Inspiration from the 2014 Connecting For Change Conference
by Mike Gioscia
Twenty years ago The Marion Institute, a non-profit organization in Marion MA., was created to “work with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in the areas of health and healing, sustainability, green economics, environmental education, spirituality and much more”.
After ten years of prodigious work with various campaigns both local and world wide, like the Zero Emission Research Initiative, Welcome Home Project, Green Belt Movement, and Yoga Kids, the Institute decided to hit the streets of New Bedford for a special gathering of artists, farmers, activists, speakers, students, and more, for a fantastic conference and street fair called Connecting for Change.
Rye Tavern, Plymouth MA
by Tatum McIsaac
We turned around twice, despite the signs. After all, you don’t expect to find a fine dining establishment tucked away down a long dirt road. The Rye Tavern, however, is just that: worth turning around for and pretty unexpected.
Local Farms Growing Food for Autumn thru Deep Winter.
Apponagansett Farm fall CSA share
Has your local farmers’ market finished for the season? Or, has your summer CSA farm share made its last distribution? Or, perhaps you have always wanted to try out a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but the long summer season just doesn’t fit your schedule? Well now is your chance! You can enjoy locally raised vegetables and meats thru the deep winter by subscribing to a farm for a “share”. The farmer then reserves a share of the harvest and storage crops for you to pick up at the farm on given days. Each farm has their own style and schedule, check out the list below for details:
A Guide for Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds in Autumn
By Monica O’Malley-Tavares
Saving Vegetable Seeds
It’s that time of year, when gardeners are curing late harvest squash, and are enjoying late variety tomatoes and peppers, and perhaps a second planting of beans and lettuces. It’s also clean up time. But before pulling everything out, we can plan and store a bit for next spring’s garden. Saving seeds can be fun, a money saver, and can help your plants to adapt to your garden.
By Martha Dupuis
Pumpkin display at Williams Trading Post
The crisp autumn days are perfect for gardening. The heat and humidity of summer has waned and yet the soil temperatures are still warm, making fall a perfect time to plant. Gardeners are energized as we welcome all the colors of autumn and consider the vision of next season in our gardens. Let’s get busy, here’s how.
By Tatum McIsaac
There’s Still Time! The Norwell Farmers’ Market runs FRIDAYS through October 10th, 2-6pm. Westside Farm of Duxbury will be at the market on October 3rd and 10th offering pony rides for the kids. Norwell’s Holiday Farmers’ Market takes place on consecutive Sundays from November 23rd – December 14th at the South Shore Natural Science Center.
One of the most colorful aspects of summer in New England is the arrival and abundance of farmers’ markets. I was first introduced to them in my 20s, on occasional weekend trips to visit family in Waitsfield, VT. I loved the energy of the markets – with dozens of local farmers and makers proudly sharing their passion for food, art and everything in between, with the community. Now that I have children of my own, farmers’ markets take on a whole new meaning for me. They’re a source of fresher-than-fresh produce, healthy alternatives to just about any conventional snack, and a source of great camaraderie and pride for neighborhoods and towns throughout the state. Continue reading
Autumn Meals from a South Coast Garden
By Monica O’Malley-Tavares
As nights grow colder and autumn drapes her colorful gown across the meadow and down the hill toward the woods, I find myself fighting the change of seasons. For this lifelong gardener, I revel in the planning and planting of springtime, in the tending and coddling and harvesting of summer. Unfortunately, for many years I viewed autumn as the enemy, as an ending. In recent years I have decided instead to buck the seasonal bronco and embrace the uniqueness of each season, in its time. Continue reading
By Eve R. Green.
Hungry again and craving cheese during a recent visit to the Easton Farmers’ Market, we were drawn to the Foxboro Cheese table to investigate the day’s offerings. Local cheese is sometimes challenging to find, so we were thrilled to see that Foxboro Cheese was not only selling their own products but also an assortment of cheese made by fellow area artisans.