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October 28 to November 4

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Legislative Breakfast

Sustainability Film Series: Once Were Warriors


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People on Bicycles Connecting SouthCoast Communities

SEEAL Annual Meeting, Featuring Bill McKibben



Sustainability Essay Contest

Last chance to volunteer at Bioneers

Weekly Green Tip:

"Natural ingredients" aren't always environmentally friendly

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Leaf Bullet News
Deal? U.S. Envoy Says Deal on Climate Is Possible
BEIJING—The top U.S. climate-change negotiator said Friday after a "constructive" meeting with his Chinese counterpart that "there's a deal to be had" at the November global-warming summit in Mexico.

U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern laid out a set of modest goals that he said are within reach while talks on a broader global climate change accord continue into next year. Read more here.

Whoa Israel and Palestine Declare War... Against Climate Change
Israel and the Palestinian Authority are among 15 Mediterranean nations who have just signed a historic agreement to work together to combat the effects of climate change, one month ahead of the next United Nations conference on climate change, meeting at Cancun in November.

The Mediterranean Climate Change Initiative was inaugurated by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to develop common Mediterranean positions on climate change and was signed by the prime ministers or top environmental officials of 15 countries who agree that climate change threatens their way of life as peoples of the Mediterranean. Read more here.

Amazon Brazil's Amazon region suffers severe drought
A severe drought has pushed river levels in Brazil's Amazon region to record lows, leaving isolated communities dependent on emergency aid and thousands of boats stranded on parched riverbeds.

The drought fits a pattern of more extreme weather in the world's largest rain forest in recent years and is, scientists say, an expected result of global warming. Last year, the region was hit by widespread flooding and in 2005 it endured a devastating drought. Read more here.

Dika The Taming of the Dika: West Africa's Most Eligible Wild Tree
When forests are cleared in West Africa for firewood or for farmland, the Dika trees are, more often than not, left untouched. Farmers have too much to gain from harvesting the tree's fruits and seeds to burn or discard a Dika found in the wild.

Indigenous to West Africa, a Dika tree can grow to be as tall as 40 meters and produces a small green and yellow fruit that looks, at first glance, like a small mango. Read more here.

Fishy British Columbia Sees Largest Salmon Run In A Century, 34 Million Strong
Sockeye salmon are making their run up the Fraser River in numbers not seen since 1913. More than 34 million salmon are reportedly in the British Columbia river system, befuddling scientists who last year tallied less than 2 million fish.

The BBC has an interactive report on the run — and some words of caution from scientists who warn against interpreting the boom of 2010 as a promise that similar numbers of salmon will return in 2011. Read more here.

Electric DBM Energy's electric Audi A2 completes record setting 372 mile drive on a single charge
116 miles in an electric vehicle? No problem. But you'll quite literally be pushing your new Nissan Leaf another 250 miles to achieve what's being hailed as a world record in Germany. Little Lekker Mobil, a four-seat Audi A2 refitted with an experimental electric powerplant as part of a government sponsored project with Germany's lekker Energie and DBM Energy, just completed a 372-mile (600-km) stretch of road between Munich and Berlin on a single charge, a journey that lasted around seven hours. Read more here.

Solar N.J. Manufacturer to Build 21-Acre Solar Farm
A South Jersey manufacturer is converting a 21-acre brownfield into a 5-megawatt solar farm - and it's not spending a dime up front.

Johnson Matthey Inc., a British manufacturer of specialty chemicals that operates a plant in West Deptford, Gloucester County, has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Constellation Energy Group Inc. to develop the project. Read more here.

Navajo Navajos Hope to Shift From Coal to Wind and Sun
For decades, coal has been an economic lifeline for the Navajos, even as mining and power plant emissions dulled the blue skies and sullied the waters of their sprawling reservation.

But today there are stirrings of rebellion. Seeking to reverse years of environmental degradation and return to their traditional values, many Navajos are calling for a future built instead on solar farms, ecotourism and microbusinesses. Read more here.

