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RTB's Open Farm Day, August 15th from noon to 6:00pm.
- Livestock farmer, Geoff Kinder, will be selling non-GMO pastured pork and grass-fed beef.
- Vegetable farmer, Ashley Brister, will have lots of seasonal vegetables available - potatoes, green beans, leeks, eggplants, tomatoes, green peppers and more.
- Enjoy a family fun tour while getting all of your RTB questions answered. Tour begins at 2:00 pm., we meet down at the barn.
RTB Open Farm Day (OFD) Highlights: July 18, 2015 from noon – 6pm.
- Livestock farmer, Geoff Kinder, will be selling non-GMO pastured pork [ground pork, pork chops, ham steaks, country style ribs and pork belly]. He also has a limited amount of grass-fed ground beef.
- Vegetable farmer, Ashley Brister, will have beets, new potatoes, kale, cabbage, squash and more.
- Get all your RTB questions answered during our family fun farm tour, begins at 2:00pm at the barn.
At this month’s OFD we invite you to talk about food, food waste, and what you - the consumer - can do about it during our FREE "Composting: The Basics" workshop. The importance of composting our food is becoming more significant as we learn about food waste in our country. Did you know that forty percent of food never gets eaten; it is wasted, thrown away. Where is away you ask? In this instance, it means to the landfills. I just recently learned that if food waste were a country, it would rank 3rd in greenhouse gas emissions from all the methane gases that are produced when food decomposes. Food is the number one product in our landfills today. What an astronomical waste when we are simultaneously facing a food insecurity crisis. Currently, 1 in 6 people are coping with food insecurity in the United States. Reducing food losses by just 15% would be enough food to feed 25 million Americans each year. But I digress…
Food waste can be tackled in a number of different ways on the consumer level. We can become better shoppers – buying only what we need and avoiding bulk purchases of items we are unlikely to consume, we can learn about and understand “use by” and “best by” labels, we can use leftovers in a timely, creative way – soups and salads are great for this, AND we can compost what we truly cannot use.
If you are interested in composting, but feel like you don’t know where to get started, then this month’s Open Farm Day workshop – “Composting: The Basics” is not to be missed. Adam Davenport, of Life’s Epiphany, will be leading the workshop from 3:00 to 4:00pm. Adam will address all your burning questions regarding how to get started, where to site your compost bin, while still leaving time for a Q&A period. For those of you that can’t get enough and want to learn even more, Liz Wiley – RTB’s Education Manager, will conduct a Composting Tour from 4:00-5:00pm. Learn about all the different ways we compost at RTB. RSVP, if you are interested in participating.
We look forward to seeing you on the farm!
If you understand the uses of garlic, you understand 50% of all herbal medicine.
~ Steven Foster
July demarks garlic season at Round the Bend Farm (RTB). This is a time for the fall-planted crop to be harvested, hung to dry, and garlic scapes enjoyed until the bulbs themselves harden off.
Garlic is a member of the Lily family and is a cousin to leeks, chives, and onions. Its health benefits are legendary. From antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal benefits to its ability to stimulate our immune systems, lower cholesterol and reduce high blood pressure, it has been used throughout history for its many health and medicinal properties.
As a novice chef of Italian/Lebanese decent, I rarely cook a meal that does not begin with the holy grail of garlic, onion, and olive oil. Yet, in my recent research about garlic, I learned some pretty important steps one can take to maximize the health benefits of cooking with garlic.
Allicin is the compound in garlic that contains the potent medicinal properties for which this herb is known. It is also what gives garlic its strong odor and flavor. Chopping or crushing garlic cloves stimulates the enzymatic activity that triggers the phytonutrient alliin into allicin . In addition to chopping or crushing the garlic to activate this process, giving your garlic a 5-10 minute rest period before eating, cooking, or adding it into an acidic ingredient, like lemon juice continues to allow the allinase enzyme to produce the unique set of cancer-fighting sulfur compounds that help to protect us against oxidative stress and inflammation. In reality, there are more than one hundred compounds in garlic that give it its healing and medicinal properties.
