Monthly news & updates from the Community Development Partnership
May 2017

A Note from Jay
Local Farmers' Markets become one 
The CDP has a history of developing and delivering programs to fulfill an identified need within the community. Three years ago, we saw an opportunity to provide growers and producers with a place to sell year-round, and for consumers to access local produce and products throughout the winter. Thus the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market was established.

Over its three seasons, the Orleans Winter Farmers ' Market served 58 vendors and generated over $128,500 in sales. Hundreds of consumers purchased produce and locally made products, like -tomatoes, scallions, leafy greens, potatoes, beef, juices, jams & jellies, soap, eggs, cheese, pasta, honey, bread, chocolate, baked goods, coffee, poultry, and pork.

As the Market established itself, a partnership with the Orleans Farmers' Market, Inc. was a natural progression. During this recently completed winter season, we co-managed the Market with them. And earlier this month, we jointly decided they would take on ownership and management of the Winter Market .

With their long-standing history in the community, transitioning the Market to them was the next logical step. We're pleased they'll be incorporating the winter market into their fold.

I'd like to share our deep appreciation to some significant supporters for making the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market possible. Thank you to Cape Cod Healthcare who demonstrated their commitment to the health of our community through their title sponsorship of the Market. Thank you to the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program for investing in the growth of local growers and food producers. Thank you to Nauset Regional Middle School for sharing their space and providing a comfortable community setting for the Market. And thank YOU to all who patronized the Market.

For updates from the Orleans Farmers' Market, you can follow them on Facebook: 

As always, thank you for your interest and support.

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Thank You
Your generous gifts are what make our work possible. Thank you for supporting our community!

Cape and Islands United Way for a Community Impact Grant to support our Community Housing Partnership Initiative.

Our appreciation to these additional businesses for sponsoring us in this year's Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk (see complete list here):



Safe, Stable, & Affordable Housing
Walk with us

For the 12th year in a row, we'll be participating in the Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk. This annual 100.3-mile, seven-day Walk is organized by nine local housing organizations to raise money and awareness for affordable housing and homelessness prevention.

Right now we're building our team and we'd love for you to join us!

We'll be walking the Lower Cape portion of the route, which takes place beginning on Monday, July 10th - Wednesday, July 12th. You can walk for part of a day, an entire day or even all three days.

We're raising money for our Resident Support Services program for the residents of our 73 affordable rental homes. Through this program, residents receive support with budgeting, financial planning and training in how to be a tenant. They are also connected with local resources as needed, such as childcare, employment, education and health/nutrition benefits assistance.
Contact Moira to find out how to get involved - or (508) 240-7873 x25. 
Strong Local Businesses 
Talking Threads 

When Carol Hayward bought custom embroidery and silk screening business, Talking Threads 15 years ago, according to her, "I had no business background but was a hard worker." Over a decade later that hard work has paid off, and the business piece she has learned.

When Carol purchased the business, it had been operated on a part-time basis for a dozen years. One of the first significant things she did to grow her business was get out and network. The networking began at local Chambers of Commerce and dovetailed into a long-standing membership with a local chapter of Business Networking International or BNI. It is here she established her robust customer base from local businesses, largely in the trades, retail and restaurant. Keep Reading  
A Sustainable Future
Harvest Time

It's that wonderful time of year when fresh local produce becomes even more bountiful. And we're pretty fortunate on the Lower Cape to have so many opportunities to access these fresh pickings--be it at Farmers' Markets, restaurants, festivals and more. A great resource for all things fresh, local and in-season is Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod's Annual Guide to Local Farms and Food. You can find it by clicking here. And enjoy all the season has to offer.  

Upcoming and Ongoing
Housing Rehabilitation Program: Information Sessions  
We have sessions coming up to learn about opportunities available through the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like:

Roofing and Siding
Lead Paint Abatement
Minor Structural Repairs
Heating and Plumbing
Windows and Doors
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Provincetown Council on Aging - Thursday, June 1st from 10 AM to 11:00 AM    Find Out More

Truro Council on Aging -
Wednesday, July 12th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
3rd Annual Summer Kick-Off Celebration
Mingle with friends as you enjoy a creative sampling of delectable bites. Meet local small business owners and hear about their experiences with the CDP Micro Loan program.

We're excited to bring together business owners we've worked with, and the people who support our work-to strengthen community on the Lower Cape. 

Hosted by Mac's Fish House Provincetown with support from the Summer Kick-Off Celebration Host Committee.

Light Appetizers & Cash Bar. Tickets are $35. Please purchase in advance. You can buy tickets securely online by clicking here or RSVP to Josie at (508) 240-7873 x22 /

When & Where: Wednesday, June 14th 5:00 PM. Mac's Fish House - 85 Shankpainter Road in Provincetown.
S CORE Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham. Sign up today!

When & Where: Thursday, June 15th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
Online First Time Homebuyer Education 
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Workshop Sponsor
This Online Homebuyer Education course is for first time buyers who are unable to attend an in-person workshop. The course provides information on budgeting, looking for, selecting, and purchasing a home.

The program consists of self-paced online modules to be completed at home, as well and one in-person group counseling session. Satisfactory completion of both the online modules and the group counseling session are mandatory in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Group counseling sessions are scheduled as needed and Pre-Registration is required.

With support from the Giving Circle Fund
There will be a counseling session on Monday, June 26th from 6-8 PM. This will be the last session until the Fall and hence the last opportunity to get a certificate through the online program. Contact Andrea for more details at (508) 240-7873 x10 or

Thankful Chases Pathway
Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Affordable Rentals 
We manage 73 rental homes throughout the Lower Cape. Availability changes on a regular basis. Please contact our Director of Property Management at 508.240.7873 ×17 or email If you have questions and for more information.

Find Out More on Our Website

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Attention homeowners and landlords! Receive up to $35,000 for critical repairs to your home. Repairs include, but are not limited to roofing, heat, windows, siding, septic, lead paint abatement and energy efficiency upgrades. Get expert assistance on planning the work and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Opportunities in South Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.

This Place Matters 
our weekly radio & television show
Tune in
 92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR    
 Wednesdays 12:30pm   
Also on Lower Cape TV

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests to learn more
about people and places on Lower Cape Cod.

May 31st:
Committee members from the Brewster Pond Coalition talk about how
their group is working to preserve and protect Brewster's ponds.   

June 7th:
Michele Insley, Executive Director of Wellfleet SPAT, and Aquaculturist, Andrew Cummings, discuss their planned Aquaculture Grant tours.

June 14th: CDP Executive Director, Jay Coburn shares a quarterly update on what's happening at the CDP. 
Click Here to Listen to or Watch Past Shows
If you have an idea for a guest or topic - Contact Moira
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