About Sustainable Westford

Sustainable Westford

 

Sustainable Westford is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting the economic and environmental sustainability of Westford.

A nonprofit corporation, we host educational programming for all ages through a variety of programs;  Westford Farmers Market, Healthy Kids Coalition, UpCycle It!, Westford Academy Mentorship and Winter Series Program. We rely on volunteers to run our programs.

Our efforts are concentrated in three areas:

  • Sustainable and Environmental Education
  • Health and Food systems
  • Community-Building

Our mission: We serve as a venue for bringing community together and raising awareness on issues of sustainability. We do this by providing education and inspiration on issues of sustainability.  Working with the community and related organizations to advance our mutual missions, we provide access to local sustainable foods; recycling programs; renewable energy options; conservation of natural resources; and health and wellness programs.  We support local farmers and food producers; foster connections between farmers / producers and the community; provide instruction in the growth, preparation of healthy foods.

Whether it’s at the farmers market or through any of our other active educational programs,  we directly connect people to their local ecosystems. Our work uncovers the intrinsic value of the land around us and the importance of treating the land with respect.

Thank you for visiting this site to learn more about what we do and how you can be involved in our work.

Letter from Director

Spring is right around the corner and with that comes the opening of the 10th season of the Westford Farmers Market. Farmers markets are changing and our market will be changing as well. This season we’ll be bringing more community programs, children’s programs, and more live music than ever before.

We’re happy to be able to continue our Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and to continue offering Bonus Bucks this year with the support of our business leaders and community supporters. This program helps economically disadvantaged folk and families put food on the table.

Thank you for participating, for bringing the conversation to your own community, and for acting on what you see. Thank you for helping us do what we are meant to do. We’re looking forward to building a better and brighter community.

With the generous support of our Sponsors, Members, and friends, we can continue leading efforts to improve the things that matter most to us: family, community, and our connections to each other!

Peace,
Gloria

History

Sustainable Westford was borne out of the Westford Farmers Market on the Common in Westford, MA. The Westford Farmers Market (WFM) was established in 2007.  The WFM was conceived through an effort of the First Parish Church United Outreach Committee. The town common has long been a central focus and natural gathering place for New England towns and we chose this space to host our farmers market. The first season was successful having created a vibrant community living space with music, food, education and children’s activities. We were able to attract many vendors and residents from Westford and nearby towns to participate and enjoy this experience.  We were a semi-finalist in the “Celebration of Excellence” in 2007 for Community Excellence.

Soon we added various elements to the market such as the Winter Series Educational program  bringing educational and inspiring film screenings, presentations  and workshops on food, health, environment and issues of sustainability.  Workshops such as  ‘Raising Backyard Chickens’ and ‘Grass-fed Beef Tastings’ piqued the interests of many!  The Upcycle It! program was created by Kristina Greene and the WFM became a collection site for the candy wrappers and chip bags for the Upcycle It! Program. The Westford Farmers Market’s platform was just the beginning of growing and expanding a  ‘Green’ platform in Westford.

In 2010, Sustainable Westford was founded to broaden our mission to include related issues of sustainability and to have a greater impact on the public with a focus on education.  Our Westford Academy Mentor program has grown to be a significant part of our overall success.  The WA student team contributes many hours to help manage some of our programs in particular, the farmers market, Upcycle It and the Winter Series.  Healthy Kids Coalition began in 2011, in partnership with the Westford Public Schools and Health Department, supporting efforts towards physical fitness, healthier food options, and overall wellness.  There have been many successes along the way.  In December of 2013, we were officially recognized as a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors meets once per month.

Sustainable Westford is always looking for talented people to join our Board of Directors. In particular, individuals with fundraising, finance, communications/media, sustainability, health and wellness, or agricultural background/experience are being sought. If interested, please contact Gloria Tu Gilbert by sending a message to gloria.gilbert6@verizon.net

Gloria Tu Gilbert  Gloria Tu 9-11-13 - Sustainable Westford

  • Founder of Sustainable Westford and the Westford Farmers Market
  • Board of Directors:  Sustainable Westford – WFM,  Westford Farmers Market,
  • Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets (FMFM), 2009 -2011
  • First Parish Church United Outreach Chairperson  (2002 – 2009)
  • Founder / Coordinator of Annual Family Night & Dance for Westford Elementary Schools (Nab and Abbott), 2005 – ongoing
  • Planner and Designer  Westford Common Restoration Project, 1997 to current
  • 2007    Mass House of Representatives Citation, Inspiring dedication and  Civic leadership and for establishing the WFM.
  • 2010    Massachusetts Unsung Heroine Award, Mass Commission on the Status of Women.

Zac Cataldo

  • Westford Board of Health Chairman and elected member for 15 years
  • Director of Healthy Kids Coalition and Westford Farmers Market
  • Healthy Kids Coalition Co-Chairman
  • Westford Recycling Commission Volunteer
  • Stony Brook Middle School Principal Advisory Committee member
  • Drew Farms Task Force member

Peter Mullin

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Greater Lowell Bar Association
  • Board of Directors:  Merrimack Valley Food Ban – Treasurer, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell – Secretary, Westford Rotary – Past President
  • Community Groups:  Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotary International – Westford Rotary Club
  • Friends of Kevin
  • Goldstar:  Dracut Business Builders Chapter
  • Platinum Senior Services Group

Kristina Greene

  • Westford Recycling Commission Volunteer
  • Upcycle It! Program Director
  • Founder and Editor of The Greening Of Westford blog
  • Former Westford Patch columnist, Greene Westford

Tasi O’Malley

  • Healthy Kids Coalition Coordinator
  • Nutritional Food writer for the Westford Patch
  • First Parish Church United Building Coordinator

Helen Fu – CNC, CH, CNHP

  • Certified Nutritionist, Chinese Herbalist, Certified Natural Health Professional, and Specialist in Chinese medicine, emotional healing, diet, nutrition, weight loss, diabetes and cancer.
  • Founder of Your Health Compass
  • Producer of TV Show –Health Factor with Helen Fu
  • Award-winning Speaker
    • 2009 District Champion for Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest
    • 2010 District Champion for Toastmasters International Speech Contest
    • 2010 Semifinalist for World Championship of Public Speaking
  • Published author in newspapers and magazines about health and wellness

 

Gerry DiBello

  • More than 10 year volunteer and Chair of the Westford Recycling Commission.
  • Member Board of Directors of The Westford Conservation Trust.
  • Volunteer at Household Goods in Acton, MA.
  • Sustainable Westford Upcycle It! Program Coordinator.
  • Member and Newsletter Editor for SuAsCo CISMA invasive species management group

 

 

Steven Mark Salowsky

  • Board of Directors Member for Sustainable Westford
  • Massachusetts Regional Manager for Tesla / SolarCity
  • Local Community Engineer for Solar Systems and Battery Back-up Solutions
  • Green Communities Coordinator
  • National Outdoor Leadership Certified and Wilderness First Responder
  • Westford Community Compost Volunteer