Posts Tagged ‘backyard gardening’

Sense of Place Film Series Returns on Saturday, October 25

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket is pleased to announce that its Sense of Place Film series is returning on Saturday, October 29th with the screening of Vanishing of the Bees. This Film Series is co-sponsored with Nantucket Atheneum and is held once a month in the Great Hall of the Atheneum. All movies begin at 7PM, admission is free, light refreshments are served, and a Q&A period often follows. For more information on this series, click here. A full list of films for the 2011/2012 season will be posted soon – stay tuned! (more…)

About SN’s Land Use Partnership Initiative

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Photo by Dylan Wallace

It’s hard to imagine now, but according to this map on the Nantucket Historical Association’s web site, there were over 100 farms on Nantucket in the 1850’s. In 2007, when SN started our Farmers & Artisans Market, Nantucket had 3 farms (one of which was NCF’s Cranberry B0gs) and a handful of small scale growers operating commercially. Today, in 2011, there are 7 farms plus several small-scale growers that are commercially growing and harvesting food (produce, eggs, meat, honey, shellfish) for sale to Nantucket consumers.

It’s no surprise to anyone that the cost of land on the Island makes commercial farming prohibitive for most. Nantucket farmers are additionally burdened with higher operational costs than most off-island farmers – fuel, equipment, supplies and materials, not to mention labor and overhead, are generally more expensive on Nantucket. Yet as a community we understand the positive health, environmental and economic impact that supporting local agriculture can have. Sustainable Nantucket has begun to examine ways that it can help support and increase agricultural industry on the island, and give consumers greater access to the foods produced by local farmers.

Sustainable Nantucket has worked closely with Island growers to identify the role we can play in supporting and helping to grow the Island’s agricultural industry, and, in response, we have launched the Sustainable Nantucket Land Use Partnership Initiative.

This initiative is designed to increase agricultural acreage through partnerships with land-owning organizations and individuals, and to establish a skilled agricultural workforce on Nantucket through collaboration with experienced island growers. We aim to establish an educated and trained agricultural workforce while increasing the amount of land farmed on the island. Elements of this Initiative include:

  • Making more farm land available through Land-Use Partnerships with the Nantucket Islands Land Bank and other land-owning entities
  • Expansion of our already-existing Agricultural Apprenticeship Initiative —where we pair apprentices interested in becoming farmers with experienced island growers.
  • Expanding agricultural production and “growing new growers & farmers” through education

Current Projects

  • Our Grazing Project pairs an SN apprentice with local livestock farmers from FarAway Farms to graze the Pout Pond Rd. property owned by the Nantucket Islands Land Bank. Read more – CLICK HERE.

The Future

Laying the groundwork for potential use of additional Land Bank land as well as land owned by other organizations and private landowners is in process and we continue to explore expanding acreage through partnerships with other organizations and private land-owners – eventually creating a network of grazed and cultivated land all over the island.

Sustainable Nantucket Featured in Fall Edition of Edible Cape Cod!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

The Fall 2011 edition of Edible Cape Cod features a wonderful article about Sustainable Nantucket, our Programs and efforts within the community. Written by Nantucket native Susan Fernald, the article highlights our COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM, Nantucket Grown ™ brand and much more. A digital version of the magazine can be found on the Edible Cape Cod web site, and hard copies of the magazine can be found in businesses on the Cape – all listed here.

Our thanks to Susan and Edible Cape Cod!

SN Wraps Up First Season of Mid-Island Farmers Market

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The first season of Sustainable Nantucket’s Mid-Island Farmers Market at 113 Pleasant Street has come to a close, but SN staff and volunteers, encouraged by the positive response to the Market, are already thinking ahead to the 2012 season. (more…)

Pickled Green – August Demos & Raffle

Friday, August 5th, 2011

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

Sustainable Nantucket launches premier issue of new annual publication ~ Nantucket Grown™

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

***View & download Nantucket Grown™: click here.***

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.

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Tomato Tomato!

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

*UPDATE: We Have a Winner!

The winner of our 2011 Tomato Tomato Raffle drawing was Lois Bedsaul of Galax, VA!

She received her winning ticket after purchasing a mug. Her mug is receiving a lot of comments at work and she just loves it!!

Lois’s Tomato Tomato prize includes:

5 lbs of Bartlett’s Farm tomatoes
Ball’s Discovery Canning kit
Ball’s blue book guide to preserving
Ball Brand Fiesta salsa Mix
And a Nantucket Grown™ Market Bag

Congratulations Lois, and thanks for supporting Sustainable Nantucket and our Farmers & Artisans Market!

