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

June 22nd, 2016

Public Poster for program participation

 

Weed Management Workshop Sunday at the Community Farm Institute!

June 8th, 2016

Dylan Wallace, mentor farmer for the Community Farm Institute, will teach a free public workshop on Weed Management for growers and gardeners.

Sunday, June 12
At the Community Farm Institute
168 Hummock Pond Road
Rain or Shine
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Year-Round, Nutrient-Dense, Indoor Salad Gardening Workshop with author Peter Burke

May 10th, 2016

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Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

How to grow nutrient-dense, soil, sprouted greens in less than 10 days – the first 25 people take a free tray home!

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m.
At the Community Farm Institute
168 Hummock Pond Road

The Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening workshop will focus on growing a steady supply of greens from soil-sprouts. Ready to harvest in just 7 to 10 days, these greens are exceptionally fresh and nutrient dense. Whether you live in an apartment or have a big homestead kitchen, you will learn how to grow the bulk of your salad greens. The first 25 workshop participants will get to take home a free flat planted with seeds to grow at home.

Peter Burke is the author of Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening. Check him out at http://www.thedailygardener.com/
Peter lives in Vermont, and is committed to teaching his indoor gardening method to as many people as possible.

 

Join us for Seed Day! Seed Swap!

April 28th, 2016

Public Farm Tour & Ag Workshop this Saturday at the Farm!

April 18th, 2016

crop rows Cheryl Emery

Get a Tour of the Farm!
Public Farm Tour
with John Kuszpa
Saturday, April 23, 3pm

And Join a Workshop!
Composting, Organic Fertilizers,
Good Agricultural Practices, & Recordkeeping
with Andrew Spollett & Dylan Wallace
Saturday April 23, 3:30pm

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.

 

 

 

 

Spring Events at the Community Farm Institute!

March 25th, 2016

harvesting kale better

All programs are Free & Open to the Public
At
the Farm, 168 Hummock Pond Rd

Programs are held rain or shine. If rain, they are held indoors inside our new greenhouse.

Spring Volunteer Work Days
Sunday, April 17, 9am—3pm
Lunch, snacks & drinks provided
Wear work clothes—bring tools

Public Farm Tour
with John Kuszpa
Saturday, April 23, 3pm

Composting, Organic Fertilizers,
Good Agricultural Practices, & Recordkeeping
with Andrew Spollett & Dylan Wallace
Saturday April 23, 3:30pm

Seed Day at the Farm!
Saturday May 7
9am Soil Blocking, Seed Starting & Seed Saving
with John Kuszpa & Dylan Wallace

Noon Seed & Seedling Swap!

1pm Growing Native Plants From Seed
with visiting specialist Krissy Boys from Cornell University

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening
Saturday May 21, 10am
How to Grow Nutrient-Dense Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days—Take a Free Tray Home! With visiting specialist & author Peter Burke

Weed Management
with Dylan Wallace
Sunday, June 12, 2pm

Organic Pest & Disease Management
with Andrew Spollett
Sunday, June 26, 4pm

Information: 508-228-3399
or visit www.SustainableNantucket.org

 

 

 

Small Farm Equipment Workshop Sunday April 3

March 22nd, 2016

CommunityGarden_43_KatieKaizerPhotographyLearn the proper use of a few different kinds of seeders, and how to use and maintain a BCS walking tractor, and its exciting implements! These are the shared equipment that our Beginning Growers use at the Community Farm, and folks may have at home, too.

Sunday, April 3, 9:00 – Noon
with John Kuszpa

Community Farm Institute
168 Hummock Pond Road

Followed by Spring Volunteer Work Day!
Help us finish some projects at the Farm!
1:00 – 3:00
Wear work clothes; bring tools if you have them

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!