Posts Tagged ‘Youth’

Farm to School: What’s Happening in 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Farm to School is a Sustainable Nantucket Program that is operating in collaboration with Nantucket Public Schools. Linda Peterson, Director of Food Services has long been interested in offering healthy and local produce to the Island’s children. Now, with the help of committed community members, teachers, farmers and Sustainable Nantucket, Linda’s long time goal can become a reality.


The Garden

Garden Infrastructure

  • Solar Powered Green House
  • 2 Hoop Houses
  • Shed
  • Class Specific Raised Beds
  • “Living Classroom”
  • Fruit Orchards
  • Deer and Rabbit Proof Fence
  • Farm Stand
  • Information Board

The Garden Manager

  • A stipend volunteer paid by SN
  • Organizes on-site school, SN Youth Council & volunteer activity in the garden
  • Coordinates with Curriculum Resource Aide
  • Cultivates and harvests garden produce

School Lunches

Sourcing Local Foods

  • Fresh produce from the garden will be used in school lunches in the spring and the fall
  • During the summer months, SN preserving volunteers will help to can, pickle, freeze & dehydrate produce for future use
  • SN and the NPS Food Services Department have been working with local farms and the farmers have offered to plant specifically to the schools needs and sell produce at a cost they can afford
  • The Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners (a currently forming group), will pick, deliver and help preserve surplus produce from local farms

2011 Curricula Integration

Curriculum Resource Aides (CRA)

  • A stipend volunteer paid by SN
  • CRA’s give teachers additional tools to teach with, NOT an additional tool that needs to be taught
  • Available to work with teachers and departments to help integrate the garden and agriculture into their already existing lesson plans
  • Helps to coordinate classroom garden activities with the Garden Manager

Conferences, Grants & Resources

  • Teachers can earn Professional Development Points
  • Teachers can apply for mini-grants to attend conferences, workshops and/or for agricultural activity materials
  • Sustainable Nantucket actively seeks grants and educational opportunities for teachers, and is on call to assist with applications and logistics
  • Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom is a great place to start your search

How can YOU help?


  • In the Garden
  • In the Kitchen
  • As an SN Gleaner

Spread the Word

  • To your children & students
  • To your friends & family
  • To local businesses


Click here to download a pdf of our 2011 brochure.

With thanks to our generous sponsors… Click here to view a complete list.

2011 Workshop: Grow Seeds, Plant and Cultivate the NES Garden

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Come learn how to really play with your food! From sprouting seeds to harvesting crops, students will participate in all steps necessary for growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Classes will be held in the elementary school garden and will provide ample opportunities for fun hands-on learning.

Days: Thursdays, April 14 – June 9th
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Ages: Grades 2 -5
Materials Fee: $10.00 per student
Teacher: Kelly Bull
Location: NES garden in front of school.
Price: $95

To register or for more information, contact Nantucket Community School at 508-228-7257

Farm to School Receives 2011 Youth Garden Grant

Friday, March 18th, 2011

youth garden grant

The Sustainable Nantucket FARM TO SCHOOL Program and Nantucket Public Schools are honored to be one of only 100 Programs selected to receive a 2011 Youth Garden Grant from The National Gardening Association and The Home Depot. The SN Farm to School Program was selected for its “high level of commitment to Youth Gardening.” (more…)

SN Seeks Volunteers for Farm to School Gleaners

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Photo via Flicker by Vladislav Sabanov

SN Seeks Leaders and Members for Farm to School Gleaners
As part of the Farm to School Initiative that Sustainable Nantucket is developing in partnership with the Nantucket Public Schools, SN is now seeking members from the community to participate as Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners. (more…)

NES Garden Designs

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Youth Council members have been hard at work designing the layout for the garden that will serve the Nantucket Public School System, which is slated to be installed in the Spring/early Summer of 2011. Below are examples of some of the sketches done by the members. The designs are proposed layouts for the garden entrance and farm stand, as well as the shed, which includes interior growing and drying space for veggies and mushrooms, a washing station for produce, an area for solar batteries, worm bins, a living roof and much more. We are delighted with the creativity expressed in these plans!

Garden Team Journal Entries

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

SN Youth Council Garden Team members keep journals in which they record their experiences working on the design and installation of the garden that serve the Nantucket Public School system. Writing about the project gives the students the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned with each task, how these experiences affect their food choices, and the positive impact that sustainable farming has on our environment. Below are a few examples of the entries written in the students’ own hand.

SN Staff Tours Boston Area Farms

Monday, December 6th, 2010

On Tuesday, November 23 Sustainable Nantucket staff ventured off-island and headed North for tours of White Barn Farm in Wrentham, MA and Allandale Farm in Brookline, MA. The purpose was to observe first-hand some of the practices and programs implemented by these working farms, and to take that knowledge back to Nantucket for use in our Community Agriculture and Farm to School Programs. (more…)

Sense of Place Film Series Schedule

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Our Sense of Place Documentary Film Series is co-sponsored by the Nantucket Athenuem. The series runs September through May, and films are shown once a month in the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum. The film series focuses on issues of sustainability, environment, economy, agriculture and more. We are proud to be able to present Nantucketers with some of the finest award-winning documentaries that address issues that reflect Sustainable Nantucket’s mission.

Light refreshments and a Q&A or discussion period featuring local experts typically follow each film. The film series has become a wonderful community-building activity for our off-season population and visitors alike.

2010/2011 Film Schedule:

Films start at 7PM, admission is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments are served.

October 22 – No Impact Man : Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.

November 19 – Dirt! The Movie : DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

December 10 – Fuel : Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil.

January 14 – Tapped : Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is a unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

February 11 – The End Of The Line : The world’s first major documentary about the devestating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

March 18 – Gasland : The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

April 29 – Fresh : FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Can One Kid Make a Difference?

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Children understand, sometimes more than we realize. Birke Baeher understands what’s wrong with our “conventional” food system, and he wants other kids (and adults) to understand as well.

Watch his inspiring video, and share it with your kids. Then get involved in helping us foster a healthy food system on Nantucket – support our local farmers, buy locally grown food, start your own garden, and learn how to preserve the Summer harvest by canning and freezing for the winter months. Encourage your kids to join the SN Youth Council, support Farm to School, and educate your children about making healthy food choices.

SN Youth Council Breaks Ground On NPS Garden

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

On September 30, 2010, our SNYC Garden Team began the installation of its second garden for Nantucket Public Schools. Many thanks to Sam Slosek, Randy Hudson, Kelly Bull, Katheleen Minihan, Sunny Daily, and Dylan Wallace for their help as guiding mentors for our apprentices and spearheading the garden installation. In the coming winter months, Garden Team members will continue to build up 3 different types of composted and control group beds, grow cover crop, build and plant natural fences, build a shed, a hoop house and hopefully sow some winter crops.