Sustainability Bulletin Board

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

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

If you would like to see your sustainability event, workshop, resource, or opportunity featured throughout the Hilltown Families network, email Sienna at to find out about our advertising options.


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

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  1. Anna Moore said,

    June 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    Volunteer at the Taste of Amherst!
    June 15 – 18

    The Taste of Amherst is looking for volunteers to help with compost and recycling. Last year, with over 30 volunteers helping people sort their waste, we composted and recycled approximately 14 times more volume than we sent to the landfill. Let’s do even better this year!

    · Interact with happy people
    · Enjoy live music
    · Spread the word about recycling and compost
    · Get a free cookie, drink, & surprise gift!

    Everyone loves a compost coach! Great for ages 10 and up.
    Sign up for a shift with family & friends:

    Questions? Contact Anna Moore:

  2. October 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    The Bag Share will be hosting demonstrations during The Eastworks Open Studios Event November 5 & 6, 2016 at our 3rd floor studio (#330) in the EastWorks Building in Easthampton. Join volunteers on Saturday or Sunday from 12-5pm to learn how you can create a sturdy reusable tote from a bird seed or malt bag using our no-sew folding method and grommets. These totes make create gifts! Bring your own clean bird seed or other animal feed bag or use one of ours. Free – great for all ages.

  3. Lynn Daris said,

    September 9, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Hazardous Waste Disposal Days
    Got that bottle of antifreeze in the garage you intended to dispose of, expired household batteries, oil-based paint, and not sure where they should go for disposal? Well good news! During the next two months, several towns in Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin Counties will be hosting Hazardous Waste Disposal days. And the next one coming up is in Agawam, on September 10. For any questions as to what is classified as “hazardous waste,” the town of Agawam’s Department of Public Works website provides an easy -to-read detailed list of these types of waste.
    Thinking about this type of waste, there is essential learning involved while looking at the chemicals and metals that that these waste items often contain. And due to that, knowing the proper handling and disposal of these items is crucial to our health and the environment. For example, batteries. We use them, but when they die or expire where should they go? Since there are several types of batteries, which require their own particular types of disposal, events like these can help us find a solution. Mass Gov Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs states, “Batteries burned in waste combustion facilities can release mercury or cadmium to the air and water, ultimately entering the food chain and posing health threats to people and the environment.” Through both local and state resources the community can participate and learn more about hazardous waste- where it comes from, what it is made of, and what to do with it once it has expired or no longer needed.
    We can see these upcoming events also as a call to our conscience as we make choices on what to buy and the impact they will ultimately have on the future. But in the meantime, we still are facing the management of handling chemical waste and this event helps us do it a little more responsibly.

    Agawam Department of Public Works:
    (This event is by appointment only) It is free for Agawam town residents and other fees may apply for non-residents
    (413) 821-0624
    List of hazardous waste materials and events:
    More detailed information about Hazardous Waste (great resource!)

  4. Lynn Daris said,

    September 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

    UMass Amherst-Sustainable Move In & Out- New2U Tag Sale

    It’s that time of year again—Back-to-School shopping! And the students at the UMass Amherst Department Sustainability are hosting their second annual New2U tag sale just in time for the new school year. This event provides both students and the greater community the opportunity to participate in saving money and reducing waste on our landfills. The value of reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills also creates less of a need to create more of them. Coordinator of the tag sale Ainsley Brosnan-Smith states: “Creation of landfills calls for deforestation and use of fossil fuel dependent machinery. And buying locally collected second hand items means they are not buying commercial items that have been mass produced in a country overseas (reducing pollution from creation and transportation.)” Therefore, attending this event is an opportunity to learn more on how to reduce waste by proactively choosing sustainable alternatives when buying household and everyday items.

    The way the sale works is a group of students collect items that are being discarded during spring time move out. These items are then salvaged and resold at a very low price at the New2U tag sale during move in time in the fall. It works as a sustainable cycle. Items such as crates, rugs, TV’s and refrigerators will be available for purchase as well as clothing and other everyday items. This is a great opportunity to get out there and participate in the local community, thus effecting our greater communities globally.

    Fall 2016 New2U Tag Sale will take place Sunday, September 4th from 9am – 6pm in the Student Union Ballroom.
    Pay $5 for the early bird special (free to International Students) from 8am – 9am for early access to all tag sale items. Free entry after 9am for everyone.
    Contact: Ainsley Brosnan-Smith

  5. February 19, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    The UMass Amherst Libraries host a series of interactive climate change events which run between February 29 and April 20, 2016, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    The seven-event series is organized by Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around Climate Change, a collaborative community comprised of UMass students, faculty and staff working together to integrate the intellectual, emotional and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

    Will Snyder, UMass Extension educator and a member Talking Truth’s planning team, says, “We believe that effective learning and action requires integration of all dimensions of experience. Our aim is to promote the engagement of hearts and minds in understanding and acting on climate issues.”

    Monday, February 29, 2:30-3:30 p.m. “Facing an Uncertain Future: Building Your Inner and Outer Skills.” The workshop is led by Skills-for-Life, a Royalston, Mass-based group which imparts skills that strengthen communities and support individual growth. Participants explore the idea of balancing outer skills such as carpentry and gardening with inner skills such as self-awareness. Floor 26.

    Friday, March 4, 12:30-2:00 p.m. “Activism and Mindfulness: Grounding Ourselves within the Climate Crisis.” Interactive group discussion. Floor 26.

    Wednesday, March 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. “Renewables are Ready.” A slide show offering scenarios of an energy efficient future, presented by Pat Hynes from the Traprock Peace Center. Floor 26.

    Tuesday, March 22, 12:30-2:00 p.m. “Crafting Personal Stories.” Interactive group discussion focusing on sharing climate stories based on personal passion and motivation to inspire action. Floor 26.

    Thursday, April 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. “Climate Action Celebration.” A gathering to honor graduating seniors as they share what they learned at UMass Amherst, what they wished they had learned, and their ambitions for future climate activism. Floor 26.

    Tuesday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. “Sustainable World Sourcebook Giveaway.” 500 free copies will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Lobby.

    Wednesday, April 20, 7-9 p.m. “The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community.” Film screening and discussion examines the challenges climate change poses and highlights meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities. Floor 26.

    All events are free and open to the public. The events are co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst Libraries, the Office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program, and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

  6. February 10, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Logging with Animal Draft Power: Low Impact Forestry for a Sustainable Community

    Witness draft animal power in action on February 20th at Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA. Sponsored by Hilltown Land Trust, come learn about the use of draft animal power for sustainable and low impact forestry. Afterwards enjoy a horse-logging demonstration led by David Fisher of Natural Roots Farm. Open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 and FREE to Hilltown Land Trust members, join us as we discuss the practice of managing timber in a way that maximizes ecological diversity and minimizes ecological impact.

    Start the day with licensed forester and local oxen logger, Tom Jenkins and his 10am talk “Draft Animal Powered Forestry: When does it Work?” In his talk, Jenkins will discuss which logging jobs are appropriate for animal power. Supporters of Hilltown Land Trust may remember Tom at his well-attended oxen-logging demonstration last year. After the discussion, watch David Fisher of Natural Roots, local farmer and logger, and his draft horses lead a one hour winter logging demonstration. Afterwards folks are invited to a Q/A session at 12pm with Jenkins and Fisher on their low impact forestry practices with draft animal power. “Draft animal power forestry is a great way for owners in the Hilltowns to log their land carefully and responsibly,” says Michael Madole, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator at Hilltown Land Trust, “these demonstrations are a fun and engaging way of reaching curious landowners interested in the process.”

    Join us for this informative discussion on draft animal forestry, meet those that practice it, and learn about strategies for managing timber in a way that improves overall forest health.

    Licensed foresters will receive 2.5 hours of Continuing Education credits for their attendance. Last year’s event was extremely well attended and we’re expecting a good turnout this year as well! Be sure to RSVP by February 18, contact Andrea Caluori-Rivera at Hilltown Land Trust for registration and further information: (413) 628-4485 ext.#3.

  7. Gary said,

    February 1, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    5th Annual 2016 Soil & Nutrition Conference – February 8 & 9, 2016 – Stockbridge, MA

    The Bionutrient Food Association (BFA; is hosting the 5th Annual 2016 BFA Soil & Nutrition Conference (SN2016;, taking place February 8 & 9, 2016, at Kripalu in Stockbridge, MA.