Methane Microbes Rapidly Consume Methane from Gulf Oil Disaster
The Deepwater Horizon spill was a horrible environmental disaster which caused the release of massive amounts of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Methane, a natural greenhouse gas, was also released during the catastrophe. However, researchers have found that the methane is being consumed by microbes at a rate 10 to 100 times faster than previously believed. These microbes are essential in bringing the Gulf back to a healthier state. Read more here.

Birkshare A Day in the Life of a BerkShare (by Bill McKibben)
What's it really like to deal in regional currency?
Want to encourage the local economy? Try printing your own regional money.

In Great Barrington, Massachusetts, I gave the nice man in the Mr. Ding a Ling truck a W.E.B. Du Bois for my fudgesicle, and he gave me four Mohicans back in change. I walked over to the food co-op and broke a 50—the one with Norman Rockwell on the face—and my excellent sandwich came with four Robyn Van Ens in change. Read more here.

Green? Tougher rules rile 'green' power producers
The wood-burning power industry is decrying proposed state rules that would severely limit the ability of such power plants to receive renewable-energy subsidies.

The disagreement erupts as scientific evidence is emerging that burning wood for electricity may not be as beneficial as originally believed in the fight against climate change. Read more here.

Shale Special Report: The Great Shale Gas Rush
National Geographic series on shale gas in Pennsylvania: Natural Gas Stirs Hope, Fear in Pennsylvania; Driving Gas Out of Rock With Water, A Drive for New Jobs Through Energy, and A Dream Dashed by the Rush on Gas, Read more here.

Solar Solar Train Stations on the way all abroad
High speed rail is on the agenda in California. Plans call for the service to run from Anaheim and end up at a new Transbay Station in San Francisco. Trains will travel between LA and San Francisco in under 2 hours and 40 minutes, at speeds of up to 220 mph. I wonder if there will be a solar power stations used like the one in Beijing.

The South Railway Station began operations in 2008. It has become the largest and the most technologically sophisticated train station in Asia. Beijing South Railway Station is huge, it has 13 platforms, 24 rails and has over 3200 solar panels installed on its' circular roof. It can accommodate up to 15 thousand passengers. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly railway stations in the world. Its solar panels will produce as much as 100 hundred kilowatt-hours of power every day. Read more here.

Truth? "In the Face of This Truth"
It's time to talk honestly about collapse–no matter how others may respond.
We live in the midst of multiple crises­—economic and political, cultural and ecological—posing a significant threat to human existence at the level we have become accustomed to. There's no way to be awake to the depth of these crises without emotional reactions, no way to be aware of the pain caused by these systemic failures without some dread and distress. Read more here.

Sustainable? 'Sustainable Food': Catchphrase or Lifestyle?
One recent morning at the Natchez Coffee Company, one of my coffee companions said he was surprised when he reads my weekly post and on occasion it is not a fun story with a recipe and is of a more serious nature. He said it throws him off, because he does not think of me as "preachy." He was specifically referring to my post several months back about the Gulf oil spill, and over coffee, when I was talking about sustainability, he said, Oh, that is such a catchphrase. I retorted that no, for me it is a lifestyle. Read more here.

Chalk Bioneers conference closes with message on importance of global education
NEW BEDFORD — Humanitarian Greg Mortenson wrapped up the Marion Institute's sixth Bioneers by the Bay conference Sunday with an inspiring message about the need to increase educational opportunities globally.

The 53-year-old Mortenson, co-author of The New York Times' bestseller "Three Cups of Tea" and co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute, which has established 131 schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, brought his positive message of hope and sustainability to about 250 people at the Zeiteron Theater. Read more here.

South Station expansion critical to SouthCoast rail
The state has received $32.5 million in federal grant money to support the design phase of the South Station expansion project, which is a critical step in making a commuter rail connection to SouthCoast possible, state officials announced Monday.

