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September 16 - 23, 2010

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Sustainable Transportation Expo

Wild Edibles Walk


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Working Waterfront Festival

Watershed Ride



Essay Contest For Kids

Bioneers Volunteers Wanted

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Replace That Toxic Shower Curtain with an Eco Friendly One

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The Race to Design Against the Elements
Learn about a contest to save homes and lives in the Philippines

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Leaf Bullet News
Agropolis Agropolis: The Future of Urban Agriculture?
Last week at the Nordic Exceptional Trendshop 2010, held in Denmark, one presentation took urban agriculture to the next level. A collaboration with NASA, you might even say it launched urban agriculture out of this world, and into the future.The idea is called Agropolis, a combination grocery store, restaurant, and farm all in one building, employing the most advanced technologies in hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farming. As it stands, Agropolis is still just a mere idea, with little more than some cool graphics to back it up. But regardless, Agropolis ushers forth a new wave of thinking about urban food systems. Read more here.

High Tech Why Tidal Power is Europe's Best Near-Term Ocean Energy Technology
The news that the world's largest tidal turbine – 1 MW in size – will be installed off the coast of Scotland near Orkney should come as no surprise.

Primitive tidal mills operated in the England date back to the 11th century. During the 18th century, several tidal mills popped up in Western Europe. The first modern tidal plants borrowed from conventional hydropower concepts by relying upon dams or barrages. La Rance, France still boasts the largest such system in the world, supplying 240 MW of capacity since 1966. Read more here.

Heat Body Heat to Warm Up French Apartments
Paris is a tourist destination of choice for many reasons. Thankfully, a convenient and extensive rail system allows one to navigate around the city to see and experience all those reasons—and it is especially useful if you happen to transit through Charles de Gaulle airport and have a long layover. The Paris Metro also gives rest to weary feet after walking around the Latin Quarter, the Marais, or wandering lost around La Défense for a business appointment.

Of course, like many public transport systems, summer, and even other times of the year, can generate some body heat—almost as much as the eponymous 1981 movie. Read more here.

Fish World pays high price for overfishing, studies say
Decades of overfishing have deprived the food industry of billions of dollars in revenue and the world of fish that could have helped feed undernourished countries, according to a series of studies released on Tuesday.

The Canadian, U.S. and British researchers behind the studies also said that overfishing is often the result of government subsidies that would have been better spent conserving fish stocks. Read more here.

Whole Foods to post seafood environmental ratings
PORTLAND, Ore. — Whole Foods Market Inc. is trying to clear some murky waters for seafood shoppers.

The grocery chain on Monday launched a new color-coded rating program — with the help of Monterey Bay Aquarium and Blue Ocean Institute — that measures the environmental impact of its wild-caught seafood. Read more here.

Fleets Ending the Oceans' 'Tragedy of the Commons'
Leading international marine scientists are proposing radical changes in the governance of the world's oceans to rescue them from overfishing, pollution and other human impacts.

Based on a successful experiment in Chile, the researchers say a new approach to marine tenure could help to reverse the maritime 'tragedy of the commons' which has led to the depletion of fish stocks worldwide. Read more here.

Green building U.S. Army Deploys Solar Power Backpacks in Afghanistan
The legendary competition between the branches of the U.S. armed forces has taken on a sustainable twist. Take portable solar power, for example. The Marines just introduced a portable solar power system this spring, and a few weeks later the Air Force kicked in with a portable solar system of its own. Now the U.S. Army has entered the fray with a portable battery recharging kit called the Rucksack Enhanced Portable Power System (REPPS), which features a 62-watt solar panel "blanket" tucked into a backpack. The system was just deployed in Afghanistan this summer. Read more here.

Not a road Massive fish kill reported in Louisiana
What you see to the right isn't a rural gravel road. It's a Louisiana waterway, its surface completely covered with dead sea life -- a mishmash of species of fish, crabs, stingray and eel. New Orleans CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports that even a whale was found dead in the area, a stretch of coastal Louisiana hit hard this summer by oil from BP's busted Gulf well.

Fish kills are fairly common along the Gulf Coast, particularly during the summer in the area near the mouth of the Mississippi, the site of this kill. The area is rife with dead zones -- stretches where sudden oxygen depletion can cause widespread death. But those kills tend to be limited to a single species of fish, rather than the broad sort of die-off involved in this kill. Read more here.

