Sustainability Bulletin Board

Welcome to the Hilltown Families Sustainability Bulletin Board, a place for community organizations, nonprofits and individuals to share all things sustainable in Western MA. Please feel encouraged to self post any of the following:

  • Sustainability Events, Workshops & Resources
  • Recycling Opportunities
  • Collaborative Consumption
  • Reskilling Classes
  • Film Screenings
  • Sustainability Ideas/Projects for families
  • Announcements regarding sustainability, environmental issues, calls to action, etc.


Leah Letourneau ♦ Leah has always called Western Mass home and chose to stay in the area to attend Mount Holyoke College where she studied Environmental Studies and Politics. She currently works for The Center for Ecological Technology (CET), an environmental non-profit in Florence. She is also a graduate student at Elms College pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies for licensure as a Reading Specialist. She currently lives in Easthampton, MA, and is passionate about working to expand environmental education curricula in public schools.

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  1. November 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Screening of the documentary Above All Else

    Friday, November 28th at 5pm. Williamstown, MA.

    FILM: Massachusetts residents are currently facing a debate over whether or not to allow a natural gas pipeline through the state from the Berkshires to north of Boston. Many people in the state are concerned about the environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline. The film Above All Else follows activists and landowners who tried to stop another controversial pipeline project in the United States. The Keystone Pipeline is a $7 billion project that would carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. In Above All Else we see the struggles of those working to stop construction on the pipeline and are offered a window into how social change happens in America. After the screening, associate producer Libbie Weimer will be in attendance for a Q & A session. Libbie is a graduate of Mt. Greylock High School in Williamstown and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield.

    For more information, please see the events link for Images Cinema below or feel free to call the movie line for the cinema at 413-458-5612. Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. (Please see cinema website for full list of ticket pricing. $10 for general admission, $5 for members).

  2. November 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Fall Recycling and Reuse Rally
    November 15th from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLE: Prepping for the cooler weather by sorting through your children’s winter clothes? Realizing that some of them no longer fit? Have your children outgrown their bicycles after this summer? Let another child enjoy those gently used clothes and bikes! Northampton’s Reuse Committee will be holding a collection for Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene or EPS), bicycles, and winter clothing for children. If you’re wondering what to do with those toys still hanging around the yard from summer, there will be a take-it-or-leave-it swap event for rigid plastic items. ProShred of Wilbraham will also be offering free residential document shredding. Ensure your documents are disposed of properly and clear out your home office space.

    For more information, please click on the link below. Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  3. November 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Fall Seed Exchange
    Saturday, November 22nd from 1pm-5pm. Cummington, MA.

    SEEDS/WORKSHOP/COMMUNITY: According to statistics, 94% of seed varieties available in America have been lost in roughly the last century. Seed saving and sharing is an important way local communities are working to prevent this trend from continuing. The Hilltown Seed Saving Network is hosting their third annual Fall Seed Exchange on Saturday, Nov. 22nd. The event will kick off with an introductory workshop by Sadie Stull for beginners or those interested in learning more about seed saving. The event will also feature presentations, exhibits, and talks by Tevis Robertson-Goldberg and Amy Pulley on biennial vegetables and propagating wildflower seed. There will also of course be plenty of time to gather dozens of homegrown varieties of tomatoes, beans, kale, wildflowers, and many other crops while you talk and exchange ideas with other seed saving community members.

    For more information or to list your seeds on the virtual seed bank, please click on the link below. You may also contact Sadie at 413-475-2692 or Michael at 413-358-6919 or Community House, 33 Main Street. Cummington, MA. (Free to attend).

  4. November 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Amherst “Real Food Town Hall”
    Thursday, November 13th from 7pm-9pm. Amherst, MA.

    FOOD/LOCAL/COMMUNITY: Have ideas about how we can support our communities in having a fair and sustainable food system in Western Mass? Come and voice them at the Amherst “Real Food Town Hall”! UMass Amherst has just signed on to the Real Food Campus Commitment which means they will be working towards shifting 20% of all food purchasing for the university to “real food” by 2020. “Real food” is food that truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities, and the earth. The community town hall is a way for the entire community to discuss how we can also work together to strive to have real food throughout the Pioneer Valley.

    For more information, please click on the Facebook page below, or reach out to the UMass Amherst Real Food Challenge contact at Amherst Town Hall in the Town Room, 4 Boltwood Avenue. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  5. November 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Our Farms, Our Food: A panel discussion on the future of local food in Hampden County.
    Wednesday, November 19th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Holyoke, MA.

    FOOD/LOCAL/COMMUNITY: Learn more about what it means to “be a local hero” in Hampden County! Join CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) for a panel discussion on the future of local agriculture and the local food movement in Hampden County. Discussions will center on the challenges and opportunities for farmers and consumers in regards to local food, hunger, and sustaining farm businesses and land. There will be a wide array of speakers representing different perspectives on the topic including Elizabeth O’Gilvie of Gardening the Community, Gene Kosinski of Kosinski Farms, Karen Randall of Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse, and Margaret Christie of CISA.

    For more information or to RSVP, please click on the link below. You may also contact Claire Morenon at 413-665-7100 ext. 16 with any questions. Holyoke Senior Center, 291 Pine Street. Holyoke, MA. (Free to attend, but please RSVP by November 17th).

  6. November 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Kathy Harrison on Disaster Preparedness or “Prepping”
    Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00pm-8pm. Sunderland, MA

    SPEAKER: Tornadoes, Halloween nor’easters, and micro-bursts. Western Mass has been seeing an increase in extreme weather the last few years. If you’ve ever wanted to know how you can be better prepared for these events, learn about disaster preparedness with author Kathy Harrison at the Sunderland Public Library. Kathy is the author of Just in Case: How to be Self-Sufficient when the Unexpected Happens. She will be discussing how individuals and families can prepare for unforeseen events as well as the role of communities. Kathy will be speaking about how communities can organize to be more resilient.

    For more information, please click on the link below or call 413-665-2642. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (Free to attend).

  7. November 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Greening Greenfield: Creating a Bold New Economy
    Saturday, November 15th from 8:30am-3:30pm. Greenfield, MA.

    FORUM: Let your ideas for improving Franklin County be heard! Your ideas can help create a more sustainable future for your children and community. Greening Greenfield will be putting on a day long forum to explore new business models to help Franklin County thrive. Marjorie Kelly, author of Own Your Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution, Journeys to a Generative Economy, will be discussing how we can simultaneously create successful local businesses and improve our communities. A panel of local leaders will also be discussing how Kelly’s ideas can be applied in Franklin County. In the afternoon, attendants will break up into groups focusing on topics such as financing the new economy, food as an economic engine, thinking like a region, and more.

    For more information or to register, please click on the link below or call 413-773-0228. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, One College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Registration is $25.00 and $15.00 discounted rate for CDC members, students, and low income).

  8. November 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Build Raised Beds/Cold Frames for Winter Gardening
    Saturday, November 15th from 1pm-3pm. Huntington, MA.

    GARDEN/GREENHOUSE: Interested in building your own winter garden this year? The Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (AEC) will be holding a workshop on building raised beds for coldframes or for in your hoop house/greenhouse. They will also be educating participants in other season extending techniques. This is a great workshop to attend alone or in conjunction with the Build a Hoop House Greenhouse II workshop on November 9th to learn how to continue your gardening year round.

    For more information, please call 413-686-1053 or email at You can also check out the Facebook event using the link below. The school garden behind Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road. Huntington, MA.

  9. November 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Build a Hoop House Greenhouse II
    Sunday, November 9th from 10am-12pm. Huntington, MA.

    GARDEN/GREENHOUSE: Winter is coming! But that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your garden until spring. Join The Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center (AEC) to help complete the hoop house greenhouse they began building from cattle panels in April. This Sunday they will be putting on the sides of the greenhouse and preparing for winter planting. They will also be discussing planting techniques and how to extend the growing season. Come and learn how to keep your own fresh produce growing for your family’s cooking well into the cold, winter weather.

    For more information, please call 413-685-1052 or email You can also check out the Facebook event using the link below. The school garden behind Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Road. Huntington, MA.

  10. November 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Charles Mann – What If We Never Run Out of Oil?
    Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30pm. Sunderland, MA.

    SPEAKER: Fossil fuels are a finite resource, right? What if that no longer mattered? What if a new, incredibly abundant fossil fuel was discovered? Charles Mann will be at the Sunderland Public Library to discuss his article in the Atlantic on a new opportunity for a more abundant fossil fuel and what that may mean for the future – the good and bad.

    For more information, please click on the link below or call 413-665-2642. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (Free to attend).

  11. October 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    The Art of Clean Water: A Family Celebration
    Saturday, November 8th from 10am-11:30am. Holyoke, MA.

    WATER/COMMUNITY/ART: What do storm drains have in common with art, watersheds, and poetry? They’ll all be a part of The Art of Clean Water celebration put on by Enchanted Circle Theater and their community partners! The celebration will feature an unveiling of new artwork inspired by Holyoke students on several of the storm drains in downtown Holyoke. The event will be focused on education and advocacy around water for youth and local families and will have activities and opportunities to learn for the whole family. Bring your children to investigate microscopic critters with the Hitchcock Center, create trash art or poetry with the Connecticut River Watershed Council, or learn about rain gardens with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to name just a few! Light refreshments will also be provided, and all children will receive door prizes and giveaways.

    For more information contact Enchanted Circle Theater Special Projects Coordinator Terre Vandale at 413-534-3789 or email You may also call the Holyoke Public Library at 413-420-8101. Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (Free to attend, but reservations are recommended).

