Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program has been awarded a generous $15,000 grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to hire and pay a stipend for two garden managers and curriculum resource aides for 2012 for the gardens at Nantucket High School and at Nantucket Elementary School/Small Friends. (more…)
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This Summer, Sustainable Nantucket donated time to the Community School’s Summer Day Camp. Farm to School Interns Maria King and Elizabeth Murphy taught campers about planting, weeding, & cultivating in the Nantucket Elementary School garden, and guided them through a number of fun educational activities and projects focused around the garden. (more…)
On October 6th the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners picked over 100 lbs. of organic produce generously donated by Pumpkin Pond Farm. This produce was used in meals prepared at the NPS cafeteria, including organic lettuce for sandwiches, and a delicious salad bar featuring beets and carrots!
—————————————————————————————————–On August 24th the gleaners assembled at Moor’s End Farm where we spent an hour picking 500 lbs of tomatoes of all varieties. From there, we headed to the NPS kitchen, where Linda Peterson instructed us on how to best preserve the bounty! Natty and Nora cleaned tomatoes while Samantha kept busy peeling and cutting onions for use in tomato sauce. Vanessa, Sarah, and Beth carefully prepared the delicate tomatoes for cooking by coring, cutting an “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes, and in the case where tomatoes were roasted, halving the tomatoes. Linda then steamed many of the tomatoes, placed them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, peeled the tomatoes (with volunteer help) and then made them into a tasty tomato sauce. Linda also passed out tomato sauce recipes for the volunteers to try at home.
On August 18th Moors End Farm donated a large quantity of onions to Farm to School. NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson will prepare and freeze the onions for use in French Onion Soup, which will be served to students this October. Linda plans to serve the soup with a garden salad, veggie tray and milk. Yum! This sure changes our perception of cafeteria food!
On August 11, 2011 the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program made history! With corn donated by Moors End Farm, the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners – made up of 15 community volunteers, ranging in age from 3 – 50 years – husked over 700 ears of corn in under 1 hour!
FSD Director Linda Peterson taught volunteers about food safety, demonstrated how to correctly husk the corn, explained how she will preserve it for the students of the Nantucket Public School System to eat in the Fall when corn is no longer locally available. Linda also explained that 700 ears of corn is just the right amount to feed every public school student for one lunch day!! (500 ears for the middle school & high school, and 200 ears for the elementary school).
Linda demonstrated her methods for preserving the corn, which involves steaming and then freezing. She also demonstrated her method of removing the kernels from the cob. Students at NPS typically eat crushed corn or similar preparations of cut corn, and Linda wanted to give students the opportunity to enjoy corn on the cob at school. To that end, some of the cobs will be preserved whole, while the remainder will be stripped and used in a variety of preparations, such as creamed corn and corn muffins.
Participants Included: Linda Peterson, Food Services Director; Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Pauline Cronin; James Cronin; Anna Cronin; Jessica Ryder; Stephanie Ryder; Roy Ryder; Beth Davies; Sophie Davies; Nora Harrington; Caillean Daily; Orion Malfatto – Daily; Cameron Hewes; Sophia Basile; Zoe Bazos & Yasmine Bazos. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is offering workshops January – March of 2012 for those in varying stages of agricultural business.
Explorers – For those who are thinking about getting into farming or expanding a hobby to an income-generating scale, “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” delivers experienced Instructor guidance and timely peer group feedback for making informed decisions about whether and how to proceed in farming. Five sessions over 6 weeks on weekday evenings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise: $125.
Planners – for those a step or two beyond Explorer who have access to land and a stronger sense of what they want and are capable of doing, “Planning for Start-up” provides a gut check before making more significant investments of time and money. Requires completion of Explorer, or prior self-guided completion of the Explorer workbook. Applicants must have already reached the decision to farm on a revenue generating scale. Six session over 8 weeks on Saturday mornings in Amherst and possibly also in Marlborogh based on regions demand. Cost per enterprise: $175.
Established Farmers – For those already operating and agricultural enterprise with at leaset two years of production and sales records, and who need to develop a comprehensive business plan on paper, “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity” offers a chance to assess, regroup, assemble documentions for decision making, consider redirection, plan expansion, or approach ownership transer. This course draws on extensive peer experience, instructor knowledge and guest speakers with the addition of substantial indivuidual technical assistance at course condclusion. 10 sessions over 11 weeks on weekday eveninings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise: $225.
Explorer and Tilling the Soil courses are limited to 12 farms/potential agricultural businesses, with an option to bring a key partner at no extra cost. Planner is limited to 10. Full attendance is require to get expected results. Fees are kept low through MDAR support.
Please request additional details and an application for the course that fits you best. Courses will fill quickly in the Fall. Email requests to Rick.Chandler@state.ma.us, or CLICK HERE
Our ever-popular Locally Grown Dinner Series is back for 2011!
This year, Nantucket favorites Straight Wharf Restaurant, The Club Car and American Seasons will each host a four-course dinner featuring seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. Designed to highlight and strengthen the connection between consumers and the island’s farmers, growers, food producers and chefs, the series is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating and buying locally, as well as to raise support for the work of Sustainable Nantucket. These dinners are intimate, community-minded, celebratory gatherings that are always sold-out occasions. (more…)
August is Pickled Green month at the Farmers & Artisans Market! Buy a ticket for a chance to win our Pickled Green Raffle; the prize includes: Nantucket Grown shopping bag; Discovery Kit; canning basics book; and cucumbers for your own pickling projects. We’ll also be handing out a free beginners’ guide to canning and other goodies. The raffle drawing will be held Saturday, August 27th at the end of the Market day.
Demonstrations for August include:
August 13th – Making Pickles
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We are delighted to announce that we have just released the premier issue of Nantucket Grown™, a new annual publication designed to expand our Nantucket Grown™ branding and outreach campaign encouraging island visitors and residents to source their produce and products locally.