Green Jobs? Green Collars--Where are the Jobs?
Two years into Obama's presidency, nobody knows what qualifies as a green-collar job, including government agencies and environmental groups.

What about a recently laid-off woman who now pushes a reel mower yard to yard to make money? Would lawn lady's be a green job created, a general job lost, or would the two cancel one another for a net job gain of zero?

"No," said Rick Clayton, chief of the division of administration statistics and labor turnover at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). "I think that cutting a lawn has no environmental impact." Read more here.

Wasted Louisiana beach town laments loss
BP oil spill took a heavy toll on summer tourism
It is over. Summer is lost. Those were Fred Marshall's thoughts as he slumped behind his tiny desk at Gulfstream Marina, worry lines crisscrossing his face, redness framing his weary blue-green eyes in this picturesque beach town.

When BP's oil started flowing into the Gulf of Mexico in April, beachgoers and money stopped flowing into town. By the time the company managed to cap the deep-water well in mid-July, the damage was done. Summer, when Grand Isle merchants earn the profits they rely on for the rest of the year, was gone, said Marshall, 48. Read more here.

Green Building Myths
Unfamiliar terminology, half hearted solutions, and simple ignorance have led to a number of misconceptions about sustainability. Many building owners are, in fact, achieving sustainable building practices. Most of them are not in the healthcare industry, however. But with more education and awareness, this could change.

With that in mind, here are the 10 most common myths about green building design Read more here.

Alaska seeks to overturn delay in Arctic drilling
The state of Alaska on Thursday filed a petition in federal court to overturn the Obama administration's moratorium on drilling in federal waters of the Arctic, even though Interior Department officials insist that no such formal moratorium exists.

The state's legal petition, filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, says the Interior Department "arbitrarily and capriciously imposed" a moratorium on drilling in federal waters off Alaska after the Deepwater Horizon disaster "without considering and weighing the potential effects on Alaska, including economic harm to the State of Alaska and Alaska residents." Read more here.

Repair 10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem
Imagine a no-holds-barred "summit" that comes up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it come up with?

As the midterm political season heats up, one word on every politician's lips is "jobs." And for good reason. People are hurting—they can't pay their mortgages, send their kids to college, pay their dental bills. Young people are wondering if they have a place in the work world.

So the economic pundits cheer when car sales go up, housing starts rise, consumer confidence strengthens. But as the oily ooze in the Gulf tars yet another beach, we all sense something is terribly wrong. We can't keep tearing up the planet to keep ourselves employed. There must be another way. Read more here.

U.S. Stadiums Go Solar: Major Pro Sports Leagues Move Together Toward Renewable Energy
MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL all call for teams to encourage solar power to help combat climate change
The nation's major professional sports leagues are collectively sending an important cultural message in the battle against climate change by encouraging and endorsing the use of solar power and clean energy in arenas and stadiums throughout the United States. Read more here.

Shark lover Shark attack survivors don't forget but do forgive
They have the scars and missing limbs that make it hard to forgive, but these victims are tougher than most. And now they want to save their attackers. They are shark attack survivors, a band of nine thrown together in an unlikely and ironic mission to conserve the very creatures that ripped their flesh, tore off their limbs and nearly took their lives.

They want nations to adopt a resolution that would require them to greatly improve how fish are managed, including shark species of which nearly a third are threatened with extinction or on the verge of being threatened. Read more here.

Green Schools: The Moment is Now!
Green is the trendy color these days. Everyone wants to be green. Even in the face of widespread budget crises momentum is building and demand is growing. Why? Because people are realizing that our future depends on safeguarding the health and well-being of our children and our planet. And because people everywhere are also realizing that our future depends on educating a new generation of citizens who will need the skills to solve the global environmental problems we face. Read more here.

School lunch LUNCH BOXING LESSON: School lunches don't have to be boring or bad anymore
Planning and advance discussions are the keys to a new school year full of healthy, hassle-free lunches and breakfasts, according to the experts.

To set children off on a lifetime of healthy eating, parents should become good role models by selecting healthy options for themselves and incorporating children in the process of shopping for fruits and veggies, according to Kate Bedard a registered dietician with the Fall River-based Women Infants and Children program. "The more they're around it, the more likely they are to eat it," said Bedard.

Variety in lunches (and all meals) is essential, she said, in ensuring that growing children are supplied with ample nutrients; every meal, even snacks should contain a protein, carbohydrate and fat because their nutrients work together. Read more here.