  12. October 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Valley Food Swap: Thanksgiving Edition
    Saturday, November 8th from 3pm-4:30pm. Florence, MA

    FOOD/COMMUNITY: What’s sweet, healthy, and perfect for the Valley Food Swap? Pumpkin puree! That’s just one recipe you might find at the Thanksgiving edition of the Valley Food Swap. Leave your wallet at home and bring your favorite canning creations, baked goods, seeds, plants, or other edibles to trade with fellow preservers, bakers, gardeners, and DIYers. It’s a great chance to share any surplus you have and barter for something new and delicious to try at home.

    For more information, please click on the link below or follow Valley Food Swap on Facebook and Twitter. Email to RSVP. Lilly Public Library, 19 Meadow Street. Florence, MA (Free to attend, but you do need to RSVP in advance).

  13. October 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Northampton ReUse Committee’s Annual Toy Exchange
    Saturday, December 13th from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLE: It may be fall, but the holidays will be here before you know it! That means that you’ll need to make space for all of those new toys and holiday gifts. The Annual Toy Exchange will be collecting toys in good-to-great condition. They’re looking for children’s toys, books, sporting goods, and more. The collection will be on Friday, December 12th and Saturday, December 13th. Then, on Saturday morning at 9am, Northampton ReUse will be giving the toys back to the community free of charge. Feel great about cleaning out your child’s room knowing the toys they no longer use will be loved by another child in the community and not going to a landfill.

    For more information, please click on the link below or follow Northampton Reuse on Facebook. Northampton Public Schools; CFCE/Early Childhood Resources are partnered with Northampton ReUse for this event. Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  14. October 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Get the Can-Do Spirit: Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Butters, & More! – With Marissa McClellan
    Saturday-Monday. November 1st-3rd. Rowe, MA.

    CANNING/FOOD/WORKSHOP: Interested in saving money this winter? Want to be able to enjoy delicious fruits and veggies even when there’s snow on the ground? Join bestselling author Marissa McClellan for her three day workshop on canning. Marissa is the author of Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round. Her blog, Food in Jars, was selected as one of Saveur magazine’s “sites we love”. She does canning workshops nationwide and will be teaching how to make mint apple jelly, pear vanilla jam, quince chutney, apple butter, apple rosemary jam, and pickled Asian pears as well as the basics of canning. The workshop is a fantastic way to learn an economical and sustainable way to ensure your family eats healthy all year round. Don’t forget to take what you’ve learned and make it into a fun fall activity for the whole family!

    For more information or to register, please click on the link below. The Rowe Center, 22 Kings Highway. Rowe, MA. (Cost to attend varies depending on income and options).

  15. October 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Permablitz: Install an Edible Forest Garden at the Wendell Town Offices
    Sunday, October 19th from 11am-4pm

    Make history this Sunday! The first edible garden on town hall property in the country will be planted in Wendell. The garden will provide food, store carbon, and build soil for years to come. Participants will learn how to lay out and dig swales on contour, how to use and implement permaculture principles and ethics in design, establishment techniques for slopes, and the benefits of creating and planting hugelkultur mounds (raised garden beds). No green thumb needed. Please just bring water, sunscreen, gloves, closed toed shoes, and shovels to the event.

    For more information, please click on the link below. RSVP on the Meetup page to attend. Wendell Town Hall, 9 Morse Village Road. Wendell, MA. (Free to attend).

    Permablitz: Install an Edible Forest Garden at the Wendell Town Offices

    Sunday, Oct 19, 2014, 11:00 AM

    Wendell Town Hall
    9 Morse Village Rd Wendell, MA

    18 Permies Attending

    Come make history as we plant one of the first Edible Forest Gardens on town hall property in the country! Three years in the making the Wendell Food Forest will provide food, store carbon and build soil for years to come. What we will learn:We will cover:Laying out and digging swales on contourUsing permaculture principles and ethics in desig…

    Check out this Meetup →

  16. October 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    UMASS Climatologist Raymond Bradley
    Wednesday, November 5th at 6:30pm. Sunderland, MA.

    SPEAKER: According to NASA, 97% of climate scientist’s agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. One of the foremost of these scientists is UMass Distinguished Professor Raymond Bradley. He will be speaking at the Sunderland Public Library on the science of global warming, the impacts it will have, and what needs to be done to address climate change. If you’ve ever felt confused or overwhelmed by all of the information on climate change, this is a talk not to be missed! Make sure to bring the whole family to inspire future generations to start taking action now and thinking about how they can make a difference.

    For more information, please click on the link below or call 413-665-2642. Sunderland Public Library. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (Free to attend).

  17. October 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    ReGreen Springfield Tree Tender Training Program
    Beginning Tuesday, January 20th from 6pm-8pm.

    WORKSHOP: Fall is here! Is your family out in the yard raking and playing in the leaves? Or taking a drive through New England to see the beautiful fall foliage? If the colors of fall have you feeling inspired, sign up to join ReGreen Springfield to learn more about the trees in our area, landscape design, and urban forestry. ReGreen Springfield will be holding a series of 5 trainings on tree species selection, planting, pruning, landscape aesthetics and design, and urban forestry. The trainings are designed for all ages so bring the whole family! It is a great way to learn more about how to maintain the trees in your own yard as well as develop the skills and knowledge so your family can help with future ReGreen Springfield community projects. If you complete 4 of the 5 sessions, ReGreen Springfield is also providing a free tree care tool. Trainings begin January 20th.

    For more information, please click on the link below. They are currently trying to gauge interest to help develop the curriculum so please sign up now with no obligation or commitment. Springfield, MA. (Free to sign up).

  18. October 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Climate Change Forum
    Thursday, October 9th from 7pm-9pm. Amherst, MA.

    FORUM: Were you able to attend the People’s Climate Change in New York City last month? Have you and your family been following the event in the news? Want to continue to join the 400,000 people who attended the march in saying that now is the time for action to combat Climate Change? Let your voice be heard locally! Amherst will be holding a forum at the Amherst Middle School Auditorium to begin a community dialogue on the issue of Climate Change. Massachusetts legislators will be at the event to go over new bills and initiatives including the Climate Action and Clean Energy Plan. The floor will be open to the public to pose questions or voice your opinion. This event is a great way to participate in the discussion on this global issue as well empower your children and family to be engaged in local political action.

    If you would like more information on this event, please reach out to Rebecca Fricke at or Stephanie Ciccarello at Amherst Regional Middle School Auditorium. 170 Chestnut Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  19. October 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Screening of the Documentary, Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America
    Thursday, October 16th. Turner’s Falls, MA.

    FILM: Western Mass is home to many wonderful co-ops. These co-ops are a resource for communities, local and organic foods, and help create a thriving local economy. The film Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America by local film maker Steve Alves shows us more about the larger cooperative movement and how it is a dynamic force for social and economic change in American culture. The Great Falls Discovery Center will be showing the film as part of this month’s Third Thursday in Turner’s Falls. The screening will begin at 7:15pm but come early to make sure you get a good seat.
    For more information, please click on the link below or feel free to call 413-863-3221. The Great Falls Discovery Center. 2 Avenue A. Turner’s Falls, MA. (Free to attend).

  20. September 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    75%+ ReUse Art Show and Sale
    Saturday, October 18th from 9am-3pm. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLE/ART: Do you love art? Want to know what you can do with those old materials around the house like buttons and bottle caps? If so, bring your family to the 75% ReUse Art Show and Sale and see how these materials and many more are being featured in local artists’ work. See how one man’s trash is another man’s art! There will be fashion shows as well so you can see sustainable trends on the catwalk. If your children are wondering what to be for Halloween, the art show will also be having a Halloween costume exchange! Once everyone finds a costume, check out the workshops and artists’ demonstrations to watch how the artists’ create their pieces and learn to do them at home with your family.

    If you’re an artist who uses recycled or reused materials, consider signing up to be an exhibitor at the show. Registration to be a featured artist is still open until October 8th. Donations of materials will also be accepted. For more information on the event or to apply to be an exhibitor, please click on their Facebook page below or email Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  21. September 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Electronic Recycling Collection at JFK Middle School
    Saturday, October 11th from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    RECYCLE: Upgrading to the new Iphone 6? Just bought the student in your family a new computer for the school year? If you’re wondering what to do with that old cell phone or computer, recycle it at JFK Middle School on October 11th! Old computers, monitors, TV’s, phones, stereos, and/or home or office appliances will all be accepted. Let your children know the importance of e-recycling to prevent harmful materials such as lead and mercury from being disposed of improperly.

    For more information, please click on the link below. You may also contact the Northampton DPW at 413-587-1570 ext. 106 or contact Heather Renauld at 413-582-7989 or Businesses and non-profits should schedule an appointment by calling 413-585-1141. John F. Kennedy Middle School. 100 Bridge Road. Northampton, MA. (No registration required. Fees from $5-$15 per item, printer cartridges and cell phones are free to recycle).

  22. September 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Plant Swap at Forbes Library
    Tuesday, September 30th from 6pm-7:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    GARDEN/COMMUNITY: Looking to spruce up your garden for fall? Want to expand your garden for next year? Valley Time Trade will be hosting a plant swap in the back lawn of Forbes library next to the perennial edibles garden. All are invited to mingle and trade perennials, annuals, edibles, seeds, produce, garden tools and other garden related items. Bring your whole family and pass along your knowledge about plants, gardening, and how to cultivate that green thumb!

    For more information, please click on the link below. You may also reach out to Jessica Gifford at This event will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather. Forbes Library. 20 West Street, Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  23. September 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    National Drug Take Back Day
    Saturday, September 27th from 10am-2pm. Hampshire and Franklin counties.

    WASTE: Have you ever flushed old or leftover medications down the drain? Did you know that across 30 states sampled, the U.S. Geological Survey has found pharmaceuticals in 80% of waterways? Medications found in the samples included antibiotics, antidepressants, steroids, and reproductive hormones. These medications can have serious impacts on human and aquatic life. Do your part to keep our waterways clean and safe for our communities and families. Turn in any leftover or old medications you have laying around the house or in your bathroom vanity on National Drug Take Back Day. Take the opportunity to talk to your children and educate them about drug safety and the importance of disposing medications properly.

