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August 12-19, 2009

In This Issue


Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security

This week:

Allen's Pond Duck Derby

Sustainable Teacher Training


Save The Date:

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

Working Waterfront Festival



Volunteer Opportunity: RI Sustainability Festival



Get your Roots Down!


Weekly Green Tip:

Iron less while staying wrinkle-free

Weekly Quote:

"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed."
- Chinese Proverb

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Leaf Bullet News
Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. Security
WASHINGTON — The changing global climate will pose profound strategic challenges to the United States in coming decades, raising the prospect of military intervention to deal with the effects of violent storms, drought, mass migration and pandemics, military and intelligence analysts say. Read more here (NYTimes - Registration may be required)

Growing Food Everywhere
The Southcoast area has seen an explosion of interest in backyard and community gardens, organic farming, edible schoolyards, and farmer's markets. Spurred on by the threats of climate change and peak oil and inspired by Michelle Obama and other gardening advocates, each new garden plot is a piece of the patchwork that will help us to develop community food security. On Tuesday, August 18th, at 6:30 pm in the New Bedford Public Library, Dr. Deborah Habib from Seeds of Solidarity, will present "Growing Food Everywhere." Details here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Council on Sustainability: Transportation

August 13th, 3-5 pm, @ SRPEDD, Taunton (Directions)
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Transportation Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

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.

The Allens Pond Duck Derby Rides Again!

August 15, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm (Rain date August 16th, 2009)
Grand Prize: Dinner for Two, Anywhere in the World!* (* Includes transportation and two nights stay!) You can participate by adopting a duck—or a flock! Join the fun on race day, too. Last year's race was a huge success, and loads of fun! Read about the 2008 winner's trip! More details here

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.

Know Your Vegetables Community Potluck 

August 17, 6:30 pm, Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth
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.This week, the topic is "A Celebration of Summer - Know Your Vegetables Community Potluck."

For more information or to RSVP please contact Derek Christianson at derekchristianson@gmail.com or http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

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

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). Details here.

Sustainability Teacher Training

August 18th and 19th, 9am - 3pm, at UMass Dartmouth - Dion 109
The UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability is hosting a Sustainability Teacher Training, now at UMass Dartmouth. 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 PDPs. For more information, or to register, send this form to sustainability@umassd.edu or 508-910-6484.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Council on Sustainability: 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.

Slocum River Kayak Tour

Friday, August 21, 9am – 12pm, Lloyd Center Headquarters at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth
The public is invited to join the Lloyd Center for the Environment on for a . The Slocum River is a peaceful scenic estuary, offering extraordinary views, great birding and paddling. Come explore the many coves and marshes along this classic New England landscape. Paddlers of all abilities are welcome. Register here.

Seining for Subtropicals

Saturday, August 22, 2pm – 6pm, Lloyd Center Headquarters at 430 Potomska Road in Dartmouth
Enjoy a short canoe paddle from Tripp's boatyard to the edge of the eelgrass beds at the mouth of the Westport River. Lead by Mark Mello, Lloyd Center Research Director, “Seining for Subtropicals”. You will be using a seine (special kind of fishing net) to try to nab seahorses, jacks (a perch-like marine fish), groupers and other southern species that enter our waters in late summer. Register here.

Council on Sustainability: 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.

Council on Sustainability: Economic Development

Thursday, September 1, 3:00 PM at SRPEDD in Taunton
The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability invites you to this meeting of the Economic Development Working Group. Learn more about the working group here.

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 3:00 PM at the ATMC in Fall River
Keynote speaker Douglas Foy, former president of the Conservation Law Society and Chief of Commonwealth Development. See presentations of the five groups and help plot a course to a more sustainable future. Learn more about the Council on Sustainability here.

Permaculture Design Course

Sept. 14 - 25 on Martha's Vineyard.
The 2nd Permaculture Design Course will be held at the MV-HI-Hostel from . 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.

2nd Annual RI Sustainable Schools Summit

Thursday, September 24th 8:00am - 4:00pm at the URI Shepard Building at 80 Washington St., Providence, RI
*Rhode Island Schools: Taking Strides to Sustainability* Attention Superintendents, Administrators, Teachers, Students, School Board Officials, Facilities Managers, Principals, Parents, and Community Members: Join the Apeiron Institute for this FREE program as we take an in-depth look at some green initiatives in local schools and discuss ways to integrate environmental sustainability in school environments, school food systems, and curricula.

*Register for free at www.apeiron.org

Providence Sustainability Festival

Saturday, September 26th Greater Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI
Sustainability Workshops, Music, Vendors, & More. After eight successful years of Sustainability festivals in Coventry, the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living will hold our first Providence festival, a free event that will use several downtown venues, including Kennedy Plaza. The Providence Sustainability Festival will include many of the features of the Coventry festival, providing numerous resources through its participating vendors, workshops and exhibits. Working with the City of Providence, the festival will also highlight “green job” opportunities.

Working Waterfront Festival

Sep 26 & 27 Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 3 — Steamship Pier, New Bedford
Celebrate Commercial Fishing, America's Oldest Industry! Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate. www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org.

3rd Annual Watershed Ride

Oct 4 Westport to Wood's Hole
3rd Annual Watershed Ride with Coalition For Buzzards Bay. Help us pedal our way to a healthier Bay by participating in the Third Annual Watershed Ride - a fully-supported, one-day, 75-mile cycling event to build awareness and raise funds to Save Buzzards Bay. Cycle through pastoral farmlands, coastal villages, cranberry bogs, working waterfronts and the back roads of Cape Cod - all while helping your Bay and its watershed. www.savebuzzardsbay.org.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

Volunteer opportunity: Providence Sustainability Festival

We are seeking significant community input and welcome businesses and organizations with a green presence in Providence to participate in the festival, either as exhibitors, presenters, or organizers. For more information, contact Apeiron at info@apeiron.org or call 401-228-7930. More details here

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.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

Carver: Sundays 1-4 P.M. June-October, Shurtleff Park, Center Carver
: 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.

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

Iron Less, but Stay Wrinkle Free

Follow a few simple steps to cut down on your ironing time, while still keeping clothes looking their best. Click here to learn more.

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