Posts Tagged ‘Organic Gardening’

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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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.

SN Offering Composters at a Discounted Rate

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket has an arrangement with a Massachusetts-based company to purchase backyard composters in bulk at a discounted rate to the benefit of those in the Nantucket community wishing either to get started with composting, or expand their current compost setup.

“The New Age Composter” is fairly compact in size, durable, easy to assemble, rodent-proof and designed to produce finished compost in as little as 60 to 80 days. The price of these composters purchased through Sustainable Nantucket is $53.00 plus shipping (an estimated $7.-$12.00 extra). (more…)

USDA Organic Cost Share Program Applications Now Available

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Applications are now available through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources for Organic Cost Share Reimbursement. The Department has been awarded funds from the United States Department of Agriculture through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program for reimbursement to organic crop and livestock producers as well as processors that have been certified by a certifying agent.

Reimbursement is available to production and processing operations certified and/or receiving continuation of certification during the period of October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011. Payments to eligible producers and processors will be limited to 75% of an individual’s costs up to a maximum of $750.00.

Click here for reimbursement forms, or contact Ellen Hart, 617-626-1742, Ellen.Hart@state.ma.us.

Financial, Business & Planning Resources

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Financial Resources:

Multi-State

(Includes organizations working in more than one state or region.)

The Carrot Project in cooperation with our non-profit and lending partners offer loans in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine.

Cooperative Fund of New England provides loans to all types of cooperatives.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was approved in 1996 by amending the Food Security Act of 1985 (Farm Bill), reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 and again reauthorized in the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. EQIP provides a voluntary conservation program for farmers, ranchers and owners of private, non-industrial forest land that promotes agricultural production, forest management and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible producers install or implement conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.

Equity Trust helps people set up innovative ownership models for land protection throughout the country. and provide technical assistance to many more farms working to gain security. Plus, they have a revolving loan fund.

Farm Credit is the largest agricultural lender in New England and New York. They have offices throughout throughout the region.

FarmStart, a program of First Pioneer Farm Credit and CoBank, assists beginning farmers and new cooperatives with seed capital. For more information contact 800-562-2235 or FarmStart@FirstPioneer.com (Southern New England and Eastern New York).

National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs has a directory of finance programs offered by each state department of agriculture.

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service assists land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. NRCS provides technical and financial assistance for many conservation activities. There are multiple service centers in each state.

USDA’s Farm Service Agency is the federal government’s lender that works with farmers who cannot get loans from a commercial bank.

USDA Rural Development Promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools. REAP offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services. Rural Development achieves its mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.



Massachusetts

First Pioneer Farm Credit with an office in Middleboro, MA.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources offers various technical assistance, grant, and resource programs.

Massachusetts’ Farm Service Agency is the federal government’s lender in Massachusetts that works with farmers who cannot get loans from a commercial bank.

Washington Bank in Lowell.



Planning Resources:

Multi-State

(Includes organizations work in more than one state or region.)

AGPLAN: The agricultural, fisheries, and Small Business Planning website provides step by step guided instructions to help rural business owners develop a business plan free of charge.

ATTRA: National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service provides information and other technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States. This link takes you to their information about marketing, business, and risk management.

Beginningfarmers.org: A knowledge and networking resource for farmers and potential farmers, educators, activists, and policy makers interested in small, diverse, locally-based, sustainable farming.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Resources: For Basic Bookkeeping, Budgeting, Tax Recordkeeping, other stuff. This is a blog with links to helpful resources used in presentations and other venues.

Cornell University’s Small Farm Program business management resource is helpful for planning and managing your business or visit their sister site for Beginning and Diversifying Farms.

Equity Trust: Helps small farmers across the country set up innovative ownership models for land and they have a revolving loan fund.

Farm Aid: Has a Farmer Resource Network which includes contacts for Financial Counseling and Referrals.

Farmers’ Legal Action Group: Provides disaster assistance resources.

Farm-Risk-Plans.usda.gov: The USDA Risk Management Agency’s website designed to walk small to medium scale farmers or ranchers through every step of business and risk management planning. It will support farmers and ranchers who are starting a new business, managing or growing an existing business, or planning for succession.

Field to Table: works in New England and offers business planning, marketing, energy and other technical assistance to farmers (and others, particularly coops).

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project: Has developed a plain language guide for applying to USDA Farm Service Agency Loans.

Small Business Development Centers: Are located around the country and provide business planning assistance to all types of small businesses. Their services are free or low cost. Even if an office does not have agricultural expertise, they can still be of assistance in helping to put your business plan and financials together.


Massachusetts

The Carrot Project: In cooperation with our non-profit and lending partners offer loans in Massachusetts.

Franklin County Community Development Corporation: Provides small business planning assistance and operates the Food Processing Center for Western, MA.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources: Offers two different agricultural business training programs for farms at different stages of development and technical assistance through the Farm Viability Program.

Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network: Connects you to small business development centers around Massachusetts which provide business planning assistance to all types of small businesses. Their services are free or low cost.

New England Small Farm Institute: Partners with the MA Department of Agriculture to offer a business planning course called Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project offers Farmer Business Training courses two times a year for ALL beginning farmers.

SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership) offers various business technical assistance resources and workshops for farmers in MA and RI.