Activist urges waste-site neighbors to retain lawyers
The Rev. Curtis Dias gets weary when he listens to reports from the Environmental Protection Agency on the Parker Street Waste site.

Like the one that came out last week saying the agency must quickly remove dangerous waste from "a few" unnamed residential properties, and test an additional 25 properties in order to determine the boundaries of the former New Bedford dump. Read more here.

Lloyd Center's Regatta draws more than 70 rowers
DARTMOUTH — More than 70 people rowed in a two-mile loop of the Slocum River Saturday as part of the Lloyd Center for the Environment's fifth annual regatta on the river.

There were 28 races in all, ranging from men's and women's double racing shells, single racing shells, recreation shells, tandem kayaks, single kayaks, canoes, row boats, whale boats and stand-up paddleboards. Read more here.

Scallopers? Save The Bay project aims for a rebirth of R.I. scallop population
After donning a wetsuit, mask and snorkel, Marina Raynis clambers over the side of the boat and splashes into Point Judith Pond, scattering a school of silversides. She swims over to a string of buoys, dives down and then returns several minutes later, handing over several mesh bags that had been suspended beneath the surface.

While the bags don't appear to hold much — a mostly brown slimy mass of algae and sea grapes — the marine biologists aboard the small motorboat hope to find the tiniest bits of proof that their efforts can help restore populations in the pond and elsewhere in Rhode Island. Read more here.

Rail impact report delayed — again — until 2011
NEW BEDFORD — A draft environmental review of the South Coast Rail project will likely not be released until early next year, an Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Friday, another delay for a crucial — and long-awaited — project milestone.

The review was initially expected to be released in mid-2009. More recently, state officials said they expected to have the report by early fall of 2010. Read more here.

Cape Wind Proposal Faces a Renewed Political Storm
Political candidates in Massachusetts are attacking Cape Wind, making the nation's first federally approved offshore wind project a target of liberals and conservatives seeking seats in Congress and the governor's office.

Complaints are centered on the cost of power to be produced by the 130 turbines planned for construction 5 miles off the sandy shores of Cape Cod. It is an argument echoed in elections around the country that warn voters of climate policies that might raise the cost of energy. Read more here.

Boat-building program open to city teens
NEW BEDFORD — GreenFleet is seeking city students ages 13-18 to participate in its fall introductory boat-building program, starting Saturday.

The program runs for five weeks and classes meet at the GreenFleet boat shop located at 122 N. Front St. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

Green Buildings: Building for the Future

September 16, 6:30 to 8 PM, Seekonk Public Library
Joseph Newsome, who conceived and oversaw the development of the 17 Gordon Avenue business incubator in Providence, Rhode Island's first green commercial building, will be joined by David Ward, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) consultant, in giving a presentation on buildings that increase energy efficiency, make use of renewable energy, reduce water consumption and run-off, maximize use of natural light, and provide healthy living and work environments. Mass Energy is making this a "green" event by matching our energy use for the evening with a donation to the New England Wind Fund.

Sunset Kayak Tour

September 16, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Lloyd Center Headquarters, Dartmouth
What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle along the Slocum River. You'll feel your stress dissolve as you glide along this spectacular estuary, enjoying the setting sun. Watch wading and shorebirds flock to feed, see fish jump and await the multitude of color changes in the sky. This is a wonderful and relaxing way to explore the delicate ecosystem of this salt marsh. Details here.

Green Futures Monthly Meeting

September 16, 7:00 p.m., Union United Methodist Church, corner of Highland Ave.& Pearce St., Fall River
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Email: info@greenfutures.org Details here.

Wild Edibles Walk

September 18, 8-10 a.m., Copicut Woods
Ever wonder how long you could survive in the woods by living off the land? Well, Southeast Massachusetts is home to more than 150 species of wild edible plants, and late summer is the season of fruits and nuts. From wild grapes and blueberries to hickory nuts and edible roots, join Education Coordinator Linton Harrington for walk and an all natural snack. Details here.

Operation Clean Sweep To Thank Volunteers

September 18, 9 a.m., Copicut Woods
With guest leader Mike Boucher from the Paskamansett Bird Club. Details here.

