Sustainability Bulletin Board

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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.

SUSTAINABILITY BULLETIN BOARD MANAGER

Katelyn Tsukada ♦ Katelyn moved to Western MA in August 2012 and is the Hilltown Families Sustainability Bulletin Board Manager. She works for an environmental nonprofit, the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), coaching residents and businesses on energy efficiency. While at Bucknell University, Katelyn majored in Environmental Studies and wrote her senior thesis on community-based natural resource management in the Philippines. Her hobbies include writing, acting and dancing in a new contemporary dance company called The Movery located in Hadley. E-mail Katelyn at ktsukada@hilltownfamilies.org for questions or comments on all things sustainable!


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105 Comments

  1. 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)

  2. 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)

  3. 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).

  4. 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)

  5. 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: http://www.broadfork.coop. Pelham Library, 2 S Valley Rd, Pelham, MA 01002. (FREE)

  6. 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! http://igg.me/at/helpyourself

  7. 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

  8. 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 Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com (Free for Hilltown Residents)

    For more information, please check out our website: http://www.SHAEC.org

  9. 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 Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com(Free for Hilltown Residents)

    For more information, please check out our website: http://www.SHAEC.org

  10. 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: http://www.revisioningsustainability.com/
    Early Registration discounts end April 22.

  11. 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: http://www.broadfork.coop.Space is limited – please RSVP (send an email to gaborzol@gmail.com or call 413-253-9755) to ensure a spot.44 Beston Street, Amherst, MA. (FREE; donation $5- $15)

    http://www.transitionamherst.org/blog/2014/03/permaculture-design-connecting-you-with-your-backyard-landscape/

  12. 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!

    http://www.growfoodamherst.org/winterworkshops/

  13. 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, judyphillips1@gmail.com, 978-544-2653. All Northampton Community Television (backside of the High School) 380 Elm Street, Northampton. (FREE)

    http://www.transitionnorthfieldma.org

  14. 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)

  15. 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 PerennialSolutions.org 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

    PerennialSoultions.org

  16. 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: http://www.revisioningsustainability.com/

  17. 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:

    LOCAL PEEPS! URGENT! GET TO THIS MEETING! MUST STOP THIS!
    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 – http://www.thebeatnews.org) 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
    http://www.cummingtonvillagechurch.org/
    FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS TO GET TO THIS MEETING.

  18. 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: http://www.imagescinema.org/events

    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.

    Leviathan
    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.

  19. 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: http://www.growfoodamherst.org/cooking_workshop/

  20. 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: http://www.johnroot.net

  21. 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)

    http://www.greeninggreenfield.org/

  22. 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)

    http://rivervalleymarket.coop/events/free-workshop-solar-energy-weve-got-the-power

  23. 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 jmh227@hotmail.com. St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St, Pittsfield (enter from Allen Street). (FREE)

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Repair-Cafe/349694531801567

  24. 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.

  25. 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 Amhersttoylibrary@gmail.com. Bangs Community Center, 2nd Floor, Downtown Amherst, MA.

  26. 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 SolarizeWilliamsburg@gmail.com to indicate your interest in solar or request a brochure, or for more information on the program, go to http://www.masscec.com/solarizemass.

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

  27. 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)

  28. 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 jmh227@hotmail.com. St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East St, Pittsfield (enter from Allen Street). (FREE)

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Repair-Cafe/349694531801567

  29. 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 http://www.buylocalfood.org 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 http://www.buylocalfood.org.

  30. 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 alterman@speakeasy.net. Creamery (Sustainability Library upstairs) 445 Berkshire Trail Cummington, MA 01026. (FREE)

  31. 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)

  32. 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: http://invest-here-now.wildapricot.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1582833&eventId=808281&EventViewMode=EventDetails

  33. 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 https://pvsustain.eventbrite.com. 60 Congress St., Springfield. (FREE)

  34. 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: http://www.warmcolorsapiary.com/
    http://whai.com/events/film-queen-of-the-sun-what-are-the-bees-telling-us/

  35. 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: https://www.facebook.com/GMOFreeMA. http://www.gmofilm.com/ Filming will occur at Christ’s Community Church, 103 Springfield St., Chicopee MA. ($7 per ticket)

  36. 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)

    https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/author-asks-can-we-save-our-packed-planet

  37. 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)

    http://www.cetonline.org/events/film-screening-switch/

  38. 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).

    http://www.cetonline.org/events/winter-coming-home-ready-2/

  39. 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.*

  40. 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 contact@earthdance.net 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 http://www.earthdance.net/sustainabilitysunday for more info.

  41. 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.*

    http://www.gazettenet.com/home/9107678-95/valley-zero-waste-aims-to-change-culture-by-raising-awareness-of-businesses-about-available

  42. 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 citizencorps@frcog.org or 413-774-3167 X137. E-mail is best.

  43. 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 http://www.KidWind.org. To register, email Susan Reyes sreyes7@mac.com. Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301.

  44. 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)

  45. 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)

    http://www.buylocalfood.org/event/root-hog-or-die-film-showing/

  46. 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.

  47. 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 http://www.transitionnorthfieldma.org/PVTTFF or contact Scott MacPherson at GCTV, 774.4288 or Scott@gctv.org. Cohn Dining Commons, Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr. Greenfield. (FREE/DONATION APPRECIATED)

    http://www.transitionamherst.org/blog/2013/10/2013-pioneer-valley-transition-towns-film-festival/

  48. 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.

    https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/ann-blake-speak-green-chemistry

  49. 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 ciccarellos@amherstma.gov. Large Activity Room, Bangs Community Center, 4 Boltwood Walk, Amherst. (FREE)

  50. 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. http://amherstcinema.org/films-and-events/king-corn 26 Amity St. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

  51. 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 deborahjane26@artisttogo.net. (FREE)

    A complete list of collection on Northampton Reuse Facebook page and Northampton DPR Site: http://www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/recycling.

