- October 2 Thu - November 13 Thu: Green Your Business - Six Class Series New Bedford, MA
- October 3 Fri - September 23 Tue: Eat the View Northampton, MA
- October 4 Sat - October 5 Sun: Harvest Festival North Stonington, CT
- October 11 Sat - October 13 Mon: Apple Festival Little Compton, RI
- October 18 Sat: Great Barns of Glocester Tour Chepachet, RI
- October 18 Sat - October 19 Sun: Gourmet Beef on Grass Conference Jamestown, RI
- October 18 Sat: Farm to Fork 4K Seekonk, MA
- October 20 Mon: Know Your Vegetables Dartmouth, MA
- October 24 Fri - October 26 Sun: Bioneers by the Bay Conference New Bedford, MA
- October 24 Fri - October 26 Sun: RI Local Foods and Sustainability Weekend Middletown, RI
- October 31 Fri: Cafe Conversation: Urban Food Providence, RI
GREEN YOUR BUSINESS - To attract customers, to gain competitive advantage, to increase profitability
Companies are going green because it makes business sense. Learn how you can position your enterprise to be resilient in the face of declining supplies and increasing prices of energy, water, and other resources. After this class you‚ll return to work with an understanding of how to calculate, evaluate, and reduce your organization's environmental impact establishing your business as a leader in your industry.
HOW YOU WILL BENEFIT
Understandgreen‚ terms that are becoming the language of the 21st century.
Understand what an organization‚s ecological footprint is.
Learn how a green strategy can complement and enhance current strategies.
Learn green purchasing and about environmental-friendly options.
Learn how to create short- and long-term savings.
Learn how to communicate your organization's environmental responsibility to customers, suppliers, the community, regulators, and other interested parties.
WHAT YOU WILL COVER
Benefits of being a green enterprise.
Environmental auditing: conducting, interpreting and using the results.
Principles of eco-effectiveness: beyond conservation and efficiency.
Reducing energy use.
Reducing water use.
Eco-labeling, green business certification, green communications.
Transforming your organization into a green enterprise.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Board members, CEOs, CFOs, COOs, departmental managers, and individuals with
an interest in or responsibility for greening for-profit and non-profit enterprises, institutions, government agencies.
Glenn Bachman is a certified management consultant and certified planner with more than 30 years of consulting experience. He works with organizations to transform them into sustainable enterprises that create enduring value. Bachman is the author of The Green Business Guide, which
will be published this winter.
CLASS DATES AND TOPICS
October 2 Green Enterprise: Environmental Context, Attributes, Benefits.
October 9 Planning the Transformation: Environmental audit, Green as Strategy.
October 23 Water Effectiveness: Supply, consumption, Efficiency.
October 30 Energy Effectiveness: Supply, Consumption, Efficiency, Production.
November 6 Resources: Green facilities, Eco-products, Materials management, Zero waste.
November 13 Synthesis: Eco-labeling, Certification, Promoting the Green Enterprise.
*All classes run from 8:30 -11am
Fee: $95.00 for all 6 classes, including materials and certificate. $20.00 per class. Scholarships available.
Class size is limited and preference will be given to individuals from New Bedford organizations.
Hosted by UMD Office of Campus Community and Sustainability. SEEAL (Southesatern Environmental Education Alliance), City of New Bedford at the UMass Dartmouth - Downtown New Bedford Campus: 800 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA.
Contact Jennifer Marshall at (508) 493-4343 or by e-mail for more information.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) invites you to Eat the View, A celebration of the beauty and bounty of our local landscape
• A welcome reception featuring an array of hors
d’oeuvres created by our local restaurateurs
• Live music by the Pioneer Valley Symphony
• A sumptuous buffet dinner prepared by The
Black Sheep, made with fresh Local Hero
ingredients and served with local wines, beer,
• A special kick-off to CISA’s 15th anniversary year
• A live auction called by celebrated area
auctioneer and former WGBY-TV host Roy Scott
(Preview selected auction items at
www.buylocalfood.com starting September 15.)
Hosted by CISA (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture) at the Garden House at Look Park: 300 North Main, Northampton, MA.
Contact Jennifer Williams at (413) 665-7100 or by e-mail for more information.
Saturday, October 4 3:00PM - Sunday, October 5 9:00PM | North Stonington, CT | directions
Harvest Festival October 4th and 5th 12-6 both days.
Don't miss this! The annual celebration of our grape harvest! Enjoy live music (Village Jammers with NY FUNK Exchange, and Hoolio with Sugar!), gourmet food vendors and local artisans while sampling our latest Jonathan Edwards vintages. A family friendly event with pumpkin painting and hayrides for kids, and Grape Stomping Contests for the adults! Tickets are good for both days and $18 in advance and $20 at the door.(Kids under 21 free with a parent.) Call the winery Wednesday- Sunday from 11-5(business hours) to purchase your tickets over the phone. (860) 535-2662
Hosted by Jonathan Edwards Winery at the Jonathan Edwards Winery: 74 Chester Maine Rd, North Stonington, CT.