    With SN2016, there are two tracks, a Soil track, and a Nutrition track. SN2016 is making the connections between Soil Health, Plant Health, and Human Health. For the Programming, here is the hyperlink to it online:

    Here is the hyperlink to the Speaker Biographies:

    In the December 2015 BFA Newsletter about SN2016, contains quotes from Todd Oppenheimer, Food System Journalist and Publisher, Craftsmanship Magazine, and Jonathan Bates, SN2016 Speaker and Owner, Food Forest Farm (

    SN2016 will begin by asking the simple and important question of, “What is Quality,” to our opening panel, which includes perspectives from a farmer, a chef, a hospital food systems specialist, an agriculture extension specialist and a produce supply chain expert to frame our conference dialog.

    There are a number of PhD’s who will be speaking, as well as the keynote presentation Day 1 night of Mark Schatzker, Author of “The Dorito Effect.”

    Here is a hyperlink to a one-page flyer = Thank you and Best Regards, Gary. (Cell: 774-573-6804)

  8. Molly Hale said,

    November 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Global Climate March: Northampton, Nov 29. Meet at 5:30 at N’ton High School, march to City Hall for rally from 6 -7 pm to mark the start of the Paris Climate Conference. Bring a light and a one-sentence statement to read about your hopes for the future. Families encouraged. For more info see or call Molly at 585-0791

  9. Naka Ishii said,

    November 14, 2015 at 10:21 am

    The public is invited to a free film screening of “This Changes Everything” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at UMass Amherst in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall (next to Roots Café in Sycamore (building)).

    This documentary is inspired by Naomi Klein’s 2014 book of the same name, with the subtitle, Capitalism vs. the Climate. See the trailer here:

    Please pass the word!

    If you’re on Facebook and decide you are coming, let us know so we can gauge how many chairs we’ll need!

    UMass press release:

    Closest legal parking is at the Mullins Center parking lot. If you need help locating the Events Hall, please contact Naka Ishii,

  10. July 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Northampton Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Public Workshop and Report to Community.
    Monday, September 28th at 7pm and Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm. Northampton, MA.

    COMMUNITY/CLIMATE CHANGE: Join the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability along with a national AIA (American Institute of Architects) Sustainable Design Assessment Team in creating a plan for climate change in Northampton. The public workshop on Monday, September 28th is a way for you as a resident to have your voice heard, and the Office of Planning and Sustainability wants to hear from you! Come and present your ideas, feelings, or thoughts on what is important for the community to be able to mitigate and respond to the effects of climate change. The next steps meeting on Wednesday, September 30th will allow you to know how Northampton is moving forward to deal with issues such as a hotter, wetter Northampton, southern invasive plants, climate adaptation, resiliency planning, and more.

    For more information on the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability, please see their website below. All are welcome to attend these two important meetings. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  11. July 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Workshop on “Practical Permaculture”: Fundraiser for the Meekins Library at Hilltown Tree & Garden
    Saturday, August 15th from 10am-12:30pm. Chesterfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/PERMACULTURE: If you’ve ever wanted to learn firsthand how you can use practical solutions to become more self-sufficient at home, the “Practical Permaculture” workshop put on to support the Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA is the perfect opportunity. Jim McSweeney, a certified arborist and owner of Hilltown Tree & Garden, will be providing an in-depth look at his own sustainable landscape in Chesterfield, MA. After over 15 years of experience, his family has created a micro-farm on 2 acres that showcases a passive solar home, solar panels, barn, honey bees, orchard, small fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental flowering trees, lawn, root cellar, shade trees, wetlands, tall grass wildflower meadows, cutting flowers, greenhouse, woodshed, septic system, well, and more. The workshop will touch on all aspects of the farm and provide information on how you can create some or all of these features at your home.

    For more information or to register for the event, please call Jim McSweeney at (413)559-1905 or email at The Hilltown Tree & Garden website below also has great information on permaculture and their work in the region. Please note that registration is limited to 30 people so register soon for this great workshop. Hilltown Tree & Garden, Pynchon Road in Chesterfield, MA 01012. (There is a $15.00 minimum donation per person to attend this workshop. Any additional donations will be gratefully accepted.)

  12. July 18, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Pittsfield Repair Café
    Saturday, July 18th from 1pm-5pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    COMMUNITY/REPAIR/REUSE: Have you been riding your bike everywhere this summer and now it has some wear and tear? Or maybe you want to be out riding, but your bike needs a few repairs. Escape the rain and bring it down today to the Pittsfield Repair Café. Bicycles are just one of the items they’re able to friendly, neighborhood volunteers are able to fix. They also have experts who are able to work on clothing, chairs, small tables, lamps, vacuums, sharpen knives and blades, crockery, electronics, and more! All repairs are free and there will be refreshments, musical entertainment, and a freebie corner.

    For more information, please see their Facebook page below. Pittsfield Repair Café is also looking for volunteers. Please email Janet Henderson at if you are interested in volunteering as a repair person or to help with event organization. St. Stephens Parish (in the basement), 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  13. Kate said,

    June 23, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Bug Hill Farm is featured this Saturday, June 27th in…

    Franklin Land Trust’s 24th Annual Farm & Garden Tour, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    A one day self-guided tour of the secret gardens, working farms and special places in Ashfield & Conway.

    Register for the day-long event online or call 413.625.9151

    Come to Bug Hill Farm to explore our certified organic small fruit farm with perennial gardens and winding trails!

    Free walking tours will be offered at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm, beginning on the farmhouse porch.

    Our farm store will be open all day long with complimentary samples of our farm-made berry products such as the Kiss of Cassis black currant cordial! There will be potted plants and berry bushes on sale as well. 10% of the store’s profits will be donated to the Franklin Land Trust.

    Find us at 502 Bug Hill Road, Ashfield MA 01330
    For more information, please visit us online at

  14. May 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    How do wind turbines generate electricity? Hilltown Families Sustainability Bulletin Board Manager, Leah Letourneau,explains on Mass Appeal:

  15. May 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Backyard Edible Forest Gardens with Lisa DePiano
    Tuesday, June 23rd from 6:30pm-8pm. Northampton, MA.

    WORKSHOP/GARDEN: Dreading another summer of mowing the lawn? Eat your yard instead! Lisa DePiano from Mobile Design Lab will be giving a workshop on how to turn your backyard into an edible forest garden. These gardens have been grown for thousands of years to provide food, fertilizer, home medicines, and much more. You will learn how to properly prep your yard and what species and planting methods would be best for your space. Afterwards, you’ll be ready to get our in your own backyard to create a garden that is unique and perfect for you.

    For more information or to register for the workshop, please call River Valley Market at 413-584-2665 or visit their Customer Service. You can also check out the links below for more information on Mobile Design Lab and River Valley Market. River Valley Market, 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend, but pre-registration is required.)

  16. May 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Backyard Earthen Ovens with Ashley Schenk
    Thursday, June 4th from 6:30pm-8pm. Northampton, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Learn how to cook delicious pizzas and artisan breads outside while enjoying the beautiful summer weather! Ashley Schenk from Broadfork Permaculture will be giving a workshop at River Valley Market to teach participants how to build an outdoor earthen oven. This is an ancient art dating back 3,400 years in Egypt. It’s also an easy and inexpensive way to prep exciting meals while enjoying your family, friends, and nature. The workshop will cover oven construction, use, and modern adaptations for a variety of designs. You will learn how to create the perfect gathering space in your backyard for this summer.

    For more information or to register for the workshop, please call River Valley Market at 413-584-2665 or visit their Customer Service. Please see the links below as well for more information on Broadfork Permaculture and River Valley Market. River Valley Market, 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend, but pre-registration is required.)

  17. May 26, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Motor Oil and Oil Paint Waste Collection
    Saturday, May 30th from 8:30am-10:30am. Lenox, MA.

    HAZARDOUS WASTE: Was your spring project this year to paint your home and now you have extra paint? Or did you come across some old paint from previous projects while cleaning out the basement? The South Berkshire Household Hazardous Waste Collaborative will be holding a paint and oil collection in Lenox for 15 participating towns. The participating towns are Alford, Becket, Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, and West Stockbridge. Feel free to bring oil-based paint, stains, paint thinners, spray paint and turpentine, and motor oil. However, please do not bring other fuels or latex based paints for this collection.

    For more information or to register, please go to the CET webpage below or email You may also call CET at 1-888-577-8448 ext. 14. CET will be coordinating the event, and pre-registration is required. Lenox Department of Public Works, 275 Main Street Route 7A. Lenox, MA. (Free to attend).

