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Sustainable Belmont Monthly Meeting Notes
June 1, 2011
Flett Room, Belmont Public Library 7:00-9:00 PM
Those in attendance: Sumner Brown, Joyce Desmarais Isen, Bruce Wenning, Kathleen & Peter Griffith, Carolyn Bishop, Tony Alcorn, David Warner, Evan Loude, Rick Heller, Brian Sapen, Paul Solomon, Edie Aldort, Brian Curtis, Benjamin Cook, Lucia Sullivan, Greg & Mary Stone, Doug Massidda, Amanda Mujica, Ron Geiger, Jennifer Page, Heidi Baram, Judy Otto, Jan Kruse, John Kolterman and John McAlpin
Meeting minutes 
We kicked-off with a short presentation by Judy Otto on the rain barrels that are being made available at cost to anyone interested this summer.
The remainder of the meeting was devoted to a presentation on organic lawn care by Bruce Wenning. Having been the grounds keeper at Belmont Habitat for 15 years and presently serving as the horticulturalist at the Country Club in Brookline, he was superbly qualified to speak on this topic. He contrasted the practices of highly manicured lawns such as golf courses, IPM or integrated pest management and organic lawn care.  By following some simple IPM or organic practices, you’re likely to end up with a very healthy yard that requires less water, maintenance and expense on your part, all while being easier on the environment. He provided a detailed checklist of practices, clearly spelled out with the pros and cons for each. 
Upcoming dates of interest:
6/6 & 6/16:  rain barrels on display for purchase at the Belmont Farmers Market
7/2:  Benefit concert featuring guitarist and songwriter Jim Scott on Saturday night, July 2nd at 7pm in the First Church Parish Hall.  The concert is a fundraiser for the preservation of the silver maple forest at the Belmont Uplands, and is sponsored by the Social Action Committee, Sustainable Belmont, the Friends of Alewife Reservation  and the Coalition to Preserve the Belmont Uplands.  Tickets will be available at the door (suggested donation $15).  
 An engaging acoustic guitarist, singer, and composer of powerful music that furthers the ideals of ecology, justice, and peace, Jim makes an impact on hearts and minds.  In his years as guitarist for the Paul Winter Consort, Jim led thousands in the song "Common Ground" and his own eco-anthem, "A Song For The Earth." He is co-composer of the Consort's monumental choral work, "Missa Gaia/Earth Mass," and recorded “A Concert for the Earth” in the Great Hall of the United Nations.  He has performed with Tracy Chapman, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchel, Jackson Brown, John Denver, and Odetta.
9/7:  the next monthly meeting of Sustainable Belmont
Volunteer Opportunities:
Promoting rain barrels at the Farmers Market on 6/9 & 6/16
            Contact Judy Otto at:
Benefit concert for saving the Silver Maple forest
            Contact Martha Moore at:
Sustainable Garden tour
John Kolterman         co-chair
John McAlpin            co-chair