Contact mike kelleher at (860) 535-0202 or by e-mail for more information.
Saturday, October 11 3:00PM - Monday, October 13 8:00PM | Little Compton, RI | directions
Apple Pickin and Bluegrass Music Festival
3 days of bluegrass music, apple pickin, food,hayrides , Kids Fun Run on the Farm and The Best Ever Apple Pie Contest! See our web site for details......Enjoy a fun filled day on our farm.
Hosted by Young Family Farm at the Young Family Farm: 260 West Main Road, Little Compton, RI.
Contact Karla Young at (401) 635-0110 or by e-mail for more information.
Self guided tour of 12 privately owned barns in Glocester, Rhode Island. Visit barns representing a range of styles, ages and uses. From horse barn to sheep barn, workshop to retail shop, the 4th Annual Great Barns of Glocester allows a peek into a variety of barn structures. We've added new barns to the tour this year.
The tour is $10 per person, $20 per family and is a fund raiser for the Glocester Manton Library. Bring a lunch and enjoy a day in the country!
Hosted by Glocester Manton Library at the Glocester Manton Library: 1137 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI.
Contact John Pitocco at (401) 568-6077 or by e-mail for more information.
Raising and, more importantly, selling grass fed beef is the subject of a weekend meeting and Pasture Walk in October sponsored by the
North American Devon Association.
"Gourmet Beef on Grass II' is set for October 18-19 in South Kingstown and nearby Watson Farm in Jamestown. The first day of the seminar features speakers on the proper grass, the proper cow and marketing, culminating in a show and
sale of select females. The second day,
at historic Watson Farm, includes pasture walks, chute demonstrations, and a judging contest.
There is a great lineup of speakers, led by the President of the North American Devon Association, Gerald Fry, who will have just
returned from the World Devon Congress in Australia. We look forward to his
tales from down under. Abe Collins, a Vermont farmer and specialist with Holistic Management International, will be talking about The Proper Pasture. Gearld will detail what to look for in The Proper Cow for a grass based farm operation.
The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with six farmers and ranchers who will share their methods of developing and maintaining
profitability. The panelists:
* Roger Fortin, Little Alaska Farm in Leeds Junction, ME. Fortin started marketing grass fed long ago and for the past years has been running his own on-farm butcher shop and store.
* Julia Widdowson, Millbrook, NY. Widdowson is a Milking Devon breeder and now owns a restaurant named Red Devon. They also sell produce locally.
* Michael Gourlay, Hardwick Beef in Massachusetts. Hardwick beef is an aggregator of product from a number of producers and will detail pricing systems.
* Jeremy Engh, of Lakota Ranch in Virginia. Lakota Ranch is the largest seed stock Devon breeder in the country and Engh will not only talk about marketing but a new venture in aggregating calves for a major opportunity.
* Mike Scannell, of Harrier Fields Farm has been very successful selling grass fed beef both at the retail and wholesale level and will talk about
creating value and cost/benefit ratios.
* Jim Booth of Aquidneck Farm in Portsmouth, RI has developed a solid, profitable natural beef operation that you¹ll be able to take home and put
right to work.
The event then moves to the Washington County Fairgrounds in Richmond for the Saturday Night Select Sale. Dinner will be served by Big Bone Barbeque and there will be plenty of time to view
some of the top Devon animals in the East
before the Select Sale begins. Even if you are not buying it is a great time to see quality livestock and network with farmers and ranchers from all over the country.
Historic New England¹s Watson Farm in Jamestown is the host for the Sunday program. Farm Managers Heather and Don Minto have been grass farming for 28 years and have used many techniques over the years to achieve remarkable results. Don Minto will be joined by Abe Collins and Dr. Will Winter of Tall
Grass Beef as they tour the picturesque and historic farm whose pastures are a
model of innovative ways to use forage, fertilizers, fencing and water systems to produce quality grass fed beef in a cost-effective manner. Gearld Fry
will demonstrate linier measuring at the chutes and discuss how to judge and select
cattle. This will be a tremendous opportunity for one-on-one interactions with these grass-fed experts. Sunday will also feature a ³Locavore¹s Lunch² with a seasonal menu supplied by local producers.
The two-day meeting, which begins at the Holiday Inn, South Kingstown, RI Saturday, October 18 at 8 a.m. is open to a limited number of participants.
Cost for both days, including meals, is just $99. Pre registration is required. Single day registrations are $69 for Saturday and $45 for Sunday.
