Posts Tagged ‘People’

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.

Team Sustainable Nantucket Walks for Autism

Friday, August 19th, 2011

On Saturday, August 20th Team Sustainable Nantucket will be at Jetties Beach bright and early to participate in Nantucket’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Our enthusiastic team members include staff, interns, and volunteers: LeeAnne Richard, Rachael Callahan, Nora Harrington, Mei Mei Hunter, Mariah MacKenzie, Lily Metcalfe, tammy Sadot, Bob Schmid, and Michelle Whelan. Rest up tonight, guys, you have a big day ahead of you! (more…)

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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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

2011 Vendor Deadline Approaching

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Farmers & Artisans Market vendor handbooks and applications for the 2011 season are now available! Forms can be downloaded from our web site, picked up at our office at 14 Federal Street, or can sent by email or regular mail if requested. Click here to download forms.

The Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market is entering its 5th season and welcomes applications from returning as well as first time participants. More information on the Market can be found here.

The deadline to qualify for a discounted vendor fee is May 2 2011. The vendor fee for applications received on or by May 2 is $125.00; the vendor fee for applications received after May 2 is $150.00.

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…)

Sense of Place Film Series Schedule

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Our Sense of Place Documentary Film Series is co-sponsored by the Nantucket Athenuem. The series runs September through May, and films are shown once a month in the Great Hall of the Nantucket Atheneum. The film series focuses on issues of sustainability, environment, economy, agriculture and more. We are proud to be able to present Nantucketers with some of the finest award-winning documentaries that address issues that reflect Sustainable Nantucket’s mission.

Light refreshments and a Q&A or discussion period featuring local experts typically follow each film. The film series has become a wonderful community-building activity for our off-season population and visitors alike.

2010/2011 Film Schedule:

Films start at 7PM, admission is free, and all are welcome. Light refreshments are served.

October 22 – No Impact Man : Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year.

November 19 – Dirt! The Movie : DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

December 10 – Fuel : Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil.

January 14 – Tapped : Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is a unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

February 11 – The End Of The Line : The world’s first major documentary about the devestating effect of overfishing premiered at Sundance Film Festival.

March 18 – Gasland : The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

April 29 – Fresh : FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Volunteer at the Market

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Sustainable Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market would not be possible without the help of volunteers. If you have some free time on Saturdays, we’d welcome your help. You can volunteer for as little or as much time as fits into your schedule. During market season we need assistance with:

  • Setting up and breaking down
  • Manning our SN table
  • Posting signs
  • Assisting shoppers with surveys

And more!

We occasionally need help with projects in the off-season as well.

Interested? Click here to download a volunteer form, or you can contact us.