  52. Katelyn said,

    October 3, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    201 CLEAN ENERGY FORUM- PUBLIC WELCOME.
    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 cmason@northamptonma.gov. Northampton Senior Center, Northampton. (FREE)

    RSVP is requested by going to:https://northhampton201forum.eventbrite.com/.

    Find a full list of these ideas from Clean Energy Forum (Forum 101) at: http://www.northamptonma.gov/energyresources/EnergyForum/.

  53. Katelyn said,

    October 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Electronic Recycling Collection
    Saturday, October 12 from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    RECYCLE: Are you in the mood for fall cleaning? Recycle your old electronics for a good cause! Bring your computers, printers, DVD players and more to support JFK PTO & the Northampton Public Schools. No registration required. For more information, please contact Heidi Renauld, JFK PTO, at 582-7989 or hrenauld@comcast.net. JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence. (FREE-$)

    See a complete list of accepted goods and pricing here: http://leedspto.blogspot.com/2013/10/electronics-recycling-at-jfk.html

  54. September 30, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Climate Change Activists
    Will Gather at the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, October 13-16

    Farmers, foresters, researchers, biochar producers, entrepreneurs, and environmentalists will convene at the UMass Amherst campus on October 13-16 for the 2013 USBI North American Biochar Symposium, titled “Harvesting Hope: The Science and Synergies of Biochar.” Sessions will range from basic topics to the latest research from scientists around the globe.

    Numerous public activities will take place around the conference. The New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown, Mass. will host two public events around the conference: an introductory half-day workshop for farmers and gardeners on Sunday, October 13 from 1-4pm and a Tech Field Day on Thursday, October 17th.

    You’re also invited to a first-ever “Biochar Banquet” ”on October 14, at 5pm. Guests will enjoy local produce grown in biochar-conditioned soil, and listen to a 7pm keynote presentation by Frances Moore Lappe.

    For more info, visit http://www.symposium2013.pvbiochar.org or contact Karen Ribeiro, Karen@pvbiochar.org.

  55. Katelyn said,

    September 22, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    No Impact Man: Documentary Screening & Discussion
    Thursday, October 10 at 7 pm. Amherst, MA.

    MOVIE: What would it be like to minimize your family’s impact on the planet? Bring your children to a showing of No Impact Man based off the book of the same title, served as Common Read for incoming UMass students. This documentary explores Colin Beavan’s grand experiment of making as little impact on the environment as possible over the course of one year. His family is obligated to join the experiment as well, which creates a certain domestic tension. How will your family include Beavan’s trials and lifestyle change into your daily life?

    A discussion led by Prof. David Fleming from UMass-Amherst & Susan Waite, Recycling Coordinator, and Stephanie Ciccarello, Sustainability Coordinator, both from the Town of Amherst. This event is co-sponsored by the Jones Library and the Common Read at UMass-Amherst. Woodbury Room, Jones Library, Amherst.
    Janet Ryan at ryanj@joneslibrary.org or (413) 259-3223. (FREE)

  56. Katelyn said,

    September 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

    GreenWork Roundtable: PV Biochar Initiative
    Wednesday, September 25th from 12-1:30pm. Springfield MA.

    Be part of GreenWork and voice your opinion with other environmental leaders! GreenWork consists of advocates for a Green Economy which serves local communities; guarantees workers’ rights to organize; and promotes community-owned sustainable projects. GreenWork is working to create a strong movement of labor and community organizers, realtors and entrepreneurs, educators and workforce development folks, environmental experts and ordinary people to create a “high road” green economy that supports workers’ rights and community benefits. Bring your own lunch. Contact Karen Ribeiro or visit pvbiochar.org. Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council, 640 Page Blvd. Springfield, MA. (FREE)

  57. Melody said,

    September 21, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Support up-and-coming local business, The Haberdashery, a supply shop, classroom & regional hub for homesteading skills.

    Please contribute to or share the crowd-funding campaign to make The Haberdashery happen! Coming soon to Easthampton.

    Visit http://haberdashery.virb.com for more information.

  58. September 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Third Saturdays
    FREE Pittsfield Repair Cafe

    Contact persons: Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com

    Pittsfield, Massachusetts – The Pittsfield Resilience Circle held their seventh monthly Repair Cafe on August 17th. The atmosphere at the Repair Cafe just keeps getting better, with volunteers and guests enjoying the free event.

    The next Repair Cafe will be on September 21st between 1:00 and 5:00 pm in the basement of St. Stephen’s Church, 67 East Street, Pittsfield.

    At this free event, many types of items are repaired, including lamps and small electrical appliances, all types of clothing and fabric items, chairs and other wooden items, and more. Everyone is welcome.

    See photos on Facebook at The Pittsfield Repair Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Repair-Cafe/349694531801567

    For more information, to volunteer, or to be a sponsor, call Tom at 413-212-8589 or email Janet at jmh227@hotmail.com.

