It’s Massachusetts Pollinator Week!

June 23rd, 2016

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Governor Baker has declared June 20th-26th, 2016 as Massachusetts Pollinator Week, presenting an opportunity to celebrate and protect our pollinator populations and SN currently has 2 pollinator projects! So what exactly is a pollinator?

Pollinators are the creatures that transfer pollen from male anthers of a flower, to female stigma of a flower. This is a vital process that allows for the plants to reproduce and produce fruit.  Examples of pollinators include bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, beetles, bats, and hummingbirds. Declining populations of pollinators threaten a farmer’s ability to produce crops. The flowering plants and trees in this garden attract pollinators and provide a healthy environment for them to thrive.

CFI Pollinator Garden
We are so excited to have our pollinator garden in the ground this week! The garden includes plants such as Yarrow, Iron Weed, Pye Weed, Milkweed, and other pollinator pleasers. Soon there will also be blueberries available for visitors to pick while they learn about native plants and pollinator species. This garden is an important for ensuring the health of pollinators, the health of the local environment, and health of crops grown by the farmers at the Community Farm Institute.

Farm to School Pollinator Garden
The F2S Pollinator Garden was designed by the NHS landscape vocational program utilizing a mixture of native plants detailed by the Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative. This allows us to attract a higher percentage of native pollinators while also limiting the need for fertilizers or water.

Meet Our Summer Team!

June 23rd, 2016

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Sustainable Nantucket has 4 new members of our summer team, just in time for the start of the SN Farm to School Summer Program and the Market!
Please join us in welcoming:
Holly Hoffman (pictured center) is this year’s Farm to School Summer Program Coordinator. Holly is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied Social Work and Special Education. This will be Holly’s 22nd summer on Nantucket! What drew her to Sustainable Nantucket was the ability to combine her passions for youth and natural world  in a way that allows her to give back to a place that was so instrumental in her own childhood.

Eliza Mongeau (pictured left) is this year’s Farm to School Apprentice. Eliza is a 2016 graduate of Smith College where she received a double majored in Anthropology and Italian Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Foods. Originally from Saint Croix, Eliza appreciates the essential nature of a strong local food system. Eliza looks forward to continuing her experience in working with F2S and teaching others about agriculture and the importance of locally-sourced food.

Victoria Crenshaw (pictured right) is this year’s Food Justice/SNAP/WIC Intern and CFI Apprentice. Victoria is a recent grad of Vanderbilt University majoring in Sociology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is excited to get involved in the world of agriculture and learn from the people and the farms that feed us.

Liam Bruno (not pictured) is our Market Survey Intern. Liam is a rising junior at Wheaton College, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration on Society and the Environment. Liam designs and runs the surveys at the Market, and is excited about collecting demographic data that will allow us to improve the Market.

Thank You to the Community Foundation of Nantucket!

June 23rd, 2016

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Sustainable Nantucket recently received a generous grant from the Community Foundation’s ReMain Nantucket Fund. This funding will directly support SN’s 2016 NantucketGrown educational programming. A very heartfelt thank you to our friends at the Community Foundation!

Learn How to Become a Beginning Farmer at the Community Farm!

January 8th, 2016

Cheryl Emery wearing NG shirt with plot behindThere are still a few plots available at the Farm! It’s time to let the rest of Nantucket know about the fabulous opportunity to start a Farming Business by becoming a Beginning Grower, and taking advantage of our educational farming program at the Community Farm Institute!

 

Please join us for a Public Information Session! Tell your friends!

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Upstairs at Mitchell’s Corner Bookstore on Main Street

 

Learn how to apply for a plot, about the program and how it works, and the workshop offerings throughout the year!

Nantucket Grown Video!

November 24th, 2015

Check out Sustainable’s new promo video highlighting our growing local food system.

You can join us in cultivating a healthy Nantucket by supporting our programs.

Ag Workshop at the Island Fair Sunday!

September 17th, 2015

Andrew kneeling in crop row talkingAs part of the Community Farm Institute continuing educational series, Andrew Spollett, organic grower at Bartlett Farm, will talk about Food Safety, Good Agricultural Practices and Composting, all fundamentals for the beginning farmer.

At the Island Fair, Tom Nevers.

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 20

Meet at the Sustainable Nantucket table in the Community Tent.

Program is free, but please note: Entrance fee to the Island Fair may apply.

 

Look for the Local Catch in July!

July 16th, 2015

6969893016_0a7cafc7d8_zSupport the local fishing industry and expand your seafood awareness when you participate in our NantucketGrown Local Catch Campaign this July! Each week a number of NantucketGrown restaurants will feature an under-utilized fish on their menu. These are fish that taste good, are plentiful in our waters, and when you order these instead of less sustainable fish populations, you are helping to promote both healthy fish populations and the fishermen that harvest them!

As a fun incentive, we will be raffling local seafood prizes to participants! To enter to win a “Clambake for 4” provided by Nantucket Seafoods:

  1. Order the NantucketGrown Local Catch of the Week.
  2. Take a photo of it.
  3. Post it on Facebook and tag Sustainable Nantucket and, if possible, the restaurant.