  18. May 11, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Pittsfield Repair Café
    Saturday, May 16th from 1pm-5pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    COMMUNITY/REPAIR/REUSE: Want to learn how to get organized this spring? The Pittsfield Repair Café will be having someone who can provide organizing help this Saturday. Just bring photos or bags of the items or space you’re looking to organize, and the Repair Café’s expert will help you develop a game plan to conquer your clutter! They will also have free repairs from their team of volunteer experts for items like clothing, lamps, chairs, bicycles, and electrical items to name a few. Bring your family so they can learn more about how to reduce waste by repairing items while you enjoy musical entertainment, refreshments, and face painting for the kids. There will also be a legal reference desk and freebies in the Giveaway Corner.

    For more information, please see their Facebook page below. Pittsfield Repair Café is also looking for volunteers. Please email Janet Henderson at if you are interested in volunteering as a repair person or to help with event organization. St. Stephens Parish (in the basement), 67 East Street. Pittsfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  19. May 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Valley Time Trade Skills Trading Fair/5th Anniversary Celebration
    Saturday, May 16th from 2pm-5pm. Florence, MA.

    COMMUNITY: Do you have a skill you’d like to share with the community? Or do you need assistance with a project or want to learn more about what other community members have to offer? Time trading is an organized exchange system where members can earn hours (time credits) for time spent helping others. Join Valley Time Trade for their 5th anniversary celebration to learn more about what community members and organizations in the Pioneer Valley have to offer. Some of the services that will be available include bike maintenance, massage, knitting, wood working, and may others. Free food, entertainment, door prizes, and a conversation café will all be provided for everyone to enjoy while they learn about all of the services Valley Time Trade members have to offer!

    For more information, please see the link below or call 413-585-0373. Florence Civic Center (next to Lilly Library), 90 Park Street. Florence, MA. (Free to attend).

  20. May 1, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Food Justice in Berkshire County Just Got Stronger

    This season two Berkshire County organizations working on food justice have joined forces, creating an even stronger force to tackle issues of food insecurity facing local families. Greenagers, through its paid employment programs, internships and apprenticeships, engages teens and young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming and natural resource management. The Revolution Garden Project is a program of the Berkshire Community Action Council that works to develop inventive strategies to food insecurity concerning low income, rurally located families in Berkshire County. Together, Greenagers and The Revolution Garden Project are selling 4’x8’ raised vegetable beds that convert into mini-greenhouses. Each garden bed comes installed with soil, seeds, plants and all greenhouse materials. Also included in the purchase of every garden bed is the installation of a second bed for an income eligible family in Berkshire County. For every bed purchased, a second is donated. Businesses are also welcome and encouraged to purchase beds. Once a business does choose to put in a bed they are welcome to suggest a spot for a donated bed within the community such as at a child care or senior center, a health clinic, school, library or community center. These beds will have a small sign letting people know which business donated the bed.

    Donated beds are not just limited to homeowners. With landlord approval, tenants are eligible for these beds as well. In order for a family to be eligible for a donated bed, they must meet specific income guidelines, and either have children under the age of 18 in the house or elders over 65. Because these beds are 16 inches deep they can be placed on either pavement or soil; all that is required is a sunny spot.

    This project has been designed to serve all of Berkshire County and use its economic diversity to the advantage of the community as a whole by marketing beds to higher income residents and donating matching beds to lower income residents, regardless of location. This work is founded on the principle that it is more useful to offer someone in need a skill rather than offering a temporary fix. Placing a garden bed at a family’s home and providing extensive mentorship and support, ensures that the household gains not just fresh, healthy food, but also the knowledge of how to grow their own food. Furthermore, because these beds are sited at homes, residents do not need to worry about transportation to a garden site; they are able to walk outside and help themselves to the bounty nine months of the year.

    For more information email or contact Greenagers at / 413-644-9090.

  21. April 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Garden Plant Pot and Tray Collection and Swap
    Saturday, May 9th from 9am-12pm. Northampton, MA.

    GARDEN/REUSE: Recycle your pellet bags and gardening pots while supporting education! The Northampton Support Our Schools (SOS) Plant and ReUse Nothampton have partnered for the Garden Sale is this Saturday. You can purchase a wide variety of annuals, perennials, trees, vegetables, and herbs as well as other garden products. All proceeds will go to the Northampton Public Schools. Last year the event raised $10,000 for new books! There will also be a raffle to win garden furniture made by the Smith Vocational woodworking students. Bring your garden trays or pots to swap. Don’t forget to bring your pellet bags as well to be recycled now that winter is over.

    For more information on this event, please see the events page for The Department of Public Works and Facebook page for Support Our Schools below. For questions about the garden collection and swap, you can also call the Department of Public Works with questions at 413-587-1570. For more information on the Garden Sale, please contact Judy Leeds at 413-537-4437 or or Sue Breines at 413-586-7476 or SOS is still looking for volunteers and plant donations. Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  22. April 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Permaculture in Your Backyard
    Saturday, May 16th at 2:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    GARDENING/PERMACULTURE: Learn how to apply permaculture design to any backyard – big or small, sunny or shady, in this presentation by Ashley Schenk. Ashley Schnek has seven years of experience as a natural builder and permaculture designer. He co-founded Broadfork Permaculture, a permaculture landscaping cooperative, and has been implementing healthy backyard landscapes in Franklin and Hampshire Counties. Come see examples of his projects around the Pioneer Valley as well as learn about how to use permaculture design to grow food, nourish a healthy ecosystem, and build a deeper relationship with your land. He will guide you through the process of determining your goals and creatively problem-solve in your landscape.

    For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223. You can also see more information on the events calendar for Jones Library below. Woodbury Room in the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  23. April 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    The Town of South Hadley wants residents to provide input about bicycling and walking in the Town. The South Hadley Bicycling and Walking Survey asks what people like and don’t like about walking and bicycling in South Hadley, as well as what kinds of improvements would make a difference. The survey can be filled out online at:

  24. April 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center: May 2015

    All Classes are Free for Hilltown Residents

    To Register for a class, please call 413-685-1052 or email

    Our main classroom is located in the Gateway Regional High School, 12 Littleville Rd, Huntington, Room 152

    Garden Classes, HiSet Math, Gmail and Google Docs, Event Planning, and More!!

    As we turn the page on the calendar once again, SHAEC’s class focus shifts to the Garden, as we offer numerous classes in May to help make your gardening experience a successful one. Class topics range from help with organic weed and bug control, to our garden celebration at the Countryside Community Garden, May 30th, where we’ll have music, food, and speakers on a variety of garden related topics. For those of you with very limited space, or with a desire to grow food indoors all year, we have a presentation on growing with a Tower Garden – and, as an added bonus, a demonstration on how to make your own bio-digester – to make you’re your own “plant food” for your Tower Garden.

    The weekend of May 16th and 17th is a busy one for SHAEC, with a Heirloom Organic Tomato Plant sale at Chester on Track (9-4pm, Main Street, downtown Chester), and, on Sunday, a class at the Countryside Community Garden: Starting a kitchen Garden from Seed with Nicole Rhodes of the Hilltown Land Trust. Nichole will have organic herb plant starts for attendees.

    On Wednesday, May 20th, Jill Savery will help you plan for that Graduation party, family reunion, Wedding, or Memorial day picnic, with an Event Planning Class at SHAEC’s Gateway classroom, from 6-8pm.

    Our Computer classes this month include Internet Safety, Blogger for Business, and Using Gmail. Additionally, there are Three “Computer Help Sessions” throughout the month, one each our Huntington classroom, the Russell Senior Center, and the Middlefield Town Hall.

    The final topic in our GED/HiSEt preparation series will be offered in May, with the focus on Mathematics. New SHAEC teacher Lenny Lapon will be helping students prepare for the MATH HiSEt subtest on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6pm, throughout the month of May.

    Don’t forget our class on FACEBOOK this week, April 29th, at our SHAEC classroom from 6-8pm. A Google Docs class will be at the Middlefield Town Hall that day from 1-2:30pm, as well as the last Science GED/HiSet classes on Monday, April 27th, and on Thursday, April 30th (4-6pm). the last Yoga class in the Middlefield Town Hall (6:45-8:15).

    Lastly, please help spread the word about our classes, by printing out and posting our flyers throughout your community, or sharing on social media. Thank you for being a part of our SHAEC family.
    For more information, or to register for a class, please call 413-685-1052, or email You can also register on SHAEC’s
    A complete calendar of events and classes , as well as our fliers, are available to view or download from the website.

  25. April 23, 2015 at 1:14 am

    ReGeneration Film Screening by Zonta Club
    Wednesday, April 29th from 6pm-7:30pm. Northampton, MA.