    Collection sites will be setup throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties to collect medications including non-prescription meds and vitamins. Don’t forget that there are permanent collection sites located at your police station! For more information on drop-off locations for the collection, please see the website link below. (Free to dispose of medications during collection).

  24. September 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Haberdashery Skillfair 2014
    Saturday, October 25th from 12pm-9pm. Easthampton, MA.

    SKILLSHARING/COLLABORATIVE CONSUMPTION/LOCAL FOOD: Have a great family pie recipe that you make from scratch? Made something fabulous from secondhand items? Come show off your homemade goodies and projects at The Haberdashery Skillfair! There will be competitions for best pie, best upcycled item, best jam, and many more. So gather the family and come up with something great to bake, brew, or craft using local ingredients and materials. It could be the perfect opportunity to teach your children that traditional family recipe or crafting skill. If you don’t have something to enter in the contest, don’t worry! Come to the Skillfair and see what tasty and creative things your friends and neighbors have been making. You may even find inspiration for your next family crafting or culinary project.

    Pre-registration for the competitions is required. Entry forms must be submitted by October 24th. For more information, please see the website link below. The Haberdashery, 52 Union Street. Easthampton, MA. And The Beehive Sewing Studio + Workplace, 271 Pleasant Street. Easthampton, MA. (Free to attend and enter competitions).

  25. September 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Motor Oil and Paint Collection
    Saturday, September 27th from 9am-11:30am. Great Barrington, MA.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE/RECYCLE: Wondering what to do with the extra paint around the house or in the basement from your summer home improvement projects? Want to safely dispose of extra oil sitting in the garage to keep it out of harm’s way for your children? The Southern Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative along with The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) will be having a paint and oil collection this Saturday in Great Barrington for the 15 towns in the region. Residents of these towns may bring their oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, and waste motor oil. Talk with your children about why it’s important to properly dispose of these products. What’s in them that might make them unsafe for humans, animals, and the environment? Search for the answers online or bring your curiosity with you when dropping them off at the collection! Please note that any other type of oil or fuel as well as latex paint will not be accepted. However, empty cans and dried up latex paint can be thrown away in the trash. Usable latex paints can also be reused by donating them through

    A full list of the participating towns can be found on the website below. Pre-registration is required for this event. Please contact Jamie Cahillane from CET at or call to register at 888-577-8448 ext. 14. You may also register through the link below. Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Road. Great Barrington, MA. (Collection is free, but registration is required by September 25th).

  26. September 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Repair Café
    Saturday, September 20th and Saturday, October 18th from 1pm-5pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    REDUCE/SKILL SHARE/MONEY: Wondering what to do with your child’s broken remote control that’s been laying around the house? Or those ripped pair of jeans from your child’s playground adventures? Don’t waste money replacing them! Keep them out of the landfill and repair them instead at the Repair Café in Pittsfield. Your children can learn about how those damaged items work while restoring them with the help of specialists who will on hand to help you and your family master the art of DIY! The repair specialists will include electricians, seamstresses, carpenters, and bicycle mechanics! Tools and materials will also be provided to help you with your repairs.

    Even if you don’t have anything to repair right now, come join the fun by having tea and coffee. You can also help out friends and neighbors with their repairs, be inspired to start that DIY project at the reading table, or watch and learn more about different trades from the specialists.

    For more information about repair cafe, please click on the link below. Saint Stephen’s Church, 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  27. September 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Grow Food Amherst Workshops
    Sundays throughout the fall (times vary depending on workshop). Amherst, MA.

    WORKSHOP/SKILLSHARE: Don’t be scared away by that chill in the air! Grow Food Amherst has moved their weekly Sustainability Sunday Workshops indoors for the fall! They will now be holding them at All Things Local Cooperative Market in Amherst. All Things Local is a year round, six day a week, farmers’ and craft market focused on sustainability and community. Learn how you can support local farming and food sources by turning your local produce from those fun filled fall apple picking excursions into delicious homemade jam at the September 14th workshop on jam making! Other highlights from this season’s lineup of workshops include local residents sharing their knowledge and skills in the handmade soap workshop and how to make herbal oils, creams, and lip balms to keep your skin and lips healthy when the cold weather comes. Pre-registration is required to attend some of the workshops. Please go to the link below to see the events and sign up. All Things Local Cooperative Market, 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (Most of the workshops are free, but a few have small entry fees to cover the cost of materials for you to take home).

  28. September 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Free Workshop: Backyard Earthen Ovens with Ashley Schenk
    Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30-8pm. Northampton, MA.

    SKILL SHARE/CULINARY ARTS/HISTORY: If you’re fascinated by history or interested in learning a new way to bake your classic bread recipes, please join Ashley Schenk for this free workshop on backyard earthen ovens! Ashley will be giving this encore workshop to teach the ancient art of building outdoor earthen ovens which are an easy and inexpensive way to connect with earth, fire, food, and each other. She will be going over how you can construct an outdoor oven, its uses, and modern adaptations. You’ll be prepared to throw that last backyard summer party with homemade pizza!

    Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop. Please call River Valley Market at 413-584-2665 or stop by customer service to register or for more information. River Valley Market, 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA (Free to attend workshop).

  29. September 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    All 4 Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

    Saturday, September 13 from 8am-4pm and Sunday, September 14 from 10am-3pm. Easthampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLE: Back to school shopping? Want to find great items for your children and family while reducing your carbon footprint? All-4-Kids in Easthampton will be having their semi-annual sale the second weekend of September featuring a wide variety of quality used children’s clothes and shoes ranging from infant through young teens as well as games, toys, DVD’s, sports equipment, and maternity clothes! Don’t forget – now that school has started, Halloween is right around the corner! All-4-Kids will also have a variety of costumes!

    If you’ve already done your school shopping and are bursting at the seams, consider being a consigner for the event! All consigners set their own prices, are invited to the pre-sale, and receive 60% off at the sale (70% if you volunteer at the event). Pre-registration is required to be a consigner. For more information, click on the website link below or go to all4kidseasthampton on Facebook. All-4-Kids Easthampton. 22 Greenwood Court. Easthampton, MA. (Free to attend the sale).

  30. June 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    This Summer Consider Sustainable Yard Care!
    Grow Food Amherst and Sustaining Amherst invite all members of the community to a free workshop on how to effectively manage lawns and yards with environmentally sounds methods. The event is being held Wednesday, July 16th at 7:00 PM in the Large Activity Room of the Bangs Community Center.
    Attendees will be advised and learn from a panel of experts which includes Bernadette Giblin of Safeground Organic Landcare, Hope Crolius of the Goat Girls and Artemis Gardens, and Greg Wickles of Clean Air Lawncare. Find out what native plants can enhance living space with little effort, how goats are more effective for long term control of invasive plant species and which mowers are the better environmental choice. This workshop is FREE and open to the public.
    To RSVP to this event or for more information, please contact Amherst Sustainability Coordinator, Stephanie Ciccarello at (413) 259-3149 or via e-mail:

  31. June 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Genetic Roulette Screening
    June 23, 2014 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
    West Springfield Library, W. Springfield

    Want to learn more about GMOs? See the film: Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives

  32. June 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

    The Old Creamery Co-op is proud to hold a Community Bag Sew to replenish our Bagshare Bags on Saturday, June 14 from 10 am to 1pm at The Cummington Sewing Center.

    In 2008 the Creamery chose to stop giving out bags to customers. Together in six years we have saved 470 twenty-five-year-old trees and $30,000. We are the only store in The Pioneer Valley to be completely bag free thanks to The Bagshare Project. (embed links: and

    Come to the Sew! Everyone is welcome. No sewing skills are required. Sew bags, learn to sew bags, cut tags and assemble kits. Leni Fried, founder of the Bagshare Project, says, “Search your closet for any pre-made bags. Raid free piles looking for bags! Bring these bags to the sew and we will sew tags on them. Every bag counts!”

    Bring food to share for lunch. Park across the street at the Village Church. The sewing center is in the basement of the Cummington Community House in the far corner in the back.

    RSVP to Jack Nelson (

    Thanks for helping to keep the Old Creamery Co-op paper- & plastic-bag free!

  33. Katelyn said,

    June 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Transitioning to Community & Regional Resilience
    Saturday, June 21-22. Greenfield MA.

    TRANSITION: Learn more about the Transition Town movement right here in Greenfield! This participatory, 15 hour two day training an in-depth experiential introduction to the ideas, process and practices that have inspired tens of thousands of people and catalyzed global change in thinking, actions and lives, and helped diverse people work together. The workshop will be led by Certified Transition Trainers Tina Clarke & Susal Stebbins.

    Cost: $160 by June 15. $190 afterwards. Lunch, refreshments and materials included.For information on registration, contact Catherine Ratte at Phone: 413-781-6045, x311 or send a check to PVPC, 60 Congress Street, Springfield, MA, 01104-3419. Check to: Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center. All Souls Church, Greenfield, MA. ($$$)
    Susal Stebbins (
    Tina Clarke (

  34. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    BerkShares Membership
    Ongoing, 2014. The Berkshires, MA.

    ECONOMY: Are you a resident of the Berkshire? Are you interested in promoting your local economy? Become a member of BerkShares and put your money where your mind is! BerkShares are a local currency for the Berkshire region of Massachusetts. Dubbed a “great economic experiment” by the New York Times, BerkShares are a tool for community empowerment, enabling merchants and consumers to plant the seeds for an alternative economic future for their communities. Any person or business in the Berkshire Region may accept or spend BerkShares. To find out more and view of a list of participating companies, visit the website at

  35. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Household Hazardous Waste Collection
    Saturday, July 19th from 9:00pm-12:00pm. Lee, MA.

