May 20, 2015

Market scene with Nantucket jams in frontNew & Returning Food & Cottage Industry Vendors!

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May 6, 2015
Garden Explorers second session of the spring will begin next Tuesday! Registration is open for students in grades K-5, click here to register. girl plants pea Session II: May 12 – June 11 ♦ 2:30pm – 4:30pm ♦ $145 Each day will begin with general tasks to help our young farmers understand what it takes to grow their own food. The weekly lessons described below will follow.
  • Week 1 – Garden Story- Students will use natural elements found in the school garden to create pictures telling their favorite garden story.
  • Week 2 – Local Food – We will learn about our islands farming history as we plant heirloom seeds grown on Nantucket in the past.
  • Week 3Good Nutrition – In order for us to be healthy, our plants must be healthy too. This week we will include activities that will educate our students about how to keep out plants and their bodies healthy.
  • Week 4 – Garden Cooking - Students will harvest their own crops to make delicious and nutritious meals.
  • Week 5 – Dirt! – Our young farmers will get a little dirty as learn all about soil, compost, and the insects that make soil so special.
May 5, 2015
John helps Joanna saw postEvery Sunday (weather permitting) Noon – 4 p.m. Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm 168 Hummock Pond Road Sunday is Volunteering Fun Day! We’re putting up the agricultural fencing, finishing construction of the greenhouses, building the vegetable wash station and walk-in cooler. Come out and join us! Snacks and drinks on site. Families welcome! Dress in work clothes Call 508-524-0823 if the weather looks questionable.  
April 30, 2015
Dear SN Supporters:

Bill Blount & the Ruthie B.

We know that, like us, you also feel it is essential for the island to maintain and strengthen its traditional industries of farming and fishing that strengthen our economy and have given the island such a unique sense of place and community character. On Wednesday, April 22, the Board of Selectmen voted to adopt a set of changes to the Harbor & Town Pier Regulations. Included among these logistical improvements were alterations to the fee structure for boats utilizing the Town Pier that, if not amended before the Town Pier is finished this summer, could severely impact the island’s already struggling commercial fishing industry, and increase the already high barriers to entry for anyone hoping to go into fishing. WE NEED YOUR HELP! read more>>
April 28, 2015
DSCF2171 shopper at Ambrosia tent with infused vinegars, local honey, red clover teaIf you’d like to join the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market this summer, the annual application fee of $125.00 goes up to $150.00 May 2nd. read more>>
plowed plots with kids 2Using the SN Community Farm Institute’s new walking tractor, learn how to make raised beds of plowed and banked soil, with John Kuszpa, Site Manager At the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm 9am – Noon, 168 Hummock Pond Road Heavy rain cancels. Call 508-524-0823 if weather looks questionable. Dress warmly in work clothes. See you all there!
April 21, 2015

Tracey carrying fence postVOLUNTEER Every Weekday

Monday through Friday 3-5pm 168 Hummock Pond Road Learn how to erect a greenhouse/hoophouse, fencing and other community construction programs to help grow new farmers on-island. Weather permitting. If the weather looks iffy, call 508-524-0823 to see if we’re on!
April 9, 2015

John closeupIrrigation & Water at the Walter F. Ballinger Educational Community Farm

Saturday April 11, 10am to noon By the Community Farm Institute 168 Hummock Pond Road Learn how to install a drip irrigation with small sprinklers system and see one going in the ground with Community Farm Institute Site Manager John Kuszpa.
April 3, 2015
boardThe Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program is looking to hire a Summer Camp Coordinator to begin immediately. The Summer Camp Coordinator will work under the direction of the Farm to School Manager to research, design, implement and oversee a summer program that meets the mission of Sustainable Nantucket, the goals of the Farm to School Program, and the needs of the Nantucket community. read more>>
April 1, 2015
Garden Explorers is an after school program run by Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program and offed through the Nantucket Community School. Tuesday, April 7th will be the first day of our Spring Session! Students currently enrolled in grades K-5 have the opportunity to register  through the Nantucket Community School for the after school program that will meet Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 2:30pm – 4:30pm, rain or shine! read more>>