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Music and Gardening: Green City Night, Oct. 3

We need help shovelers and planters to plant an apple tree, herbs,
blueberries, and water-cleaning plants
We have 4 shovels, bring some if you can.
Even 15 minutes of shoveling will be helpful!
Contact Carol or Mark for more info: or

Green City Night flyer–please post!

(Chuck Smiler suggests we will make pesto from this summer’s city harvest of pesto!)


Gardening & Music to honor the waters

5 to 9 pm • Friday, October 3
Wings Court, Downtown New Bedford
Enter on Purchase Street or Union Street • FREE

Help dig and plant the Wings Court EcoGarden, a landscape
that cleans water

Celebrate music to protect the water
with a preview of the Taunton River Folk Festival,
honoring the source of New Bedford’s water

5-5:45: Ragtime Jack Radcliffe
5:45-6:30: Tesseract, folk harmonies
6:30-7:15: Louis Leeman, singer-songwriter
7:15-8: The Jethros:, bluegrass
8-8:45: U.S. Sam, blues and rock
Also: Providence Phoenix Female vocalist of the year 2007 Maria
Ventura, Lonesome Steve Ventura, and Don Barry

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast,
Taunton River Folk Festival, and NB Green/Verde. or 508-999-0691,,

Sustainable food discussion groups and workshops

Menu for the Future – a 6 week discussion circle with readings collected and assembled by the Northwest Earth Institute exploring the connection between food and sustainability.

Introductory meeting Tuesday Sept 9th at 6:30 PM – Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747.
We’ll then meet for 6 Tuesdays from Sept. 23rd through Oct 28th.

Register on or before Sept. 23rd. $25 fee for reading materials (scholarships available)

More info on readings – NWEI Course Offerings – Menu for the Future

Any Questions, Please Contact Derek at 508-992-1868 or (see our blog for other happenings:

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 Sept 15 – Soil Testing and Fall Cover Crops
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Fossil-Fuel Independence Day!!! July 4

download poster (We’ll leave poster board in Bristol Hall starting Monday. Folks can take pieces to make their energy-vision posters. We’ll also try to provide a sample poster. Or, make a poster on July 4! We’ll put them up on a clothesline to be viewed.)

In the city where the U.S. began its trajectory to petroleum fuel dependence…

Independence Day
July 4
Envision local, clean, peaceful renewable energy!
4to 9 pm • Friday, July 4 • Free
Wings Court in Downtown New Bedford
(Enter the courtyard on Purchase or Union streets)

– Live music
– Large eco-sculptures
– Poetry and ceremony to bless the earth
– Make, post and view posters of local visions for a clean renewable energy future
– Help dig and install a raingarden (and other tasks)
– Information and conversations about biofuels, solar-heated water, weatherization, rainbarrels, low-cost heat, wind energy, bicycling, public transit and more!
– Petition for a city Energy Committee
– Information tables at Summerfest, July 5

4 pm: Bobby Lee
5-7 pm: Sing Out singalong (a First Fridays event) in Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase St.
7 pm: Mark Moniz
8 pm: U.S. SAM

6 pm: Earth-honoring ceremony to bless the earth and our city
6:30 pm: Making and posting energy posters. Digging the Wings Court rain-
garden to treat stormwater (shovels invited). Signing the energy petition.

Hosted by First Fridays, Sustainable SouthCoast, NB Green/Verde,
A.C.C.E.S.S. Art and City Repair Project

Rain location: Bristol Hall, 752 Purchase Street

Volunteers, posters, garden workers and artists needed!

Contact: or 508-999-0691

Sustainable Design and Permaculture: April 18, Free

Sustainable Design and Permaculture
A Free Introductory Talk for Earth Day 2008!
Friday, April 18 • 6:30 to 8 pm with discussion afterward
752 Purchase Street, Bristol Building Hall next to the Green Bean Café, New Bedford
Get a jump on the growing season and hear an overview of ways to garden/farm and landscape your land fruitfully and sustainably! Hear about spiral gardens, rain collection, city gardens, gardening abundantly with little water (and little effort!), and gardening with perennials. Hear about design principles and systems you can easily apply to your home, farm, workplace, and community to help you live well in the city or the country.
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Support Senate No. 1230 to prevent lead poisoning—and ask for insulation

A letter from Sustainable SouthCoast member Dave Gould
to Senators Patricia Jehlen and Mark Montigny

I read with interest as the local landlord association squirmed via email over your proposed legislation regarding lead. I too own a three-family and lead fortunately has not been a problem with our property. We replaced the windows years ago and the previous owners were heavy users of wall paper. There is no old paint between the wallpaper and the old horsehair plaster. I can’t say if the old plaster is lead contaminated, but I doubt it. I am relying on the fact that the local health board would have made an issue by now if it was; considering the age of New Bedford’s housing stock.
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