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Quote of the Week
In 1950, the average house size was 900-1000 square feet. In 2004 it was 2300 square feet. The average number of people living in a house in 1950 was 3.7, today it is only 2.6. So, we have houses as much as 2.5 or more times larger, but with a third less people living in them. The additional construction has required much more material and energy and has produced much greater carbon emissions.
MassachusettsEstuaries Project Results ARE IN for Sengekontacket and Farm Ponds
See accompanying story
Sengekontacket: Wednesday, April 27 at 3:00 pm Martha's Vineyard Commission
The results will include very important data and analysis on the sewering of Ocean Heights and Arbutus Park developments.
Farm Pond: Friday, April 29 at 3:00 pm Martha's VineyardCommission
Local & Sustainable
Thursday, April 28
Oak Bluffs Library 6:30 p.m.
Panel discussion, “Local & Sustainable”
Participants: Farm Institute, Morning Glory Farm, Island Grown Initiative, Whippoorwill Farm CSA, Native Earth Teaching Farm, Edible Vineyard Magazine. Nis Kildegaard, moderator.
Free and all are welcome.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Oak Bluffs, April 27 11 a.m.
Book discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (with MV Sustainable Book Club). Discussion led by Dawn Braasch, owner of the Bunch of Grapes. Followed by a “Local” lunch
Free and all are welcome
Work for Wildlife Volunteer Day
Saturday April 30, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary
Spend some time giving back by working on any one of these three 'Work for Wildlife' volunteer projects:
Butterfly Garden Blitz
Help prepare the Butterfly Garden for the season! Plant, re-chip the paths,
rejuvenate the soil and get ready for the return of butterflies and
hummingbirds! Please wear work clothes and bring any gardening tools you may
Keep the ants at bay, help us build a picnic table to keep your food above
the fray! Please wear work clothes for this project and bring any carpentry
tools you may have.
Bittersweet Battle Royale
Felix Neck is battling back its invasives! Help remove some of the
bittersweet that plagues the Sanctuary. Please wear work clothes and bring
Mytoi Spring Planting and Garden Clean-up
April 30, anytime time before noon
Mytoi Garden, Chappaquiddick
A great way to celebrate Spring! Spend a spring morning caring for the Island’s only public Japanese-style garden. Bring your own work gloves, rakes, and shovels. Join The Trustees of Reservations at Mytoi on Chappaquiddick anytime throughout the morning.
Raw Foods "Cooking Class" with Stacy Stowers
Tuesday, May 3, 7pm
Vineyard Haven Library
Stacy Stowers is a raw food chef specializing in whole/real foods and nutrition. She will show us how to let go of the processed foods & add in more fresh whole raw foods into our diets. Her famous "Happy Shake" made from lots and lots of spinach will be on the menu. Join us for a non-cooking cooking class. Sign up on line at www.vhlibrary.org
or have someone at the front desk assist you.
In Season Recipe
Local Minted Lamb Burgers with Feta and Hummus
* 1 1/2 pounds ground local lamb
* 1/2 cup minced fresh local mint
* 2 garlic cloves, pressed
* 1 tablespoon paprika
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 7- to 8-ounce block feta cheese, sliced (locally made feta is available at Mermaid Farm & Dairy in Chilmark)
* 4 kaiser rolls, split, lightly toasted
* 8 onion slices
* 4 romaine lettuce leaves
Mix first 7 ingredients in medium bowl; shape into four 4-inch-diameter patties. Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to skillet; cook until bottoms are well browned, about 3 minutes. Turn patties over and top with feta cheese. Continue cooking to desired doneness, about 3 minutes longer for medium-rare.
Place roll bottoms on plates. Top each with onion, burger, lettuce, another onion, and hummus. Press on roll tops.