"As we contemplate expanding rail from central Massachusetts and the MetroWest as well as the SouthCoast over time, having this expanded capacity — not just for high-speed rail but for commuter rail — is critically important," Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said on a conference call with reporters. Read more here. Or read more - Officials announce funding for redesign of Boston's South Station

Computer model New study of sea floor aims to 'change the face of fishery management'
A new study of the sea floor on Georges Bank may compel fishery managers to dramatically re-evaluate the measures currently employed to regulate the fishing industry there.

A submerged plateau warmed by the Gulf Stream, Georges Bank lies about 60 miles off Cape Cod. Its shallow waters, swept by nutrient-rich currents, provide rich feeding grounds for a wide variety of marine life, making it one of the world's most productive marine ecosystems. Read more here.

Carcieri looks beyond Cape Wind
Gov. Don Carcieri said Thursday that Cape Wind in Massachusetts wasn't a make-or-break project for Quonset.

Instead, the state is focusing on the Block Island wind farm and attracting other states to Rhode Island.

Massachusetts leaders announced Wednesday that wind turbines for the Cape Wind project will be assembled in New Bedford. Read more here (with video).

Hydro Canadian firm offers N.E. more hydropower
Cost is low, but concerns raised
A Canadian utility wants to transmit large amounts of energy from remote hydroelectric dams in Quebec to New England, an effort that comes as concerns over climate change prompt environmentalists and policy makers to reexamine the power source long vilified for its harm to wildlife and waterways. Read more here.

Study touts economic boost from New Bedford's Cape Wind site
NEW BEDFORD — Construction of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal could expand business output by more than $44 million and generate about $19.2 million of additional household income in Bristol County over a two-year period, according to a study commissioned by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Read more here.

Which way did it go? UMass Dartmouth embarks on plan to preserve on-campus forest
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is working to take better advantage of its unique asset of hundreds of acres of undisturbed forest land on campus.

A detailed report has identified biodiversity in the campus's three main areas of forest, and crews and volunteers have begun clearing trails and restoring land around Cedar Dell Pond, which decades ago created an open vista from the center of campus. Read more here.

State, UMD agree to push offshore energy test site
State officials and UMass Dartmouth have agreed to work together in taking a major step forward in developing an offshore renewable energy test site, officials announced Wednesday.

The state and the university completed a memorandum of understanding this week to jointly apply to the federal government to develop the site. They want to create a test bed in ocean waters just south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket where developers of renewable energy technology can conduct research. Read more here.

 Mmmm... potato LOCAL FOR LUNCHTIME: Locally grown lunch served up at Fort Barton Elementary
TTIVERTON — It is rare to see students excited to come inside from recess and sit down for lunch.

Instead of the usual pizza, chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, the children at Fort Barton Elementary School were treated to a harvest luncheon last week. Read more here.

Activist author to speak at Ocean Explorium
NEW BEDFORD — Author and activist Bill McKibben will be the keynote speaker for a joint annual meeting of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts and SEEAL.

The foundation and the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance are teaming up for the meeting and year-end celebration, set for Nov. 18 at the Ocean Explorium, 174 Union St. Read more here.

Fishing boats As species rebound, skippers bemoan 'underfishing'
Tales of huge haddock hauls were a few of the fish stories that came with the boat Chris Brown bought last year from a Canadian. To Brown, they were stories of missed opportunity.

The previous owner told Brown that for years the vessel trolled the edge of an area closed to U.S. fishermen for conservation. Because no one told the fish the Canadians hadn't signed on, the fish grew undisturbed in U.S. waters, then swam east into the nets of waiting Canadians. Read more here.

UMass Medical Recognized For Sustainability Efforts
The state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs awarded the UMass Medical School in Worcester a "Leading By Example" award this week for efforts to improve energy efficiency across its campuses. energy provider would require approval from the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Town Meeting, said Planning Director Paul Materazzo. Read more here.

Durfee Fall River's Durfee High School receives energy-efficient lightbulbs in auditorium
Students, faculty, local politicians, business leaders and green technology advocates gathered at B.M.C. Durfee High School on Thursday for a town hall-style meeting to discuss the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability in schools and communities. Read more here.

