Intervale Center Settles Compost Dispute

first_imgIntervale Center Settles Compost Dispute;”More than just Compost” is new Intervale ThemeBurlington, Vermont – The Intervale Center and the Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) approved a settlement in principle with the Vermont Attorney General to allow for continued compost operations in the Intervale and the settling of environmental violations related to composting in the Intervale.In a separate agreement, the Intervale Center will lease the Compost operations on its current site in the Intervale to CSWD for a period of up to three years, after which the CSWD will relocate the compost facility to a new site in Chittenden County. This outcome preserves five local jobs in the compost operation and provides a more stable situation for the Intervale Center to continue its core focus on the development of local food systems. The partnership between the Interval Center and CSWD offers a firm foundation for a continued local system to divert organic wastes from landfills. “Having gone through this arduous and expensive regulatory process, I am pleased that we have come to an agreement that will ultimately mean improved and expanded organic waste diversion in our region, while enabling two organizations to do what they do best,” said Intervale Center Executive Director Glenn McRae. “The Intervale Center will now be able to focus its full attention on building a robust and sustainable local food system.”McRae also offered that, “A lot of credit goes to the Chittenden Solid Waste District for their efforts past and present in making this work. The Intervale Center established and ran Vermont’s largest compost operation for 21 years. Now the Chittenden Solid Waste District will take the recycling of food and organic waste to where it needs to be for the future.”The Intervale Center’s mission is to develop farm- and land-based enterprises that generate economic and social opportunity while protecting natural resources. Through the Center’s 20 years of operation, almost 350 acres of formerly abandoned, historically significant agricultural land in Burlington’s Intervale have been reclaimed and put to productive agricultural, recreational, and conservation use. The various enterprises in the Intervale support approximately 100 full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs in agriculture and farms in the Intervale. The agreement with the CSWD will enable the Intervale Center to focus anew on programs that help support viable farms, increase access to fresh local produce, protect water quality through stream bank restoration, and educate young people about agriculture and healthy food.While media attention has been focused on the compost operation’s regulatory strife, much more has continued to grow and happen in the Intervale.–The Intervale Center stewards 350 acres of land with 12 successful, independent farms, which supplied more than 1 million pounds of fresh organic foods to Burlington and the region last year.–The Healthy City Program, employing 25 at-risk youth for the summer, ran a farm operation and won national recognition-the World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Award-for its creative approach to hunger prevention. The youth project ran a successful community-supported agriculture (CSA) effort despite summer flooding challenges and became the largest local supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Burlington School District.–This year the Intervale Center launched the Food Basket, a multi-farm drop-box program that brings together high-quality vegetables, fruits, meats, and cheese from some of the best farmers in Vermont, and delivers this produce weekly to 120 members at their places of employment.–The Intervale Conservation Nursery survived a devastating fire in its storage area in the spring, and proved quite nimble in salvaging inventory for sale and stabilizing its position so that it could continue its growth toward self-sufficiency. The Nursery worked throughout the state with multiple partners to protect miles of stream and river frontage in cooperation with agricultural uses.–Success on Farms, a support and consulting operation for Vermont farms in partnership with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, continued its efforts to aid Vermont farmers in growing independent and successful enterprises throughout the state.–The Intervale Center and the Association of Africans Living in Vermont launched New Farms for New Americans, a market garden project that helps the immigrant and refugee population develop farming enterprises and feed their families.–Efforts to enhance community access and recreational enjoyment of the riches of the Intervale continue as a result of the work of the Intervale Center.”In the last year, with so much focus on compost, it was easy to forget that the Intervale Center, now celebrating 20 years of operations, is so much more and will continue its work in a number of new and exciting ventures connected to our local community,” said Executive Director Glenn McRae.###last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS – TWO GAMES FOR EASTER WEEKEND