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July is Tomato Tomato month at the Farmers & Artisans Market! This month’s demonstrations include:

July 23: Making Salsa

Throughout the month you can enter to win our Tomato Tomato raffle; the prize includes a Nantucket Grown bag, Discovery Kit, canning book, 3 salsa spices, stickers, and tomatoes to use in your own canning projects. We’ll also be handing out samples, free canning information and more – all aimed at getting you on your way to canning the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies available on our island.

Garden Tomatoes

Specialty Crops on Nantucket – Grow & Preserve Your Own!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

WHAT IS A SPECIALTY CROP?

  • Most fruits and vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)

The USDA describes specialty crops as plants that are intensively cultivated and require a higher degree of management. Specialty crops include almost anything you would grow in your own home garden! Planting and cultivating specialty crops is a great way to maintain biodiversity and a healthy local ecosystem.

SPECIALTY CROP CARE

  • Know Your Soil!
  • Nantucket’s soil is quite sandy—which is actually great for root vegetables, like the potato and the carrot!
  • Add nutrient rich topsoil and ensure your beds are draining properly.
  • Due to Nantucket’s long spring, the growth of seedlings is best if done in a greenhouse or cold frame.

WHAT GROWS BEST ON NANTUCKET?

Specialty Crops Native to Nantucket

  • Beach Plum
  • Black Cherry
  • Highbush Blueberry

Non-Natives that grow well on the Island

  • Strawberry
  • Melons
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Oregano

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIALTY CROPS ON NANTUCKET?

For a list of island farms: CLICK HERE to Find Our Farms!

PRESERVE THE BOUNTY

Canning and pickling is the perfect way to preserve your garden’s harvest! From jams and jellies to salsa, relishes, and pickles, the options are endless. And what you make…can keep for years!

Learn more about preserving and find specialty crops at Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market!

  • See a canning demonstration
  • Pick up a recipe brochure and free samples of pectin
  • Enter the raffle to win your own Home Canning Kit from Ball ®

Saturday Market: June 11- October 15, located on North Union and Cambridge Streets, 9AM-1PM. (July 2 location: E. Chestnut St.)

New! Mid-Island Market: Tuesdays, July 12 – August 31, located at 113 Pleasant Street (next to Glidden’s Seafood). 3:30PM-6:30PM.

Attend our Preserving Workshop!

Preserving the Bounty: Fruits of Nantucket
Taught by Mary Wawro
Location: at her home kitchen
Date: July 31st
Time: 10AM to 1PM.
Cost: $45. Materials: $15.

Register by clicking here or by calling the office.

You can download a printable brochure that contains all of this information here: Brochure (PDF)

This Awareness Campaign is Funded in part with Generous Grants and Contributions by:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Discover you Can Canning Education Program from Jarden Home Brands, Makers of Ball Brand Fresh Preserving Products.

Mid-Island Market Starts Tuesday!

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

We are pleased to announced that Tuesday, July 12th will be the opening day of our Mid-Island Farmers Market! The Market is located at 113 Pleasant Street, next to Glidden’s Seafood, and Market hours are from 3:30 – 6:30 PM.

We hope this will make Market shopping more accessible to those who cannot make it to town on Saturdays, and that it will provide even greater access to our regular Saturday customers.

The Mid-Island Market will run through August 30th and is, of course, weather permitting. As with the Saturday Farmers & Artisans Market, weather cancellations will be posted here on our web site, on Facebook and Twitter.

A Great Start – Kicking off the 2011 Farmers & Artisans Market Season

Friday, June 24th, 2011

The Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market got off to a great start on Saturday, June 11th! Vendors and Market goers persevered through the chilly weather and wind and got lots of tasty produce from seven farmers and growers and beautiful jewelry, art, and lots more from fourteen different vendors. The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club and the Nantucket Visitors Center also attended, garnering support for their causes from passersby.

Sustainable Nantucket is pleased to be celebrating its 5th season with a wonderful group of vendors, new Market Manager Sunny Daily and the launch of our pilot second Market day. The Mid-Island Farmers Market includes produce and value-added producers (baked goods, honey, etc.) and will be held Tuesdays, weather permitting from 3:30pm – 6:30pm.

“2011 has brought about a lot of change on the island and for the Market as well. Not only have we expanded our Market to offer a second Market day where customers can purchase their local produce and value-added goods mid week, at a mid-island location, but we also worked with the Health Department to create safety regulations for selling local eggs at the Market as well.” Says Sunny Daily, Market Manager.

The 2011 Market season will see canning demonstrations involving specialty crops and canning material raffles due to the generosity of grants via Jarden Ball Jar and the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.

This year’s Market will also include children’s activities, reading time with costumed characters by Nantucket Bookworks, live music from local favorites like the 4 Easy Payments and students & artists from NCMC.

Photos by Mitch Blake