  59. Katelyn said,

    September 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Going Solar! Exploring Sustainable Energy for Your Home
    Wednesday, September 18th from 6:30-8:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    SOLAR: Teach your children about renewable energy from the comfort of your own roof! Steve Tofel from First Sun Solar will teach the basics of solar photovoltaics (PV) systems including how they work and what constitutes a suitable site. He will also cover financing and what you can do to afford and profit from Massachusetts’ updated solar-electric incentives. Pre-registration is required. Call us at 413-584-2665 or stop by our Customer Service desk. River Valley Market, 330 N. King St. Northampton MA. (FREE)

  60. Katelyn said,

    September 8, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Recycling Days
    Fri-Sat., September 13th & 4th from 1pm – 4pm/8:30am-12pm. Easthampton, MA.

    RECYCLE: Don’t throw it away, recycle it! Time to get rid of those broken TV’s, dusty printers and forgotten monitors taking up space in the playroom and garage. Collections will include a variety of electronic and home appliances including lawn mowers and grills. Items with freon and propane tanks not included. And 100% of recycling fees benefit the Chamber Community Programs! For more information, call 413-527-9414. Liberty St. and Mechanic St.Intersection, (across from the Liberty Commons Building) Easthampton. ($-$$)

    Don’t know what to bring? Check out the list: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101559808846-594/RecyclingDaysSpring13Color.pdf

  61. Katelyn said,

    September 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Seed Saving Workshop
    Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30pm. Ashfield, MA.

    SEEDS: The summer is ending but not forever. Learn how to store your seeds for next year’s garden!The Red Gate staff will facilitate the workshop on Seed Saving, open to the community and hosted by Share the Warmth, an Ashfield Community Committee.
    To register, please call Sue Craft at 628-0289. Ashfield Congregational Church. (FREE).

  62. jspage said,

    August 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Hi all,
    Freecycling is an ecological movement began about a decade ago. Its goal was to recycle household and other items to keep useable things out of the landfills, to help folks rid themselves of unneeded clutter, and to gift other folks with useable freebies. Win-win-win! It’s all free, and it’s all local. Amherst and Northampton have had some of the largest and most vibrant freecycling groups in the country! Here’s an article in the Daily Hamp Gazette:
    AMHERST ‘FREECYCLERS’ BREAK FROM NATIONAL GROUP
    http://www.gazettenet.com/search/7992304-95/amherst-freecyclers-break-from-national-group

    For those of you who may not know, there’s been a national umbrella group, the Freecycle Network, which has taken over many of the groups to be run centrally. The Northampton group was able to detach itself from Freecycle.org, and is therefore independent. The Amherst group, which had 11-12,000 member through this summer, was taken over and restarted very quickly under the Freecycle Network.

    Many of us wanted our group to remain locally and independently run, so we created the new Amherst Freecyclers group on Yahoo Groups.

    Here’s the link and the description:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/amherstfreecyclers/
    “This is a group for people who live in the Amherst, MA area, and who believe, and act according to the belief, that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Our goal is to reduce waste by giving and receiving items that would otherwise end up in landfills. We are an independent group not affiliated with freecycle.org or The Freecycle Network.”

    The Northampton freecycle group has a healthy membership, at close to 10,000 members. For Noho folks, here’s the link, and here’s what they say:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreecycleNoho/
    “Northampton, Massachusetts Area Freecycle, where you can connect with members who are getting rid of unwanted items that you may need, or who want items you have to give away. Everything must be 100% free.”

  63. Katelyn said,

    August 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Living Clean in a Toxic World
    Tuesday, September 10 from 6:30-8 pm. Northampton, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Hazardous chemical can be left dangerously close to little hand and curious fingers. Laila Tomsovic, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) will share practical tips for families to identify and minimize sources of exposure for children and adults. The known health impacts are concerning, with at least 30% of disease due to environmental exposure. Come and learn why prevention is the best medicine for protection against flame retardants, heavy metals and more. Call 413-584-2665 to pre-register or sign up at the Customer Service Desk. River Valley Market, 330 N. King St. Northampton MA. (FREE)

    http://www.drtomsovic.com

  64. Katelyn said,

    August 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Movie Showing- Genetic Roulette
    Friday, September 6th from 7-9 pm. Hampshire College.

    FOOD: Come to a free showing of “Genetic Roulette” and learn about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and labeling legislation efforts. The film will be followed by discussion with State Representative Ellen Story and a Q&A. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by NOFA, MA Right to Know GMOs, and Hampshire College. Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College 893 West St Amherst, MA 01002. (FREE)

  65. Katelyn said,

    August 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Volunteer Needed: School Composting Coach
    Various dates in August & September. Amherst, MA.

    RECYCLE: Volunteer at your child’s school as a compost coach! The Amherst town’s recycling committee recruits parents and community members to be “a cafeteria waste sorting cheerleader” for short two hour shifts. Help adorable elementary school children learn the value of recycling at Crocker Farm, Fort River, and Wildwood. Contact Susan Waite, Recycling Coordinator at Town of Amherst Department of Public Works for more information. waites@amherstma.gov 413-259-3049. (FREE)

    Sign up for a 2-hour time slot here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040D4EAFA922AB9-school

  66. Katelyn said,

    August 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Raw Milk Dairy Days
    Saturday and Sunday, September 7th & 8th. Statewide.

    DAIRY: How often do you use cream in your coffee and milk in your children’s cereal? Find out where your favorite dairy products come from right here in Western Mass! Raw Milk Dairy Days gives families a chance to visit participating farms that provide fresh, wholesome milk. Nine dairies are participating this year, with opportunities to observe milking, tour the farms, sample milk and other dairy products, and scratch the cows. Farms including Sidehill Farm in Hawley and Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown.

