Hilltown Families

Course to Establish Forest Garden at Williamsburg Elementary School on May 28th-31st, 2010 The garden curriculum at Williamsburg’s Dunphy Elementary School will get a boost this year, when a special kind...

Jamie Bishop of Plainfield, MA writes: The link below will take you to a live streaming camera inside the nest box of Molly the Barn Owl. Her eggs are due to...

Transition Towns Informational Meeting In Williamsburg on Sunday, March 21st The Transition Towns Movement is a vibrant, grassroots movement that seeks to build community resilience in the face of such challenges...

DIRT! The Movie Free Screening In Cummington, MA At the Sustainability Library Monday, March 15th @ 7pm If you missed the screening of DIRT! The Movie at the Farm Film Fest...

Leni Fried of Cummington, MA writes: Happy New Year everyone! There is bag sew tomorrow, January 5th, 2010 for The Cornucopia Bagshare. All are welcome of any age and skill level....

Christmas Bird Count: Citizen Science in Action December 14th – January 5th For three weeks beginning December 14th, 2009, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an...

100 Links (October/November 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Health Group Finds High Lead Levels in Toys By Jennifer C. Kerr (AP Writer) Children’s toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have turned up with high levels of lead in...

350.org International Climate Action Day in Western Mass – This past Saturday, families and neighbors from all over Western Massachusetts gathered to take action in a world wide grassroots demonstration on...

Amy Pulley of Cummington, MA writes: Dear Friends, Save the date! Spread the word! October 24th is the 350.org International Climate Action Day. Come be part of our local action at...

100 Links (August/September 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Rosemary Wessel of Cummington, MA writes: 350 Neighbors : A Project to Support 350.org All over the world, on October 24 2009, thousands of communities will add their unique voices to...

Highland Communities Initiative’s 5th Conference Celebrates People’s Place in Protecting Our Region’s Rural Nature On September 12th in Ashfield, MA, friends and neighbors from across the region are invited to the...

100 Links (June/July 2009) Nearly every day I add recommended links to the Hilltown Families bank of on-line resources.  Some of you might find these links well suited for your family,...

Solar Power Seminar: Homeowners to Learn How Solar Power Is Cheaper than Utilities Alteris Renewables and GREEN Northampton will host a free public seminar on solar energy for homeowners in the...

Take Charge! Hilltowns Raffle to Be Drawn July 4th, 2009 The community wide campaign Take Charge! by Cummington, Worthington, Plainfield, Williamsburg and Chesterfield wraps up on July 4! To take the...

You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring by Paul Hawken The Commencement Address by Paul Hawken to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009 When I was...

31 Ways to Jump Start the Local Economy by Sarah van Gelder How to make it with less, share more, and put people and the planet first Build a secure, sustainable...

Do you grow fruits or veggies at home? Take the lead… Plant more seed! The Hilltown Home Garden Exchange (HHuGE) invites you to encourage home gardening by planting extra and sharing...

Williamsburg Launches Campaign to Save Energy On Saturday, April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Meekins Library on Main Street in Williamsburg, MA, will host the launch of Take Charge!...

Amy Pulley of Cummington, MA writes: Greetings all! There is a seed exchange happening upstairs at the Old Creamery in Cummington, MA in the sustainability library. So far, it is going...

Pedal People Put the Cycling in Recycling by Laura Kaliebe for YES! Magazine Alex Jarrett, 33, has never owned a car. Around town, he gets almost everywhere he needs to go...

Vote Earth: Your Light Switch is Your Vote Last year we lit candles and placed them through out the house as we shut the lights off for one hour.  We were...

Local Food From Local Farms I discovered a short video about local food and CSA’s in the LocalHarvest Newsletter, March 25, 2009 called “Fridays at the Farm.”  This film is a...

Brittni Reilly of Amherst, MA writes: This year, UMass Amherst is hoping to join together the larger Pioneer Valley Community to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd, 2009) with festivities, workshops, information...

Sean Chapel writes: How do we know when a good night will be to see salamanders hatching at a vernal pool? Sheri Rosenblum of Plainfield, MA replies: Trying to guess what...

Ratios as a Sweet Treat! By CISA As one of his first orders of business, CISA’s new Executive Director, Phil Korman, has offered to share a maple syrup-based math lesson that...

Winton Pitcoff of Plainfield, MA writes: Growing the Valley is a new online forum for farmers and gardeners in the Pioneer Valley and Hilltowns to share ideas and resources. It’s a...

Leni Fried of Cummington, MA writes: The Bagshare Project is ramping up. I’ve been researching a movement called PBF. This stands for Plastic Bag Free. The first town to do this,...

Junior Solar Sprint Teachers and home-schoolers, this is your chance to get your middle-school students engaged in science, technology, creativity and teamwork in order to meet real world energy challenges: What:...