Bird Walk at Slocum's River Reserve

September 18, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., McFadden School, New Bedford
The community is invited to participate in the final neighborhood cleanup of the season in Ward 3 on Saturday, September 18th near the Hayden McFadden School on Cedar Grove Street from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Immediately following is the Volunteer Appreciation event from 10:30 – Noon. Volunteers past, present and future are welcome to attend. Pizza served from Domino's, the "official pizza" of Operation Clean Sweep. Free Raffle for all volunteers with prizes donated by local vendors. Gloves and tools provided. Fulfill your community service hours. Be Clean! Be Green! Join the Operation Clean Sweep Team! Details here.

CoastSweep 2010: New Bedford

September 18, 10:00 p.m., Palmers Island in New Bedford
Did you know it takes 1 million years for a glass bottle to decompose? Come join the fun and volunteer in the beach cleanup at Palmers Island in New Bedford (located at the end of Gifford Street) on September 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM. The rain date will be on Sunday September 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kerry Muldoon at 508-991-6188 or by email Kerry.Muldoon@newbedford-ma.gov to register for the event.

Please dress appropriately for the event - bring thick soled shoes or sneakers to protect your feet, sunscreen, a hat, work gloves or rubber gloves. Please note that volunteers will have to climb down a rock jetty to get onto Palmers Island. To make this an environmental friendly event – please bring a reusable water bottle, we will provide drinking water. The event will be sponsored by two Downtown New Bedford restaurants, On A Roll and The Celtic Coffee House and the South End Stop & Shop in New Bedford. Coastsweep is the Massachusetts Annual Statewide Beach Cleanup, presented by of Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management and Urban Harbors Institute. Details here.

NOTE: There is also a CoastSweep event in Westport. Details here.

Elephant Events

September 19, 10:30 and 1-4 pm, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Elephant Tracks • 10:30 am Cost: Registration + Sponsorship (see Elephant Tracks page) Join the American Association of Zoo Keepers in this fundraising walk at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. All monies raised will benefit wild populations of elephants. For more information, please visit the Elephant Tracks Page.

Emily & Ruth's Birthday Bash/Elephant Appreciation Day • 1:00 – 4:00 PM Cost: Free with Zoo admission We'll celebrate all elephants with a day of demonstrations, activities and crafts. Join us for a day of elephant-sized fun! Don't miss Ruth & Emily's Birthday Bash! Details here.

Council on Sustainability Quarterly Meeting & Transportation Expo

September 23, 1:00PM to 5:00PM, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Rethinking Transportation--the quarterly meeting of the Council on Sustainability--is an event that will change how you think about our current transportation system, increase awareness of transportation options and resources, and build consensus on actions that support a sustainable transportation future. Please join us to move Southeastern Massachusetts closer towards sustainability. Details here.

From Burping Fish to Giant Oil Spills: How can a local Sea Grant Agent help fishing communities survive?

September 23, Reception at 6:15, talk at 7, Ocean Explorium, New Bedford
Mr. Theberge writes that "Right now one of the popular ideas/issues in ecology is how do we insure that natural communities stay resilient, so that they can recover from disturbances. We should have the same goal for fishing communities: How can we keep them resilient against climate change, fluctuating fish populations, changes in fuel prices, oil spills and other natural, social and economic factors?" Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Working Waterfront Festival

September 25-26, 11am - 7pm (5pm on Sunday), New Bedford State Pier Area
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. Details here.

Historic Foodways Workshop

September 25, 4:00PM - 8:00PM, Bristol, RI
An Evening with Amelia Simmons, an American Locavore. Minimal Food Miles! In fact, we've reduced them to 50 paces. Participants in this workshop will spend an evening at Coggeshall Farm Museum exploring what it meant to "eat local" in 1790's Rhode Island. Working from Amelia Simmons' American Cookery, the first American cookbook, originally published in 1796, guests will join the museum's costumed staff in the garden selecting heirloom produce for the evening's meal. Returning to the museum's 18th century farmhouse, participants will prepare several of Amelia's receipts at the hearth before sitting down to enjoy dinner by candlelight. This workshop is limited to eight participants and is intended for ages 16 and up. Reservations are required, please register no later than two weeks prior to the workshop. 4:00pm-8:00pm. $60.00 per person, $50 for museum members. Register by phone, 401.253.9062, or email, info@coggeshallfarm.org. Details here.