As I stated earlier, most meals in my kitchen begin with the slow sauté of onions till they become translucent. Garlic is then added before continuing with whatever other ingredients are being prepared. However, with this new understanding about how to extract garlic’s fullest potential and nutritional benefits, I will be altering my cooking strategy. It is advised that in order to retain flavor and nutrition, garlic should be added at the end of the cooking process so that it is exposed to heat for as little time as possible, 5-15 minutes is the general recommendation.
When buying garlic always purchase fresh plump heads with firm cloves and a creamy white to purplish-tinged skin. When garlic is in season and harvested locally, purchase it in abundance from your local farmer or farmers market. Garlic will keep well in an open container that is kept in a cool, dark, dry environment. Another way to store garlic for longer is to peel a bunch of cloves and then immerse them in a brine solution or in apple cider vinegar to prolong its shelf life. Pull out cloves and use in your recipes just as you would with the fresh cloves. [Note: If I am using garlic that was in a brine solution, I do limit the addition of salt in the recipe.]
At RTB, we especially love plants in which you can eat the whole of its parts; leaving behind zero-waste. Garlic is one of the best for this. In the early spring, green garlic is harvested before the garlic plant begins to form cloves.Farmer’s usually pull green garlic in an effort to thin a row. Some of you may have received this as part of your CSA shares and didn’t know what to do with them. Green garlic resembles a scallion but with a tinge of pink on the bulb end. They are great added to salads, soups and sauces. Personally, I like to drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then throw them on the grill for 2-3 minutes. Once you remove them from the heat, squeeze a fresh lime over them and enjoy!
Then there are the garlic scapes. These are the “flower stalks” of hardneck garlic plants. They are usually cut off so the plant can divert its energy into the growing of a larger garlic bulb. Garlic scapes are delicious and can be used in a variety of recipes as you would use garlic or scallions. Here on the farm we make large batches of Garlic Scape Pesto (recipe below) to have on hand in all sorts of dishes and as a delicious spread. It can even replace tomato sauce on fresh homemade pizza!
Garlic Scape Pesto:
2 cups garlic scapes, chopped
½-1 cup of olive oil
Pulse the chopped garlic scapes in a food processor, slowly add the olive oil.
Add walnuts, sunflower seeds or pinenuts for an extra boost of protein and a creamier tecture. You can also add parmesan if you have some on hand. Salt to taste.
Human Resources/Financial Services Manager Job Opening
We are looking to fill the Human Resources/Financial Services Manager job opening immediately. Founded in 1993, The Marion Institute is a non-profit that works to address the root cause of sustainability and social justice issues. Located in Marion, Massachusetts, the Marion Institute programs and serendipity projects seek to create deep, lasting and positive change at both a local and global level. See more at www.marioninstitute.org.
Who you are:
You have a number of years’ experience in the human resource field and can use your knowledge and expertise to build a strong foundation in a busy social justice nonprofit. You are a motivated, self-starter who would like a varied, interesting work environment, and are able to work across differences. You passionately believe in our mission and want to use your diverse array of skills to create positive change in and around your community.
- Process all accounts payable and wire transfers in a timely manner and properly record all invoices and other items for payment in QuickBooks.
- Process payroll
- Prepare monthly Pension report and submit payment.
- Process sales tax payments quarterly via the internet.
- Maintain and reconcile petty cash.
- Act as liaison between all programs/projects and MI relative to Accounts Payable.
- Assist team members and management with the interpretation and correct application of company policies, procedures, programs and practices, while exercising the highest degree of confidentiality, professionalism and cultural sensitivity.
- Respond to employee relation issues such as employee complaints, harassment allegations, and civil rights complaints.
- Assist Executive Director in conducting or arranging for trainings and/or other human resource development activities.
- Contribute to promoting a positive and productive work environment that values diversity and inclusion.
- Oversee the development, implementation, and management of a performance management system.
- Create and maintain personnel files for all employees.
- Develop and maintain current job descriptions for all team positions.
- Create independent consultant contracts when necessary.
- Prepare and process 1099’s for outside consultants and vendors.
- Maintain employee handbook. Propose, develop, and implement policies related to employment, benefits, and work processes. Ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
- Maintain a tracking system for all types of leave of all employees; Monitor accumulation of employee accrued vacation, wellness time, maternity, personal leave, time logs and schedules.
- Directly implement and administrate employee benefit programs, including Pension, Health, Dental, Disability and Life Insurance, etc.