    FILM: Love Ryan Gosling’s feminist memes? Want to hear the dreamboat talk about the future of social activism? Come join the Zonta Club of Northampton to hear him narrate this month’s film ReGeneration. The movie looks at the state of social activism in the United States and how we can work together to create positive social change. It highlights the challenges facing the next generations of Americans. Refreshments and drinks will be served.

    For more information or to RSVP for the event, please email You can also go to the Zonta Club of Northampton’s Facebook page below. Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence (social room), 220 Main Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend, but please RSVP).

  26. April 15, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Springfield Museums Earth Day Festival
    Sunday, April 19th from 11am-4pm. Springfield, MA.

    FESTIVAL/EARTH DAY: Bring your family to enjoy a day outside and learn about wildlife and the environment this Sunday, April 19th at the Springfield Museums. They will be holding an Earth Day Festival featuring displays on renewable energies, Massachusetts wildlife, and environmental education. There will also be hands-on activities for kids on exploring nature and paper making from the Environmental Center for our Schools. Don’t miss the free giveaways! The Springfield Forestry Division will be giving out seedlings and Friendly’s will be providing ice cream (while supplies last).

    Inside the museums, families can watch emu eggs and see them as they hatch into baby birds. Animal Secrets is a Special Exhibition children learn about hidden habitats and the secret lives of forest animals through role-playing and hands-on activities.

    For more information, please see the events page for Springfield Museums below. You can also call the Springfield Museums at 1-800-625-7738. Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle Green, 21 Edwards Street. Springfield, MA. (Free to attend. In museum activities require admission.).

  27. April 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Wild Spring Brunch
    Sunday, April 19th from 10am-1pm. Northampton, MA.

    COMMUNITY: Acorn Ktichen will be hosting their first annual Wild Spring Brunch on April 19th. The event will have a wild brunch with acorn pancakes with sweet birch syrup, spring nettle quiche, knotweed n’ maple custard, and black walnut shortbread. There will also be a tea cup raffle where participants can win healthy offerings and goods from Pioneer Valley herbalists, products from Acorn Kitchen, and more! Bring the whole family! There will also be a wild eating story hour and display of animals and plants for the kids.

    For more information, please see Acorn Kitchen’s page below. To register for the event, please go to Rocky Hill Co-housing Community Kitchen, 100 Black Birch Trail. Northampton, MA. ($35 for adults, under 18 $12, and children under 8 are free).

  28. April 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    ReUse & Recycling Event Schedule
    Ongoing in 2015 at various times and locations. Northampton, MA.

    REUSE/RECYCLING: Save the date! This year, as you look at your calendar to mark another season of upcoming weddings and summer celebrations, think about also adding a few more save the dates for The City of Northampton Public Works. This year they’ll be hosting many great events throughout 2015 across Northampton. Some of the exciting highlights coming up include the Northampton ReCenter grand opening on April 25th, the Hazardous Household Waste Collection on May 16th, and the Spring Recycle & Reuse Rally on June 6th. Check advantage of these events to learn more about how you can cut down on waste and get awesome new-to-you items through reuse.

    For more information, please check the Northampton recycling page below. You may also call (413)587-1059 to learn more. The events will be hosted at various times and locations in Northampton throughout the year. Please see the Department of Public Works page below for exact event details. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend).

  29. April 14, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Workshop
    Wednesday, April 14th from 1pm-2pm. Williamstown, MA.

    WORKSHOP/ENERGY: Have you been looking to save money on your heat and electric bills to combat rate increases? Have you been thinking about making the switch to renewable energy? Join CET (the Center for EcoTechnology) at Wild Oats Marketplace for an Earth Day workshop on energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in Massachusetts. The workshop will let residents know how they can tighten their homes to save money on heating and cooling as well as reduce their electricity bills. CET will let participants know how to take advantage of the no-cost home energy assessments and incentives offered through the MassSave program. CET will also explain how Massachusetts residents can make the switch to renewable energy for their electricity. An overview of renewable energy will be given, especially wind and solar, for homeowners and businesses as well as answer questions. Wild Oats will also provide information and contact numbers for incentives and programs available to residents in Vermont and New York. This workshop will be relevant to anyone who is interested in learning more about renewable energy options, their cost, and energy efficiency measures. Light, compostable refreshments will be served as well to enjoy as you learn more during lunch.

    For more information about the event, please reach out to Robin Riley from Wild Oats at 413-458-5317 or at Wild Oats Marketplace, 320 Main Street. Williamstown, MA. (Free to attend).

  30. April 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Bug Hill Farm 2015 On-Farm Workshop Series
    Ongoing Spring through Fall. Ashfield, MA.

    WORKSHOPS: Looking to learn more this year about topics like permaculture, soil health, and medicinal herbs? Bug Hill Farm will be having a full-featured series of workshops and events this year, taught by experts from the local bioregion and beyond. Other events include tours of the farm and the annual wild edible luncheon and plant walk. Bug Hill Farm is known for its fruit cordials, shrubs, syrups, sauces, and organic fruits. Come check out the farm this season and learn more about all it has to offer!

    For more information, see Bug Hill Farms 2015 workshop series page below. It will offer a comprehensive list of upcoming workshops along with dates, times, and registration information. You can also follow them on facebook for all of the latest happenings at the farm. Bug Hill Farm, 502 Bug Hill Road. Ashfield, MA. (Prices vary depending on workshop).

  31. April 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Who Feeds You? An Event Unveiling a healthier, happier New England
    Tuesday, April 21th from 12pm-4pm. Amherst, MA.

    FOOD/SUSTAINABILITY: Eating locally is a huge movement in New England and throughout the world. When you eat locally, you support your local economy, promote safer food by cutting down on contamination, increase the amount of nutrients in food, and cut down on carbon emissions for transportation while preserving farmland. And that’s just to name a few! Currently, New England sources more than ninety percent of its food from outside of the region. To help move us to having more local food from the region, Food Solutions New England is sponsoring a new 50 by 60 campaign. The goal is to have 50% of the food consumed in New England grown right here at home by 2060. The Umass Sustainable Food and Farming students have organized an event to “unveil” this campaign. The event will be an opportunity for citizens to discuss and interact with experienced farmers, students, and experts about the various elements involved in our food supply. Come to learn more about local foods, agriculture, the 50/60 campaign, and how you can show your commitment to local sustainable food!

    For more information, please go to the link below. You can also contact Amy Henrikson at or (413) 218-7561. Umass Amherst in the Student Union’s Cape Cod Lounge, 41 Campus Center Way. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  32. April 13, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    West Springfield Earth Day
    Saturday, April 25th from 10:00am-1:30pm. West Springfield, MA.

    SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY/FAIR: Want to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate Earth Month in West Springfield? Come to the West Springfield Earth Day! The event will feature organizations such as the West Springfield Garden Club, West Springfield Environmental Committee, West Springfield Tree Committee, NRG Home Solar, EverSource Energy, Republic Waste Services, and many more! There will also be vendors providing free paper shredding and recycling, offering natural soaps and lotions, and information on organic farming. The Salvation Army will be providing textile recycling for anything that doesn’t have mold or mildew. You can also bring your old DVD’s, VCR’s, cassettes, glasses, and cell phones to be recycled. If you’re looking for a good book to read at the beach this summer or a new bike to enjoy the weather, check out the book and bike swap at the event. Kids can bring old toys to be recycled, get their faces painted, and get free Amur Maple seedlings to plant!

    For more information, please go to the link below. You can also contact Dori Hayes at 413-733-3843 or Rich at 413-244-1389. West Springfield Town Common on Park Street… The rain location will be the West Springfield Senior Center, 128 Park Street. West, Springfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  33. April 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Clean-Up West Springfield Day
    Saturday, April 18th from 8:30am-1pm. West Springfield, MA.

    COMMUNITY/WASTE: Cleaning up your neighborhood and town increases safety for children and other residents, is a great way to spend time in your community, teach your children and family the importance and reward of volunteering, and improve the appeal of your town. A clean town landscape has also been shown to increase property values, attract business investment, and improve the neighborhood’s reputation. West Springfield will be hosting a clean-up day for Earth Month on April 18th. Crews will gather in the morning and work at different town-wide sites to pick up litter and debris.
    Donuts, coffee, and a cookout lunch at the Mittineague Park Rotary Pavilion will be served. There will also be a gift card raffle during lunch as a thank you to the volunteers.