    View a complete list of farms here: http://www.nofamass.org/articles/2013/08/2013-raw-milk-dairy-days-september-7-and-8#.UhrPVWQjrQ0

  67. Katelyn said,

    August 25, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    “Can I Afford to Go Solar?” Workshop
    Wednesday, August 28th at 7pm. Northampton, MA.

    SOLAR: The power of the sun may be within reach. Representatives from First Sun Solar Co of Ludlow, MA will give a free workshop on the benefits of Solar (PV) Electric. Learn how solar panels create electricity and whether a solar system is right for your home. The workshop will explain federal, state, municipal, and utility incentives can cover up to 50% of the cost of a solar array. Find out how you will be paid and credited for the electricity your system produces. Seating is limited! To reserve your seat, contact Steve (413) 209-9456 info@firstsunsolarco.com. Watson Room, Forbes Library, 20 West St. Northampton. (FREE)

  68. August 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Grow Food Northampton is organizing a peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, Aug 20 at 4:30pm in protest to herbicide applications of Florence Fields in Northampton. Great opportunity for families to join their community in support of sustainable land practices while exercising their right to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. https://www.facebook.com/events/553535708028514/?ref=22

  69. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    August 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Motor Oil and Paint Collection
    Saturday, August 17th from 9:00pm-11:30am. Great Barrington, MA.

    RECYCLE: Do you have paint left over from painting the baby’s room? Motor oil 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 both at the Lenox Dept of Public Works. Items that will be accepted are: used motor oil, oil based paints, turpentine, stains and thinner. A complete list of participating towns including Becket and Otis can be found online. Sponsored by the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative and the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). Preregistration mandatory. Call Jamie at 888-577-8448 ext 14 or email jamie.cahillane@cetonline.org. Great Barrington Recycling Center, 601 Stockbridge Rd. Great Barrington. (FREE)

    Visit: http://www.cetonline.org/events/paint-and-oil-collection-4/

  70. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    August 11, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Pittsfield Repair Cafe
    Saturday, August 17th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    REPAIR: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement in Pittsfield! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com. 67 East St. Pittsfield. (FREE) http://www.repaircafe.org

  71. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    August 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Community Celebration- All Things Local
    Saturday, August 17th from 5pm-7pm. Amherst, MA.

    In anticipation of Local Hero Restaurant Days, join the members of All Things Local for a Saturday celebration of small-scale farming in the Pioneer Valley. View a photo exhibit of local farming while tasting delicious food and enjoying the last of the summer sun. Listen to live music and learn more about the All Things Local members. RSVP to allthingslocalamherst@gmail.com . 104 N. Pleasant St. Downtown Amherst. (FREE)

    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/504551589621215/

  72. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    August 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Local Hero Restaurant Days.
    Tuesday, August 20th and Wednesday, August 21st.Select restaurants, Western MA.

    Savor the abundance of local food grown right here in Western Mass! Already in it’s 10th year, CISA and fifty-two Local Hero restaurants will be paying tribute to the bountiful harvest as chefs highlight local menu items. As your family tastes delicious dishes from new restaurants and old favorites, explain the benefits of eating in season and purchasing locally sourced produce, meats and dairy. Check out the complete list of restaurants in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties: http://www.buylocalfood.org/buy-local/find-local/2013-local-hero-restaurant-days/. ($-$$)

  73. Katelyn said,

    August 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    NOFA Fundraiser Night
    Thursday AUGUST 8, at 6:30 PM. Amherst, MA

    FUNDRAISER: The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) supports farmers, local organic foods, and consumers who want to know where their food comes from. Now is your turn is support them through an evening fundraiser beginning with delicious local food reception. The NOFA/Mass event will include a presentation by local fermenter Dan Rosenberg, the founder of Real Pickles. Real Pickles sells a variety of organic and naturally fermented pickles, sauerkraut and ginger carrots available throughout the Northeast at farmers’ markets and local co-ops. Dan’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session along with more food and conversation.
    Brookfield Farm, 24 Hulst Rd, Amherst MA. ($30-$40).

    **And don’t forget about the NOFA conference happening during the weekend August 9-11th!**

    To learn more about the NOFA/MASS visit: http://www.nofamass.org/content/about-us#.Ufrt3GQjpuU

    To read about Dan Rosenberg click: http://www.buylocalfood.org/dan-rosenberg/

  74. Katelyn said,

    August 1, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Northampton Energy Forum.
    Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 from 7-9 pm. Northampton, MA.

    FORUM: Protect the future of your children and the planet in your own community! The Northampton Community Energy 101 Forum invites local residents and business owners to join city leaders and discuss a sustainable future including energy efficiency, renewable energy and heating and cooling projects. The Forum provides participants the opportunity to share their idea for the development of a comprehensive, community-wide Clean Energy Roadmap. Northampton has been a clean energy leader and your participation in this event will help shape the future direction of energy efforts in the city. The initiative is developed by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Division. It provides local residents and businesses an opportunity to work with city leaders to identify, assess, and enable new energy efficiency, renewable energy, and renewable heating and cooling projects and programs to serve the Northampton community. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street Northampton, MA 01060. (FREE)

    To register for this event, please visit: http://northamptonenergyforum.eventbrite.com/

  75. Katelyn said,

    July 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Heirloom Seed Workshop
    Tuesday, August 13 from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Springfield, MA.

    GARDENING: Prepare for next year’s growing season while teaching your children the value of planning ahead! Local farmer Daniel Staub will lead the workshop which will launch the Springfield Seed Library. Seeds will be shared with workshop participants and also next year with other gardeners. Call or stop in to any library to register or use the link above to register online. 413-263-6858. Sixteen Acres Branch Library, 1187 Parker Street Springfield MA 01129.

