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Each year, Earth Day takes place on April 22nd. Known as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and continues as a...

Reuse of objects and materials offers families a means of living more sustainably and inexpensively. Locally, organizations and businesses centered around reuse serve as a valuable community resource. Families...

The Surprising Social Impact of Bicycles and Local Learning Opportunities Did you know that before inventing the world’s first successful airplane, Orville and Wilbur Wright owned a bicycle shop? They repaired...

Differing from regular mending in that it's meant to be seen, visible mending offers a creative take on clothing repair. Possible to do with just a few basic sewing skills, visible...

Western Mass really drops an abundance of local food into our laps every summer! It's an incredible bounty that brings with it a possibility of some waste, as storage can prove...

True resiliency depends on communities rather than individuals, and Taproot Commons' new folk school style courses promote just that! Tapping into the skills and expertise of the community, the courses teach...

Angie, took a minute and took stock of her creative canon and what crafts her child has learned at school. The result: a couple of natural material creative projects yielding some...

As parents we want to preserve this amazing place we call home. We chose to live here for its beauty and its charm. This month in "Parenting Green," Hilltown Families...

What do storm drains have in common with art, watersheds, and poetry? They’ll all be a part of The Art of Clean Water celebration put on by Enchanted Circle Theater and...

In the Academy-winning award movie "La grande bellezza, " a Mother Teresa-like elderly nun is asked why she only eats roots, and she answers "because roots are important." And how they...

Every day we make decisions. Some are habitual and some require a lot of thought and deliberation. There was a little of both mixed in when Hilltown Families contributing writer, Angie...

This month in "Parenting Green," Angie Gregory finds herself floating in the middle of a saltwater river where the current took her to an all new understanding of the saying ‘go...

This is an eye-opening piece by Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Angie Gregory, in "Parenting Green" this month. Status quo capitalism provides regular obstacles to addressing the alarming change in the earth's...

Here in western Massachusetts, we've done well... Where once recycling & reusing was an odd thing, now it's quickly becoming the norm. There is still much work to be done and...

Sex, drugs, death... The BIG conversations with your growing children can be a daunting prospect. Climate Change has become a subject to add to this list, carefully addressed and broken down....

Now that spring has arrived, it's time to pull out those bikes, oil the chain and pump up the tires! This month in “Parenting Green,” Angie reviews how biking with your...

The Amherst Farmers' Market and Sustainability Festival takes place this Saturday, April 26th, on the Town Common. Pick up your starter plants and locally grown foods from...

Unidentified keys, trophies from the early 80's & broken crayons... these three things can clutter up your junk drawer, attics and art supplies. Here are three unique recycling programs that recycle...

The gift of a frame of honey becomes a learning opportunity in the kitchen for Angie and her family. This month in "Parenting Green," Angie shares what this gift of raw...

Project Native is hosting an enviromental film festival in Great Barrington, screening films like "Revolution" and "Flight of the Butterflies." Tweens, teens and older students encouraged to attend...

"Every day we are challenged to be authentic. Authentic to ourselves, to community, and to our loved ones through our speech or actions..." writes Angie this month in 'Parenting Green.' ...

More and more, communities across western Massachusetts – and around the world! - are working together to create opportunities for pooling knowledge, sharing skills, and increasing each others' access to useful...

"For our family it really boils down to 6 things that we do with a little extra effort to reduce our trash," writes Angie this month in her column, "Parenting Green:...

"I am always amazed at how the kids tend to be the ones to notice the pulse of our natural world through their curiosity," writes Angie this month in 'Parenting Green.'...

Unwrapping gifts this morning? Have a mini-mountain of wrapping paper, or pieces strewn across your living room? Did you know that all wrapping paper is recyclable (except wrapping paper with...

Does holiday consumerism & consumption eat at you? This month in "Parenting Green," Angie shares ideas for gift wrapping alternative that are reuseable and creative. With over 4 million extra...

No Seat Belts My nine year old rides the public transit bus to school, with no adult chaperone. Just with some classmates, typically some war vets, and sometimes a doughnut in...