    For more information, please go to the link below. If you’d like to pre-register to volunteer at the event, please email your name, how many people, and site preferences to Please email as well if you are a business or other entity that would like to participate by donating money, time, or equipment. You can also contact Dori Hayes at 413-733-3843. Check in will be at the Mittineague Park Rotary Pavilion (across from basketball court). 1695 Westfield Street, West Springfield. (Free to participate.)

  34. April 13, 2015 at 11:29 am

    6th Annual Amherst Sustainability Fair
    Saturday, April 25th from 10am-4pm. Amherst, MA.

    SUSTAINABILITY/COMMUNITY/FAIR: Looking for a great way to celebrate Earth month with the whole family? Head to the Amherst Sustainability Fair! You can learn more about home energy savings, renewable energy options, Arbor Day, permaculture, and waste footprint reduction. There will also be “How To” workshops on tree care, composting, bee keeping, growing mushrooms, and fermenting vegetables. While you’re learning, enjoy live entertainment throughout the day from local musicians. Or, take a break to pet the animals! The Goat Girls booth will have live goats and there will be draft horses from the Bluestar Equiculture booth. Kids can also have their faces painted, watch live juggling, and participate in tree identification activities. Feel free to bring pellet bags, large Styrofoam, and unwanted linens, rags, and clothes for recycling when you come!

    For more information, please see the link below. This year the fair will be held in honor of Dorie Goldman and Emlen Jones. Stop by the information booth at the fair to pledge your support to make a sustainable change in your life as part of the Goldman-Jones pledge. Any change no matter how small matters, and a list will be posted after the fair on the town’s website. The fair will be held on the Amherst Town Common. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  35. April 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Pittsfield Repair Café
    Saturday, April 18th at 1pm-5pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    COMMUNITY/REPAIR: The record cold, snowy winter is over and the warm weather and sunshine are back. That means it’s also the time of the year for everyone’s favorite annual tradition – spring cleaning! If you find items in your home that you’re thinking about throwing out but they just need small repairs or a little TLC, bring it Pittsfield Repair Café instead. You and your family can learn from repair experts, save money by having your items fixed for free, and keep them out of the landfill. You can bring clothing, chairs, lamps, vacuums, electrical items, bicycles, knives and blades for sharpening, wood items, crockery, toys, and the list goes on!

    For more information or to volunteer, please email You can also go to their Facebook page below. St. Stephen’s Church basement, 67 East Street (Allen Street entrance). Pittsfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  36. April 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Organic Gardening for Everyone with Naturalist and Landscaper John Root
    Saturday, April 18th at 11am-12:30pm. Holyoke, MA.

    GARDENING: Join the Holyoke Public Library and Holyoke Cultural Council to learn how to cultivate flavorful vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers this season. The presentation focuses on practical advice and inspiration on a range of topics including composting, mulching, using space efficiently, growing plants from seed, succession planting, inviting beneficial wildlife, controlling weeds and pests, and preserving home-grown produce. Participants are encouraged to share their own knowledge in this interactive power point presentation and questions are welcomed throughout. Every participant will be able to take home helpful handouts along with recommended books and websites to learn more. Gardeners of all ages are welcome so bring the whole family and start planning your own home garden!

    For more information, please go to the Holyoke Library’s events page below. You may also call the library for more information at (413)420-8101. Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (Free to attend).

  37. April 2, 2015 at 10:28 am

    MassSave Home Energy Assessment
    Ongoing for Massachusetts residents.

    Making your home more energy efficient increases your comfort and puts money back in your wallet. A home energy assessment by a trained professional will help you find the best ways to reduce your drafts or add insulation; or try any number of instant saving measures that will reduce your energy consumption today.

    If any of the following apply to you, or you have questions about your energy use, contact MassSave today:

    – Need insulation in your attic or walls?
    – Is your home drafty?
    – Do you have old, inefficient heating and/or hot water equipment?
    – Have you installed a programmable thermostat? Or need help with settings?
    – Have you changed your lights to compact fluorescent lamps (CFL’s) or LED bulb?
    – Do you have an old, inefficient refrigerator or air conditioner?
    – Do you have large icicles or ice dams in the winter?
    – Been considering replacing your windows – but find it’s too expensive?
    – Interested in receiving up to $2000 toward insulating your home? Or a 0% loan to replace an inefficient heating system?

    If you answered YES to any of these questions – or you have other needs or questions about how to reduce energy and increase the comfort and value of your home at the same time, call MassSave to schedule your no-cost home energy assessment! 1-866-527-7283.

  38. March 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Seed Saving Workshop
    Tuesday, March 31st from 7pm-9pm. Amherst, MA.

    SEEDS/GARDENING: Spring is officially here! That means it’s time to start thinking about your garden! Join Seed Savers of Umass for the Spring Town Hall Workshop Get Started Saving Seeds. The workshop will feature a lecture by experienced seed-saver, Oona Coy, as well as hands-on demonstrations and information on how to get started in your own backyard. There will also be informational tables and seeds to take home! Seed saving is an important way to make sure gardeners still have access to Western Massachusetts’s unique, locally adapted varieties of seeds. It’s also a great way to spend time outside with your community, friends, and family through seed saving activities and gardening!

    For more information, please see the Grow Food Amherst’s facebook page below. The workshop will be held at the Amherst Town Hall, 4 Boltwood Avenue. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend and gardeners of all ages are welcome).

  39. March 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Borrow a Kill-A-Watt Kit from Berkshire Athenaeum
    Ongoing during normal library hours. Pittsfield, MA
    ENERGY/ELECTRICITY: Have you ever wondered just how much electricity your appliances are using? Many people in Western Massachusetts have been feeling pinched this winter from the electricity rate increases. One of the best ways to keep costs low is to increase your home’s energy efficiency. To help with this, EverSource, National Grid, and the MassSave program have partnered with the Berkshire Athenaeum to let patrons borrow a Kill-A-Watt kit. The Kill-A-Watt kit allows you to measure the electrical draw of your household appliances. You can calculate from the measurement how much things like that extra fridge in the basement may be costing you and try to curb energy usage in your home and save money. It can also be a great way to teach your children about energy consumption and what you can do as a family to limit the amount of electricity you use!

    For more information or to take out a Kill-A-Watt Kit, please stop by the Athenaeum circulation desk during regular library hours. The Kill-A-Watt kits can be borrowed for three weeks at a time with your CWMARS library card. Berkshire Athenaeum Pittsfield’s Public Library, 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (Free to the public).

  40. March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Sustainable Agriculture Expo
    Sunday, April 12th from 2pm-4pm. Amherst, MA.

    AGRICULCUTURE: Many people today are overwhelmed by the wide array of food options we now have to make as consumers every time we eat a meal. Local? Organic? Free-range? Gluten free? Non-GMO? Vegetarian? Vegan? It can be hard to understand all of the labels, what sustainable means for you and your family, and how to determine what the right choice for you is. If you want to learn more and engage in welcoming, non-judgmental, community discussions, head to the Sustainable Agriculture Expo on Sunday, April 12th! The event is being hosted by the Umass Sustainable Food & Farming students of Umass Amherst, the League of Women Voters, and the Green Sanctuary.

    The event will feature activities for children, informational tables, samples of locally grown and prepared snacks, and a raffle with goods donated by local farms and vendors. A wide range of topics will be covered at the Expo including soil health, legislation, local food, food justice, and methods for sustainable agriculture. Each topic will have its own table with visual aids, information for you to take with you and discuss or share with friends and family, and students from the Sustainable Food and Farming to discuss the topics more in depth.

    For more information, please reach out to Jason De Pecol at the Umass Sustainable Food and Farming Group. He can be reached at (203)617-7292 or by email at The expo will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 121 N Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend and family friendly).

  41. March 6, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Project Native Environmental Film Festival 2015 – South Hadley and Great Barrington
    Sunday, March 15th. Films will be shown from 10:00am-4:30pm. South Hadley, MA.
    Saturday, April 11th at 7pm. Great Barrington, MA.
    Sunday, April 12th. Films will be shown from 10am-7:10pm. Great Barrington, MA.

    FILMS: With Earth Month just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the environmental issues and how we can make an impact. The 2015 Environmental Film Festival, put on by Project Native with the help of The Sohn Foundation, will be showing some of the best environmental films from 2013-2014. These inspirational, award-winning movies open our eyes to issues ranging from our dependency on plastic to the chemical industry to nutrition and preserving our seeds. Fourteen movies will be featured during the festival with showings in South Hadley and Great Barrington.

