Sustainable Braintree is asking community members to get involved in the group's annual elections, which are set for this Thursday at Town Hall.
In it’s third year, the program has boasted a considerable impact on the town of Braintree, bringing together a Farmers Market, Green Gala, Make a Difference Day, and an organic community garden at Perkins Park.
The group has also received two grants to promote recycling (one from Covanta and the other from the Commonwealth’s Sustainable Material Recovery Program), has awarded a second student scholarship, and has helped fund a teacher grant for the construction of an outdoor classroom and garden at Ross School.
It is with the hopes of continuing that progress that community members will be asked to select a Steering Committee, a 14-member group elected to run all of Sustainable Braintree.
Currently, only 11 people are running for the position, including President Cheryl Edgar, Vice-President Mary Mitchell, Treasurer Diana Althouse, Farmers Market Task Force Chair Donna Ingemanson, Recycling Task Force Co-Chairs Eileen Campbell and Linda Chapman, Energy Task Force Co-Chair Robert Fricke, Community Meeting Coordinator/Media Coordinator Stephanie Meyers-Roche, Community Garden Co-Chairs Pat Morey and Christine Sullivan, and Steering Committee Member-at-large Peter Herbst.
To vote, you must be a member of Sustainable Braintree. Membership dues are $15 a year, and locals can enroll online.
According to Ingemanson, the group is the driving force behind many of the initiatives at Sustainable Braintree, which was created to promote energy conservation and clean energy, and protect the environment.
“It makes decisions for the whole organizations, and we have representatives from different interests – community garden, farmers market, energy committee, recycling committee, and the main officers. It’s the members that organize all of Sustainable Braintree. We steer it in different directions.”
In addition to the election, the annual community meeting will also feature guest speaker Bonnie Kavanagh, a second-generation nurse and herbalist.
A strong believer in natural medicine, Kavanagh will share recipes and remedies for the cold and flu season, including which foods can help prevent illness, and which can help treat them.
As a registered nurse and graduate of Rosemary Gladstar Art and Science of Herbal Medicine Program, Kavanagh also boasts much experience, with over 30 years in the herbalist field.
“I’m hoping that it will be [popular] we put it out there with the hopes people would be interested in it,” Ingemanson said.
Non-members are welcome to the general meeting. Although not allowed to vote, the presentation is open to the public.