Westport hopes green school repair projects will help save some green
The Massachusetts School Building Authority announced this week that it gave preliminary approval to 46.16 percent reimbursement for proposed repair work at the Alice A. Macomber School, Westport Middle School and Westport High School through the MSBA's Green Repair Program. Read more here.

Politicians Patrick-Murray Administration Awards 104 Communities and Regional Groups $1.5 Million in Recycling and Waste Reduction Grants
Continuing the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to promote environmental stewardship, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today announced $1.5 million in grants to 104 cities, towns, regional groups and non-profits to increase the diversion, re-use and recycling of materials in the solid waste stream through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP), created under the Green Communities Act. Read more here.

Harvest Festival at Westport Town Farm to be held Oct. 30
The air is crisp. The nights are chilly.

It's harvest time, the season of abundance and the time for readying for winter.

Most of us aren't very connected with the rhythm of the seasons, but Harvest Festival at Westport Town Farm, 830 Drift Road, reminds us of the seasonal wheel which ruled the lives of our ancestors. Read more here.

Recycling East Providence residents oppose expansion of Pond View recycling plant
Law-abiding neighbor or noisy nuisance with insider support in state government?

Environmentally conscious recycler or a toxic tragedy waiting to happen?

How you describe the Pond View recycling plant near the Seekonk River — the state's primary processing facility for construction waste — depends on who you are. Read more here.

Marion looking at $550,000 for water treatment system
Special Town Meeting voters will be asked next month to spend $550,000 from the Water Enterprise Retained Earnings to reduce perchlorate levels in the West Well.

The funds would be used to design and construct a 200 gallons-per-minute resin-based ion exchange water treatment system. Read more here.

Leaf Bullet This Week in Sustainability

South Shore Locavores: Egg-cellent Chickens and Eggs!

October 29, 7-8:30 pm, Kingston, MA Library
Where does your food come from? How does it get to you? How healthy is it? How can you support local farmers and food producers through your food purchases?

The Kingston Public Library and edible SouthShore magazine have teamed up to present an ongoing series of programs about the phenomenon of "eating locally." The group, South Shore Locavores, gathers on the fourth Monday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (6:45 for munching and mingling). The programs have become so popular that they have outgrown the meeting room at the Kingston Public Library and are now held at Sampson Hall, popularly known as the Beal House, at 222 Main Street, Kingston. The space is large enough to accommodate a lot of people. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Attendance is free, but donations of $5 to cover expenses and supplement the Library's book budget will be gratefully accepted. Details here.

11th Annual Legislative Breakfast

October 29, 8-11 am, Whites of Wetport
Keynote speaker: Mark Fenton, renowned pedestrian advocate, PBS TV host and author Details here.

Harvest Festival

October 30, 1PM, Westport Town Farm
Bring your family to celebrate the second annual harvest at Westport Town Farm's Community Gardens. Enjoy local food, music and activities for all ages. Details here.

Paper Shredding Day

October 30, 9:00am to 12:00pm (noon), William Street and North 6th Street, New Bedford
Businesses and residents of New Bedford and the surrounding communities are welcome to bring two boxes of paper (up to 30 pounds each) to shred, FREE of charge. There is a charge of $5 per box for more than two boxes. Details here.

Sustainability Film Series: Once Were Warriors.

November 2, 6:30 p.m., UMass Dartmouth Library Browsing Area
New Zealand filmmaker Lee Tamahori directed this brutal but powerful story drawn from the culture of poverty and alienation enveloping contemporary Maori life. Rena Owen plays the beleaguered mother of two boys--one of whom is already in prison while the other contemplates membership in a gang--and a daughter whose potential is being smothered at home. Temuera Morrison gives an outstanding and sometimes shocking performance as the violent head of the household, more adept at keeping up his social stature within his community of friends than holding down a job. The film pulls no punches, literally and figuratively, but despite the rough going, Tamahori gives us a rare and important insight into a disenfranchised people digging down deep to find their pride. Details here.