    RECYCLE: Do you have paint left over from painting the baby’s room? Gasoline, insecticide, or toxic cleaners in the garage/shed you’d like to dispose of safely so your kids don’t mistakenly get into it? Residents in the South Berkshires can safely dispose of these items and more in July. Items that will be accepted include propane tanks, rubber cement, mercury thermostats, antifreeze and much more. A complete list of accepted items and participating towns including Becket and Otis can be found online. Sponsored by the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) in partnership with the Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires. Preregistration mandatory. Call Jamie at 888-577-8448 ext 14 or email Lee Waste Water Facility, 379 Pleasant St. Lee. (FREE)

  36. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Renewing Digestive HealthWorkshop
    Tuesday, June 24th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Northampton, MA.

    NUTRITION: We consume food everyday but do we really understand how our choices affect our digestive system? Craig Fear, a local nutritional therapist, will share dietary tips for overcoming common digestive problems such as heartburn, GERD, IBS, food allergies, inflammatory issues, and more. He will explain how the digestive system works to help you understand why things go wrong. He will also discuss the differences between modern diets and traditional diets and offer his expertise for putting these diets into practice. Please register in advance. 413 584-2665. River Valley Market Community Room, 330 N King St. Northampton. (FREE)

  37. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Worm Composting Basics Workshop
    Thursday, June 19th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Northampton, MA.

    COMPOST: Learn everything you need to know about worm composting! Ben Goldberg will provide information about worm bins, the correct compost and feeding schedules for your crawly friends. Children will love to watch their food scraps disappear week after week. Please register in advance. 413 584-2665. River Valley Market Community Room, 330 N King St. Northampton.

  38. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    A Conversation with Michael Pollan
    Tuesday, June 17th from 12pm-1pm. Amherst, MA.

    SPEAKER: Don’t miss a chance to listen to Michael Pollan, world renown author, journalist and professor at UC Berkeley! Pollan is probably best known for his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and more recently, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. As part of the 20th Annual Tastes of the World: Chef Culinary Conference, UMass Amherst will be hosting an on-stage conversation and book signing. Arlin Wasserman, Founder of Changing Tastes and Chair of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council, will moderate the conversation.

    Registered Attendees of the Chef Culinary Conference do not need to purchase a ticket to attend as the event cost is included with registration. Tickets will cost $20 online, $25 at the door, and are non-refundable. Doors will open at 11:15am when we will begin selling a limited number of tickets. The on-stage conversation will be open to the public and will take place in the Campus Center Auditorium, 1st Floor, UMass Amherst. ($20-$25)

  39. Heather Hutchinson said,

    June 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Sustaining Families in a Rural Community SURVEY 6/10-6/30

    Hello Families! Our rural towns and small town schools are great assets here in Western MA but they often struggle financially due in part to small or aging populations, limited economic development potential, or high taxes. Could you take a few moments to take a short survey on behalf of Leverett families? You don’t need to be a resident and in fact it could be more informative if you weren’t. Leverett is a great town away from the hustle bustle with natural beauty all around. By filling out the survey, you will help to shed light on key issues that are important to families when they look for a special place to raise their kids. Leverett would love to be that special place for its families some day- innovative, community/family focused, the sustainable alternative. Can you HELP? Do you know others who are trying to work on helping their towns become more sustainable? Have them contact me. Thanks so Much! Questions?
    Contact Heather Hutchinson-
    Please go to to take the survey now.

  40. June 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Public Invited to Participate in Survey on Potential Bike Share Program

    The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) in conjunction with the Bike Share Advisory Committee has released a survey to gain feedback from the community about a potential regional bike sharing program, a new and innovative approach to urban mobility. A bicycle sharing system is a service in which bicycle rentals are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis. The main purpose is transportation: bike share allows people to depart from point “A” and arrive at point “B” free from the worries of ownership.

    The PVPC is working collaboratively with the Bike Share Advisory Committee which is comprised of four (4) communities (Holyoke, Springfield, Amherst, and Northampton) and several area colleges (UMASS Amherst, Springfield College, Springfield Technical Community College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College and Smith College) to complete a feasibility study for establishing a pilot-scale program. A Regional Bike Share Program is an alternative mode of urban transportation that would stand readily available at central locations and can be used for a fee, free from the worries of ownership of the bicycles. The purpose of this study is to develop a feasibility analysis and implementation framework for establishing a Regional Bike Share program. The focus area is primarily in and around the transit and commuter rail stations with links to the region’s college network. The goal is to have a completed plan and its feasibility with recommendations for possible implementation by the end of 2014. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to take this survey.

    The Regional Bike Share survey can be found in English and Spanish at:
    – For English:
    – For Spanish:

    For more information, contact Joshua A. Garcia or visit

  41. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Continuation of Picnic Presentations
    Wednesdays in June, 12pm-1pm. Northampton, MA.

    June 18- Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet Chef:
    “Make Delicious Meals with Local Greens”

    June 25- Tani Dugger, Insight Photography: Taking Great Family Pictures

    Grab your lunch, join us, and learn something new! River Valley Market Community Room, 330 N King St. Northampton.(FREE)

  42. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Picnic Presentations
    Wednesdays in June from 12pm-1pm.. Northampton, MA.

    June 4- Leah Rose reads from her novel A Drink of Green, set here in the Pioneer Valley.

    June 11-Davis Bates, songs & stories by an award-winning entertainer.

    Grab your lunch, join us, and learn something new! River Valley Market Community Room, 330 N King St. Northampton.(FREE)

  43. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Celebrate Springtime Vegetables
    Thursday, May 29 from 6:30-8:00 pm

    FOOD: Bill Bradley, RD and local cookbook author, will share his love of Mediterranean cooking with tips on preparing your favorite springtime vegetables. Enjoy his live cooking demonstrations and tasty samples; olive oil tasting included. And of course, there will be Hadley Asparagus! River Valley Market, 330 N. King St., Northampton.

  44. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Attract Pollinators to Your Landscape
    Wednesday, June 4th, 6:30pm-8:00pm. Northampton.

    GARDEN: Join Tom Sullivan and learn how to increase pollinator habitat in your own yard by enhancing protecting and creating new habitats for the native bees in New England. Native pollinators are very efficient, non-threatening and critically important for our local food supply. Pre-registration required. Call 413-584-2665 or stop by River Valley Market’s customer service desk. River Valley Market, 330 N. King St., Northampton. (FREE)

  45. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Free Bus Rides
    Fri. & Sat. through October 12, 2014. Lenox, MA.

    TRANSPORTATION: Please consider making Lenox a greener green community by using public transportation for FREE when going downtown, to Lenox Dale, to Lenox Commons, or to the Price Chopper plaza. Regular fares apply to multi-town travel.

    Northbound and southbound #2 bus departures are at 55 minutes after the hour and on the hour respectively, generally from 7am – 6pm weekdays and from 8am – 5pm on Saturdays.The northbound busses continue on to downtown Pittsfield while the southbound busses continue to the Prime Outlet mall in Lee. Both of these destinations are about a 20-minute ride from Lenox Town Hall. For more information and schedules please visit:

    Scott Laugenour
    Lenox Representative
    BRTA Board
    413 241 7327

  46. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Genetic Roulette: A Documentary Screening & Discussion
    Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Amherst, MA.

    GMOS: GMO labeling is an issue that is being brought before legislative committees this year. Many nonprofit organizations are working in support of a mandatory labeling law on foods in Massachusetts. This documentary discusses the health problems associated with consuming GMOs, and features doctors, nutritionists and other health professionals whose clinical experiences have created a grave concern that these ingredients are so widely used in our food.

    The screening will be followed by a question and answer period with Jack Kittredge, from the Northeast Organic Farming Association/MA Chapter. Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.the Woodbury Room, Jones Library, Amherst, MA. (FREE)

  47. Katelyn said,

    May 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30-8:00 pm. Northampton, MA.

    OVEN: Join Ashley Schenk for an introduction to the ancient art of building outdoor earthen ovens-an easy and inexpensive way to connect with earth, fire, food, and each other. Pre-registration is required. Call 413-584-2665 to reserve your spot. River Valley Market, 330 North King St.

  48. Barbara Goodchild said,

    May 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Shelburne Falls Farmers Market will be starting May 23rd and continuing on each Friday until October 24th on Friday afternoons, from 2 – 6:30pm, at the Baptist Corner Lot, at the corner of Main and Water Streets in Shelburne Falls. The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market features fresh produce, local meat, maple syrup, pickles, jams, jellies, marmalades, jewelry, wood crafts, seated body work, herbal products, mushrooms, fresh baked goods, wool, wool products, hand woven items, strawberries, fresh eggs, plant starts, flowers, soap, silk screened clothing, children’s activities, and more. It is a beautiful place to get your local products, visit with neighbors, let the kids play, relax on the green, and meet new friends.
    New this year, the market is hosting “3rd Friday Picnics” during market hours. People are asked to bring a picnic dish to share & a chair. Vendors will have fresh salad fixings for sale with free salad dressings offered by the market.
    The Market is looking for a new market manager, musicians to play, and vendors selling cheese, ready-to-eat foods or drinks, and honey. If you can offer any of these please contact Chris Dwight, Shelburne Falls Market Manager 413-773-5666.

  49. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Grow Food Amherst- Steering Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, May 21 from 12:00noon – 1:30 pm. Amherst, MA.

    COMMUNITY: Be a part of Grow Food Amherst and attend the steering committee meeting to learn more about upcoming projects and ways to get involved! Grow Food Amherst is focused on building a resilient and sustainable community through the purchase of healthy, local food. The agenda will include updates on the Rolling Green Apartment Garden Project, Fort River Farm conservation Area and more. Amherst Town Hall, 2nd Floor Town Room 4 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA.

