Posts Tagged ‘Opportunity’

Enter Our Raffle & Win a Bartlett’s Farm CSA Membership!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Our raffle winner will receive a 14 week membership in Bartlett’s Farm Summer CSA running 6/1/12-8/31/12 (Retail value $630!). CSA members get a weekly pick up of farm fresh veggies at Bartlett’s Farm.

Raffle tickets are $15 each, 3 for $35. All proceeds from this raffle will go towards our Programs, outreach and initiatives.

To purchase tickets: CONTACT US at 508-228-3399, via EMAIL, or purchase tickets at our Locally Grown Dinner at American Seasons on November 7. (more…)

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…)

Update on Land Use Partnership Initiative with Pilot Grazing Project

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

In 2011 Sustainable Nantucket launched our Land Use Partnership Initiative with a Pilot Grazing Project in partnership with the Nantucket Island Land Bank and Faraway Farms. A Sustainable Nantucket apprentice worked with Island livestock farmers Caleb Cressman, Dylan Wallace, Nicole DuPont and Andy Harris –all of Faraway Farms– and learning how to maintain a small flock of sheep and chickens on the Land Bank’s Craig Property. In 2012, our 3-way land-use partnership will be re-located to the Land Bank’s Pout Pond Rd. property – a four acre parcel off of Milestone Rd. (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.

SN seeks Fall Development Intern

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket is seeking a part-time development intern for Fall 2011. Excellent opportunity to gain experience in development and non-profit work. (more…)

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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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…)

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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Farm to School Receives 2011 Youth Garden Grant

Friday, March 18th, 2011

youth garden grant

The Sustainable Nantucket FARM TO SCHOOL Program and Nantucket Public Schools are honored to be one of only 100 Programs selected to receive a 2011 Youth Garden Grant from The National Gardening Association and The Home Depot. The SN Farm to School Program was selected for its “high level of commitment to Youth Gardening.” (more…)

SN Launches Nantucket Grown™ Brand to Benefit Local Food

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket is pleased to announce the launch of our new Nantucket Grown™ brand aimed at promoting and encouraging the consumption of locally grown food on Nantucket.

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