“Sustainability” and business

  I usually listen to Chris Brogan‘s podcast because he has great stuff to say about being a human doing business with humans. But I have to share yesterday’s episode with you because he’s talking sustainability with John Blue of Truffle Media. Listen here. The real juicy part for me was around minutes 18-26, where John goes into some background on the National Organic Program, and the increasingly meaningless use of words like “natural”, “sustainable”, “local”, and “family-owned”….

Maple Syrup Brunch!

Groundworks Somerville is hosting their second annual Maple Syrup Project Brunch Fundraiser this Saturday, Dec. 4th at the Independent in Union Square, Somerville. They say it better than I can: Brunch will be served from 10am-4pm on Saturday and 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Somerville Maple Syrup Project! The seasonal menu will feature maple-inspired offerings such as Maple sausage Belgian waffle, Maple pancake breakfast wrap with scrambled eggs and bacon, French toast…

Maple Sugaring in the City

Last weekend, I attended Russells’ Winter Fair to educate guests about organic landcare and NOFA.  I shared a table with Natick Community Organic Farm, which is hosting a maple sugaring festival this Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m..  They’ll start out with a pancake breakfast, then demonstrate Native American and Colonial sugaring techniques, as well as offering tours of their modern maple sugaring operation. This year, even city-dwellers seem to be taking note of…

Harvest Day

In response to the current edible-landscaping craze, we’ve planted and maintained a few vegetable gardens this year.  Today, the last of the goodies came inside — a crop of carrots, radishes, and other cool-season veggies. There are still some good-looking kale, parsley, and bokchoy out there in containers, and it’s time for potted herbs to come indoors. If you are dreaming of starting or enlarging your own garden next spring, now is a good time…

November Events

As the landscaping season winds down, there are many opportunities to start dreaming and planning for next year.  Imagine a space that will nourish the body and soul, while reducing utility bills! Healing Spaces:  The Science of Place and Well-Being – Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. Trinity Church (Copley Square), Boston.  Ester M. Sternberg, M.D., National Institutes of Health, will explore how surroundings—a theme park, concert hall, cathedral, labyrinth or garden—can trigger or reduce…

NOFA Fundraising Dinner 11/14

The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) hosts its first annual fundraising dinner, “NOFA Nourishes Massachusetts” on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at The Bull Run Restaurant (215 Great Road/Rt. 2A, Shirley MA)  Purchase tickets now: $100 member/$125 non-member. Evening program includes: 6:00pm: Silent Auction and cocktails 7:15pm: A multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Bull Run Chef, consisting of local and organic ingredients from Massachusetts farmers and producers. 8:15: Speakers and Live Auction….

MA Local Food Co-op Accepting Orders

Although CSA subscriptions are becoming quite common, finding local dairy, eggs, and meat can be a challenge.  For folks in the MetroWest area and beyond, here’s an update from Kelley O’Connor, founder of the Massachusetts Local Food Cooperative: MA Local Food‘s August ordering cycle is now open featuring almost 400 products. You will find everything from Beef, Pork, Beefalo, Lamb, Herbs, Breads, Jams and Preserves, National Award Winning Cheese, Coffee, Tea, Gluten-free products, Desserts and…