    Click here to register: http://tinyurl.com/mj92hp2

  76. Katelyn said,

    July 25, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Children and Teens at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Summer Conference
    Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11, 2013 beginning at 2:00pm. Amherst, MA.

    Bring your children to a weekend filled with great food, skill-building workshops and fun! The NOFA Summer Conference offers workshops, live entertainment, country fair, organic meals, and a welcoming environment for people of all ages. Workshops topic and levels are broken into three age groups: children (age 2-12), teens (age 13-17) and adults. Children will make beeswax candles and build a fairy house while teens get learn how to start a composting program, spin rabbit fur and compare renewable energy sources. Parents and adults choose from over 200 workshops & tours including vegetable fermentation, starting a CSA, ecological sustainability and more! Affordable registration is available, with discounted rates for children and teens and additional savings for multiple children from the same family. Budget conscious accommodations are also available, including camping and dorms. registration@nofasummerconference.org or. 508-572-0816 University of Massachusetts Amherst campus, Amherst. ($$ scholarships available).

    Click on the website links below for a full description of workshops and weekend schedule:

    Main page: http://www.nofasummerconference.org
    Children workshops: http://www.nofasummerconference.org/program.php#teen
    Teen workshops: http://www.nofasummerconference.org/program.php#children
    Registration: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1233361

  77. Katelyn said,

    July 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Bicycle Maintenance
    Saturday, July 27th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Amherst, MA.

    Little bikes with training wheels and mountain bikes alike need proper care and maintenance all year round. Come learn the basics about lubrication and adjusting the adjustables while getting your own bike oiled for free. Sponsored by Transition Amherst, the group offers a variety of reskilling workshop to spread a localized economic and environmental awareness of our community development as part of the Transition Movement. Don’t let the summer fly by without taking an afternoon ride with the family! RSVP to Gabor at: gaborzol@gmail.com. Gabor’s Neighborhood Bicycle Resource Shop, 44 Beston Street Amherst. (FREE)

    http://www.transitionamherst.org/blog/2013/07/bicycle-maintenance/

  78. Katelyn said,

    July 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Seed-Saving in Your New England Garden
    Thursday August 22 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Stockbridge, MA.

    SEEDS: Have your children ever wondered where their food and flowers came from? Show them how little seeds can develop into big beautiful plants. Take a walk at Berkshire Botanical Garden about learn about saving seed for future gardens, both vegetable, fruit and flower. This program, best for older students and adults, will focus on correct planting, harvesting, extracting, and storing of heirloom seeds. Instructor: Randel Agrella 413-298-3926 http://www.berkshirebotanical.org Berkshire Botanical Garden, corner of Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge, MA. (Members $25; Nonmembers $30)

  79. Katelyn said,

    July 16, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Open House at Bug Hill Farm
    Sunday, July 21, 2013 from 11am – 4pm. Ashfield, MA.
    (Rain date: Sunday, July 28, 11am – 4pm)

    Spend next weekend outdoors enjoying the sunshine and beautiful nature…you can eat! Enjoy samples of products by Bug Hill Farm, Steady Lane Farm & Turkish Kitchen Farm tours. Mini workshops on edible landscaping & greenhouse berry production. Cooking demo on making fruit “shrubs” PYO whatever’s ripe. Please bring a cooler if you’d like to take refrigerated or frozen products with you.
    413-628-3980 info@BugHillFarm.org. 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield, MA 01330. (Free)

    RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/171086836405425/

    Visit the website: http://www.bughillfarm.org

  80. Katelyn said,

    July 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Pittsfield Repair Cafe
    Saturday, July 22th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    REPAIR: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement in Pittsfield! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com. 67 East St. Pittsfield. (FREE) http://www.repaircafe.org

  81. Katelyn said,

    July 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Environmental Leadership Academy for High School Students
    Monday July 22nd through Friday July 26th. Northampton, MA.

    Calling all high school juniors or seniors! The Center for Environmental Civics is hosting a week long academy based on environmental awareness and effective communication for our future generations. Learn environmental facts and history while learning to formulate arguments clearly and research current environmental issues in the United States. This summer’s academies are designed to accommodate approximately 20 students, so early applications are encouraged. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Smith College in the Campus Center, 69 Paradise Rd, Northampton. Email paul@centerforenvironmentalcivics.org or call 413-665-3741. ($275, sliding scale available)

    For more information, visit http://www.centerforenvironmentalcivics.org/,

  82. Katelyn said,

    July 11, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Wheat Workshop
    Saturday July 27th from 9am-11am and 11am-5pm. Chesterfield, MA.

    Return to Little House on the Prairie and other rural old-fashioned ways at the wheat workshop! In this workshop we will look at growing wheat from planting to harvesting, looking at simple techniques that work in our climate. We will discuss our hand methods and simple machines that can speed things up. We will also look at our variety trials, and discuss the benefits to heritage varieties. At 11am, join us for an old-fashioned wheat harvest. Using sickles and scythes, we will harvest our field of heritage wheat by hand. Following age old practices, we will reap the stalks and bind them into sheaves, which will then be shocked. If some varieties are mature enough, we may also do some threshing and winnowing. Bring a picnic lunch. There will be ways for all ages and abilities to be involved. RSVP suggested. Tevis, 413-296-0310. Crabapple Farm, 100 Bryant St. Chesterfield. (Suggested donation $10-$20)

