Courses

More

Weekly Green Tip:

Water Plants in the Morning

Weekly Quote:

"I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise, what is there to defend?"
- Robert Redford

 

Leaf Bullet News

UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Summer Courses Online

The Sustainability Studies Program at UMass Dartmouth will offer a series of online courses on sustainability this summer.

Check out the course descriptions here or visit UMass Dartmouth Online to enroll.

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang Issues Executive Order for Sustainability

New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang issued an Executive Order regarding Implementation of the recommendations in the Mayor's Sustainability Task Force. Check out the Executive Order here or read The Standard Times article on the announcement.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

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

"How to Organize a Community Garden" Presentation

May 6, 2009, 5:30pm, Victory Park Warming House (224 Brock Ave, New Bedford; across from the Walter Clegg Little League Field)

The Victory Garden Project at Freedom Boulevard invites the community to a free seminar focusing on community garden development presented by Betsy Johnson. Betsy Johnson is a nationally recognized authority on community gardens and serves on the executive board of the American Community Gardening Association. Additionally, she is the president of the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust, which manages 16 community gardens and pocket parks in Boston. Betsy has been active in the community gardening movement for more than 20 years and previously worked for Garden Futures and the Boston Natural Areas Network.

For additional information on this presentation or on gardening at the community Victory Garden at Freedom Boulevard please contact Chuck Dade, Interim Steward, Community Victory Garden at Freedom Boulevard, 508-999-0691, cdade@newbedfordopen.com

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.

Sanctuary Rambles at Allen's Pond

May 8, 2009, 9-10:30am, Allens Pond Field Station, 1280 Horseneck Rd., Westport, MA 02790.

Come explore the Allen's Pond Sanctuary in its spring beauty with Sanctuary Director, Gina Purtell, every Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. during May. What an invigorating, fun way to start the weekend a day early! Glimpse songbird migrants, witness spring buds or explore a new part of the Sanctuary. Dress for the weather.

Mass Audubon Members $4, Nonmembers $6. For more information or to make a reservation please call (508) 636-2437 or email allenspond@massaudubon.org.

Birding in the Bioreserve

Saturday, May 9 – 6am-9am, Location: Copicut Woods - Bioreserve

Large, unfragmented areas like the Bioreserve support an array of warblers and other interior forest birds such the wood thrush, ovenbird, and scarlet tanager. Many of these unique birds pass through the area for only a few weeks each spring on their way north. Join Fred Thurber of the Paskamansett Bird Club at the height of the spring migration. Bring binoculars.

FREE. Please pre-register; 508-679-2115 or E-mail: bioreserve@ttor.org

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.

Taunton River Watershed Management Plan Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 12, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

A watershed management plan for the Taunton River Watershed is underway and we are looking for your input! Come learn about the innovative planning work that has been done to date (Phase I), and to hear about the exciting opportunities for demonstration projects throughout the watershed in the coming year (Phase II).

The Horsley Witten Group, with funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is working with a Steering Committee of Bridgewater State College, several regional and state agencies, and The Nature Conservancy to develop this watershed plan. Currently, we are actively working to identify potential demonstration projects in the watershed in the areas of low impact development, alternative wastewater management, and habitat restoration or protection. In addition, we will be selecting two communities to team with our project to work through a code reform project to facilitate techniques such as LID, alternative wastewater management options, and improved habitat protection.

Please join us to learn more, and bring your project ideas! Public Welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit: www.horsleywitten.com/tauntonwatershed/ Questions: Ellie Baker, Horsley Witten Group, 978-499-0601

Ocean Voice Speaker Series

Tuesday, May 12, 7pm. Ocean Explorium, 174 Union Street, New Bedford.

Fish Habitat and Human and Environmental Impacts with Vin Malkoski, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries

Quality habitat for fish is under constant threat from a variety of sources and human activities, including projects that are perceived to be “green or environmentally friendly. Join Vin Malkoski for a discussion on general habitat requirements, the sources of environmental threats, potential impacts, and the steps taken to avoid or minimize the damage.

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


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Aha! Night: NB Seen

May 14, 5-9pm, Downtown New Bedford, MA.

Check out the list of this month's Aha! Night events at: http://www.ahanewbedford.org/calendar.html

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, 2009, 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 questions 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

Dartmouth YMCA Seeks Summer Camp Staff and Specialists

The Dartmouth YMCA Summer Camp Metacomet Program seeks responsible, enthusiastic individuals to join their summer camp staff team to organize activities for the following areas: Nature (environmental science), Arts & Crafts, Group Sports, and Farming. Duties include creating creative and interactive activities for kids ranging in ages from 5 to 13 years old.

For more detailed information please contact Camp Metacomet Director Stephanie Traynor, 508-993-3362.

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 information, 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)


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.

*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

Summer Sustainability Courses

UMASS Dartmouth Online

Courses available Summer Session 1 (5 week session beginning June 1st)

• SUS 211: Principles of Sustainability (Required course) This course focuses on the fundamental principles of Sustainability, providing a larger context for the topics covered in the elective courses. Principle Topics covered include: What is Sustainability?, Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, Systems Thinking/Systems Analysis, “Natural” Systems and Function, Human Interactions with Natural Systems, Ethics and Values.

• SUS 250: Special Topics in Sustainability: Critical Readings This course will take a mosaic approach to understanding “sustainability”. We will read across a wide variety of genres, from mainstream essays, to scientific studies, to technical reports, and more. We will read non-controversial works, such as Rachel Carson’s “The Edge of the Sea”, as well as highly controversial works, such as “The Limits to Growth.” We will look at sustainability from “the wilderness” to the city; from the history of garbage to the future of waste; from nature’s destruction to nature’s instruction. Students will be expected to read all texts and be able to contribute to an ongoing discussion of the texts, how they contribute to the notion of “sustainability,” and what, in the end, sustainability may mean.

Courses available Summer Session 2 (5 week session beginning July 6th)

• SUS 250: Special Topics in Sustainability: Sustainable Living Learn to live more lightly on the planet. An introduction to global challenges and practical solutions related to energy, food, land use, water and air, waste, housing, and community health. This class will help students make personal and professional decisions supporting the three interconnected objectives of sustainability; economic vitality, environmental integrity, and social equity

• MTH 120: Quantitative Reasoning Fundamentals of quantitative literacy fully integrated with environmental science topics to illustrate how mathematics is used to describe, model, and analyze data. This will be an introductory level course in applied mathematics. Topics include essential numeracy including estimation, measurement and scaling, and function modeling, which explores the three most important functions used in analyzing and modeling environmental data. Elementary statistics are explored with many practical examples to help students develop an intuitive understanding of descriptive statistics, sampling, and probability based inferential statistics.

Courses available for 7 week Summer Session (7 week session beginning June 15th)

• SUS 235: Environmental Policy 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.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Water Plants in the Morning
Tip from thedailygreen.com

With population growth and climate change putting increasing pressure on freshwater supplies, it is becoming more important than ever to save water. The best time to water plants is usually in the morning, both to maximize the efficiency of H2O used and to promote healthy flora. Read more.

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