    Check out their website for the complete Tentative Agenda:

  50. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hazardous Household Waste (HHW) and Electronics Recycling
    Saturday, May 17th from 9am-1pm. Northampton, MA.

    The DPW’s annual HHW Collection Event will be held on Saturday, May 17. Pre-registered Northampton, Florence, and Leeds residents may bring caustic, toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, or dangerous material free of charge for safe disposal via a licensed hazardous materials handler. Residents must preregister by Noon on 5/12/14 to participate. Non-residents, businesses and institutions may participate for a fee by prior arrangement.

    Northampton Public School’s Biannual Electronic Recycling Collection will be held concurrently from 9am-Noon at Smith Voc. For a small fee residents may bring computers, printers, home office machines and appliances, TV’s and other assorted electronics for recycling. Proceeds will benefit the Northampton Public Schools. For more information contact Mary at 586-8488.

    For detailed information visit

  51. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Garden Pot Collection and Swap
    Saturday, May 10th from 9am-1pm. Northampton, MA.

    GARDEN: The Reuse Committee will hold a collection and swap of plant pots, in conjunction with Northampton Education Foundation’s “Save Our Schools” Plant and Garden Market between 9am and 1pm on May 10. The public is invited to bring unwanted rigid garden pots and plant trays. All collected pots and trays will be available to the public free of charge; remaining items will be sent to a regional recycling facility. Six-pack plant containers and other crinkly/non-rigid containers will NOT be accepted. Smith Vocational High, 80 Locust St., Northampton, MA. (FREE)

  52. Katelyn said,

    April 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    More Than Honey: documentary screening
    April 22, 2014 from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    FILM: Around the world, colony collapse disorder is devastating local honeybee populations. This film explores this phenomenon and its impact and consequences. For more information, call Janet Ryan at 413.259.3223. Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE).

  53. Katelyn said,

    April 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Earth Day Movies
    April 21 & 22 at 7:00pm. Longmeadow, MA.

    FILM: Don’t forget Earth Day on April 22nd! Bring the whole family and celebrate our precious planet with two thought provoking documentaries. Trashed delves into the dirty secret of America’s garbage industry and forces us to rethink the weekly trip to the curb or dump. On Tuesday, Bag It explores the way each of us think about, use, and disposes of “harmless” plastic bags. Did you know that Americans use 60,000 plastic bags every five minutes? Both films offer solutions for how we can each lower our environmental footprint. To learn more about the films, go to and Pre-registration is strongly recommended to avoid cancellation and to allow for proper planning. MILLS THEATRE, CARR HALL, Bay Path College Campus, 588 Longmeadow Street Longmeadow, MA. (FREE)

    Check out the trialers:

  54. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Birds in winter: strategies for Winter Survival
    Thursday, April 24th, 3-5pm. Russell, MA.

    BIRDING: This is the first in a series of monthly classes on Birding, sponsored by the he Friends of SHAEC. The series will be led by retired Science teacher Lois Kiraly, of Huntington. The first topic they will explore how birds manage to survive in the winter, without boots, scarves and hats. Recognizing the bird calls of spring will also be discussed. Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St, Russell, MA 01071. (FREE)

  55. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Community Garden Information Session
    Thursday, April 17, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Huntington, MA.

    GARDEN: Interested in a garden plot at the new community garden in Russell? A 20 x 20 plot is only $20. Come to this information session to learn more about this developing community resource. We’ll be discussing structure, plans, expectation, and rule formulation. If you are interested in a garden plot, but can’t make the meeting, be sure to send a friend on your behalf. SHAEC’s Huntington Classroom GRHS, 12 Littleville Rd, Huntington, MA 01050. (FREE)

  56. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Composting for Your Lifestyle
    Wednesday, April 16th from 3-5 PM. Huntington, MA.

    COMPOST: No yard to compost in? Living alone and only producing a small amount of food waste? This workshop is for you! Learn the various forms of composting, and find one that works for you. Taught by Hilltown Land Trust Volunteer Hannah Chamberlain. SHAEC Huntington Classroom GRHS, 12 Littleville Rd, Huntington, MA 01050. (FREE).

  57. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Spring Yoga Class
    Beginning April 22nd on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Pelham, MA.

    YOGA: Welcome in spring with Pamela Burris’ six week yoga class and discover renewal through breath work, movement, and relaxation to increase energy and focus. Each class in this series will provide an opportunity to progressively explore opening of the body through various stretches and poses to increase flexibility and build strength. Pamela is a 200 hr yoga teacher in training with Shri yoga, a form of Hatha yoga. Pamela has practiced yoga for over 20 years and is a holistic nurse as well as a certified life and wellness coach. Participants will need to bring their own mats and a blanket or a towel. Space is limited so please register at the desk. Pelham Library, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002. (FREE)

  58. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Permaculture Design: Connecting You with Your Backyard Landscape
    Thursday, April 17 at 7:00pm. Pelham, MA.

    Learn how you can use Permaculture Design in your backyard to create a sustainable ecosystem that produces food and acts as a teaching tool for nature’s circle of life. Ashley Schenk of Broadfork Permaculture will focus on your relationship to your residential landscape as seen through the unique lens of a permaculture designer. He’ll use case studies of real projects to describe the process, from articulating your goals to employing design strategies, and identifying what is and isn’t working in your landscape. For more information find them at: Pelham Library, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002. (FREE)

  59. Felix Lufkin said,

    April 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Only you can help plant public access fruit trees in the Valley and Hilltowns! Can you help Help Yourself, a non profit, plant 2,000 fruit and nut trees in public places, free for all to harvest from? Help us meet our Indiegogo fundraiser goal! Thanks!

  60. Katelyn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Permaculture Class Series
    Beginning Wed. April 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    April 16th: Permaculture Basics. Permaculture uses ecology as a model for designing integrated systems for community resilience. We’ll cover definitions, history and principles and see examples of permaculture in action. You will walk away inspired with techniques you can try at home.

    April 23rd, Eat Your Yard: Backyard Edible Forest. Gardens Paw Paw’s, Persimmons, Currents, Raspberries, Figs oh my! Learn how to garden like the forest and turn your yard into an edible paradise. In this workshop you will learn about site prep, species selection and planting methods to grow your own back (or front) yard food forest.

    May 7th, Permablitz: Like a flashmob only tastier. Learn how to transform your yard into a permaculture paradise and build community at the same time! A Permablitz is a one day permaculture flash mob where people come together to transform house’s, school’s or business’s into edible ecological paradises.

    You have to preregister with the River Valley Market at 413-584-2665 spaces fill fast. (FREE)

    For more information visit Mobile Design Lab and join the western MA
    Permaculture Meet UP

  61. Katelyn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Build a hoop-house greenhouse
    Saturday, April 12, 2pm-4pm. Huntington, MA.

    GREENHOUSE: Build a Hoop House Greenhouse! Come join in on this workshop, building a hoop house greenhouse at the GRHS Garden site, just past the student parking lot. This easy to build, yet sturdy structure, is versatile enough to meet a multitude of shelter needs, including keeping cord word dry, to housing equipment or small animals. Rain date: Sunday, April 13th, 2-4pm. GRSD garden plot, past the student parking lot. To Register for a class, please call 413-685-1052 or email at (Free for Hilltown Residents)

    For more information, please check out our website:

  62. Katelyn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Choosing the Best Seeds for your Home Garden
    Wednesday, April 9, 4:00-5:30PM

    SEEDS: It’s time to start your seedlings! But where do you get seeds that will increase your chances for garden success? What’s the difference between heirloom, hybrid, organic, open pollinated, pelleted, and coated seeds? What about GMO seeds? How do you avoid those? What do all these seed terms mean anyway? Free Heirloom, Organic, Non-GMO Corn, Kale, and Sunflower seeds to all participants. SHAEC Huntington Classroom GRHS To Register for a class, please call 413-685-1052 or email at for Hilltown Residents)

    For more information, please check out our website:

  63. March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Revisioning Sustainability Conference, June 22-25 at UMass Amherst. Explore real world examples of innovative food systems sustainability programs that embody whole-systems regeneration in practice. At this premiere gathering of food sustainability and permaculture professionals, we bring together campus and community leaders from permaculture initiatives, programs such as the Real Food Challenge, sustainable procurement professionals, progressive administrators, and student advocates from campuses nationwide, in order to collectively develop new ideas, strengthen existing networks, and gain tools that will aide in the cultivation of a truly regenerative world. For more information and to register go to:
    Early Registration discounts end April 22.

  64. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Permaculture Design: Connecting you with your backyard landscape
    Saturday, March 29th from 2pm to 4pm. Amherst, MA.

    PERMACULTURE: Permaculture combines food production with awareness of natural plants and longterm sustainability. Learn how to build a garden that your children can enjoy for years to come! The workshop will begin with a presentation highlighting the relationship between homeowner and residential landscape, as seen through the unique “lens” of a permaculture designer. Then, we will lead a site tour from the designers’ perspective — discussing Gabor’s past and current goals, describing strategies that he has already implemented, and identifying what is and isn’t working. We will focus on alternative or complimentary design solutions that would help the landscape continue to thrive. The program is supported by Broadfork Permaculture Design, a worker-owned cooperative landscaping company located here in the Pioneer Valley: is limited – please RSVP (send an email to or call 413-253-9755) to ensure a spot.44 Beston Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE; donation $5- $15)

  65. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 26, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Zero Waste in the Pioneer Valley
    March 29th at 12pm. Amherst, MA.

    WASTE: Did you know that Grow Food Amherst hosts free sustainable living workshops at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market every Saturday? This week learn more about what Zero Waste means for the Pioneer Valley–These Collaborative Consumption opportunities are examples of sharing knowledge as well as resources to support resilient communities!