- Review plans and rates for all insurance policies prior to renewal/open enrollment and make periodic updates/changes when necessary.
- Manage 403b plan and process required annual Form 5500 reporting.
- Periodic review of all benefits with emphasis on cost/value and if they reflect MI’s values of sustainability.
- Prepare benefit enrollment packets and process new enrollments and terminations.
- Plan and direct activities of teammates in carrying out such functions as developing sources of qualified applicants, screening applicants, scheduling and assisting Executive Director with conducting interviews, checking references and background, and evaluating applicant qualifications.
- Implement and direct new employee orientation programs including completing appropriate forms, team introductions, review of the personnel manual and policies and procedures, explanation and discussion of job responsibilities, and orientation to the organization.
- Participate in disciplinary, hiring and termination meetings with teammates upon request.
- Ensure required non-profit documents are in place [e.g. D&O Insurance, state registration for fundraising, tax exemption, etc.
- Seek legal counsel on any legal questions and issues regarding MI.
- Assist Executive Director in review and execution of legal contracts/agreements.
- Advanced knowledge of local state and federal employment laws and procedures;
- Advanced knowledge of recruitment trends and technologies;
- Advanced knowledge of wage and hour laws;
- Advanced knowledge of staffing and employment practices;
- Advanced knowledge of employee relation's procedures and applicable law;
- Working knowledge of QuickBooks preferred;
- Excellent computer and organization skills;
- Strong project management experience and an ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and timelines;
- Highly skilled, confident, outgoing, courteous, and professional in all written and verbal communications;
- High energy, maturity and leadership skills with the ability to build relationships with flexibility and finesse;
- Self-starter; works independently and enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives;
- Committed to diversity within the office; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance;
How to apply:
Please send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Janet Milkman, Executive Director
202 Spring Street
Marion, MA 02738
The Marion Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, military status, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran.
EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time 20hrs/week
SALARY: Competitive nonprofit salary, commensurate with experience.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 6, 2015. We are looking to fill this position immediately and encourage you to apply before the deadline.
June 20, 2015 - Open Farm Day
Round the Bend Farm 92 Allens Neck Road Dartmouth, MA
Hours are 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Open Farm Days are an opportunity for us to welcome our extended SouthCoast community to the farm. Through educational workshops, programs and opportunities that are offered during Open Farm Days, we aim to provide an access point for individuals that are seeking more and are stirred to learn practical homesteading skills while engaging in new social relationships with our landscapes, the earth, our communities and one another. It is also a time where our Agripreneurs can sell their goods directly to you. We define an agripreneur as someone that creates a business opportunity in food and farming at RTB and makes a positive difference in local food production, consumption, lifestyle choices and career pathways while acknowledging the responsibility to contribute and give back to their communities and specifically the work and mission of RTB. Agripreneurs at RTB are the sole proprietor of their business; they are not paid by RTB.
This Month's Highlights Include:
- An interactive farm tour at 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get all your RTB questions answered and to learn about the role we play in the production of food.
- The SouthCoast Energy Challenge will be onsite to answer your home energy questions and to sign you up for a no-cost visit from a home energy expert, a $300-$600 savings.
- Native Spaces, a local jazz band featuring spoken word artist, Erik Andrade of La Soul Renaissance, will be performing from 4:00 - 6:00pm.
- Ashley will be selling freshly picked seasonal veggies - kale, chard, early beets, and more!
- Geoff will have an abundance of grass-fed, grass-finished ground beef and selected cuts - tenderloin, bone-in rib eye, and NY strips. Volume discounts for ground beef purchases!
- Lucy Tabit's Hana’s Honey will be available
- Local (Western MA) maple syrup
RTB is happy to have representatives from the SouthCoast Energy Challenge on-site at this month's Open Farm Day, June 20, 2015. The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is a nonprofit organization that offers resources for local residents to save money through saved energy. Their Challenge is to reduce the region's carbon footprint, a goal that is achieved by helping you make your home more efficient. The work, funded through the Mass Save program and offered to you at no cost, is valued at $300-600.
If you have not already signed up for a no-cost visit from a home energy expert, this is the perfect time to do so. Give your home the retrofits it needs this summer!
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