    For more information: http://crabapplefarm.org

  83. Katelyn said,

    July 4, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Scythe Workshop
    Saturday, July 6th from 9am-noon. Chesterfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Time to get outside and clean up your yard! Have you ever thought about using tools from the past? The scythe is more than prop for scary Halloween costumes. You can use a scythe to mow your lawn, trim the edges of gardens and fields, mow around fruit trees and bushes, clean under electric fence lines, cut hay, reap grain, and even mow pathways in vegetable crop fields.This workshop will include an introduction to various styles of scythe, and a discussion of how to choose the best style of blade and snath for your purposes. There will also be discussion and demonstration of the very important sharpening processes, honing and peening. RSVP suggested. Tevis, 413-296-0310. Crabapple Farm, 100 Bryant St. Chesterfield. (Suggested donation $10-$20)

    For more information: http://crabapplefarm.org

  84. Katelyn said,

    July 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Motor Oil and Paint Collection
    Wednesday, July 10th from 4:30pm-6:30am. Lenox, MA.

    RECYCLE: Do you have paint left over from painting the baby’s room? Motor oil 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 both at the Lenox Dept of Public Works. Items that will be accepted are: used motor oil, oil based paints, turpentine, stains and thinner. A complete list of participating towns including Becket and Otis can be found online. Sponsored by the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative and the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). Preregistration mandatory. Call Jamie at 888-577-8448 ext 14 or email jamie.cahillane@cetonline.org. 275 Main St, Lenox. (FREE).

    Visit: http://www.cetonline.org/events/paint-and-oil-collection-3/

  85. Katelyn said,

    June 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hilltown Arts Festival-Calling All Artists
    Saturday July 6, 2013 from 10am -4pm. Worthington, MA.

    Festival: Enjoy the summer at the 3rd annual Hilltown Arts Festival! There will be artist booths featuring demonstrations and work for sale, performances of many kinds, great food, and a silent auction. Support local vendors or sell your own crafts, jewelry and sustainable products. For information on how to participate, please contact Natalie Stafford @ staffordnatalie@gmail.com.

    http://www.hilltownartsalive.com/summer-arts-festival/

  86. Katelyn said,

    June 23, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Seed Saving: Beets & Brassicas Workshop
    Sunday, June 30th from 2-4pm. Chesterfield, MA.

    SEEDS: Want to serve fresh beets, chard, and turnips at the dinner table this summer? Stop relying on commercial sources and become your own seed breeder. Join Tevis Robertson-Goldberg and the Hilltown Seed Saving Network for the first in a three-part series of seed saving crop workshops. These events are suitable for beginners and will focus in-depth on one or two crops or families of crops at a time. Overwintering, selection, isolation, and harvest and seed cleaning methods will all be discussed. Sadie Stull at 413-634-5013, or Michael Alterman at 413-358-6919 or alterman@speakeasy.net.Crabapple Farm, 100 Bryant Street, Chesterfield. ($10 donation)

    Hilltown Seed Saving Network- http://hilltownseeds.wordpress.com/

  87. Katelyn said,

    June 20, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Northampton Reuse Event
    Saturday, June 22 2013 from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE: Have some rigid plastic toys that take up space in the garage? Want to get rid of shirts and pants that your children have outgrown? Volunteer or participate by bringing your Rigid Plastic, Textiles, Bicycles & Household Goods to be recycled this Saturday! Swap old for new and recycle rigid plastics that cannot be mixed in with regular can and container recycling. Bikes Not Bombs will collect bicycles & bike parts and Salvation Army will collect textiles and household goods. Clean and dry textiles will also be collected even if they are only rag/stuffing quality (sorted separately). Sponsored by the Northampton DPW in conjunction with the Board of Public Works’ Reuse Committee. Email Diana Riddle at reuse.northampton@gmail.com. Smith Vocational School, 80 Locust St Northampton, MA 01060. (FREE)

    Visit Northampton Reuse on Facebook or DPW Reuse online:
    http://www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/Recycling/reuse/

  88. Katelyn said,

    June 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Motor Oil and Paint Collection
    Saturday, June 29th from 9-11:30am. Great Barrington, MA.

    RECYCLE: Do you have paint left over from painting the baby’s room? Motor oil 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 both at the Great Barrington Recycling Center. Items that will be accepted are: used motor oil, oil based paints, turpentine, stains and thinner. A complete list of participating towns including Becket and Otis can be found online. Sponsored by the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative and the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). Preregistration mandatory. Call Jamie at 888-577-8448 ext 14 or email jamie.cahillane@cetonline.org . Great Barrington Recycling Center across from Monument Mountain High School, 601 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington. (FREE).

    Visit: http://www.cetonline.org/events/household-hazardous-waste-collection/

  89. Katelyn said,

    June 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Signing and Book Talk with John Englander
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Northampton, MA.

    CLIMATE CHANGE: Bring your older children to learn about the future of the oceans and their changing planet. John Englander is an expert on rising sea leveling, is the current president of the Sea Level Institute and has been interviewed on NPR and recently on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” His new book, “High Tide On Main Street: Rising Sea Level And The Coming Coastal Crisis” is getting rave reviews from scientific experts and describes a superstorm hitting Atlantic City and New York exactly one week before Sandy made landfall. On June 25th, Mr. Englander will speak, show slides of both the Arctic and Antarctica, host a Q&A session. A book signing and informal meet and greet will occur following the event. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity! For tickets call: 413-584-9032 ext.105. Academy of Music, 247 Main St., Northampton. ($)

    Learn more about John Englander at: http://www.johnenglander.net

  90. Katelyn said,

    June 7, 2013 at 7:50 am

    Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping
    Tuesday June 19, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Sunderland, MA.