NOFA 24th Annual Winter Conference

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 24th annual Winter Conference is scheduled for January 15, 2011. The conference will be held at Worcester Tech. High School in Worcester, MA. For more information and to register, visit their web site at www.nofamass.org/conferences/winter/index

SN Focus is on Agriculture

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

From the November 4 issue of the Inquirer & Mirror:

Since Sustainable Nantucket’s formation in 2000, the organization, its staff and Board have continually reassessed SN’s role in the community, always with a mind to adapting its focus and leveraging its resources to provide the greatest impact and the most beneficial results for Nantucket and its residents.

With the launch our Community Agriculture Program and Farm to School in the summer of 2010, Sustainable Nantucket has completed a gradual transition — a natural progression in the evolution of the organization toward a more targeted approach to sustainability– that began with the incubation of our Farmers and Artisans Market in 2007. (more…)

Sustainable Nantucket’s Community Agriculture Program

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The elements of SN’s Community Agriculture Program fall into one of two categories: expanding production of local food through our Land Use Partnership and Agricultural Apprenticeships, and expanding the market for, and access to local food through our Nantucket Grown™ Campaign ~ providing support for promotion and distribution.

Expanding production of local food

Currently:

  • SN is “growing” new farmers by facilitating and coordinating Agricultural Apprenticeships where the apprentices work with the growers in the field and learn aspects of the business of farming by vending at the SN Farmers & Artisans Market.
  • SN is expanding the amount of land dedicated to agricultural production on the island through our Land Use Partnership Initiative where we facilitate and establish three-way partnerships between Sustainable Nantucket, land-owning entities such as the Nantucket Islands Land Bank and individuals, and small, local growers who both cultivate and/or graze livestock, and mentor SN Ag Apprentices on private land.
  • “Growing” new growers and food producers through our series of classes and workshops for beginning farmers.

Future:

  • We will be working with Martha’s Vineyard’s Island Grown Initiative and our State Health Department to help us develop mobile processing units for poultry , for shared use by stakeholders.
  • Developing a community commercial kitchen & processing facility to assist in creating value added products.

Expanding the market for local food

Currently:

  • Sustainable Nantucket (SN) launched our Nantucket Grown™ Campaign in 2011. This Campaign includes a Nantucket Grown™ Brand – logo designed by local artist, Sue Riddle – and a Nantucket Grown™ publication. The Nantucket Grown™ brand provides farmers, restaurants and food producers with an instantly recognizable branding campaign that will indicate to consumers that the food they are purchasing was grown, processed, and distributed on Nantucket. The magazine is designed to raise awareness about, and expand the market for local food and artisanal products.

Future:

  • Expanding use of the brand to include Stop & Shop and Grand Union and smaller groceries.
  • Facilitating the creation of a cooperative pick-up and delivery system for grower to restaurant.

Nantucket Farmers & Growers

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Island Farmers and Growers harvest an amazing bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. This produce can be found at farm stands around the island; at Sustainable Nantucket’s Farmers and Artisans Market June – October; in local restaurants and in some island food stores.

Please consider purchasing locally grown food, flowers and plants first – you’ll be supporting Island families, Island businesses and the local economy while enjoying some of the most flavorful and nutritious foods available.

Check back here for updates throughout the season.

Nantucket Farms/Growers:

Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd. 508-228-9403. Produce is available at the farm, at their truck on Main Street and in Siasconst in the summer season, and in season at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market. FOR SALE: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Horticultural Plants, Seedlings

Faraway Farms – By appointment only, delivery by arrangement: farawayfarmers@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Fresh Local Eggs, Vegetables, Pork, Lamb, Honey.

Nantucket Blooms, 508-221-3162. Available by appointment.

Boatyard Farm, 165 Hummock Pond Rd. 508-680-4494 or boatyardfarm@gmail.com. Produce available at the farm and in season at the Farmers & Artisans Market. FOR SALE: Vegetables, Herbs, Seedlings, Flowers, Honey

Moors End Farm, 40 Polpis Road. 508-228-2674. Produce is available at the farm, and in season at the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market. Call for hours and information. FOR SALE: Eggs, Fruits, Vegetables, Seedlings, Flowers, Horticultural Plants

Nantucket HoneyBee Co. Local honey available at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market or by contacting David: nantuckethoneybee@gmail.com.

Nantucket Native, 508-332-2121. Produce available in season at the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market.

Pumpkin Pond Farm25 Millbrook Rd. 508-332-4750. Produce is available at the farm and in season at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market. Pumpkin Pond has been certified organic. CSA available. FOR SALE: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Horticultural Plants.

Ooh la la Garden, 508-221-0344, petite fraisegardens@gmail.com. Contact directly and purchase at SN Farmers and Artisans Market. FOR SALE: Produce, Herbs, Container Plants, and Cut Flowers

Community Agriculture Initiative

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The overall goal of our Community Agriculture Initiative is to support, encourage and further develop organic food production on island. Specifically, this program will strengthen the local economy by helping entrepreneurs in agriculture and specialty food production get started, or grow their existing businesses through the following activities:

  • Classes and workshops
  • Agricultural intern program
  • Helping to develop, and supporting a Farm to School program
  • Making farmable land more accessible to farmers by leasing land and creating a community farm
  • Facilitating the purchase, storage and use of shared equipment for cheese-making and animal husbandry
  • Developing a community kitchen allowing people to produce quantities of prepared foods (jams, jellies, baked goods, etc.) that will be used for both food production and classes.