  66. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival 2012-2013
    Monday, March 10th from 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. Northampton, MA.

    FILMS: Check out some of the best films from 2012 and 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Enjoy local, organic popcorn, meet some of the film stars and brainstorm your own film! The Pioneer Valley has many innovative and heart-warming projects to document, including: energy efficient housing, sustainable food production, eco-transportation, local and sustainable manufacturing, waste management, arts and culture, personal and community well-being, and more.Local filmmakers and community leaders will support conversation about resilience and sustainably in the valley.

    Internationally-renowned filmmaker Rawn Fulton will facilitate a discussion with anyone interested in making a film for the 2014 festival. Topics included in the annual festival are: community resilience, local food, local economy, local energy and ecological sustainability. .For information about submitting a film or having your project be filmed, contact Judy Phillips, Organizing Group,, 978-544-2653. All Northampton Community Television (backside of the High School) 380 Elm Street, Northampton. (FREE)

  67. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Community Reading of Eaarth
    Thursday, March 13th from 7-9pm. Shelburne Falls, MA.

    BOOK: The Buckland Energy Committee is hosting a “Community Read” of Bill McKibben’s Eaarth. First published in 2010, Eaarth details the extent of climate change and its impact on our physical planet as well as our social systems. While the information and research presented is sobering, McKibben also outlines steps we as individuals and communities can take to meet the challenges ahead. Welcome the spring season with a lively discussion of issues and ideas presented in the book plus your visions for a more sustainable future for our communities. Copies of the book along with a list of “food for thought” questions, will be available at the Arms Library, Buckland Public Library, and the Shelburne Free Public Library. Refreshments will also be provided. Arms Library in Shelburne Falls. (FREE)

  68. Katelyn said,

    March 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Backyard Bioshelter Greenhouse Workshop
    March 8th from 10am-4pm. Holyoke, MA.

    GREENHOUSE: Join Jonathan Bates of Food Forest Farm & special guest Eric Toensmeier from to learn how you can produce organic food all year round! Jonathan and Eric and their families have been living and eating in this garden for 8 years and currently own and operate profitable eco-businesses from their home and garden.Your family will love fresh figs and citrus in the dead of winter just by going into your backyard. A bioshelter’s unique ecosystem can support fish tanks, solar electric, worm composting, rain catchment and so much more! Registration required. Holyoke, MA. ($95)

    Register here!

    Food Forest Farm

  69. February 25, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Registration is now open for the upcoming Revisioning Sustainability Conference: Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems, June 22-25 at UMass Amherst. For more information and to register go to:

  70. deborah yaffee said,

    February 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Important info and meeting coming up. We need to do all we can to stop
    the fracking pipeline going through northern MA. No community will be able to stop land being taken by eminent domain if approved. People’s lands are already being looked at.

    Please send special separate blasts to your lists.

    Here is the info:

    What route would you like the proposed gas pipeline to take?
    We are all one big community here in Western MA so no town could easily claim NIMBY and if does go through, eminent domain may be imminent.

    Presentation on Fracking in Western MA, Saturday, March 8, 2014, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    There will be a presentation on the TGP Northeast Expansion Pipeline being planned to run through the Berkshires and across northern Massachusetts. Bruce Winn from Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT – will be talking about the basics of fracking, the proposed pipeline route, the nature of the pipeline and its contents, environmental and health issues, economic and regulatory issues, issues of eminent domain, and what can we do to stop this. Discussion time to follow.
    Place: Village Congregational Church, Main Street, Cummington, MA


  71. Katelyn said,

    February 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Fresh Fest: Food, farming, culture and community
    Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 2. Williamstown, MA.

    FILMS: Fresh Fest is an annual film festival about food, farming, culture and the community. This year’s variety of films educate audiences young and old on the importance of sustainable thought in our food supply and daily choices. Events range from “A Place at the Table”, a documentary about food access, to a live broadcast of “TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat”, to “Leviathan”, an experimental documentary about the commercial fishing industry. Most events will have local food available and will be followed by a discussion. Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. (FREE) For complete information:

    A Place at the Table Friday 2/28, at 5pm
    Family-Friendly, recommended for ages 8 and up.

    TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat Saturday, 3/1, 10:30am – 6:15pm
    Full day of inspirational speakers including: Peggy Neu (Meatless Monday), Michael Roxyne (Local Food Distribution), Regina Bernard-Carreno (Food Racism), Virginia Clarke (Philanthropy and Sustainable Agriculture) and more.

    After Winter, Spring
    Saturday, 3/1, at 3pm. Wild Oats Community Market (Williamstown, MA) soup served
    In the Périgord region of southwest France, a rural community grapples with a profound question: will it be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years?

    Soul Food Junkies
    Saturday, 3/1, at 5pm
    Soul Food Junkies explores the history and social significance of soul food to black cultural identity and its effect on African American health, good and bad. Directed by Byron Hurt; 64 minutes.

    Sunday, 3/2, at 3pm
    LEVIATHAN is an immersive documentary that takes a look inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing off the New England coast. Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel; 87 minutes.

  72. Katelyn said,

    February 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Cooking with Local Vegetables & Seasonal Fruit Workshop
    Saturday, February 22 from 12pm-1pm. Amherst, MA.

    FOOD: Bring the whole family to the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market and get an added bonus on Feb. 22! Local author Claire Hopley will lead a workshop on local vegetables and seasonal fruit despite the cold and the snow. She will focus on citrus and other in-season fruit to cook “zingy and nutritious dishes.” Want more recipes? Claire will be selling her book, Valley Vegetables, so pick up a signed copy before you leave. Sponsored by Grow Food Amherst. Amherst Regional Middle School, Amherst MA. (FREE)

    For more information, see:

  73. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    February 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Edible Perennial Gardening & Landscaping
    Saturday, February 8 at 1:00 PM. Hadley, MA.

    GARDENING: Bring your little green thumbs to learn more about edible perennials throughout the year! Naturalist and Landscaper John Root Learn teaches how to establish and maintain a variety of perennials,
    including trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous plants,
    that yield abundant crops of delicious and nutritious food with minimal maintenance. Hadley Garden Center, 285 Russell St., Hadley. (FREE)

    For more information on John Root and his other workshops, visit:

  74. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    February 3, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?”
    Wednesday, Wed. Feb. 26th at 6:30 pm. Greenfield, MA.

    FILM: Do your children know where their sweet sticky honey comes from? Honey bees around the world are in trouble due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). A film by Taggart Siegel explores this devastating problem in the beehive, interviewing beekeepers, scientists, and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk, and Vandana. Find out what might be causing CCD and why bees are so important to our sustainable way of life. A discussion after the film will be led by Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary (South Deerfield), a full-time beekeeper dedicated to preserving genetic lines of Russian honeybees. Shiva Saint James Church, Parish Hall, Corner of Church & Federal in Greenfield. Enter via parking lot side door. Refreshments served. Contact: 413-773-5165. (FREE/DONATION)

  75. Katelyn said,

    February 1, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Solar Energy Workshop
    Tuesday, February 4th from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Northampton, MA.

    SOLAR: Take charge of your energy independence! Join solar energy consultant Laura Biddulph of RGS Energy for a talk on solar power for your home or business. Learn why Massachusetts sports the fastest payback on your solar investment in the whole country. Get the scoop on incentives and rebates as well as learning what steps you can take to get the most out of solar energy in your home. Pre-registration is required.To sign up, stop by Customer Service at River Valley Coop or call 413-584-2665. (FREE)

  76. Katelyn said,

    February 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Repair Cafe.
    Saturday, February 15th from 1:00 to 5:00. Pittsfield, MA.

    REUSE: Don’t throw away that broken lamp or coat with a missing button! Come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe with small electronics, chairs & wooden items, and clothing items. This monthly event is sponsored by the Pittsfield Resilience Circle with free refreshments. For more information, to volunteer, or to be a sponsor, call Tom at 413-212-8589 or email Janet at St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St, Pittsfield (enter from Allen Street). (FREE)

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe:

  77. Katelyn said,

    January 30, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Food for Change Screening
    Saturday, February 1, 2:00 pm. Northampton, MA.

    MOVIE: An inspiring new movie by local award-winning filmmaker Steve Alves about the cooperative movement in the United States. Learn more about the cooperative economic model and collaboration through cooperative education with co-op members, college students and the general public. Purchase tickets at River Valley Market, The Old Creamery Co-op, online, and at the box office. Academy of Music Theater, Northampton, MA. (Tickets at $7.50).

    All proceeds benefit Amherst Community Co-op.

  78. Katelyn said,

    January 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Amherst Toy Library OPEN HOUSE
    Friday Feb 7th, 9 to 11 am. Amherst, MA.

    TOYS: What fun are toys without children to enjoy them? Borrow or donate toys at the Amherst Toy Library! The library has over100 donated lightly-used toys available for children infants through 8 years of age. The toys include puzzles, vehicles, games and blocks. Families may borrow the donated toys for 3 weeks. The open hours are Wednesday and Thursday 11-1 and Friday 9-12. The Amherst Toy Library serves local families while helping the environment by sharing and reusing toys. Participants are able to try out new toys before they make a purchase. Families who cannot afford certain toys may be able to find them at the toy library. If space is tight at home, toys can be rotated through borrowing. When a family is temporarily visiting our area, items are easily available for children to use. Reusing toys significantly reduces waste. Contact coordinators Randa Nachbar and Shangzhu Wang at Bangs Community Center, 2nd Floor, Downtown Amherst, MA.

  79. January 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Williamsburg, Whately, and Chesterfield to Host Introduction to Solarize Mass

    In conjunction with the Solarize Mass program, on Wednesday, February 12, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will present an information session on installing solar electric panels for homes and businesses. The Solarize Williamsburg-Whately-Chesterfield program will run until June 30, 2014.