    On Saturday, April 11th there will also be a screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. This film examines the shocking amount of food that is thrown away in the U.S. and how two people lived solely on food others threw away. Filmmakers Jen and Grant will be at the event to talk about the issue of food waste and answer questions.

    For more information or to see the full schedule for the weekend’s events, please see Project Native’s website below. The film screening in South Hadley will be held at Tower Theaters, 19 College Street. South Hadley, MA. The Just Eat It special event on April 11th will be held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street. Great Barrington, MA. The film screenings on April 12th will be held at Triplex Cinema, 70 Railroad Street. Great Barrington, MA. (Free to attend all three days).

  42. March 6, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Project Native Environmental Film Festival
    Sunday, March 15th. Movies showing from 10am-4:30pm. South Hadley, MA.

    FILMS: Start getting ready for Earth Month coming up in April by checking out some of the best environmental films of 2013 and 2014. Award-winning environmental films Damnation, Plastic Paradise, The Starfish Throwers, Resistance, and Groundswell Rising will all be shown at Tower Theaters in South Hadley on March 15th. These wonderful films highlight some of the greatest challenges and work being done in the environmental movement. They cover everything from the health of our rivers to our dependence on plastics to the fight to end fracking. Project Native and The Sohn Foundation have worked together to make this event free for the public. Bring your family to stay warm at the movies with popcorn and enjoy these beautiful documentaries!

    For more information and to see the movie schedule, please see Project Native’s website below. The movies will be showed at Tower Theaters, 19 College Street. South Hadley, MA. (Free to attend).

  43. March 4, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    The Green Team – Environmental Education Resource for Massachusetts students prek-12

    ENVIRONTMENTAL EDUCATION: Earth Month is nearly here and THE GREEN TEAM wants to help classrooms and schools get ready to celebrate! THE GREEN TEAM is an interactive, environmental education program for Massachusetts schools—grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12—sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Check our participating schools list for 2014-15 to see if your school is registered.

    THE GREEN TEAM empowers students and teachers to help the environment. Participants receive FREE educational resources—such as a classroom posters, lesson plans, and suggested activities—FREE recycling & composting bins, and FREE prizes at the end of the year including garden center gift cards and environmental edu-tainers. Teachers and parent volunteers can join today by registering online:

  44. March 3, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Alchemy Initiative hosts Urban Gardening: Companion Planting and Space Saving Techniques Workshop
    Saturday, May 30th from 3pm-5pm. Pittsfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/GARDENING: Have you always wanted to be able to grow your own garden, but feel like you don’t have enough outdoor space? The Alchemy Initiative is hosting an Urban Gardening Workshop where you can learn how to maximize the space have. Instructor Julia Lemieux, founder of Windy Ridge Farm, will discuss how you can create a small, raised bed, or container garden to fit your specific space needs. The process of companion and inter-planting of green manure crops will also be taught to help with weed control and soil health. Each participant will have the opportunity to develop their own companion planted container garden to take home along with information and instructions on the topics discussed in the workshop. Learn about how you can improve your yield and maintain a successful garden in any space!

    For more information, please see the link to the Alchemy Initiative’s calendar below. To learn more about instructor Julia Lemieux, please see the second link below. If you would like to register for the workshop, please email Robbins Avenue Community Garden, 154 Robbins Avenue. Pittsfield, MA. (Pre-registration is required and the fee for the workshop is $30.00).

  45. March 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Alchemy Initiative hosts Raised Bed Building Workshop
    Saturday, April 18th from 9am-1pm. New Lebanon, NY.

    WORKSHOP/GARDENING: Want a beautiful garden this year without all the back-bending effort? If you’re a pro or a first time gardener, raised beds can make your garden more productive and easy-to-maintain. Raised garden beds improve soil by using a customized soil-and-compost blend, provides greater exposure to the sun and less water use, allows for more plant diversity, and extends the growing season. The best part? Plants can be spaced closer together which increases yields and weeds are crowded out. This means a lot less frustration and time pulling out weeds this year!

    The Alchemy Initiative is hosting a Raised Bed Building Workshop at the Climbing Tree Farm. The workshop will start with a tour of the farm, and then expert instructor Nicole Howell will lead a hands-on workshop where participants will be able to help build three raised beds. Nicole will also go over how to choose the best location for your garden, constructing the beds, and what and how to plant for the best results. A full materials list will be provided along with Nicole’s “Square Foot Vegetable Guide”.

    For more information, please see the link to the Alchemy Initiative’s calendar below. To learn more about instructor Nicole Howell, see the second link below. If you would like to register for the workshop, please email Climbing Tree Farm, 436 West Hill Road. New Lebanon, NY. (The fee for the workshop is $55.00).

  46. February 25, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Oxen Logging Demonstration in Worthington and Chesterfield
    Adults: Saturday March 7th 10AM-12PM
    Kids: Saturday march 7th, 12:30PM-2:30PM
    Foul Weather Date of Sunday, March 8th

    Join Hilltown Land Trust in a session about low-impact sustainable forestry with forester Tom Jenkins. Meet his oxen team and watch them in action on Hilltown Land Trust’s Jackson Swamp property. This interactive workshop is in two parts—a morning section for landowners and those interested in learning more about sustainable forestry, and an afternoon session for kids and families.

    Each session will begin with a trek through a hardwood upland forest to watch an oxen team and logger perform a sustainable harvest. We will then gather around a small campfire for a Q & A with the forester and enjoy snacks provided by Hilltown Land Trust.

    Please dress in weather-appropriate layers, wear sturdy boots, and bring a water bottle. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a parent/chaperone. Please note, dogs are prohibited to avoid distracting the working animals and there are no bathrooms at the site.

    Parking is limited, PLEASE RSVP with Nicole at: or (413) 628-4485 ext. 4

    HLT Members & Children under 18: Free
    Nonmembers: $10.

    Directions From Williamsburg/ Points North
    Take Route 9 to MA-143 in Williamsburg and head west for 8.2 miles (stay left at the junction with Partridge Road ). Turn left onto Ireland Street, after 2.2 miles turn right onto Ring Road. Follow Ring Road for about 300 feet and park along the shoulder.

    Directions From Huntington/ Points South
    Take MA-112 North for 9 miles to South Worthington. Turn right onto Ireland Street and drive 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Ring Road. Follow Ring Road for about 300 feet and park along the shoulder.

  47. February 23, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Exhibit of the 2013-2014 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Student Design Competition Posters
    Through Saturday, March 21st. Holyoke, MA.

    EXHIBIT: Have you ever wondered what it would take for your town or city to have a Net Zero Energy or Zero Carbon Emissions design? Come check out what 15 teams of local undergraduate and graduate students have come up with to do just that for some of the major properties in the city of Holyoke. The students’ posters, showcasing their models and vision for what Holyoke could look like using renewable energy combined with innovative engineering, architectural, and sustainable practices, will be on the first floor of the Holyoke Public Library through March 21st. The posters were also featured in the 2013-2014 Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Student Design Competition. The exhibit is a great way to start a dialogue with your children, family, or friends about the future they see for their home and towns and how we can move towards those goals.

    For more information on the design competition, please see the link below. You may also contact Joseph Bosworth, the Chairman of the 2013-14 NESEA Student Design Competition, at or at 413-684-0850. Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Holyoke, MA. (Free to attend the exhibit).

  48. February 19, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Seed Starting Workshop
    Tuesday, March 10th from 6:30pm-8pm. Northampton, MA.

    SEEDS: It may be freezing outside, but it’s time to start thinking about your summer garden. This year, ensure your garden is organic from start to finish by starting your own seeds. This can give plants a head start that leads to earlier harvests and a greater yield. Co-op favorites, Billie and Sandy, will be hosting a workshop on how to start your own seeds and nurture seedlings for your garden this year. They will offer helpful hints and go over the materials you will need and process to get you started. The best part is you don’t have to wait for warm weather to get your hands dirty and have it feel like summer!

    For more information, please click on the link below. If you would like to register to attend the workshop, please call River Valley Market at 413-584-2665 or stop by their customer service. River Valley Market, 330 North King Street. Northampton, MA. (Free to attend, but pre-registration is required).

  49. February 16, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Winter Fare at the Greenfield Winter Farmers Market and Valley Food Swap
    Saturday, February 21st from 10am-2pm. Greenfield, MA.

