The Carrot Project of Somerville, MA wins The Glynwood Harvest Award for Wave of the Future
Cold Spring, NY, September 28, 2010 – Glynwood , the not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save farming, has announced the 2010 winners of its annual Harvest Awards. The Harvest Awards were created by Glynwood in order to highlight innovative work being done to increase access to fresh, locally-produced food and to recognize leaders from across the country who are supporting regional agricultural systems.
| The Glynwood Harvest Award for Wave of the Future: The Carrot Project
Dorothy M. Suput, Founder, Executive Director, and Tufts alumna
The importance of the small and mid-size farmer to the health of a sustainable agricultural system in the United States is well documented. But it is exactly these farmers who have the most difficulty gaining access to the capital that is integral to their success. The Carrot Project was created to find innovative ways for small and mid-size farms in the Northeast to get the money they need to operate in the short and long-term. It creates, tests and operates financing programs that support profitable, sustainable farm businesses who are otherwise unable to find financing by partnering with community-based lenders, socially responsible investors, and farm support organizations. It addresses critical this critical issue with “out of the box” solutions, working on the ground with farmers, then sharing their work and experiences with others. A most notable success of The Carrot Projects is to have made, with their partners, loans totaling $165,000 to 15 small and midsized farmers in just a year and a half. The farms have primarily used the loans for capital expenditures.
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Image of America: Lake Quannapowitt
By Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox, E’98
Images of America: Lake Quannapowitt, by Wakefield residents Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox, is the latest in Arcadia Publishing Company’s historical collection on local towns in Massachusetts. Released in April 2011, the book is a spirited, multi-perspective account of a subject matter of great interest to Wakefield residents or anyone who frequents the lake. Using abundant photographs, maps, and images, the authors address the lake’s prehistory and geological formation, colonial development, commercial expansion, and recreational use, organizing the book into six chapters. They also tackle events leading to the lake’s pollution and the beginning of the environmental movement.
The book is foremost a pictorial history and the largest part consists of historic photographs, maps, documents, and images of artwork and ephemera. Detailed annotations provide fascinating back stories about the people and buildings pictured and their significance to the social and cultural landscape. Maps and images provide physical reference points to orient the reader. The photographs and images enable us to witness the lake’s transformation from a rural, agrarian oasis to a commercial center, and finally to a suburban playground over approximately five hundred years.
Available at Amazon.com.
Post-occupancy assessment: Building design, governance and household consumption
By DJ Hendrickson and HK Wittman
Hendrickson, D. J. and Wittman, H. K. (2010) Post-occupancy assessment: Building design, governance and household consumption. Building Research & Information, Volume 38 Issue 5, 481
|King Philip’s War: Colonial Expansion, Native Resistance, and the End of Indian Sovereignty
Johns Hopkins University Press
by Daniel Mandell, UEP ’89 and Professor of History at Truman State University
From Amazon.com: King Philip’s War was the most devastating conflict between Europeans and Native Americans in the 1600s. In this incisive account, award-winning author Daniel R. Mandell puts the war into its rich historical context.
The war erupted in July 1675, after years of growing tension between Plymouth and the Wampanoag sachem Metacom, also known as Philip. Metacom’s warriors attacked nearby Swansea, and within months the bloody conflict spread west and erupted in Maine. Native forces ambushed militia detachments and burned towns, driving the colonists back toward Boston. But by late spring 1676, the tide had turned: the colonists fought more effectively and enlisted Native allies while from the west the feared Mohawks attacked Metacom’s forces. Thousands of Natives starved, fled the region, surrendered (often to be executed or sold into slavery), or, like Metacom, were hunted down and killed.
Mandell explores how decades of colonial expansion and encroachments on Indian sovereignty caused the war and how Metacom sought to enlist the aid of other tribes against the colonists even as Plymouth pressured the Wampanoags to join them. He narrates the colonists’ many defeats and growing desperation; the severe shortages the Indians faced during the brutal winter; the collapse of Native unity; and the final hunt for Metacom. In the process, Mandell reveals the complex and shifting relationships among the Native tribes and colonists and explains why the war effectively ended sovereignty for Indians in New England. This fast-paced history incorporates the most recent scholarship on the region and features nine new maps and a bibliographic essay about Native-Anglo relations.
King Philip’s War is available for purchase on Amazon.com.