Posts Tagged ‘Farm to School’

Updates from the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

On October 6th the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners picked over 100 lbs. of organic produce generously donated by Pumpkin Pond Farm. This produce was used in meals prepared at the NPS cafeteria, including organic lettuce for sandwiches, and a delicious salad bar featuring beets and carrots!

—————————————————————————————————–On August 24th the gleaners assembled at Moor’s End Farm where we spent an hour picking 500 lbs of tomatoes of all varieties. From there, we headed to the NPS kitchen, where Linda Peterson instructed us on how to best preserve the bounty! Natty and Nora cleaned tomatoes while Samantha kept busy peeling and cutting onions for use in tomato sauce. Vanessa, Sarah, and Beth carefully prepared the delicate tomatoes for cooking by coring, cutting an “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes, and in the case where tomatoes were roasted, halving the tomatoes. Linda then steamed many of the tomatoes, placed them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, peeled the tomatoes (with volunteer help) and then made them into a tasty tomato sauce. Linda also passed out tomato sauce recipes for the volunteers to try at home.

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On August 18th Moors End Farm donated a large quantity of onions to Farm to School. NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson will prepare and freeze the onions for use in French Onion Soup, which will be served to students this October. Linda plans to serve the soup with a garden salad, veggie tray and milk. Yum! This sure changes our perception of cafeteria food!

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On August 11, 2011 the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program made history! With corn donated by Moors End Farm, the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners – made up of 15 community volunteers, ranging in age from 3 – 50 years – husked over 700 ears of corn in under 1 hour!

FSD Director Linda Peterson taught volunteers about food safety, demonstrated how to correctly husk the corn, explained how she will preserve it for the students of the Nantucket Public School System to eat in the Fall when corn is no longer locally available. Linda also explained that 700 ears of corn is just the right amount to feed every public school student for one lunch day!! (500 ears for the middle school & high school, and 200 ears for the elementary school).

Linda demonstrated her methods for preserving the corn, which involves steaming and then freezing. She also demonstrated her method of removing the kernels from the cob. Students at NPS typically eat crushed corn or similar preparations of cut corn, and Linda wanted to give students the opportunity to enjoy corn on the cob at school. To that end, some of the cobs will be preserved whole, while the remainder will be stripped and used in a variety of preparations, such as creamed corn and corn muffins.

Participants Included: Linda Peterson, Food Services Director; Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Pauline Cronin; James Cronin; Anna Cronin; Jessica Ryder; Stephanie Ryder; Roy Ryder; Beth Davies; Sophie Davies; Nora Harrington; Caillean Daily; Orion Malfatto – Daily; Cameron Hewes; Sophia Basile; Zoe Bazos & Yasmine Bazos. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Locally Grown Dinner Series: Fall 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Our ever-popular Locally Grown Dinner Series is back for 2011!

This year, Nantucket favorites Straight Wharf Restaurant, The Club Car and American Seasons will each host a four-course dinner featuring seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. Designed to highlight and strengthen the connection between consumers and the island’s farmers, growers, food producers and chefs, the series is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating and buying locally, as well as to raise support for the work of Sustainable Nantucket. These dinners are intimate, community-minded, celebratory gatherings that are always sold-out occasions. (more…)

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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SN Seeks FARM TO SCHOOL Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

(2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE. NHS/CPS and NES/Small Friends)

Sustainable Nantucket is seeking to fill 2 Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide (CRA) positions for the SN Farm to School Program. Applicants should have a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture, at least 2 years hands-on vegetable gardening experience, solid research, writing, interpersonal and communication skills, and strong Microsoft Office computer skills. (more…)

Get Your Tickets for our 2011 Farm Fresh Feast to Benefit Sustainable Nantucket!

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The second annual Farm Fresh Feast to benefit Sustainable Nantucket is happening July 16, 2011 beginning at 5:30 PM. Once again, this fun and food-filled event will be held in the picturesque fields at Moors End Farm, thanks to the continued support and generosity of the Slosek family. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as last year’s event was sold out! (more…)

2011 Community Agriculture Program Workshops

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Throughout the year, Sustainable Nantucket, as a part of our Community Agriculture Program, will be hosting Workshops on a variety of topics relating to sustainable gardening methods, food production, and preserving local foods. Below is a complete list of workshops; click the links to read the full descriptions and to register for these workshops. (more…)

Thanks to YOU: Our Farm to School Garden & Program is Growing!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The contributions we receive for this project are critical for its success. The garden is an essential part of our overall program, which is designed to educate our children on the importance of HEALTHY EATING and LOCAL AGRICULTURE, the importance of knowing WHERE OUR FOOD COMES FROM, and how SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES lead to a HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT now and in the future.Funds derived from the naming of the garden will go to the building of the garden, and toward the staff resources needed to maintain the garden, and to integrate it with the schools’ curriculum.

There is still plenty of opportunity to contribute to our garden-building effort and our Garden Naming Campaign at almost every level. Contact us to volunteer, or to make a donation and plant your own name, or the name of someone you love, in the Farm to School Garden!

Make a contribution to this project and become a partner in our work and an integral part of the Farm to School garden. Scroll to the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE for some examples of donation levels.

For ongoing updates on the progress of the Garden and other Farm to School projects, click here.

