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Almanac Archive for March 10, 2017

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Dine to Donate at Offshore Ale
Thursday, March 23

Gather with friends and family at Offshore Ale and help support the local land protection and environmental advocacy work of VCS -- all while enjoying some good food and brews!

The benefit is all day (lunch from 11:30 to 4:00 and dinner from 5:00 to 8:30), but you must bring your own copy of the "Dine-to-Donate" ticket to show to your server. You can either print it yourself or show it on your phone, but Offshore's rules prohibit us from passing them out at the event. The alehouse is located just off Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs. For more info, email VCS.

Conservation Calendar

Grazing & Conservation
A food and open space conversation

photo: Flat Point Farm, Nov. 2016
Monday, March 13, 6:30 - 9:00 pm, West Tisbury.
A public event featuring a series of short talks and discussions led by experts in agriculture and conservation on topics including grazing, local food production, and open space conservation on the Vineyard and beyond. Free, at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury, for more info see poster.

Winter Tree Identification

Saturday, March 18, 9:00 - noon, West Tisbury.

Fewer than three dozen types of trees are native to Martha’s Vineyard. Can you identify all of them . . . in winter? Would you like to be able to? If so, join PHA horticulturist/arborist Ian Jochems for an introductory class to learn the basics of ID'ing the regularly encountered trees on the island. This class will involve an indoor component as well as an outdoor component during which students will put their new knowledge and skills to use, so please dress for the weather. At the Polly Hill Arboretum, $30 ($25 for PHA members); space is limited, so please call (508) 693-9426 to register.


 
Local News

This Sunday: Family Fun & Nature Exploration at Featherstone

Silas Abrams and his creation at Sense of Wonder in Vineyard Haven, site of our final  Winter Walk in 2014. (More photos from previous kids' walks in 2013 and 2014

For our final Winter Walk of the season, this Sunday (March 12) VCS is collaborating with Featherstone Center for the Arts for a special family-friendly event. Children of all ages are invited to gather “found objects” while we take a short hike around the nearby conservation land. Afterward, back at the Children's Art Studio, warm up by the fire with hot chocolate and cookies while Featherstone's own Miss Lani guides kids in the creation of mirrored hand-cut mosaics made from their own natural treasures.

The walk will set out from the Featherstone parking area at 1:00. Space is limited, so please pre-register via email.

VCS has been sponsoring free guided walks for thirty years; they are traditionally from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on the second Sunday of the month from November through March.
Other News

Bigger! Better! Faster!
The Uphill Battle Against Waste  


"Prices for things we want have been deflating, while the cost of things we need have been going up. Mobile phones, computers and flat-panel TV are better and dollar-for-dollar cheaper than ever. The same is true for cars . . . But those are mostly wants. When it comes to needs it’s a different story. Housing, even after the 2008-09 crack up, is expensive. Rentals have gone straight up as home ownership has fallen. The costs of education have skyrocketed, and show no signs of slowing. Medical and health-insurance costs are among the fastest-rising of all consumer expenses."

As we try to reduce waste, both of materials and energy, we often decry the high-consumption culture that makes it such an uphill battle. But what the above quote from financial analyst and writer Barry Ritholtz reveals is that while humanity’s collective consumerism is a prime driver of nearly every environmental problem, for too many of us, the modern global economy has made it rather sensible on an individual level. Filling a thousand wants for the price of one need seems like a bargain too good to pass up. (Interestingly, Ritholtz’ column is not on the environment at all, but rather a look at how the middle class can feel threatened despite enjoying greater creature comforts than the royalty of yesteryear.)

Recognizing that particular economic (and psychological) challenge, we would urge that the well-worn slogan “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” is as relevant and important as ever – as long as we remember that those words come in that order for a good reason. No more cheery green circles, egalitarian as they may be. The thought process needs to be:

 
1. Reduce

2. Reuse

3. Recycle
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Original content by Jeremy Houser unless otherwise noted.
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