    FOOD: Starting to get a case of cabin fever from the snow and cold? Alleviate those winter blues by bringing your family to the Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market for a special Winter Fare day! The market will feature workshops where you and your family can learn more about the secrets of winter gardening, culinary herbs for cooking and medicinal use, and how to make your own yogurt, buttermilk, and other dairy products. There will also be plenty of opportunities for kids to be engaged in activities including basket weaving, rope making, and nature mysteries! Don’t forget to bring your home-preserved foods to the event. After the Farmer’s Market where you can stock up on fresh, local foods, Valley Food Swap will also be having a bartering event at 1pm. Swap with your neighbors to add variety to your pantry to get you through the last of winter.

    For more information, please click on the link below. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Judy at Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal Street. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  50. February 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Grow Food Amherst Sustainability Sunday Workshop: Building Community-Owned Sustainable Energy
    Sunday, February 15th from 2pm-4pm. Amherst, MA.

    WORKSHOP/ENERGY: Are you looking for ways to reduce your energy bills? Are you interested in ways to have local, renewable energy instead of the standard mix of fossil fuels? Join Dantae Davies of Co-op Power to learn about the different ways you can tighten up your home and radically reduce your energy usage. Energy efficiency measures and solar heating will be highlighted. You will also learn how you can be a part of helping to make community-owned democratically controlled renewable energy projects in the Valley a reality.

    For more information or to register for the event, please click on the link below. You may also contact All Things Local at 413-253-267 or All Things Local Cooperative Market, 104 North Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  51. February 12, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Winter Farmers’ Market: Great Barrington
    Saturday, February 14th from 10am-2pm. Great Barrington, MA.

    FOOD: Planning a romantic homemade dinner for Valentine’s Day? Looking for the perfect ingredients to wow that special someone? Head to the Winter Farmers’ Market in Great Barrington on Saturday and get everything you need to make a fantastic, local meal. The market will feature local cheeses, meats, veggies, breads, apples, yarn, and more. Bring the whole family! There will also be music, samples, and activities for the kids.

    For more information, please go to the link below. Monument Valley Middle School, 313 Monument Valley Road. Great Barrington, MA. (Free to attend).

  52. February 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Seed Swap hosted by Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton
    Saturday, February 28th from 10am-1pm. Northampton, MA.

    SEEDS/GARDENING: Do you have extra seeds from last year but want to have something new growing in your garden this year? Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton will be hosting a seed swap on Saturday, February 28th. All are welcome to bring locally saved seeds, excess bought seeds, donated seeds, or seeds brought back from another region to trade. You’ll be able to bring home new seeds of your own while meeting and learning from local farmers and gardeners! Feel free to bring information and pictures of your seeds to teach others about the plants in your farm or garden. There will also be short workshops on beginning seed saving, plant breeding, and an open discussion about seed projects that are currently happening in Western Mass.

    For more information about the event and what to bring, please see the first link below. To register for the event, please go to the second link below. All are welcome even if you don’t have seeds to share. Smith Vocational High School. 80 Locust Street, Northampton. It is being held in the same location as the Northampton Winter Farmers Market. (Free to attend. Registration is just to know who is coming).

  53. January 28, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Massachusetts Environmental Educators Society (MEES) Annual Conference
    Wednesday, March 11th from 8am to 4pm. Worcester, MA.

    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/CONFERENCE: National Environmental Education week is coming up April 19-25th! Environmental education has been shown to help students develop a number of crucial skills including cooperative learning, critical thinking central to “good science” such as questioning, investigating, and analyzing data, discussion, and hands-on activities that promote real-world applications. Start thinking about how you can incorporate the environment and outdoors into your classroom or home! Join the Massachusetts Environmental Educators Society (MEES) for their annual conference “Our Common Wealth: Environmental Education is for Everyone”. The conference will explore environmental education at all ages and in all spaces and areas (urban, country, suburban). This year there will be an opening panel to discuss the “State of Environmental Education” in Massachusetts. The panel will include state representatives, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

    For more information or to register for the conference, please visit the MEES website below. College of the Holy Cross, 1 College Street. Worcester, MA. ($75.00 to attend with registration before February 7th, $90.00 to register after February 7th, and $25.00 for students. There is also a scholarship program to attend that is open to all who apply).

  54. January 26, 2015 at 3:34 pm


    8th Regional Gathering of Resilience and Transition Towns Groups in Western MA
    Sunday, February 8th from 3pm-7pm. Longmeadow, MA.

    COMMUNITY RESILIENCE: With a record snowstorm on the way and preparations in full swing, you may be thinking more about ways you and your community can better withstand an emergency or adverse situation when they arise. Transition Longmeadow will be hosting a regional gathering that will provide an opportunity to share ideas, projects, and resources for making the Western MA region more resilient. The gathering will open with introductions, updates, and creating a list of resilience projects in the surrounding communities. Transition Longmeadow will also be sharing a couple of their exciting new projects! The majority of the meeting will be spent in small groups to discuss topics of your choice and collaborate to find ways to increase personal and community resilience. Please come with ideas, concerns, and potential partnership ideas.

    All are welcome. For more information, please reach out to Tina Clarke at or (413) 658-8165. Bailey Hall in First Church of Christ Longmeadow. 763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow MA. (Free to attend. Please bring a potluck dish, drink, or snack to share).

  55. January 22, 2015 at 11:37 am

    MassEnergy New England GreenStart and New England Wind Programs
    By: CET EcoFellow Sonja Favaloro.

    RENEWABLE ENERGY: The Center for EcoTechnology is partnering with Mass Energy to make it easier than ever for Massachusetts residents to switch to 100% renewable energy. Residents whose energy comes from Western Mass Electric Company (WMECO) or National Grid can now sign up for Mass Energy’s New England GreenStart and New England Wind programs. Signing up means that members pay a small fee directly on their electric bills to ensure all of their energy comes from clean, renewable sources. The premium for choosing green energy is 2.4 cents/kwh for New England GreenStart or 3.8 cents/kwh for New England Wind. These contributions are completely tax deductible!
    If you sign up for New England GreenStart, your energy will come from a variety of local renewable sources including wind, solar, digester gas, and low-impact hydro. If you choose New England Wind, your energy will come from 100% wind power.

    If you live in an area that is not served by either WMECO or National Grid, you can still help fund renewable energy by joining New England Wind Friends. This program makes it easy to support local wind energy, and even allows you to calculate the amount of energy you use and donate the equivalent premium cost.

    There are lots of great benefits to signing up for New England GreenStart or New England Wind, including:
    -It’s local. The projects Mass Energy partners with are all located in New England, meaning your donations support local businesses and local jobs!
    -It’s tax-deductible. The donations you make are considered charitable contributions and are fully deductible on your income taxes.
    -It’s powerful and mission-driven. Mass Energy uses the buying power of its members to sign-long term power purchase contracts with renewable energy projects in New England, enabling these projects to develop. Each new person who signs up for New England GreenStart and New England Wind helps Mass Energy to secure more contracts and produce more green energy!
    -It supports non-profits. Organizations such as CET partner with Mass Energy to advocate for green energy, meaning your contribution also helps these non-profits achieve their goals to serve communities and the environment.
    -It’s EASY! You can sign up online today in just a few minutes—all you need is your utility bill!

    For more information or to sign up for the New England GreenStart or New England Wind programs, please visit the MassEnergy website at or feel free to call CET at 413-586-7350 ext. 352.

  56. January 22, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Science and Sustainability Expo and KidWind Challenge Registration
    Saturday, March 7th from 9am-4pm. Greenfield, MA.

    REMINDER: SUSTAINABILITY/PROJECT/EXPO: The registration date for the 4th annual Science and Sustainability Expo on March 7th at Greenfield Community College is coming up on February 23rd. Don’t miss the chance for your children or students to show the science and sustainability projects they have been working on for experts in the field. Registration is also open for the Green Dollhouse and KidWind Challenges. The KidWind challenge allows students to design their very own electricity generating wind turbine. Participants who qualify will go on to the 2016 national competition. All three challenges will have professionals and experts in the various fields on hand to provide feedback and recognition to participants. So don’t wait! Register and start your projects now! Please reach out to Susan Reyes to register.

    For more information or to register for the event, please contact Susan Reyes at or 413-259-1658. Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, One College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend but pre-registration by February 23rd is required).

  57. January 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Earth Systems of Self-Regulation: The Gaia Hypothesis – an illustrated talk by Will Kendzior
    Sunday, January 11th at 12pm. Ashfield, MA.

