It’s Massachusetts Pollinator Week!

June 23rd, 2016

bee-in-sweetpea

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

3 interns together
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.

Harvest of the Month ~ Share a Recipe & Enter Raffle!

June 22nd, 2016

Public Poster for program participation

 

Spring Volunteer Work Day at the Farm this Sunday!

April 11th, 2016

Wayne Davies drills holes for bolting hoops togetherPlease join us this Sunday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To finish some projects at the Community Farm Institute!

Lunch provided!

Rain or shine (indoor work in the greenhouse if rain).

168 Hummock Pond Road ~ Wear work clothes

“Right to Farm” at 2016 Town Meeting

March 29th, 2016

 

We hope you will join us on Saturday at Town Meeting! 

We strongly encourage all of our friends and supporters to take an active part in our municipality’s planning and government. Please also join us in supporting the Nantucket Agricultural Commission and the Right to Farm bylaw sponsored by Nantucket farmer and food producer, Dylan Wallace.
What is a “Right to Farm” By-law and why is it important?
1.    Nantucket has always been a farming community.

In 1875 there were over 100 farms on the island! Now we have far fewer, and our existing farms face many challenges. A Right to Farm bylaw is a statement of support affirming a municipality’s commitment to keeping the traditional industry of farming alive and thriving in their community.

2.  Proposing a Right to Farm bylaw is usually the first thing an agricultural commission does because it  creates a channel of communication between town agencies that includes the agricultural commission. For example, if an issue came up relating to the practice of agriculture where planning and land use and/or the health department might be involved – they would not necessarily be as informed as to current best management practices in agriculture, etc – but the agricultural commission is and therefore it is useful for a representative from the commission to be present to help resolve the issue. This is part of an agricultural commission’s role and adopting the bylaw is helpful in ensuring that this role can be fulfilled.

3.    The Right to Farm bylaw applies to commercial agriculture only- as defined by the state of Massachusetts. This means that to be considered a farm, an enterprise has to be making at least $5000 in profit on land over two acres.

4.    The Right to Farm by law does not change any existing laws or exempt farms from existing laws. It merely reaffirms the protections for commercial agriculture that already exist in state law

5.    Right to Farm By-laws are encouraged by the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture and by the state of Massachusetts as part of their Smart Growth / Smart Energy Toolkit for municipalities. The model for the Right to Farm by law is published by the state.

6.    The notification piece of the bylaw  is intended to let newcomers to the island know that this is a community that values farming as a way of life.

7.    Currently there are over 140 municipalities in Massachusetts that have passed the Right to Farm bylaw.

Click HERE for the full text of the Right to Farm bylaw as amended by the Town of Nantucket’s Finance Committee.

Photo courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association. 

 

 

 

 

Learn How to Become a Beginning Farmer!

March 9th, 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!

Spring Volunteer Day at the Community Farm this Weekend!

March 8th, 2016

Greenhouse 2Sunday, March 20 ~ Complete the Harvest / Wash Station!

From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Snacks & Drinks, and lunch provided.
Rain or Shine – the work is all indoors!

Community Farm Institute, 168 Hummock Pond Road (access is through 166 Hummock Pond Road)

 

Community Farm Institute Plots Available!

February 29th, 2016

crop rows best in morningApply for a Plot!
2 Plots Left!

  • Interested in growing for the Sustainable Nantucket
    Farmers & Artisans Market, but need access to land?
  • Want to meet others committed to creating more agricultural land on Nantucket & make extra money?
  • Interested in organic and/or sustainable growing?
  • Contact Us! Please call Yeshe Palmo at 508-228-3399
    www.SustainableNantucket.org

 

Small Growers Wanted!

January 19th, 2016

holding container of squash at plotDo you grow produce that you would like to sell at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market?

Or would you like to be part of our small farm delivery service to island restaurants?

Make extra $$?

Then contact us! Yeshe Palmo at Sustainable Nantucket, market@SustainableNantucket.org; or phone us at 508-228-3399.

 

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!