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August 5-12, 2009

In This Issue

News:

Researchers Convert Textile Waste to Compost

This week:

Rehoboth Agricultural Fair

WRWA Summer Gala

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Save The Date:

Growing Food Everywhere, a Conversation about Community Food Security

Vineyard Permaculture Workshop

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Announcement:

Want to be a Bioneer volunteer? Click here.

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Ongoing:

Visit your local farmer's market!

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Weekly Green Tip:

Avoid Antibacterial Products

Weekly Quote:

"The best friend of earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth"
- Frank Lloyd Wright

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Leaf Bullet News

New UMD program will train students in energy management

Fluctuating gasoline prices are already having an impact on the marketplace, with research showing that consumers are responding by driving less and buying more products online.

But these kinds of impacts pale when compared to the changes that will have to happen when energy prices get so high that they force us to change our way of life, according to Susan Jennings, one of the organizers behind a new sustainability council in the area. Read more here.

Researchers Convert Textile Waste to Compost

A new report published in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution finds that waste from the textiles industry could be transformed into rich, agricultural compost, with the use of earthworms and animal manure.

Indian researchers Vinod Gard, Renuka Gupta and Priya Kaushik of the Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology have found a particular species of earthworm to be productive in converting the huge volumes of solid sludge produced by the textiles industry into compost. Story continues here.


Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Summer Conversations: Noreen Herzfeld
From 'Manhunt' to 'MySpace': The Challenges and Perils of Living in a World of Virtual Communities

August 6, 7 pm, The Apponagansett Meeting House, Dartmouth
Noreen Herzfeld is professor of theology and computer science at St. John's University in Minnesota. Her book publications include two this year: Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World, and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science.

Women's Canoe Trip

August 6th 6:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. - Lloyd Center Headquarters
Ladies only! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. Transportation and all equipment provided. Bring footwear that won’t mind getting wet, as well as a snack and libation (non-alcoholic). Learn more or register here.

Rehoboth Agricultural Fair

August 6 - 9 Rehoboth, the Corner of Almeida Road and Wheaton Ave
The Rehoboth Agricultural Fair has been an operating fair in some form or fashion for over 60 years. Save the dates and have a great time at a "true country fair". Learn more here.

Magnificent Moths

August 7th 7:30pm – 9:30pm (rain date: Friday, August 14)
Participants to meet at the Copicut Woods parking area, located on Indian Town Road in Fall River. There is no fee for this event, however, registration is required. Long pants, a hat and bug repellent are recommended. To learn more about this event or to pre-register, call the Trustees for Reservations (508-679-2115 x10) or visit their website (www.thetrustees.org).

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.

WRWA Summer Gala

August 8, Fitton's Farm, 564 River Road, Westport.
WRWA Summer Gala — Beach Boys & Surfer Girls. Tickets: $75-500. Business Sponsorships Available. For more information, www.westportwatershed.org, 508-636-3016.

Green Jobs Forum

August 9-12, Providence, RI.
This is not a job fair but an informational session open to the public about what a green job is, how to get training for a green job and how to find a green job. For more information, http://www.govenergy.com/.


Leaf Bullet Save The Date

UMass Dartmouth Forest Exploration

August 14th, 12:30 pm --Meet behind the UMD Athletics Center
A Forest Walk through UMD's backwoods with Dr. Tara Rajaniemi and Rupert Grantham of Walden Forest Conservation.

Operation Clean Sweep

August 15th, 8:00-10:00 AM, Ward 1, New Bedford
The Operation Clean Sweep Anti-Litter Campaign is working to improve the quality of life in New Bedford through Organized Clean ups, Education and Advocacy for Enforcement of city ordinances. Pre-Register before the clean up. 508.979.1493, www.operationcleansweep.net, volunteer page, info@operationcleansweep.net. Future Clean-ups: Sept. 19 – Ward 4.

Council on Sustainability: Energy

August 18th, 3-5 pm, 3:00 PM @ ATMC, Fall River (Directions)
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Energy Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Growing Food Everywhere, a Conversation about Community Food Security

Tuesday, August 18th, 6:30 pm New Bedford Public Library.
Dr. Deborah Habib from Seeds of Solidarity will speak about food security. Sponsored by UMD's Office of Campus and Community Sustainability and the Southeastern Massachusetts Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL).

