Posts Tagged ‘specialty food production’

Sustainable Nantucket is Grateful Recipient of Grant Support

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Sustainable Nantucket would like to thank the following organizations for their recent, generous grant awards:

ReMain Nantucket has awarded SN a $7,500 grant, designed to aid SN in remaining in our downtown offices in 2012. Clif Bar Family Foundation has awarded SN a $5,000 grant to be used for operating expenses. The Agua Fund has awarded SN a $3,000 grant to be used for operating expenses. The Community Foundation of Nantucket has awarded SN a $1,000 grant to assist with our Farm to School Program.

Sustainable Nantucket would like to express our sincere gratitude to these organizations for their generous support of our mission, vision and programs.

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…)

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 Wraps Up First Season of Mid-Island Farmers Market

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The first season of Sustainable Nantucket’s Mid-Island Farmers Market at 113 Pleasant Street has come to a close, but SN staff and volunteers, encouraged by the positive response to the Market, are already thinking ahead to the 2012 season. (more…)

Helping the Garden Grow – Summer Camp at the NES Garden

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This Summer, Sustainable Nantucket donated time to the Community School’s Summer Day Camp. Farm to School Interns Maria King and Elizabeth Murphy taught campers about planting, weeding, & cultivating in the Nantucket Elementary School garden, and guided them through a number of fun educational activities and projects focused around the garden. (more…)

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…)

Go Green & Get Healthy! Take a Nantucket Bike Tour & Find Our Farms!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
This August, Nantucket Bike Tours is offering a very unique way to experience the Island – on two wheels with their cycling tour of local farms! Join Nantucket Bike Tours for a scenic pedal around the Island, meet local farmers and see firsthand where our food is grown! Let the experienced guides from NBT take you around to our sites with their comfortable bikes and easy pace. These tours are available to all levels.

Pickled Green – August Demos & Raffle

Friday, August 5th, 2011

August is Pickled Green month at the Farmers & Artisans Market! Buy a ticket for a chance to win our Pickled Green Raffle; the prize includes: Nantucket Grown shopping bag; Discovery Kit; canning basics book; and cucumbers for your own pickling projects. We’ll also be handing out a free beginners’ guide to canning and other goodies. The raffle drawing will be held Saturday, August 27th at the end of the Market day.

Demonstrations for August include:

August 13th – Making Pickles

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.

(more…)