Jun 142016

environmentalboothThe Farmers’ Market of Marblehead is in full swing and your Conservancy is right there. We join with the Recycling Committee Marblehead Health Department volunteers in presenting the several aspects of servicing the environment. Visitors can obtain current recycling guidelines along with recycling containers. They may also learn of Conservancy activities, locate conservation areas and trails, and see how
even small efforts can help keep these wonderful public spaces in good conditon.

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Jun 082016

YouTube-Screen-Shot2During the Conservancy’s 2016 Annual Meeting at Abbot Library, naturalist and forager, Russ Cohen, delivered a presentation called “The Naturalist’s Kitchen Garden: Adding Native Edible Plants to Your Landscape”. This video, generously provided by Marblehead TV, includes both the presentation and the question and answer session that followed it. It is available on the Marblehead Conservancy’s newly launched YouTube channel and can be found here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC3kUBNR14mmyP_6oLY-CSKA Video courtesy of MHTV, Marblehead, MA, www.marbleheadtv.org

Learn how edible native plants can enhance your diet while providing an important food source for local birds and wildlife. Russ provides guidelines for identifying, harvesting, and preparing native edibles for Essex County in this fascinating video.

Russ Cohen was formerly the Rivers Advocate for the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration, and now works with local and state agencies to promote the planting of native edibles in suitable locations. He recently lead Marblehead Conservancy volunteers in the planting of Beach Plums on Crowninshield Island.

Jun 212014

The Director of the Abbot Public Library drew our attention to something we would like to
share – “Seed Libraries”. This was the subject of a March 9 article in the Boston Globe titled, “Seed Libraries try to save the world’s plants”. The point of saving seeds is to preserve heritage stock as a means of supporting biodiversity. That job has been given to professionally managed seed banks around the world with more than seven million seed samples already in storage for use one day in research.

What is new is the idea of involving local means of not only saving seeds, but putting them into circulation – hence the circulating library connection – encouraging local varietal protection and perhaps even development of new plant strains. In Massachusetts the idea has been taken up at Hampshire College in Amherst, the Concord Free Public Library, and the Sturgis Library in Barnstable (references available on request). When a “borrowed” seed produces the desired plant, fresh seeds are returned to the supporting library for further circulation.

The idea relates to a talk on plants with known provenance given by Mark Richardson,
Horticultural Director of the New England Wildflower Society, at the Conservancy’s Annual
Meeting in late March of this year.

If the idea of seed libraries interests you, we and the Abbot Library would like to know. Please send us an email through one of the contacts listed at the upper right of our home page.

 Posted by at 10:22 pm
Jun 212014

mfm-boothMarblehead’s Farmers’ Market opened early this year and was welcomed with big attendance. We draw your attention to the Environmental Booth where you can find information about the Town’s open spaces along with advisories from the Health Department. In addition to the items offered at no-cost, the Booth also offers items for sale at quite reasonable prices: among these are T-shirts, maps, books, recycling bins, and composters. Our booth attendants advise visitors that although the composter price has increased somewhat with the loss of State subsidy, it remains a bargain.

 Posted by at 10:16 pm
Jun 212014

This spring the Town of Marblehead contracted with the Conway Graduate School of Landscape Architecture to have a team of students study the Lead Mills conservation area and come up with suggestions as to how the property might be developed and used. In May and again in June the student team gave presentations at public meetings. The first of these meetings was to state their charge and to gather public thoughts and ideas. In the second session the student team gave a professional presentation of their preliminary ideas based on their findings, including a number of limitations. They offered three different concepts for use and, again, invited public opinion. A final report will be delivered to Becky Cutting, Marblehead’s Town Planner, by the end of June. We will give our readers a summary once that report has been accepted. Stay tuned. . .

 Posted by at 10:12 pm