Kayak the Westport River

September 26, 9AM - 1PM, Osprey Sea Kayaks, 489 Old County Rd, Westport, MA
Paddle north from The Let to Spectacle Island, viewing protected properties along the way. Bring water, sun block and water shoes. Please pre-register Details here.

Fun Day in the Forest

September 26, 11AM - 4PM, Forest HQ, Slab Bridge Rd., Freetown, MA
Come enjoy a fun-filled day outdoors! We will have Rainforest Reptiles, a HAM Radio Demo, Eyes on Owls, the climbing wall, field games, great music, great food and much, much more! FREE admission and programs! For more info:508-672-2417 Details here.

Allergies and Asthma: Healing with Biological Medicine

September 29, 7-8:30 PM, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, New Bedford, MA
Dr. Rau is Chief Medical Director and Founder of the Paracelsus Clinic in Lüstmuhle, Switzerland. He will explain how allergies and asthma are only expressions of deep disturbances of the immune system. Dr. Rau will discuss the real underlying causes such as food intolerance, toxic loads, intestinal flora health, deficiencies of trace elements and more. He will talk about the diagnosis and treatment of these underlying causes using Biological Medicine and the tremendous long-term success rate he has had with patients. Details here.

2nd Massachusetts Green Career Conference

October 1, 8AM - 12PM, Marlborough, MA
The second Massachusetts Green Career Conference brings together stakeholders from business, education and government and offers green career resources to people from throughout the commonwealth. Everyone wanting to know about the greening economy and careers will find this conference timely, practical and valuable. We hope you join us! Details here.

Fungus Foray

October 2, 10AM - 12Noon, Copicut Woods
We'll explore Copicut Woods while lookings for fungus, this often overlooked kingdom of forest life. We promise, you'll come to appreciate the delicate beauty of fungus with the help of amateur mycologist Joe Metzen of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Details here.

Boston Local Food Festival

October 2, 11:00AM - 5:00PM, Boston
This culinary extravaganza promotes the joy of eating local food. The Boston Local Food Festival will overlook the historic Boston Harbor, and is an outdoor autumn celebration of the many virtues of locally grown and produced food. The Festival will showcase the wide diversity of our local and New England food system, by spotlighting local farmers, food businesses, local food and health organizations. The intention is to inspire the growing and eating of Massachusetts grown food, with a special emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Details here.

Fourth Annual Watershed Ride

October 3, 10AM - 12Noon, Westport to Wood's Hole
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. Details here.

Strategies for Agricultural Land Protection and Preservation in Middleborough & Surrounding Communities

October 6, 6 - 8:30PM,Middleborough Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Avenue
Join us for a discussion of the rich agricultural heritage and resources of southeastern Massachusetts, and hear about the tools for preserving these treasured agricultural resources, including the Community Preservation Act. We will be focusing on the town of Middleborough, but residents from surrounding communities are welcome and encouraged to attend. Details here.

New England Bike-Walk Summit

October 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m., Providence
This single-day event will offer nine panels — three breakouts, each with three panel options — covering topics including development/management of multi-jurisdictional trails, the economic development potential of biking and walking, state-level legislation affecting biking and walking in New England, how to foster better relations between agencies and advocates and connecting underserved communities with walk-bike advocacy. Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: Litigating Disaster

October 7, 6:30 PM, UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
This documentary investigates the chemical disaster at Bhopal, India. How is it possible that nearly two decades after an event of such magnitude there is no legal closure? Constructed as attorney Rajan Sharma's case as presented to fictitious jurors, Litigating Disaster takes the viewers on a riveting cinematic investigation; presenting the compelling evidence assembled against Union Carbide including unique, never before seen documents unearthed through prolonged legal struggles, exclusive interviews with Union Carbide former officers, powerful archival material, and scenes filmed in and out of the abandoned plant. Details here.

Kayak Slocum's River

October 9, 9AM, Russells Mills Landing (Dartmouth)
From its start at the millpond in Russells Mills Village to its mouth at Demerest Lloyd State Park, Slocum's River provides outstanding opportunities for exploring the natural history and ecology of the region. Join us for a relaxing paddle through the marshes and meadows along Slocum's River. Details here.

350.org Global Work Party 10/10/10 Event: Community Conference on Ecological Restoration

October 10, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m, Route 6-Block of 459 Kempton Street, New Bedford
Block party/conference to raise awareness about the interconnected issues related to climate crisis, ecological and social justice concerns. Free to attend.