    GARDENING: Local naturalist, permaculture practitioner and landscaper John Root will
    offer a 90-minute power point presentation about growing trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous plants for produce in New England. Informational flyers will be available, and plants will be offered for sale. Flyers will be distributed and plants will be offered for sale. Supported by the Orange Cultural Council. Call John at (413) 961-9059. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. in Sunderland. (Free)

  91. Katelyn said,

    June 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Green Night-Northampton
    Wednesday, June 12th at 4:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    TRANSITION TOWN: This month join Speaker Tina Clarke as she shares stories and best practices for building local resilience as part of the Transition Town Movement. Learn how these local Transition Initiatives are actively and cooperatively creating more locally resilient communities; communities that prepare themselves to weather any storm whether environmental or economic. “Transition Towns” as they are called, work together on projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, and waste as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. They are models on more sustainable and responsible ways to be in the world and with one another. Hosted by the Western MA Green Consortium. Green Night occurs every 2nd Wednesday of the month beginning at 4:30pm. Clarion Hotel, 1 Atwood Dr. Northampton. (Free).

    https://www.facebook.com/events/169884463187213/?ref=22

  92. Katelyn said,

    May 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Slow Living Summit
    Wednesday June 5 – Friday June 7, 2013. Brattleboro, VT.

    RETREAT: Our plates are full with child responsibilities, dinner plans, household chores and work. Do we ever have a chance to “Live Slow?” This 3-day retreat explores questions about slow design, resilient food systems and a balanced lifestyle. The list of speakers includes Frances Moore Lappé (author of Diet for a Small Planet), Jonathan Lash (President of Hampshire College), and Gus Speth (Vermont Law School professor and environmentalist). Join these and other inspirational leaders to explore the Slow Living Vision: an Earth where humankind, honoring and celebrating the profound connectedness of all people, places and living beings, gives back by co-creating mutually supportive communities, bioregions and economic systems — and where we combine the wisdom of the past with a vision for the future to ensure a balanced, fulfilling way of life for all generations to come. Register online. Downtown Brattleboro, VT. ($$)

    http://www.slowlivingsummit.org/the-2013-slow-living-summit/

  93. Katelyn said,

    May 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Electronics Recycling
    Saturday, June 8th from noon to 4pm. Huntington, MA.

    RECYCLING: Cleaning the garage to make room for new garden equipment? Replacing the old TV from the family room for children’s books? Join the Gateway Regional School District in safely discarding your electronics and household appliances this weekend! Items include: laptops, video games, computers, refrigerators, water heaters and stoves. Additional fundraisers will also include a car wash and bake sale. Call Wendy Long at (413) 685-1003. 12 Littleville Road Huntington, MA 01050. (Free/Donation)

    For a complete list visit: http://www.grsd.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_2448/File/Wendy%27s%20docs/BNews%20FY%2713/Recycling%20Event.pdf

  94. Katelyn said,

    May 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Motor Oil and Paint Collection
    Saturday, June 1st from 9-11am. Lenox, MA.

    RECYCLE: Do you have paint left over from painting the baby’s room? Motor oil 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 both at the Great Barrington Recycling Center. Items that will be accepted are: used motor oil, oil based paints, turpentine, stains and thinner. A complete list of participating towns including Becket and Otis can be found online. Sponsored by the South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative and the Center for EcoTechnology (CET). Preregistration mandatory. Call Jamie at 888-577-8448 ext 14 or email Amanda.Bates@cetonline.org. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS, 275 Main Street, Lenox. (FREE).

    Visit: http://www.cetonline.org/events/household-hazardous-waste-collection/

  95. Katelyn said,

    May 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Home Herb Health Garden Workshop
    Saturday, June 8 from 10:00am to 11:30am or
    Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Cummington, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Grow your own medicinal herb garden!Taproot Commons Home Health Herbs is a carefully selected treasure trove of about 35 cultivated and wild/weed medicinal plants including common species like dandelion and red clover. Join Sarah Stockwell-Arthen and grower Carly Leusner as they explain the importance of medicinal plants used for digestion, children’s ailments, colds/flus, calming, sleep remedies, and even herbal first aid. Learn to harvest and use the suggested collection of plants (and wild allies) for your family’s general health and common ailments. These plants are simple to acquaint yourself with, and are easy to incorporate into your daily routine and health habits with simple, water-based “infusions” or strong teas. Plant starts will be available for sale at the workshop and at the Taproot Commons Farm Stand. (And you can find the wild plants such as Dandelion and Red Clover right where you live!) Pre-register at music@sarahstockwell.com. Cummington Community House, 33 Main St, Cummington. (Free or donation)

    For more information including the plant list visit: http://www.sarahstockwell.com or http://www.taprootcommons.org

  96. Katelyn said,

    May 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Native Pollinators in Your Backyard
    Wednesday, June 5. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Sunderland, MA.

    LECTURE: The number of honey bees in Massachusetts continues to decline in record numbers but there are applicable solutions that may save the 356+ types of these native pollinators. Tom Sullivan is a former beekeeper and landscape designer whose design business, Pollinators Welcome, focuses on native bee habitat. Tom will reveal the basic needs of honey bees including nesting strategies and flower resources that offer solutions for preserving our crop pollinators while ensuring pollinator health throughout the ecosystem. Learn strategies for attracting high numbers of native bees to your landscape by protecting, enhancing and providing much needed habitat. Resources will be available.Contact Adam Novitt at 413 665-2642. Sunderland Library, 20 School St. Sunderland MA, Free.

    Visit: http://pollinatorswelcome.com/.