Hosted by North American Devon Association at the Watson Family Farm: 455 North Road, Jamestown, RI.
Contact Don Minto at (401) 423-0005 or by e-mail for more information.
Farm to Fork 4K
Saturday, October 18 | 5:00PM - 8:00PM | Seekonk, MA | directions
How far did your carrot travel from the ground to get to your plate? Was it 3,000 miles? One hundred miles? What about just 4K?
On Saturday, October 18th, you can go the distance of your local fruits and veggies to support the work of Farm Fresh Rhode Island.
Join Farm Fresh RI and the Gordon School for a day of family fun and good food on Four Town Farm. At 2pm, there will be a 4K walk/run (plus a shorter course for the smaller kids), followed by games, snacks, farm tours, a raffle, and more.
The event will cost $5 for individuals, and $15 for families. More info to come, but mark your calendars!
Hosted by Farm Fresh RI and The Gordon School at the Four Town Farm: 90 George Street, Seekonk, MA.
Contact Christie Moulton at (401) 863-6509 or by e-mail for more information.
Know Your Vegetables
A Monthly Conversation Series Focusing on Small-Scale Vegetable Production.
We invite you (home gardeners, foodies, farmers, anybody who enjoys
vegetables young and old) to join us in a free discussion series on a range of topics related to vegetable production.
Monday October 20 ¬ Fall Fertilizers and Composting
For more information or to RSVP please contact Brix Bounty Farm
Hosted by Brix Bounty Farm at the Brix Bounty Farm: 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA.
Contact Derek Christianson at (508) 992-1868 for more information.
Bioneers Farmers Market, all three days, 11am - 4pm. (Meet the local growers and food artisans who helped provide the lunches)
The Fourth Annual Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change conference is presented
by the Marion Institute in the historic Downtown of New Bedford, MA, on October 24-26, 2008. Bioneers by the Bay: Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.
Delicious all Local food lunches provided by SEMAP and Fine Catering by Russell Morin.
Hosted by Marion Institute at the Downtown New Bedford: 684 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA.
Contact General Information at (508) 748-0816 or by e-mail for more information.
RI Local Foods and Sustainability Weekend
Friday, October 24 9:00PM - Sunday, October 26 4:00PM | Middletown, RI | directions
Join the Norman Bird Sanctuary on a fully-guided sensory journey of Rhode Island’s local food movement. This inaugural trip of the sanctuary’s new ecotourism program promises to be an entertaining and educational experience! This adventure-filled weekend takes guests through some of the state’s most picturesque scenery and includes tours of Newport Biodiesel, Matunuck Oyster Farm, and the historic Cliff Walk. The Norman Bird Sanctuary and its tour partners have worked hard to make sure this program is run sustainably, offsetting their carbon emissions and utilizing local businesses as much as possible.
The tour price includes accommodations, meals (except Saturday evening), transportation during the tour, and all programming fees.
For more information about the RI Local Foods and Sustainability Weekend please call (401) 846-2577 or visit www.NormanBirdSanctuary.org
Hosted by The Norman Bird Sanctuary at the The Norman Bird Sanctuary: 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown, RI.
Contact Caitlin Luderer at (401) 846-2577 for more information.
Cafe Conversation: Urban Food
Friday, October 31 | 11:30AM - 3:00PM | Providence, RI | directions
he discussion of urban food begins with this question: how will urban centers respond to the emerging demand of producing their own food? Dramatically changing conditions are driving us to this question: corn in ethanol, more people on the planet, and a growing sophistication in food tastes globally.
One answer is creating the self-sustainable city, where city people eat city- or regionally-grown food. In our cities, it is time to act now to ensure the future! Practices for urban agriculture stretch from simple, urban back yard gardens, roof gardens, vertical farming and sky-vegetables - and more.
Please bring one or more of the following non-perishable items (listed below) as a donation for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Items needed are cereal, rice, peanut butter, tuna, canned vegetables or fruit, soup, pasta and pasta sauce. Your help is really appreciated.
Format: Our conversation begins at 8:30 with coffee, munchies, and a social gathering with the following agenda starting at 9:00:
* Multi-media show on conditions, current practices, and wild ideas/solutions
* A roundtable conversation with:
o Josh Miller of Local 121
o Greg Gerritt of the Urban Agriculture Task Force in Providence
o Catherine Ady from Woonsocket City Planning
* Learning café conversation on issues that matter to you
The formal program ends at 11:00...You are invited to stay until 12:00 to further link projects and develop networks on the whole place topics you care about.
Hosted by New Commons at the New Commons: 56 Pine St., Providence, RI.
Contact Jackie Fellow at (401) 351-7110 or by e-mail for more information.