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June 24 - July 1, 2009

In This Issue

News:

From trash to turbine

This week:

Osprey kayaking tour

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Save The Date:

Sustainability Teacher Training

Lloyd Center Clambake

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Announcement:

Register for online sustainability courses

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Ongoing:

Sustainability Courses

Local Farmer's Markets

Know Your Vegetables

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Weekly Green Tip:

Master the farmer's market

Weekly Quote:

"We need a new environmental consciousness on a global basis. To do this, we need to educate people."
- Mikhail Gorbachev

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Leaf Bullet News

Turbine Art! From trash to turbine

FAIRHAVEN — Where some people might have seen a pile of junk, students at Fairhaven High School saw a pile of junk with potential.

Over the past two months, they hammered, sculpted and painted that junk into an efficient and aesthetically pleasing 12-foot wind turbine, bringing art and engineering together in the classroom. Read more here.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Silverbrook Farm: Vermiculture Workshop

June 27, 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.

Osprey Tour with Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures

June 28, 10:00-2:00 p.m.
The Westport River is home to the largest Osprey colony in New England. Come explore the river and observe these magnificent birds from our excellent vantage point. We'll paddle along the islands to view the ospreys watching over their nests, soaring above the river, and dramatically diving for food. Shelli Costa, Education Director, from the Westport River Watershed Alliance, will join us to add insight into their behavior. This is a bird lover's trip not to be missed. Costs are $40 for members, and $50 for non-members. Please contact Osprey Sea Kayak Adventures at (508)636-0300 to register for this event.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Lloyd Center Clambake XXIV, ‘Simply The Best!'

July 10, 6-11 pm
It's time already to make plans for the best party of the summer, the annual Lloyd Center Clambake! The Clambake is the Center's principal fund-raising event of the year, and we expect another sellout for 2009. Through the wonderful support of our contributing guests and corporate sponsors, we raised over $100,000 last year. This popular and fun summer event is essential to the Lloyd Center's ability to continue our high quality environmental education and research programs. Headquarters, 430 Potomska Road, Dartmouth. For reservations, call the Clambake Hotline, (508) 558-2916, fcallen@lloydcenter.org, or visit www.lloydcenter.org.

16th Annual Swim Buzzards Bay

July 11, 7am
A 1.2 mile open water swim through the warm, clean waters of Buzzards bay – from Davy's Locker in New Bedford to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. Make the statement that clean water and a healthy environment are important to you. Help us Save Buzzards Bay! Hundreds of swimmers ages 12 and up have proven that the Swim is for every age, ability, shape, size and fitness level. Register online at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swimbuzzardsbay. Registration fee: $15. Fundraising minimum: $150. Registration closes at 5pm on July 9.

NOFA Summer Conference

August 7-9, UMass Amherst main campus.
Northeast Organic Farming Association's 35th annual summer conference features 150 workshops on organic farming, gardening, land care, sustainability and homesteading.

Keynote speakers: Paul Stamets, mushroom expert and author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save The World and Will Allen, founder and CEO of Growing Power, an organization that brings knowledge about sustainable food systems to urban areas.

For more information contact the NOFA Summer Conference office at (978) 355-2853 or http://www.nofasummerconference.org or nofa@nofamass.org.

Sustainability Teacher Training

August 18th and 19th, UMass Dartmouth
Earn 10 PDPs while learning how to incorporate sustainability into your lesson plans. Contact Susan Jennings at sjennings@umassd.edu.

 

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Online Sustainability Certificate Open for Registration

The Application form for our new Online Program has now been posted, although students may take courses (listed here) before applying to the program. The Undergraduate Certificate in Sustainability Studies provides students with a vigorous introduction to the growing discourse surrounding "sustainability" and sustainable issues. The Certificate helps establish sustainable thinking as a critical methodology, which students can apply to their professional and personal lives. See http://www.umassd.edu/online/sustainability/ for further information.

Organic Farming Class Offered in the Fall

This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence focusing primarily on raising crops and animals organically and is an introduction to the Organic Farming Technician certificate program. The course covers soils, organic fertilizers, organic pest control, companion planting, seed and plant propagation, harvesting, and permaculture. Pre- or co-requisite: SCI 15 or permission of the instructor. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Instructional Support Fee applies.

Learn more at the website for the Organic Agriculture Technician (OAT) program at Bristol Community College.

Fall Course - Sustainability Education and Public Policy: Connecting for Change

Sustainability refers to re-evaluating our relationship to the natural world and realizing that ecology, economics and social equity are inextricably linked. This three-credit interdisciplinary course is designed to give candidates for the Master of Public Policy degree an understanding of how institutions such as schools, industries, businesses and local governments are reinventing themselves to meet the interrelated environmental, economic and ethical challenges we face in this era of crisis and change. See our fall course list here.

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

Farmers Markets

Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm at the Fairhaven High School.
Dartmouth: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.
Carver: Sundays 1-4 P.M. June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
Middleboro: Saturdays June 13- October 31, rain or shine, on the Middleboro Town Hall Lawn, rt 105.

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.

  • July 20, 2009: Foliar Fertilizers: Compost Teas, Biodynamic Preparations and Foliar Sprays to Increase Production and Improve Disease Resistance
  • August 17, 2009: A Celebration of Summer - Know Your Vegetables Community Potluck.

Discussions are held at Brix Bounty Farm.  Usually 3rd Monday of the Month, 6:30 PM

For more information or to RSVP please contact Derek Christianson, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747    Ph:  508.992.1868                  
http://brixbounty.blogspot.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.

*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/

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 or 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. During July and August we will be adding Mondays from 7am-9am to our volunteer hours. 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 2 (5 week session beginning July 6th)

• SUS 250/IST 444: 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

• MKT 690: Special Topics in the Market- Sustainable Enterprises [blended course:includes online and classroom components] - Innovation and Creativity are the sparks that make good enterprises great. Sustainability is the disciplined creation of long term inter-generational prosperity through the enhancement of human, natural, manufactured, and financial capital. Combined they encourage a style of behavior comfortable with challenges, new ideas and constant change. This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate Sustainable Buisness Modeling tools together with creative problem solving and marketing techniques. Class time will be spent in lecture, discussion, case studies, experiential exercises and practical workshops. In addition the group auditing project will enable students to apply theoretical learnings to a real organization or community situation.

Tree Swallow Viewing

Tree swallow nest viewing opportunities at UMass Dartmouth. Click here for more information.


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

6 Steps to Mastering the Farmer's Market
Tip from thedailygreen.com

Eating local has never been so easy with these quick tips for shopping your farmers' market. Click here to learn more.

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