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Almanac Archive for Aug. 10, 2010

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Save the Date!

Living Local Harvest Fest
Sat­urday, October 2nd 2010.
10:00 -3:00

Identification of Island Species

Friday and Saturday,
October 1 & 2
9am - 3pm

Polly Hill Arboretum
Join PHA research associate Melissa Dow Cullina for this intensive two-day workshop. Space is limited and pre-registration required. Bring a brown bag lunch. $120/$100 for PHA members. $80 for professionals associated with Island land management or conservation.

Cycle Martha's Vineyard

October 2, 2010
The 100k route circuits the island traveling along the Atlantic Ocean, Nantucket Sound, rolling farmland and State Forest. The 50k route also offers breathtaking views of Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. All roads are paved. Begins at 9:30 am.  $100 fee benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard.
For More Information:
Email:     cyclemarthasvineyard@gmail.com
Website:    http://www.cyclemarthasvineyard.org/

Fall's Wild Edibles
October 7 - November 4   

Martha's Vineyard has a cornucopia of wild foods. Join Suzan Bellincampi and learn how to identify and prepare wild edibles that can be found in your backyard and island neighborhood. Co-sponsored by ACE MV. $135 for 5 classes. Register at www.acemv.org
In Season Recipes

Local Sauteed Greens
(like wild winter cress, Beet or Turnip Greens, Swiss Chard, Spinach or Kale)
6 cups - Greens, washed and roughly torn into pieces
1 - Medium-sized onion
2 tbsp. - Oil
2 tbsp. - Vinegar
1 tbsp. - Molasses or brown sugar
Steam the greens or cook them briefly in just the water that clings to the leaves after washing them.  

Drain thoroughly.

Cut the greens coarsely with a knife and set aside.
Chop the onion and sauté it in the oil until golden.  In a small bowl, mix the vinegar and the molasses, then add the mixture to the onion and heat thoroughly.  

Add the greens, mix well and heat again before serving.
-Tad Crawford
Living Local

Conserved Farm Land in West Tisbury

The standard definition of sustainability involves the idea bringing consumption patterns within levels that can be sustained into the future –indefinitely. This weekend, VCS is joining with partners and members of the community who share the goal of creating a future built around principles of balance, sustainability, protecting natural assets, and working together to nurture a healthy sense of place.

What does that mean?
For VCS, sustainability means being as self-reliant and self-aware about what we do in everyday life as much as possible.  

Building a workable definition of "sustainability" in the context of Martha’s Vineyard must involve safeguarding the integrity of our natural resource support system. That means protecting land through acquisition or restriction to keep it from being consumed. It is a responsible strategy and one which makes good economic sense.

Join us for a celebration of sustainability at the Living Local Harvest Fest!

For several years, Living Local co-sponsoring groups (Vineyard Conservation Society, Vineyard Energy Project, Island Grown Initiative and the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society) pursued independent activities aimed at promoting sustainability and "re-localization". These included the Vineyard Conservation Society's annual Farm Day open house featuring local farms, the Ag Society's Harvest Fest, and collaborations focusing on Energy and Sustainability. In 2006, all these groups partnered to launch the first Living Local Harvest Fest, which was tremendously well received by the community.

Locals on top of the hay bale maze at the LLHV 2009

The festival will be held at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury
Sat­urday, October 2nd 2010. The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 3rd.
Click HERE for more information

Event Notables


VCS Winter Walk at the Frances Newhall Woods Sanctuary

The First VCS Winter Walk of the season will kick-off at the Harvest Fest at 12:45 pm:
Executive Director Brendan O'Neill will lead the family friendly walk
of the protected open space around the Ag Hall including the adjacent Frances Newhall Woods Sanctuary.

Children's Book-swap
There will be a children's book swap table so bring up to 5 books and exchange them for up to 5 more!

Appliance exchange
Cape Light Compact will be hosting an appliance exchange bring in your old inefficient dehumidifiers and air conditioners and get a rebate for new energy efficient ones!

Community Pot Luck
6pm – 10pm at the Agricultural Hall. Kindly organized by the Ag Hall Society and Slow Food M. Please join your community for a homegrown potluck supper.  Bring a dish and enjoy great food and great company!

Volunteers needed!
We need volunteers for various jobs, please let us know if you would like to help out. A few examples of tasks below:
  • helping at the "children's book swap" table
  • set up/ clean up
  • helping with zero waste (setting up/breaking down waste stations, monitoring of waste stations)
  • facilitating ebb and flow of scheduled events
If you'd like to volunteer please email Signe at info@vineyardconservation.org 

Other Local News

Ponds in Peril

Tisbury Great Pond

On Thursday, Sept 2nd, Andrew Gottlieb spoke to the MV Water Alliance on issues concerning wastewater planning and treatment, the Estuaries Project, and the imminent legal action by the Conservation Law Foundation to speed up the pace of protecting our ponds. Andrew is the Executive Director of the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative and is well versed in the subject matter we are deeply concerned about on the Vineyard. Click HERE to see what he said.
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