UMass Dartmouth Fall Forest Day - Forest Walk

November 3, 12:30 p.m., Meet behind the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Center
Join Rupert Grantham, Forester with Walden Forest Conservation, as he leads us on a tour of the campus forest looking at forest cover types, land-use history and other unique features. We will be discussing the universities goals for the forest; including maintaining the ecological integrity of the forest, developing both university curriculum and community outreach programs, and showcasing sustainable forest management - while, also touching upon forest management and its role in land conservation and regional sustainability. Details here.

SEMAP Annual Meeting

November 4, 5:30-8:00 PM, Gallery X, Downtown New Bedford
SEMAP will be celebrating the relaunch at its Annual Meeting, November 4th, 5:30-8:00 PM, at Gallery X in downtown New Bedford. Special guest and speaker will be Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way and The Farm to School Cookbook. She is also the founder of Berkshire Grown. This will be a three-course event, incorporating local food and drink. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased through SEMAP's new website. Details here.

Leaf Bullet Save The Date

Campus Beautification Day

November 5, noon-3:00 p.m., UMass Dartmouth
The Sustainability Initiative will be planting bulbs and having our annual campus clean-up all afternoon on Friday, November 5th. Come join us as you can. Meet at the campus center patio. Details here.

Stone Wall Workshop

November 6, 9:00 AM, Cornell Farm
Take an active part in our efforts to protect and restore the historic stone walls at the newly protected Cornell Farm. Local expert Chris Tracey teaches the art and science of dry stack stone wall building and restoration. Details here.

Y-Waste Environmental Fair & E-Waste Fund Raiser

November 6, 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Barrington, RI
Drive-Up & Drop-Off unwanted e-waste; computers, printers, fax, cell phones, etc. & documents for shredding for a small donation. Then, come inside and enjoy the environmental fair with informational booths & local, environmentally friendly businesses & artisans. Raffles, Bake Sale & Delicious local food! All proceeds support The Bayside Y's NEW Environmental Programing! Informational & vendor booths still available--Please email Connie Ganley for information. We need to showcase as many local producers as possible for the community to have a real LOCAVORE experience!

Hosted by Bayside Family YMCA at the Bayside Family YMCA: 30 West Street, Barrington, RI. Contact Connie Ganley at (401) 245-2444 or by e-mail for more information. Details here.

People on Bicycles Connecting Southcoast Communities

November 7 (rain date 11/14), 1:00 pm, Fall River or New Bedford
Enjoy a scenic, historic ride through Westport and Dartmouth bringing Fall River and New Bedford together to raise awareness of the need for safe multi-use paths for biking, walking, rollerblading, strollers and wheelchairs.

(Total distance for each group, round trip: Approximately 10-12 miles)
Team A - Leaves from Fall River - Meet at South Watuppa Bike Path behind Meditech for departure at 1:00 pm. Ride down route 6 to Old Bedford Road, which merges with Old Fall River Road at the Westport/Dartmouth Town Line. Continue to the intersection with North Hixville Road (6 miles approx.) A meeting place in Hixville will be designated where we will meet the New Bedford contingent. Light refreshments will be served. Return ride to Fall River follows.
Team B - Leaves from New Bedford - Meet at the SRTA Park & Ride on Mt. Pleasant Street for departure at 1:00 pm. Ride down New Plainville Road which merges with Old Fall River Road. Continue to the intersection with North Hixville Road (5 miles). A meeting place will be designated in Hixville where we will meet the Fall River contingent- Light refreshments will be served. Return ride to New Bedford follows.
Co-Sponsored by Mass in Motion Fall River and New Bedford. Call 508.324.2405 or 508.380.7775 for more information.

GRAND OPENING of The Green Center

November 8, 3:00 PM, 1082 Davol Street, Fall River, MA (former location of Quaker Fabrics)
Kindly RSVP by Friday October 29th, 2010 Julia.Gold@bristolcc.edu 508-678-2811 x2565

Coalition for the Responsible Siting of LNG Facilities

November 11, 7:00 PM, Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 4321 North Main St., Fall River, MA
Please make every effort to attend. Bring a friend! Email: nolng1@yahoo.com

East Over South Opening

November 13, 1:00 PM, East Over South, Marion
Join us as we celebrate the opening of new trails at the East Over Reservation. This land, owned by the towns of Rochester and Marion and managed in partnership with The Trustees, contains more than three miles of walking trails through the diverse East Over landscape. Details here.