Sustainability Teacher Training

August 18th and 19th at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford
The UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability is hosting a Sustainability Teacher Training from 9-3 on August 18th and 19th at the Ocean Explorium in New Bedford. Sponsored by the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL), the institute will pair a training in edible schoolyards with a hands-on, inquiry-based exploration of sustainability principles and practices.

Instructors include Deb Habib from Seeds of Solidarity, Joe Yarmac of Fairhaven High School, and UMass Dartmouth faculty Chad McGuire and Dr. Laurie Robertson-Lorant Increase your sustainability literacy, learn about local sustainability initiatives, design activities for your classroom, and join a growing network of Southcoast teachers involved in sustainability teaching and activities. Participating teachers will receive a $100 stipend as well as 10 PDP’s. For more information, or to register, contact sustainability@umassd.edu or 508-910-6484.

Council on Sustainability: Natural Resources

Natural Resources - Thursday August 20th, 3 PM @ SRPEDD, Taunton (Directions)
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Natural Resources Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Council on Sustainability: Food and Agriculture

Food and Agriculture - Wednesday, August 26th, 7:30 PM @ Location TBD
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Food and Agriculture Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Permaculture Design Course

The 2nd Permaculture Design Course will be held at the MV-HI-Hostel from Sept. 14 - 25 on Martha's Vineyard. Most of you know that many consider Sept. the best time to be on the Vineyard - warm days, cool nights, gone are the crowds, and staying/eating at the HI-Hostel brings the rates way, way down ($20/night for room, $25/day for meals - that's compared to hundred$/ night at hotels in-season).

And the Course is terrific - great, life-changing curricula, super Instructors and Guest Speakers, fabulous visits to farms, homes, markets, small businesses - all wrapped in the rustic, rural, still agrarian Vineyard, with its respect for Nature, limited resources, and a quieter, smaller way of living and doing business. It's a great backdrop for a Permaculture Design Course. Learn more here.


Leaf Bullet Announcements

Bioneers By the Bay looking for volunteers

Each year we rely on you, our wonderful volunteers, to produce the internationally acclaimed Bioneers by the Bay conference. This year we are counting on you to make the conference the best yet. We have a wonderful group of live keynote speakers including Will Allen, Paul Hawken, Winona LaDuke and Dr. Vandana Shiva. Volunteer applications are available here.

UMass Dartmouth Students: Be a Green Navigator

The UMASS Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative is looking for motivated students to become "Green Navigators" – student sustainability leaders committed to supporting UMD sustainability initiatives through peer education and outreach. Green Navigators work with students, faculty, and staff to develop and implement sustainability initiatives. Duties may include assisting with educational programing, data collection, and general communication and outreach. Qualified students will be motivated, committed to enhancing sustainability at UMASS Dartmouth, and interested in supporting community participation in sustainability initiatives on campus. Applications are available here, and more details about the program are here.

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.


Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

Carver: Sundays 1-4 P.M. June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
Dartmouth
: Fridays 1-6pm at Rex Field, adjacent to St. Peter's Church in Padanaram.
Fairhaven: Sundays 1-4pm, Fairhaven High School.
Fall River: Wednesdays, 9-1pm, Ruggles Park
Fall River: Saturdays, 7-12:30pm, Kennedy Park
Middleboro: Saturdays June 13- October 31, Middleboro Town Hall Lawn, rt 105.
New Bedford: Saturdays, 9-1pm, Clasky Common
New Bedford: Thursdays, 2-7pm, Wings Court (downtown)
New Bedford: Mondays: 2-7pm, Brooklawn Park
Rochester: Saturdays, 8-12pm, Rochester Center, Plumb Corner Market
Rehoboth: Sundays, 10-2pm, Anawan School
Taunton: Thursday, 12-5pm, Parking lot behind City Hall
Westport: Saturday, 8:30-1pm, Westport Grange
Click here for a complete list.

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.

  • 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.

When: The third Thursday of each month at 4:00 PM.

  • Sept 1: Short and Sweet Salad Greens: Seeds to Sow in
    September and Extending the Season with Row Covers
  • Oct 6: Improving Your Soil: Cover Crops, Fall Fertilizers and
    Soil Amendments for Organic Gardens
  • Nov 3: Wintertime Tasks for a Terrific 2010 Vegetable Garden:
    Mulching, Reviewing the Season and an Organic Garden Reading List.

*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


Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip

Avoid Antibacterial Products

Most of the plethora of consumer goods with antibacterial properties available these days are unnecessary, and may even contribute to antibiotic-resistant super germs. Click here to learn more.

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