Announcing a NEW Farm to School Coordinator

September 9th, 2016

Sustainable Nantucket is happy to announce that Mary Nicholson has joined our staff as our brand new Farm to School Coordinator.

Mary will replace Kathleen Minihan –who has worked for Sustainable Nantucket since 2012, recently transitioned into a Nutritionist Position at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

While we are very grateful to Kathleen for all she did for our program– and will miss her in her role as staff, we are excited to relay that Kathleen will continue on with us as a volunteer, and we also have had the good fortune to find and hire Mary.

Mary hails from Gardner, Massachusetts. She graduated from Saint Michael’s College in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Peace and Justice, where she was involved in campus gardening and perma-culture design practices. She comes to Sustainable Nantucket having spent several summers developing programming at a summer camp in Maine.

She is looking forward to getting to know the Sustainable Nantucket community!

Mid-Island Market Cancelled Today September 7

September 7th, 2016

It’s Massachusetts Pollinator Week!

June 23rd, 2016
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 (pictured above)

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.

SN’s Sip & Shop Hosted by J. McLaughlin

June 8th, 2016

When you shop at J McLaughlin on Friday, June 17, 2-6pm, you can enjoy light refreshments while supporting Sustainable Nantucket. 15% of sales during this event will benefit Sustainable Nantucket.

J. McLaughlin

1 Salem St

Nantucket, MA

 

Advertise in the 2016 Nantucket Grown Magazine!

March 2nd, 2016

NG-2015-DRAFT-V5.pdfOur NantucketGrown™ Magazine is an annual publication dedicated to local food and healthy living on Nantucket Island. In addition to SN program news, articles feature community members who are leaders in the local food movement, whether it is through their business practices or their home garden! You can be part of the NantucketGrown™ Magazine, too, by advertising in our 2016 publication.

6,500 complimentary magazines are available year-round at Stop & Shop, Bartlett’s Farm, and the Hy-Line Cruises Terminal, and from June-October at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market.

Please click here for ad rates and more details. Ad designs are due by April 6.

 

2015 Ad samples

 

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.

Thank You Ventuno!

October 27th, 2015

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Ventuno last night for our Annual Meeting and Nantucket Grown Dinner. The Ventuno chefs crafted an amazing menu of locally sourced seafood and produce prepared in special Italian dishes. Our entree was Coda di Rospo in Brodetto — monkfish caught by Bill Blount of the F/V Ruthie B, prepared in a stew of island shellfish, including Simon Edwardes’ oysters, Ambrosia smoked peppers, Ventuno’s own tomatoes, kale from a variety of island farms, Bartlett’s Farm potatoes and Pumpkin Pond Farm baby leeks. Dessert was ‘Bombolone di Mele’ — an Italian doughnut filled with Far Away Farms’ apples & rhubarb and Cisco Brewers’ cider, and served with a gelato flavored with Bartlett’s Farm lemon verbena. Additional ingredients were provided by: Moors End Farm, Nantucket Seafoods and Sayle’s Seafood. A huge thank you also to Annye’s Whole Foods for providing the wine, thoughtfully paired for each course.

Farm to School – Thank you to the Nantucket Community!

October 26th, 2015

This year for National Farm to School Month we say goodbye to our old garden space as we welcome our new garden location!

Beginning in the Spring of 2015 Sustainable Nantucket has been working with the Nantucket Public Schools and SMART Architects and Engineers to find they best location for the Farm to School Garden as they began to redesign the NPS campus to meet the needs of our growing population. Finding the perfect space took many hours over several months and we are beyond grateful to have found a space along side the baseball fields at the Nantucket Elementary School. Read the rest of this entry »

Bridge Back to School

September 3rd, 2015

The Farm to School Program partnered with the Nantucket Community School for the final two weeks of summer to offer a small group of children the opportunity to explore agriculture and environmental stewardship. Over the past two weeks, we have incorporated science, nutrition and writing into a camp style program that included field trips, art projects and movement games. As a pilot for next year’s new Farm to School Summer Program, we were thrilled to explore these topics and see the enthusiasm of the students as they engaged in interactive lessons.

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Favorite Farm to School Recipe

July 31st, 2015

We have been hard pressed to find any kid who doesn’t love ranch dressing. This summer we decided to make our own and it has been a huge hit! See the recipe below…

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