    All three towns were selected to participate in a recent statewide competition; the winners were announced last month. Williamsburg, Whately, and Chesterfield together were able to meet the program’s minimum requirement of 1,000 owner-occupied residences.

    There has never been a better time to buy solar. The Solarize Mass program’s incentive reduces the cost of installing solar power through a group purchase model – as more owners sign on for solar panel installation, the cost goes down.

    The program also reduces the cost of leasing or power purchasing agreements, which require no money down from the homeowner. Leasing is not available for businesses through the program.

    The presentation will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 12, at the Williamsburg Town Offices at 141 Main Street (Route 9). The audience will get an overview of the program, information about solar electric power, and the timeline for participating. A question-and-answer period will follow.

    For those who cannot attend, contact to indicate your interest in solar or request a brochure, or for more information on the program, go to

    The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is under the auspices of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

  80. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Complementary Care Clinic at Green Fields Market.
    Monday, 20 January 2014 11:00 to 2:00p.m. Greenfield, MA.

    HEALING: Take 15 minutes of healing for yourself and come to the Green Fields Market in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Two local healing professionals are offering a seated bodywork clinic. Sign up that day and receive a free 15-minute Acupressure Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, or Energy Healing session. For more information, contact Margaret Olin (413) 625-8688 or Karen Traub (413) 367-9826. Upstairs in the Green Fields Market meeting room, 144 Main Street, Greenfield. (FREE)

  81. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Repair Cafe.
    Saturday, January 18th from 1:00 to 5:00. Pittsfield, MA.

    REUSE: Don’t throw away that broken lamp or coat with a missing button! Come to the Pittsfield Repair Cafe with small electronics, chairs & wooden items, and clothing items. This monthly event is sponsored by the Pittsfield Resilience Circle with free refreshments. For more information, to volunteer, or to be a sponsor, call Tom at 413-212-8589 or email Janet at St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St, Pittsfield (enter from Allen Street). (FREE)

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe:

  82. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    CISA Winter Farmers’ Markets
    Saturdays, Winter 2014. (Amherst, Greenfield, Northampton, Springfield)

    FARMERS MARKET: Bring your family to your local farmers market for fresh, local food all winter long! Find out more about CISA’s work to double the amount of local food in our diets at or 413-665-7100.

    On Saturday, January 25th, join CISA at the Amherst Winter Farmers’ Market from 10am-2pm at the Amherst Regional Middle School.

    On Saturday, February 1st, visit the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market from 10am-1pm at the Greenfield High School.

    On Saturday, February 8th, join CISA at the Northampton Winter Farmers’ Market from9am-2pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School AND at the Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market from 10am-2pm in the Old Monkey House in Forest Park.

    More details available at

  83. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Winter Book/Study Group
    Thursday, January 23rd from 7 to 8pm. Cummington, MA.

    BOOK GROUP: Get a babysitter and come to the seed saving book group! Winter is the best time to read up on seeds in preparation for the spring. The current book is Carol Deppe: Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties.The meetings occur on the second and fourth Thursday through early March. Please contact Sadie at 634-5013 or Michael at 413-358-6919 or Creamery (Sustainability Library upstairs) 445 Berkshire Trail Cummington, MA 01026. (FREE)

  84. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    January 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Showing of “Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of our lives”
    Wednesday, Wed. Jan. 22nd 6:30 pm. Greenfield, MA.

    FOOD: Care about the meals your children are eating? Have questions about GMOs in the media and on food labels? Come to a free showing of “Genetic Roulette” to learn more about genetically modified organisms (GMO) and the regulations, or lack thereof, governing this food supply in the United States. This documentary delves into the deteriorating health of Americans and ways our current food system aids in this negative trend. The film was created by Jeffrey M. Smith and narrated by Lisa Oz; the showing is co-sponsored by Greening Greenfield and St. James Church. For more information call: (413) 773-5165. Enter via parking lot side door Saint James Church Parish Hall Corner of Church & Federal St., Greenfield. (FREE)

  85. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    January 6, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Move Your Assets! (From Wall Street to Main Street)
    Monday, January 13, 2014 from 7pm-9pm. Holyoke, MA.

    MONEY: Sustainability affects more than our carbon footprint and our food supply. Invest Here Now is a newly formed group focused on local investing in western Mass and educational awareness on the role our money plays in the global society. A panel discussion will cover the fear behind changing our investing habits as well as the benefits, risks, and alternative options for our financial assets. Invest Here Now is also inviting economic development organizations to send representatives to participate as a focus point in that part of the event.Scott 413 665-2041 Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow Street Holyoke. (FREE).

    Learn more and sign up today:

  86. Katelyn said,

    November 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Change Makers: Hone Your Skills Workshop
    Wednesday, Dec. 4th, 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Springfield MA.

    WORKSHOP: You are a change maker in your own home, fostering “member participation” each day before school and after dinner. Learn these valuable skills out in the community with PV Sustain’s newest workshop. Whether you’re a municipal, non-profit or cooperative leader interested in fostering civic and member participation or just a citizen interested in being more effective as an advocate for change, learn how you can mobilize a group. Professor Joseph Krupczynski from UMass Center for Design will give a keynote on “Engagement” followed by breakout sessions and strategic planning with experienced people in the field. Register at 60 Congress St., Springfield. (FREE)

  87. Katelyn said,

    November 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Screening of “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us”
    Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Shelburne Falls MA.

    FILM: Do your children know where their sweet sticky honey comes from or the danger bees across the globe are currently facing? Bring older students to see a screening of “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us,” an award-winning documentary about the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. This is Buckland Energy Committee’s second film in the committee’s fall series providing inspiration on topics of the environment, sustainability, and energy use. The film will be followed by discussion with two beekeepers from the community, Dan Conlon and Daniel Berry, who will share their unique experiences with bees in the Pioneer Valley. Contact Margaret with questions at (413) 625-9671. Arms Library, Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. (FREE)

    Visit Dan Conlon’s apiary:

  88. Katelyn said,

    November 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Screening of “GMO OMG”
    Thursday, December 5th at 7:00pm. Chicopee, MA.

    MOVIE: As a parent, we all wonder and worry that our children are eating well and getting the correct nutrients. Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert set out to discover the story behind the current food system, the health of the planet and answer the ever-pressing question: what’s on your plate? Sponsored by GMO Free Massachusetts, you can reserve tickets on their facebook page: Filming will occur at Christ’s Community Church, 103 Springfield St., Chicopee MA. ($7 per ticket)

  89. Katelyn said,

    November 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Alan Weisman Talk: “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?”
    Thursday, November 21 2013 at 7pm. South Hadley, MA.

    SUSTAINABILITY: Author Alan Weisman traveled to over 20 countries asking big questions about the planet’s sustainability and the future of humanity. Does humanity have a future on earth? How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? In his newest book, Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, Weisman discusses our crowded planet and the way he believes we must arrive at a stable, optimum population. Before his latest travels, Weisman has written other books including The World Without Us, an international bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Clapp Laboratory’s Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. (FREE)

  90. Katelyn said,

    November 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Film Screening of Switch
    Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. Greenfield, MA.

    FILM: Greening Greenfield will kick off its 5th annual sustainable living film series with SWITCH, a documentary about energy, and how we can choose our energy future and switch from fossil fuels to more Earth-friendly options and prosper! Through a fascinating voyage around the world with our hosts, we will meet with people working in the energy industry – from coal and nuclear to solar, wind and more – and explore the pros and cons of how we power our lives. For inspiration, we also travel to countries that are fossil fuel free. Refreshments served. Discussion will follow the film. The St. James Episcopal Church, Parish Hall behind Federal St. church, 8 Church Street, Greenfield. St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church Street, Greenfield, MA. (FREE/DONATION)

  91. Katelyn said,

    November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Winter is Coming: Is Your Home Ready?
    Tuesday, November 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    WINTERIZE: Making your house more energy efficient will mean less cold drafts, lower utility bills, and a warmer, cozier home for the winter. Join The Center for Eco Technology for a discussion about some simple, low cost ways that you can make your house more efficient. Information will be provided on how to access the energy efficiency incentives being offered through the Home MPG program, which is currently being piloted in Monson, Springfield, Belchertown, Hampden, Palmer, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, and Wilbraham. Hampden Town Hall, 625 Main Street, Hampden, MA. (FREE).

  92. Katelyn said,

    November 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Valley Zero Waste 2nd Launch Event.
    Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. Springfield, MA

    WASTE: We are a society taught to consume and throwaway: toy packaging, juice boxes, candy wrappers and sippy cups. Why leave our children piles of garbage when there is another way? Attend one of two launch events and join other who want to make a difference by through a Zero Waste culture. Valley Zero Waste (VZW) works to slow down our accelerated consumption in the Pioneer Valley. The goal encourages channeling our discarded items out of landfills through reuse, recycling and composting. “We may never get to zero waste, but we can get closer by planning for zero.” There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format. Refreshments will be provided. The second launch event will be similar to the first but will be held in Springfield for the convenience of people in the southern part of the Pioneer Valley. In the Community Room at the Central Library on State St. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

    *The first launch event was held Friday, November 8 in Amherst.*

  93. Katelyn said,

    November 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Sustainability Sunday: A Day of Creative Community Exchange
    Sunday, November 17th from 2pm-8pm. Plainfield, MA.

    COMMUNITY: In this day and age, so many of us communicate through e-mail, phone and text conversations. Sustainability Sunday works to bring a community together again through social gatherings and conversations about our need for community engagement. Spend time speaking about community with your children: available resources, local activities and active members. The day begins with a sharing & discussion followed by a shared potluck dinner at 5pm and an open mic at 6:30pm. Come for some or all of Sustainability Sunday and receive $10 off a future Workshop at Earthdance! RSVP to with the number in your party. Please let us know what time you’re coming, what Potluck dish you might bring (you can also pay $10), and, if you have a Salon offering, how many minutes your performance might be. 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA 01070. (FREE).