An enormous and heart-felt THANK YOU to the following contributors for their generous gifts and pledges:

*Updated as of 10/18/11

Naming Campaign Donors:

$50,000 ~ Lead Sponsor ~ The Furman Charitable Trust ~ In Memory of Joyce N. Furman

$5,000 ~ Living Classroom ~ Alan & Barbara Medaugh

$5,000 ~ Greenhouse ~ Wendy Schmidt & Island Lumber

$5,000 ~ Storage Shed – Nantucket Golf Club Foundation & Island Lumber

$5,000 ~ Permanent Fence ~ Wendy Schmidt

$5,000 ~ Drip Irrigation System ~ The Nantucket Garden Club

$2,500 ~ Garden Gate ~ Chanticleer

$2,500 ~ Garden Gate ~ Ellen Ross

$2,000 ~ Garden Bench ~ Sharon Horne ~ in Memory of Fred & Amanda Jorgensen

$2,000 ~ Garden Bench ~ The Whelan Family ~ in Memory of Thomas & Marilyn Whelan

$2,000 ~ Garden Bench ~ Kim and Finn Wentworth

$2,000 ~ Living Classroom Bench ~ Rotary Club of Nantucket

$2,000 ~ Work Table ~ Daily Construction

$2,000 ~ Picnic Table ~ NIR Foundation

$1,500 ~ Greenhouse Potting Table ~ In Honor of Patty Myers & Her Gifts to Organic Gardening on Nantucket

$1,500 ~ Fruit Tree ~ NIR Foundation

$1,000 ~ Compost System ~ Culinary Arts Foundation & Junior Chef Nantucket

$1,000 ~ Greenhouse Potting Bench ~ A Gift from the Sieger Family

$500 ~ Bike Rack ~ Marsha Greenman ~ in Honor of Uzi Greenman

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ American Seasons

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Land Council

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Oran Mor

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ 12 Degrees East

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Jesse Dutra Landsacaping

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Mary-Randolph and Dr. Walter F. Ballinger

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ In Celebration of the Union of Jack Griffin and Pamela Brooks

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Kennelly/Richards Family

$500 ~ Raised Bed ~ Chad Hudnut and Marisa Drew

$250 ~ Garden Row, long ~ Corinne Giffin ~ in Memory of Robin E. Gorham

$250 ~ Garden Row, long ~ Laura Wasserman ~ In Honor of the Wasserman Family

$250 ~ Garden Row, long ~ Annye’s Whole Foods

$250 ~ Garden Tools ~ Frank & Tracy Daily

$250 ~ Garden Tools ~ Pumpkin Pond Farm

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ LeeAnne & Tom Richard ~ In Honor of Tucker and Casey Brannigan

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~Frank & Tracy Daily ~ in Honor of MaCaybreh & Braelyn Daily

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Peggy Tramposch

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Kathy & Tom Ayars

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ In Loving Memory of Maureen Thayer

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Rebecca & Ted Bent

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Nantucket Housefitters and Tile Gallery

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Nantucket Housefitters and Tile Gallery

$150 ~ Garden Row, short ~ Build Positive

$100 ~ Seeds ~ The Belber Family

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Rosewood Gardeners

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Mathew McEacheren

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Moira McManus

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Alan and Patty Myers

$100 ~ Seeds ~ The Gould Family

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Wade and Susanne Green

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Kathy Halbower

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Hailey Feldman

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Laura Wasserman

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Bursk

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Michael Rodgers

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Valerie and Richard Norton

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Patricia A. Wages

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Elizabeth Davies

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Victoria McManus and John McDermott

$100 ~ Seeds ~ Michelle Whelan

$100 ~ Seeds ~ The Kelly Family

$50 ~ Row Cover ~ Amy & Benjamin Bloomstone

Grant Support:

Community Foundation for Nantucket
The Home Depot
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources/CISA
The Nantucket Booster Club
Nantucket Land Council
The National Gardening Association
Stonyfield Farms
Nantucket Garden Club

Individual Donations:

Charity Benz
Sean Allen
Anna Leary
Jean Grimmer

In-Kind Donations of Time, Energy, Materials and Labor:

Amanda Morgan
B.E Byrne
The Bartlett Family
Beth & Wayne Davies
Brian Chadwick
Buzz Saw
Charity Benz
Chris Emery
Colleen Suhanosky
Cormac Collier
Danny Baird
Dauna Coffin
Dave Provost and the Shingles
Don Holdgate
Dylan Wallace
Espresso to Go
Gene Mahon/Mahon About Town
Greg Malfatto
Hector Delomo
Holdgate Partners
Island Lumber
Jevon Larson
Karen Ward Baird
Kathleen Minihan
Kelly Bull
Kristina Jelleme
Kristy Zajac
Liesel Sheppard
Linda McDonough
Linda Peterson
Margaretta Andrews
Mark Barrett
Mark Voigt
Matt Oates
Michelle Llewelyn
Mitch Blake
Murray Emerson
Myles Reis
Nathan Killeen
Nora Harrington
Patti Myers
Phil & Sean Allen
Randy & Owen Hudson
Rob O’Day
Rusty Campbell
Sam Slosek
Sean Allen
Shad Cranston
Sidmar Oliveira
Sunny, Orion & Caillean Daily
Tara Grunwald
Teresa Cook
Tim Merrill
Michelle Cosentino
Wannacomet Water Co.

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.

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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?

Volunteer

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

Spread the Word

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

Support

Click here to download a pdf of our 2011 brochure.

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

BECOME A SPONSOR OF THE 2011 FARM FRESH FEAST!

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Join Moors End Farm in sponsoring Sustainable Nantucket’s second annual Farm Fresh Feast! Corporate sponsors will receive exposure at the Farmers & Artisans Market, on the web, in Sustainable Nantucket’s Nantucket Grown publication, and at the event itself. By joining us as a sponsor of this major fundraising event, you will help us maintain our special programs that benefit our community in so many ways.

You see our efforts throughout the year – whether in our schools with our Farm to School program; in town at our Farmers and Artisans Market; in fields, kitchens and classrooms with our Community Agriculture Internship Initiative and Workshops in beekeeping, four-season gardening, composting and more; in our restaurants with our Locally Grown Dinner Series; and at the Library with our Sense of Place Film Series.

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