Posts Tagged ‘Garden Team’

Farm to School Summer Camp Sneak Peek

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The Farm to School Summer Camp is quickly approaching! The camp will inspire the next generation of healthy eaterIMG_7368(1)s and environmental ambassadors through an exciting and engaging exploration of our local food system. Campers will learn about soil, seeds, and nutrition through fun, hands-on activities that include planting seeds, harvesting crops, cooking, crafting and learning about our island farms. (more…)

Fun for All at Discover Your Garden/Family Picnic Day at the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden

Friday, October 14th, 2011
Monday, October 10th marked Sustainable Nantucket’s first Discover Your Garden and Family Picnic Day at the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden. Over 75 people were in attendance, with Fire Chief Bill Pittman, Town Manager Libby Gibson, Nantucket Garden Club President Paulette Boling, and NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson among them. Attendees came to participate in SN’s annual meeting; a ribbon cutting for the Joyce N. Furman FARM TO SCHOOL Youth Garden; and Family Picnic Day. (more…)

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011


SN Seeks FARM TO SCHOOL Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide

Thursday, July 21st, 2011


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…)

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.


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?


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

Spread the Word

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


Click here to download a pdf of our 2011 brochure.

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

NES Garden Designs

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Youth Council members have been hard at work designing the layout for the garden that will serve the Nantucket Public School System, which is slated to be installed in the Spring/early Summer of 2011. Below are examples of some of the sketches done by the members. The designs are proposed layouts for the garden entrance and farm stand, as well as the shed,  which includes interior growing and drying space for veggies and mushrooms, a washing station for produce, an area for solar batteries, worm bins,  a living roof  and much more. We are delighted with the creativity expressed in these plans!

SN Youth Council Breaks Ground On NPS Garden

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

On September 30, 2010, our SNYC Garden Team began the installation of its second garden for Nantucket Public Schools. Many thanks to Sam Slosek, Randy Hudson, Kelly Bull, Katheleen Minihan, Sunny Daily, and Dylan Wallace for their help as guiding mentors for our apprentices and spearheading the garden installation. In the coming winter months, Garden Team members will continue to build up 3 different types of composted and control group beds, grow cover crop, build and plant natural fences, build a shed, a hoop house and hopefully sow some winter crops.