first_imgTreanáil / TrainingTraining times for all age groups are available on the club website.Cluichí / Fixtures The seniors begin their league campaign this weekend with two away matches. The first one is on Good Friday in Ballybofey against Seán MacCumhaills @ 5:15pm. Please note that this is a senior fixture only. On Sunday both seniors and reserves travel the short distance to Dungloe to take on our neighbours @ 1:30pm and 3:00pm respectively.Bord na nÓg➢ The under 14s had a win in their opening league game against Cill Chartha and the minors also recorded a win away to Naomh Conaill in Glenties. Well done to both teams. ➢ The under 14s will play away to Four Masters on Thursday evening at 5:30pm in Donegal Town.➢ Training continues for under 6s, under 8s and under 10s in the banks on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11am.➢ A final registration night will take place in the banks on Thursday evening at 8.30pm for any under-age player who has yet to get their membership for the coming season.Peil na mBan / LadiesClub coaches were in Strabane last Thursday evening at a training course organised by Ulster ladies LGFA to run the Gaelic4Girls scheme in our club. Details will be announced in the next few days of our starting date. This initiative is geared towards girls from 8-13 years of age who want to get involved in sporting activities and will run for 12 weeks. It is designed to have fun with the emphasis on joining our club at the end of the course. A sports day blitz in Donegal with fun games followed by an Ulster 9 counties blitz and finally an All-Ireland blitz in Croke Park in July is part of this course. So girls who want to participate in this watch out for the details on the ladies FB page and naomhmuire.ie webpage.Week 8 of our development camp moves outdoor to The Banks on Tuesday 26th March and will run with the earlier time of 4.30pm to 5.30pm. This camp has been a great success with 28 girls participating. Now we move them on to game situations and match practice on the pitch. “Our Club, Our Standards, Our Victory”. The U16 Girls have their first league game on Tuesday 26th in The Banks v Termon @5.30pm. Rally the troops and get the support out for Robbie and the girls.Nuacht Eile / Other News5K RunDue to the Reserve and Senior Matches in Ballybofey next Friday and because of the Walk and Run in Dungloe for a worthy cause – The Good Friday 5k run and walk has been changed to Friday May 3rd. If you were looking forward to this…our apologies and we look forward to a big evening on May 3rd. Club MembershipPlease note that the 31st of March, is the final date for receipt of membership in order to be a fully paid up member for 2013. Membership gives you an entitlement to vote at meetings and take up positions within the club. Details of membership rates are available on the website.Jive Alive 2013Tickets for Friday night’s performance of Jive Alive are still on Tickets for Friday night’s performance of Jive Alive are still on sale in the Cope, Annagry as well as Salon Safari, Main St., Dungloe.Bailiúchán AirgidTógadh €415 ag geata Theach Phobail ar Lá Fhéil Pádraig mar pháirt de Lá Náisiúnta na Gaeilge. Go raibh maith agaibh as ucht bhur dtacaíocht.Lotto➢ Ba iad 5, 7, 11, 19 na huimhreacha lotto a tarraingeadh an tseachtain seo agus níor baineadh an pota óir.➢ Beidh €1,820 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chugainn.➢ Bhí trí uimhir ag na daoine seo leanas:• Catherine McCafferty, Loch an Iúir• Catherine Boyle, Loch na nDeoran• Shaun McCafferty, Loch an Iúir• Danny K, Anagaire• Howard Crowe, Rann Uí Thuatháil• Billy Mooney, An Cope• Berni Gallagher, Mullach Dubh• Katie Ward, Rann na Feirste• Racheal Crowe, Rann Uí Thuatháil100 Club➢ The last 100 club draw for this cycle takes place on the 27th of March. Can all sellers get the subs up to date for this draw and get the information to the co-ordinator by Sunday 24th.➢ The new run of the 100club for 2013/14 will start with 1st draw on 24th April. All new members welcome and if you wish to join contact any member of the club. We can set up standing orders or the sellers can collect monthly. We pay out a €1000 in every month.Useful Linkso Club Training Times for all age groupso Club Fixtures for all age groupso Latest Club Newso Nuacht Bord na nÓgo Latest Club Resultso 2013 Senior and Reserve League TablesooContact DetailsEmail:naomhmuire@gmail.comWebsite & Facebookwww.naomhmuire.ieGAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWS – TWO GAMES FOR EASTER WEEKEND was last modified: March 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: NAOMH MUIRE GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more