SEEAL Annual Meeting

November 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Ocean Explorium
SEEAL Annual Meeting with Bill McKibben. After McKibben's keynote presentation at 6, SEEAL and the Community Foundation will host a reception featuring local, nutritious food and beverages, partner exhibits, music and a visual demonstration of glacial ice melt projected via Science on the Sphere, the main feature of the Ocean Explorium. www.seeal.org.

South Shore Locavores: Cranberries and Bogs

November 22, 7:00PM - 8:30PM, Kingston, MA
Discover what is actually involved in maintaining those beautiful bogs you drive by every day, and learn how can you make the most of the harvest and support your local cranberry growers.

Where does your food come from? How does it get to you? How healthy is it? How can you support local farmers and food producers through your food purchases? The Kingston Public Library and edible SouthShore magazine have teamed up to present an ongoing series of programs about the phenomenon of “eating locally.” Details here.

Post-Thanksgiving Day Walk

November 27, 9:00 am - 11:00 am, Destruction Brook Woods
Free and open to the public. Walk off your Thanksgiving-day feast on one of our most popular loctions.

Winter is for the Birds!

November 27, 1:00PM- 2:30PM, Buttonwood Park Zoo
Members: $10/family Non-members: $20/family
Would you like to make your yard more wildlife-friendly? Does it really matter what birdseed mix you use? Join us for this family workshop to learn about the food, water and habitat needs of our feathered friends. We'll wrap up the workshop by making a wood and Plexiglas bird feeder to take home. The program fee includes 1 bird feeder kit per family. Additional kits will be available for purchase the day of the workshop at $6 each. Participants must pre-register and pay in advance by calling the North Woods Gift Store at (508) 991-4556 x 14 or by visiting www.bpzoo.org.

Intro to Nutrient Dense Crop Production

November 30, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Friends' Academy
Members: $10/family Non-members: $20/family
Introduction to Nutrient Dense Crop Production and the Real Food Campaign. Presented by Dan Kittredge, life-long organic farmer, Director of Real Food Campaign, and instructor of a 5-part course in Dartmouth 2011: www.realfoodcampaign.org. Dan is giving a series of free public lectures about principles of biological management and nutrient density all over the Northeast this Fall in October and November of 2010. Visit the FREE event in Dartmouth, MA!! Details here.

Leaf Bullet Announcements
DOE Technical Assistance Program Webinars
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Technical Assistance Program Webinars for Fall 2010. Visit to see the list of webinar topics and to sign up for the webinars. The TAP Webinar series will address key issues and challenges that energy practitioners may face in implementing their projects and programs, including: * Structuring incentives to effectively drive demand for residential retrofits * Tips and tools for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in your community * Maximizing energy savings in buildings by using energy management systems * Tracking data and developing savings estimates for energy efficiency Projects Learn more here.
Take Action: Help Support EECBG Funding
We need your help. In order to secure ongoing funding for the EECBG program, we must show how cities and counties are effectively using their EECBG dollars to create jobs, reduce energy consumption and curb carbon pollution. The Energy Block Grants Work! campaign invites you to join us in showcasing how your community and your colleagues throughout the nation are effectively using your EECBG funding. Right now we need information on how your community is using its EECBG funding. We will develop a profile of your clean energy projects for our national report and include your locality among the many EECBG stories we intend to promote.

The EECBG program will not be funded again if cities and counties sit on the sidelines. With your support, we can successfully demonstrate that Energy Block Grants Work! Learn about the grants here. Read the market blog here.
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.
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 winding down, 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
The Dartmouth YMCA has 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
"Natural ingredients" aren't always environmentally friendly
One of the very confusing aspects of going green in relation to product purchases is the use of the term "natural" or "approved". Just because something is natural, it doesn't make it environmentally friendly. Learn more here.

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