    Visit for more info.

  94. Katelyn said,

    November 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Valley Zero Waste Launch Event.
    Friday, November 8th from 7-8:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    WASTE: We are a society taught to consume and throwaway: toy packaging, juice boxes, candy wrappers and sippy cups. Why leave our children piles of garbage when there is another way? Attend one of two launch events and join other who want to make a difference by through a Zero Waste culture. Valley Zero Waste (VZW) works to slow down our accelerated consumption in the Pioneer Valley. The goal encourages channeling our discarded items out of landfills through reuse, recycling and composting. “We may never get to zero waste, but we can get closer by planning for zero.” There will be a short film and plenty of discussion in a problem/solution format. Refreshments will be provided. Glass Room (lower level), Bangs Community
    Center*, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst.

    *The second launch event will be held Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in Springfield.*

  95. November 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) and the Buckland Fire Department are sponsoring a Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) and Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for volunteers. MRC and CERT Volunteers are community members who respond to disasters in their local communities and throughout Franklin County. Often many people come out to volunteer and help when a disaster strikes. But without proper training they are not as helpful as they could be. Our recent run of ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other large scale events shows a clear need for prepared citizen volunteers. By training before a disaster occurs, volunteers prepare themselves and their families to be ready; and are then available to respond in their community with sheltering, mass feeding and assisting first responders. Some CERT volunteers also train to assisting animals in disasters.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, our next training will start November 20th. Contact the Citizen Corps Coordinator at or 413-774-3167 X137. E-mail is best.

  96. Katelyn said,

    October 31, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Science & Sustainability Expo and Kidwind Challenge
    Thursday, Nov 7 from 4-5:30pm. Greenfield, MA.

    PROJECT: Calling all teachers, parents and youth leaders of Gr 3 -12 Youth! Now is the time to start preparing for the Science & Sustainability Expo occurring on March 12, 2014. This great event showcases a variety of school-based sustainable initiatives, green architecture and renewable energy. “Learn about many ways to get involved in this unique,intergenerational, educational event with competitive and non-competitive opportunities for all. Help facilitate youth & adult sustainability education, commitment and action to create a cleaner, greener and habitable planet.” Don’t forget to learn more about the KidWind Challenge at To register, email Susan Reyes Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301.

  97. Katelyn said,

    October 30, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Tailgate Tag Sale
    Saturday, November 9th from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLE: Pack the van with used toys, shoes and clothes that just don’t fit anymore for a fall cleaning! Swap and sell items with other families for new found treasures. If at the end of the event, you still have stuff you don’t want, there will be a Salvation Army truck available where you can donate your household items or textiles. Up to 56 households may participate in this event at no cost, but preregistration is required. Contact Deb Laizer at 413-587-1570, ext. 4306 or Susan Waite at 413-587-1059 to preregister. Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St, Northampton. (FREE/FUNDRAISER)

  98. Katelyn said,

    October 30, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Root, Hog or Die-Film Screening
    Sunday, November 3rd from 4-6pm. Northampton, MA.

    FARMING: Watch a timeless documentary that celebrates local farmers and fresh produce like those in the Pioneer Valley! The movie “Root, Hog or Die” is a remastered 1973 classic, documenting the lives of local farmers of yesteryear. Join local farming organizations including CISA, the Kestral Land Trust and Hilltown Land Trust for a look at the simple successes and challenges of a farmer’s life 40 years ago. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion with present-day farmers: Cliff Hatch ofUpinngil Farm (Gill), David Fisher of Natural Roots (Conway), Chip Hager of Hager’s Farm (Colrain), and Sarah Voiland of Red Fire Farm (Montague & Granby), as well as CISA staffer Margaret Christie. For tickets, call the Academy of Music box office at 413-584-9032 ext.105. Open Tuesday-Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm. Academy of Music, 274 Main St, Northampton. ($15)

  99. October 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    All towns welcome to First Congregational Church of Lee Electronic Recycle Day on Sat., November 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at the parking lot located at 25 Park Place, Lee, MA. Accepting all electronics to include monitors, computers, computer games, stereo equipment, copy and fax machines, printers, TV’s and item that has a plug. We are also accepting any appliances, such as washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators as well as lawn mowers, snow blowers with the gas removed, exercise equipment and grills.The recycle event will have low fees of $5 each r computer, $10 any monitor or small TV less than 19″, $15 each TV between 19″ and 26″ and $20 each TV over 26″ wide and wood console TV’s, projection TV’s $25 each. . Any appliance are $10 each. Any cell phones, car, truck batteries are free.

  100. Katelyn said,

    October 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival
    Friday, October 25th from 7 to 9 pm. Greenfield, MA.

    TRANSITION TOWNS: This is an event for the whole family, including transition town experts and newcomers who want to learn more about local sustainability. The collection of ten short films will highlight themes of equality, self-help, valuing resources, supporting locally produced, community building, green marketing, diversity, and celebration. Local documentarian Rawn Fulton will be the MC for this event, and prizes will be given out for the top three short films in the competitive category. A meet and greet with film directors will follow the showing. Go to or contact Scott MacPherson at GCTV, 774.4288 or Cohn Dining Commons, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr. Greenfield. (FREE/DONATION APPRECIATED)

  101. Katelyn said,

    October 16, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Travels of a Rubber Duck: Science and Policy on Chemicals in Global Manufacturing”
    Thursday, October 24, at 4:30 pm. South Hadley, MA.

    LECTURE: Toxic chemicals are found in food packaging, cosmetics and other things we use daily. Ann Blake, is an expert in the environmental impact of chemicals in consumer products. She believes businesses to have access to information and tools necessary to make sustainable choices all the way through their production line (from sourcing to retail). A Mount Holyoke graduate, Blakefounded Environmental and Public Health Consulting to help organizations reduce use of harmful chemicals while meeting their needs for goods, services, and jobs. She will talk about what scientific research tells us about the human health and environmental impacts of chemicals in products, as well as the latest developments in regulation of chemicals. She will also discuss the interplay among science, regulation, policy, and global economic drivers, and current efforts to shift from a “take-make-waste” economic model to a greener “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and prosperity. Kendade Hall (Room 305), Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St South Hadley, MA 01075.

  102. Katelyn said,

    October 15, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    National Food Day Celebration-Community Potluck
    Thursday, October 24th from 6pm-8pm. Amherst, MA.

    POTLUCK: Whip up your favorite dish, gather up the kids and celebrate food with members of your community! Grow Food Amherst is sponsoring community wide potluck to celebrate National Food Day and the importance of eating fresh, local foods. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share prepared with items from their garden, CSA, or local farm; their own plate and utensils and an index card with a list of ingredients for those with food allergies. Grow Food Amherst hopes to add all the recipes together to create a community cookbook. The group will also have a photo board on hand so that people may share photos of their gardens or prepared dishes. Contact: Sustainability Coordinator, Stephanie Ciccarello (413) 259-3149 or via e-mail at Large Activity Room, Bangs Community Center, 4 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. (FREE)

  103. Katelyn said,

    October 15, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    King Corn: Screening and Director Appearance
    Monday, October 21 at 7:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    DOCUMENTARY: How much corn does America consume? The answer may surprise you…watch a screening of King Corn and meet inspirational film director Aaron Woolf in person! “The film follows two friends on their journey through the agricultural industry, from corn fields to final consumption. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they discover raises troubling questions about how we eat – and how we farm.”Tickets at the Amherst Cinema box office. Program sponsored by Amherst College. 26 Amity St. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

  104. Katelyn said,

    October 10, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Art Reuse DEPOT
    Saturday, October 19th, 2013 from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    VOLUNTEER/REUSE: Looking for new Halloween customers for your little ones? Trying to clear the playroom of pipe cleaners, finger paint and glue sticks? Bring them to the 2nd annual Art Reuse DEPOT hosted by Northampton DPW event. Donate traditional/non-traditional arts & crafts supplies like coins, jewelry, keys, hardware, fabric, sewing supplies (lace, thread, ribbon, buttons) postcards, canvas brushes and paints. For Halloween, drop off costumes to swap for children, adults and pets. Don’t forget to choose new and exciting items for your children to use! Styrofoam and bulky rigid plastics will also be collected on Saturday. The Northampton DPW is welcoming any and all volunteers on Friday night: 5-7 or Saturday 8:30 – 12:30, as much or as little time as you can. Drop art materials (not styrofoam or bulky rigid plastics) on Friday 10/18/13: 5-7 pm and Saturday 10/19: 8:30 – 10; Swap Art Materials (and Bulky Rigid Plastics) 10/19/13: 9-12. Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street, Northampton, MA. E-mail Deborah Jane Slavitt, ReUse Art Coordinator, at (FREE)

    A complete list of collection on Northampton Reuse Facebook page and Northampton DPR Site:

  105. Katelyn said,

    October 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    FORUM: The City wants to hear what YOU have to say about the future of clean energy. Your actions and opinions will shape a healthy and bright future for generations to come. Mayor Narkewicz invites the entire community to the 2nd Clean Energy Forum (201 Forum) to review and prioritize ideas generated by community members at Forum 101. The first forum (Forum 101) was widely attended with over 90 participants proposing ideas on: energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean transportation, clean energy storage and microgrids, waste reduction, and outreach and education. There will be experts on hand to discuss pros, cons, and options for potential local project development and participants will review technical assessments of Northampton by our State partners – the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division. Refreshments served. RSVP requested. If you have anything further to add to Northampton’s clean energy idea list, feel free to contact Northampton’s Energy and Sustainability Officer, Chris Mason at Northampton Senior Center, Northampton. (FREE)

    RSVP is requested by going to:

    Find a full list of these ideas from Clean Energy Forum (Forum 101) at:

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