Customers who perform the above steps with each featured fish at 4 different restaurants are entered by Sustainable Nantucket in another, separate raffle to win the “Weekly Local Catch for a Family of 4 in August” (2 lbs of local fish per week) provided by Nantucket Fresh Catch!

So visit these participating restaurants each week of July — and try something new and delicious!

Week 1 (July 6-12) – Fluke

Annye’s Whole Foods Kitchen & Catering
Bartlett’s Farm
Black Eyed Susan’s
Boarding House
Centre St. Bistro
Galley Beach
Le Languedoc
Nantucket Yacht Club
Nautilus
Oran Mor
Pearl
Proprietors
Straight Wharf
Ventuno

 

 

Week 2 (July 13-19) – Conch

Black Eyed Susan’s
Boarding House
Galley Beach
Nantucket Yacht Club
Nautilus
Oran Mor
Pearl
Proprietors
Straight Wharf
Ventuno

Week 3 (July 20 – 26) – Bluefish

Annye’s Whole Foods Kitchen & Catering
Black Eyed Susan’s
Boarding House
Centre St. Bistro
Galley Beach
Nantucket Yacht Club
Nautilus
Pearl
Proprietors
SeaGrille
Straight Wharf
Ventuno

Week 4 (July 27 – Aug 2) – Dogfish

Black Eyed Susan’s
Galley Beach
Nantucket Yacht Club
Nautilus
Proprietors
Straight Wharf
Ventuno

Pick up Your 2015 Nantucket Grown Magazine!

June 19th, 2015

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Our 2015 Nantucket Grown Magazine has arrived with stories featuring Nantucket’s local food movement!

Pick up your free copy of our publication at our Farmers & Artisans Market, or find them at Stop & Shop, Annye’s Whole Foods, Bartlett’s Farm and the Hy-Line terminal.

Thank you to all of our contributing writers and photographers!

 

 

 

 

 

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Calling All Chefs, Fishermen, Farmers & Food Producers!

June 4th, 2015

HomePageNG_Campaign_Image copy   Join us on Sunday, June 7th!

   From 1:30 PM-3:30PM

   at the Nantucket Yacht Club

In an effort to further strengthen our local food economy as well as the overall economic and environmental stability     of our island community, Sustainable Nantucket along with Seth and Angela Raynor—chefs and owners of the Pearl     and Boardinghouse—will be co-hosting a gathering for local chefs, growers, fishermen, and food producers on Sunday, June 7th., from 1:303:30.

Our thanks to the Nantucket Yacht Club for generously providing the location!

This gathering will give farmers, fishermen, and producers a chance to meet directly with Nantucket’s chefs to form, or to reaffirm mutually beneficial relationships.

We are hoping each farmer, fish provider, and value-added food producer can create a one-page “bio” sheet that lists what you intend to have available during the 2015 season, as well as an overview of your business and some general biographical and contact information.  Sustainable Nantucket is happy to help by producing multiple copies of your info sheet to hand out to chefs.  If you would like us to do this, please feel free to email us your info sheets by Monday, June 1st.   Your copies will be available for pick-up by noon on Friday, June 5thor we can take them to the meeting for you.  We would also like to offer food producers the opportunity to bring in samples of their products.

Please RSVP to Dennie, our office manager, at your earliest convenience, and tell us whether you are interested in bringing samples of your food products.  Dennie can be reached via email at dennie@sustainablenantucket.org or on our office line at 508-228-3399.

Congrats to our 2015 Nantucket Grown Brand Members!

May 29th, 2015

Nantucketgrown_transparencySustainable Nantucket’s NantucketGrown Campaign promotes and encourages the consumption of locally grown food on-island. Please support the following establishments who are demonstrating their commitment to providing and sourcing fresh, local food and supporting the local economy.

Food Service Providers:
Gold Level Certified:
Annye’s Whole Foods Kitchen & Catering
Black-Eyed Susan’s
The Boarding House
The Chanticleer
Galley Beach
Nantucket Yacht Club
Nautilus
Oran Mor
The Pearl
Pi Pizzeria
Proprietors Bar & Table
The Seagrille
Straight Wharf
Ventuno Restaurant
The Westmoor Club

Silver Level Certified:
Centre Street Bistro
Le Languedoc

Bronze Level Certified:
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Nantucket Golf Club

Value-added Food Producers:
Ambrosia Chocolate & Spices
Cisco Brewers & Triple 8 Distillery
ACKFresh

Nantucket Farmers:
Bartlett’s Farm
Moors End Farm
Far Away Farms
Boatyard Farms
Pumpkin Pond Farm
Fiasco Farm
Ooh La La Gardens
Nantucket Blooms
Nantucket Organics
Berry Patch Farm
Nantucket Wildflower Farm

SN Community Farm Institute Growers:
Lazy Man Gardens
Acksoilutely Grown
ACK Sweetwater Farm
Whole Love Organics
Nantucket Tomato Company
ACKFresh