  97. Katelyn said,

    May 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping
    Tuesday June 4, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Orange, MA.

    PRESENTATION: Local naturalist, permaculture practitioner and landscaper John Root will
    offer a 90-minute power point presentation about growing trees, shrubs,
    vines, canes, and herbaceous plants for produce in New England. Informational flyers will be available, and plants will be offered for sale. Flyers will be distributed and plants will be offered for sale. Supported by the Orange Cultural Council.
    Call John at (413) 961-9059. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 E. Main St. in Orange. (Free)

  98. Katelyn said,

    May 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “Longing for a Local Lunch” Film Showing
    Sunday, June 2nd at 1pm. Great Barrington, MA.

    DOCUMENTARY: The Berkshire International Film Festival and producer/director Lynne Cherry presents “Long for a Local Lunch, ” a 10 minute documentary about climate change and the role of local vs. processed foods in our children’s meals. Great Barrington students tackle a global problem through small scale change in their own school lunches. Inspire your own children through the actions of high school role models positively changing the world. 413-528-6415. The Mahaiwe Theater 14 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. ($)

    http://biffma.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/longingforalocallunch_lynnecherry_biffma2013#screenings

  99. Katelyn said,

    May 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    “GMO OMG” Film Showing
    Saturday, June 1st at 11:15am, 1:45pm. Great Barrington, MA.

    DOCUMENTARY: Come to the Berkshire International Film Festival for the showing of “GMO OMG,” a film about genetically modified foods and the loss of seed diversity in our food system. Director Jeremy Siefert explored the way food laboratory modifications affected his children and sustained future of our planet. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How are your own family’s choices affecting the environment and the dinner table? 90 minutes. 413-528-8885, 413-358-4780. Various theatre locations, Great Barrington, MA 01230. ($)

    Saturday, June 1st, 2013 11:15am & 1:45pm – FILM/SUSTAINABILITY: : Come to the Berkshire International Film Festival for the showing of “GMO OMG,” a film about genetically modified foods and the loss of seed diversity in our food system. Director Jeremy Siefert explored the way food laboratory modifications affected his children and sustained future of our planet. GMO OMG follows one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. How are your own family’s choices affecting the environment and the dinner table? 90 minutes. 413-528-8885, 413-358-4780. Various theatre locations, Great Barrington, MA. ($)

    http://biffma.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/gmoomg_jeremyseifert_biffma2013

  100. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 20, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Low-Impact Cloth Diapering Workshop
    Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Northampton, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Want an alternative to disposable diapers but don’t know where to begin? Protect your budget and your baby’s bottom with cloth diapers. Join Jessica Montagna from Simple Diaper & Linen for a hands-on interactive workshop on low-impact diapering. She will cover all the ins and outs of cloth diapering, discuss the eco-costs and benefits, and help you find a system that works for your family. It’s the smarter, planet-friendly way to care for your newborn! 413 584-2665. 330 N King St Northampton. (FREE)

    http://simple.coop/event/low-impact-diapering

  101. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Permaculture Site Tour
    Saturday May 25th from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. Pioneer Valley, MA.

    PERMACULTURE: Spend a day touring the valley and visit a variety of permaculture hot spots! Begin at the Edible Forest Garden featured in the book Edible Forest Gardens before traveling to the Wildside Gardens for the Homestead Design Project. Get a first hand look at the UMass Franklin Garden, recognized by the White House for providing college students with fresh produce and mentoring in gardening design. Site vistes range from Holyoke to Amherst.

    RSVP required. Pre-Registration at ecologicalgardens@gmail.com. Hosted by Sowing Solutions on a $30-45 sliding scale fee for the day. Payments to ‘Sowing Solutions’, 72 Baker Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072. ($$)

  102. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 15, 2013 at 8:34 am

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

    REPAIR: Come visit the Repair Cafe, every third Saturday in St. Stephen’s Church basement in Pittsfield! Skilled volunteers can fix children’s bikes, mend torn jeans, repair computers and fix up vacuums cleaners stuffed with crumbs and LEGO toys. Bring your broken lamp or light fixture without adding it to the landfill or purchasing a replacement. Children can learn the science and maintenance associate with their very own bike! Free refreshments. Call Tom Harter at 413-212-8589 or email Janet Henderson at jmh227@hotmail.com. 67 East St. Pittsfield. (FREE) http://www.repaircafe.org

  103. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 15, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Grown in Westhampton Discussion
    Tuesday, May 28th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Westhampton, MA.

    Ever wondered what energy independence means? Learn about how you can “grow your own” power from two “energy independence” entrepreneurs – Sam Taylor of Dog Bar Solar and Paul Vesel of Poderco, Inc. Both speakers will present homeowners with various possibilities for creating and distributing electricity on a local level. The meeting will be organized in a round-table to give participants a friendly and informal introduction to the energy independence movement on local, regional, and global levels. (413) 527-5386. Westhampton Library, 1 North Road, Westhampton.

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/News-from-Westhampton-Library.html?soid=1109020606312&aid=M5Y5W5MrFik

  104. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

    March Against Monsanto Event
    Saturday, May 25th from 11:00am-3:00pm. Pittsfield, MA

    PROTEST: On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto. Join protesters to advocate for food by promoting GMO labeling, buying local and organic, and ultimately hold Monsanto executives accountable for their unjust corporate greed. To learn about the world wide movement, visit: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/. Park Square, Pittsfield. (FREE)

  105. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    May 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Worm Composting Basics Workshop
    Tuesday, May 21th 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.

    http://www.wehaveworms.com


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