Nutrient Dense Crop Production Course

October 16, 9:30AM, Friends' Academy
In 2010, the Real Food Campaign has been running courses at six different sites throughout the Northeast on nutrient dense crop production. From September 2010 to July 2011, Real Food Campaign is running courses in eight different Northeast locations. The courses running throughout next year will be stronger and filled with new information. Sign up for a course near you to learn the principles and practices of working with the biology, mineralogy, and energy of your soil to produce higher yielding and more nutritious crops for healthier lives. There will be five sessions in each course, and each session runs from 9:30am to 4:30pm. NOFA/Mass is partnering with Real Food Campaign to put on the three courses taking place in Massachusetts, including on in Dartmouth, MA. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
Essay Contest for Kids and Teens
Like A Drop of Water's writing contest offers young people, ages eight through seventeen, world wide the opportunity to share their ideas on how they and their countries can reduce climate change and pollution. We hope parents, grandparents and teachers will feel free to share their ideas with their young author. Teachers and their students may submit a class essay as well as serve as judges. Read the market blog here.
Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality in Buzzards Bay
Now in its 19th year, Baywatchers is Massachusetts' largest volunteer-based coastal water monitoring effort. From May through September, more than 100 dedicated volunteers help to monitor the health of Buzzards Bay by testing water samples in more than 30 harbors and coves from the Westport River to Woods Hole and the Elizabeth Islands.

A strong science background is not necessary. A good Baywatcher is someone who can consistently commit to one hour a week, between 6-9 am, from May-September. Baywatcher volunteers must be able to follow scientific instructions on how to test the water using the provided test kit and be agile enough to work on docks and piers along the water's edge. Learn more here.
Organic Agriculture certificate courses open for September
Bristol Community College (BCC) announces the opening of registration for its Organic Agriculture program with courses leading to a 29-credit certificate in organic agriculture. Courses are offered in the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters. Organic Farming Practices I is the first of a two-semester course sequence focusing on soils and raising crops organically. Other courses include plant biology, water management, and sociology of food, famine, & farming. Additional courses planned for the Spring semester (2011) include Natural Beekeeping. Upon completing the coursework students can do an on-farm practicum with local farms to apply the theory learned in the classroom. The certificate will provide graduates with the skills to strengthen their farming/gardening capabilities as producers, consultants, or employees of the regionally developing small-scale agriculture sector. BCC is an open enrollment college and students are invited to enroll in the program or to take single courses to meet their own needs.

Details about the program and course descriptions are online, or email Dr. Jim Corven at james.corven@bristolcc.edu
Fall/Winter Indoor Farmer's Market in Fairhaven!
We are excited to announce that we will have a Fall/Winter Indoor Farmers Market in Fairhaven this year. The market will be held at The Nemasket Gallery on the corner of Green and Bridge Streets. The first date for market is Sunday, October 24th from 1-4pm. Now we can all continue to buy local and support our farmers and crafters. More details to follow! Read the market blog here.
Farmer's Markets!
With the harvest in full swing, it's time to get out and buy from your local farmers. Support local growers, raisers, craftspeople, and other businesses at your local farmer's markets this summer. See the local list here.
Sharing the Harvest Volunteers Needed
In the Dartmouth YMCA's Sharing the Harvest July newsletter they have put out a call for volunteers to help them bring in the harvests for 2010. It's a great way to get your hands dirty, pitching in to help grow food for the Hunger Commission of SE Massachusetts and community members in need. They have volunteer drop in hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9AM-Noon and Thursdays 2:30PM-5PM. For more information just stop by the Dartmouth YMCA or call their volunteer coordinator, Donna at 508-993-3361 x13 or email: sharingtheharvest@ymcasouthcoast.org.

Bioneers Seeking Volunteers

Volunteering at Bioneers by the Bay is a wonderful and economical way to experience the conference as well as a tremendous opportunity to help a great cause. We will give you a one-day pass in exchange for your full-day volunteer shift. Details here.

Lloyd Center Seeking Director of Development

The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a highly regarded research and educational organization, headquartered in Dartmouth Massachusetts, seeks an experienced Director of Development to work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in developing and executing an aggressive fundraising strategy. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Weekly Green Tip
Replace That Toxic Shower Curtain with an Eco Friendly One
Know that strong smell as you unfold your new vinyl shower curtain? Yeah, that's toxic. Get a natural shower curtain instead. Learn more here.

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