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September 23 to 30, 2009

In This Issue


Global, national, and local sustainability news

This week:

Providence Sustainability Festival

Working Waterfront Festival


Save The Date:

Bioneers By the Bay

Third Annual Watershed Ride



New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office



Fall Roots Down schedule


Weekly Green Tip:

Greening your school

Weekly Quote:

"We must go through a natural revolution if we are to survive on earth. We need to change people's perceptions. If there's no environment, there's no human race. We are in a state of global denial."
- Ted Turner

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Leaf Bullet News
SydneySydney blanketed in dust-storm
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A huge outback dust storm swept eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, disrupting transport, forcing people indoors and stripping thousands of tonnes of valuable farmland topsoil. Read more here.

Sharing the fruits of backyard abundance
It was on walks with his dog Scout that Rick Nahmias became increasingly troubled by the citrus fruit he saw all around his neighborhood, dropping to the ground, rotting, when so many people were hungry. On her walks, Hynden Walch saw food going to waste in her neighbors' yards, and she began running through ideas for how to use it. Read more here.

Weekend's festival to honor fishermen, farmers
NEW BEDFORD — With surf and turf as the key ingredients of the 2009 Working Waterfront Festival, you can expect to find enough seafood and produce — and entertainment related to growing, catching and cooking it — to keep your stomach satisfied throughout this weekend's two-day festival. Read more here.

Local Newsletter
NorthStar and PAACA lead Green Brigade
DARTMOUTH — Three dozen strong, they were dubbed the Green Brigade, and this summer they discovered a newfound respect for the environment. The New Bedford teens spent seven weeks in a jobs program offered by NorthStar Learning Centers, a New Bedford-based minority nonprofit organization, and Massachusetts Audubon's Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

'You CAN Do It!'

Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00pm at the Dartmouth Grange, 1133 Fisher Rd, Dartmouth
Learn how to preserve our wonderful seasonal produce at our hands-on demonstration. Learn the basics of canning, fermenting (EX: kim-chi), and freezing. Samples will be provided (of course). $20.00, limited to 12-15 participants. Email us to (p)reserve your spot. 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

Community Supported Fisheries (CSF) Roundtable Discussion

Friday, September 25, 3:30-5pm , National Park Visitor Center (33 William Street)
In conjunction with this year’s Working Waterfront Festival, we will be hosting a free roundtable discussion of interest to area fishermen, farmers and public on How to Connect Fishermen and Farmers in Local Markets. Explore opportunities to coordinate a fish share into CSA, and learn about the growing Community Supported Fisheries across New England. The discussion will be facilitated by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA) which has been instrumental in organizing Community Supported Fisheries programs in Boston and Cape Ann. www.namanet.org
PLEASE RSVP to Working Waterfront Festival (info@workingwaterfrontfestival.org)

Homecoming Campus Sustainability Tour and Roundtable

Saturday, September 26th 11 a.m. tour and noon roundtable
During homecoming we will be doing a campus sustainability tour beginning at 11 a.m. the entrance to the Francis Tripp Athletics Center and a sustainability roundtable discussion at Woodland Commons at noon.

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

September 26 & 27 at 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.

Southcoast Sustainability Initiatives

Tuesday, September 29 at 12:30-2 at the UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
Susan PetersonSoutheastern Massachusetts has a variety of sustainability committees, projects, and initiatives proactively working to build the long-term ecological, social, and economic sustainability of our region. Please join us to learn from guest speakers Deirdre Healy and Susan Peterson about several of the notable initiatives underway in the region and how you can get involved or start a sustainability initiative in your town.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

WRWA Fall Foraging Walk

October 4 9:30am-12:30pm, Westport
The Westport River watershed is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more flavorful and/or nutritious than their cultivated counterparts. At least a dozen tasty species of wild mushrooms are also known to grow in the watershed, and early fall is (usually) a very good time to encounter them. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of the book Wild Plants I Have Known ... and Eaten, on a 2+hour ramble through local conservation land to learn about the comestible qualities of at least two dozen wild plant and mushroom species. More details here.

3rd Annual Watershed Ride

October 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.

Dr. Tara Rajaniemi and Rupert Grantham: Campus as Living Lab

Tuesday, October 6th 12:30-2:00pm Library Browsing Area
UMass Dartmouth has over 350 acres of forest land –one of the largest open parcels in North Dartmouth. Both the woods and our cleared lands are excellent opportunities to model sustainable forestry and land use, for our students and for the surrounding community. Please join us to hear Dr. Tara Rajaniemi, Forester Rupert Grantham, and Facilities Planning Design and Construction Associate Director Peter Gagnon speak about some of the possibilities we’ve been discussing with Mass Wildlife, Mass Department of Forestry, and the Dartmouth Conservation Commission.

Sustainability Film Series: A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil

Tuesday, October 7th 6:30pm Library Browsing Area
This film is an informative, inspirational documentary aimed at sharing ideas to provoke environment-friendly and cost-effective changes in cities worldwide. The documentary focuses on innovations in transportation, recycling, social benefits including affordable housing, seasonal parks, and the processes that transformed Curitiba into one of the most livable cities in the world. Learn more here.

Fall Nemasket and Taunton River Canoe Trip

October 18 at 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., The "Park & Ride" located off exit 4 on Route 140
Join Research Associate, Jamie Bogart, for this annual fall foliage tour on two of the most beautiful rivers in eastern Massachusetts. Participants will canoe the Taunton River and the portion of the Nemasket River where it flows into the Taunton. The panoply of fall leaves should be very near its peak! The cost of the trip is $32 for Lloyd Center members and $40 for non-members. Transportation and all equipment will be provided. Learn more here.

Bioneers by the Bay

October 22 - 25 New Bedford
Bioneers by the Bay5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference New Bedford, MA. Presented by the Marion Institute, Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants. New Bedford, MA. www.connectingforchange.org.

Leaf Bullet Announcements

New Bedford looking for Director of new Energy Office

Just wanted to make sure you saw this – the City is creating an Energy Office to oversee sustainability, green jobs and energy opportunities for the city and they’re currently looking for a Director of this new office. It will be a very dynamic position and will likely play a key role in determining New Bedford’s energy future. 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.

Leaf Bullet Ongoing

Local Farmers Markets

UMass Dartmouth: Fridays, 10am-2pm at the Campus Center Patio (Park in lot 7)
Carver: Sundays 1-4pm 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.

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.

  • 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

Greening your school

Way back in in June 2007, The United States Conference of Mayors stated that green schools for all American children were a *necessary* goal for the nation. Click here to learn more.

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