    SPEAKER/CLIMATE CHANGE: Will Kendzior will be giving a talk on how the Earth, over geologic time, functions as a living organism. Will taught Earth Science and Ecology for many years at Mohawk Trail Regional High School and through his passion and mentorship has inspired many of his students to go on to pursue lives of environmental stewardship. Before the talk, the First Congregational Church also invites those who are interested to attend a pot-luck brunch at 11:15am and worship service led by Reverend Kate Stevens with a sermon on climate change by Richard Pree and John Hoffman at 10am.

    For more information, please contact the First Congregational Church of Ashfield at (413)628-4470. The lecture will be held at First Congregational Church of Ashfield in Friendship Hall (upstairs), 429 Main Street. Ashfield, MA. (Free to attend).

  58. January 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Winter Farm Film Series
    January 11th, February 8th, and March 8th from 2pm-4pm. Williamsburg, MA.

    FILM: Come join the Williamsburg Agricultural Commission as they host a winter farm film series the second Sundays of January, February, and March. The first film being screened is Root Hog or Die which follows the farming year from spring to winter. The film was shot in 1973 in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts and Vermont. In February, the film will be A Long Row in Fertile Ground which is a WGBY documentary focusing on the landscape and local farms in Western Massachusetts. The film for March is TBA. Refreshments will be served at the films and a community discussion will follow after the films.

    For more information, please see the link below. Meekins Library, 2 Williams Street. Williamsburg, MA. (Free to attend, but donations and food items will be collected for the Hilltown Food Pantry).

  59. Jan Bradley said,

    January 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    January is “pipeline month” in the Northern Berkshires. Several information sessions have been scheduled to update residents on the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline. The 36-inch high-pressure pipeline is expected to cross Hancock, Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, Hinsdale and Windsor, where a 60+ acre compressor station will also be built. The route, which runs under the Cheshire Reservoir and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, will require a 100-foot expansion of the existing utility corridor. A number of local landowners and farmers are directly affected.

    At the meetings, residents will have the opportunity to hear presentations on how the pipeline will affect local communities and landowners, as well as its potential impact on landscape, air quality, and water supply for all the neighboring towns. At some of the meetings, a short film about compressor stations will be shown. Representatives from Kinder Morgan have been invited, but it is not known at this time whether they will attend. The meetings are open to all and will be geared to help area residents understand what the pipeline is about and how it will affect them. Among the issues to be considered are what dangers the pipeline presents, whether it is needed, and whether area residents will benefit from its construction. Speakers include Jane Winn of Berkshire Environmental Action Team and Rose Wessel of In case of bad weather, contact Russell Freedman: 413-447-8010.

    January 10, 1:30 pm, Community House, Main St, Cummington: film

    (snow date, Jan. 11)

    January 10. 2 pm at St. Mary’s Church on Rte. 20 in Nassau, NY.

    January 15, 7 pm, Town Hall, 83 N. Main St, Lanesborough: presentations by Jane Winn and Rose Wessel

    January 23, 12 pm, Dodd House, 64 Mission Park Dr, Williamstown: presentation

    January 24, 10:30 am, a photo rally at noon and 1:00 pm follow-up with Q&A American Legion, 258 North St, Dalton: film and presentations.

    January 31, 9:30, ITAM Lodge, 93 Waubeek Rd, Pittsfield: presentations, film and more

    For more information, see calendar listings at:, or

  60. December 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Make Your Home More Energy Efficient with Adin Maynard of HIS & HERS Energy Efficiency
    Tuesday, January 27th from 7pm-8:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    SPEAKER/ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Is your heating bill sky high now that the winter weather has set in? Are you wondering about ways to improve your homes efficiency and cut down on the amount of heat and electricity you’re using? Adin Maynard from HIS & HERS Energy Efficiency in Northampton will be speaking at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment about ways to lower your energy costs and improve your homes efficiency. He will also be providing an introduction to home performance and building science through case studies and images. Take the opportunity to ask about your own home after the talk. Adin will also be fielding any questions you may have on energy efficiency in your home or home performance flaws that you would like to solve.

    For more information, please click on the link below. A link with additional information on Adin Maynard and HIS & HERS Energy Efficiency is also below. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend, but donations are appreciated).

  61. December 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Lecture: “Local Effects of Climate Change”
    Friday, January 9th at 7:30pm. Sheffield, MA.

    LECTURE/CLIMATE CHANGE: The start of a new year is always a time of reflecting over the past while also looking towards the future and setting goals for the year to come. While you’re thinking about resolutions and plans for 2015, it is a great time to also think about climate change: the impacts it’s had on our lives and what goals we can set to mitigate those impacts for the future. The Sheffield Historical Society will be hosting Frank Lowenstein on January 9th. He will be speaking about the effects climate change has had locally over the past two centuries. Frank Lowenstein is the Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for the Nature Conservancy’s Climate Change Team and heads up the organization’s work on how natural systems can contribute to helping people adapt to climate change. He has also served the Conservancy as the North American Director of Forest Health.

    For more information, please see the Sheffield Historical Society calendar events at the link below. You may also reach out to the Sheffield Historical Society at or at (413) 229-2694. Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street. Sheffield, MA. (Free to attend. Refreshments will be served.)

  62. December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Dream Green Living Model Homes and Resilient Landscapes
    Thursday, January 8th from 6pm-8pm. Greenfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/GREEN BUILDING/EDUCATION: According to STEMCAREER, during the next decade the United States demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. If you are an educator or parent, come to the Dream Green Living Model Homes and Resilient Landscapes workshop to learn more about how you can inspire children to be engaged in STEM fields through sustainability concepts. The workshop is a cooperative hands-on adventure that challenges children (and their parents or educators) to build model homes and landscapes that enable people to live a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle with low impact on the natural environment over a long period of time. Parents and educators will be able to explore the concepts of teaching children about sustainability, environmental stewardship, energy concepts, and ecology through landscape design and engineering. The project can be a collective learning experience, and is accessible for a wide range of learners. Come learn how you can design, construct, manipulate, play, and redesign your ideal landscape with your children or students!

    For more information, please click on the link below. To register, please contact Susan Reyes by January 7th at or at 413-259-1658. When registering, please include your name, school/organization or parent, email, phone number, and child’s age (if applicable). A confirmation with site location and other information will be emailed to you. Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend, but registration is require).

  63. December 19, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter Winter Conference
    Saturday, January 10th from 7:30am-7:30pm. Worcester, MA.

    CONFERENCE/GARDEN/FOOD JUSTICE: Is starting a backyard garden one of your resolutions for 2015? Are you interested in learning more about organic farming, food justice, or ways your family can be eating more healthily and sustainably? The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) is holding their winter conference on January 10th which will feature 70 workshops, exhibits, and a keynote by Greg Judy who is a rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate.

    Don’t forget the kids! While parents are enjoying the workshops and listening to the keynote, there will also be a children’s conference for ages 3-12 where children will learn about farming through hands-on activities and games. Teens will be able to participate and become engaged in do-it-yourself farming workshops.

    For more information or to register for the conference, please see the link below. Worcester State University. 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA. (Pre-registration is required for this event. $65 for NOFA members, and $81 for non-members. A catered, all organic lunch is included.)

  64. December 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Science and Sustainability Expo and KidWind Challenge
    Saturday, March 7th from 9am-4pm. Greenfield, MA.

    PROJECT: If you are a teacher, parent, or youth leader of children in grades 3-12, the Science and Sustainability Expo 2015 is a perfect way to show off the sustainability projects you have been working on with your kids this year! The Expo will have a non-competitive showcase for students and groups to display their research and activities on topics including climate change, conservation, community activism, and science experiments. There will also be a non-competitive Green Living Challenge for participants to enter their vision for sustainable homes, landscapes, and villages. Lastly, participants can enter in the KidWind challenge to design their very own electricity generating wind turbine. Participants who qualify in this competition will move on to the 2016 national competition. All three challenges will have professionals and experts in the various fields on hand to provide feedback and recognition to participants. So don’t wait! Register and start your projects now!

    For more information or to register for the event, please contact Susan Reyes at or 413-259-1658. Greenfield Community College Dining Commons, One College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend but pre-registration is required).

  65. December 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Grow Food Amherst Sustainability Sunday Workshop: Winter Herbal Remedies
    Sunday, December 7th from 2pm-4pm. Amherst, MA.

    WORKSHOP: Worried about the winter sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and fever blues? Bring your whole family to Grow Food Amherst’s workshop on winter herbal remedies to learn how to make delicious home remedies. Join Thyme and Herbal’s Brittany Nickerson to make your winter season this year about maintaining good energy and health throughout the cold months ahead with traditional remedies that can support immunity, reduce susceptibility to cold and flu, and improve energy and vitality. Everyone who attends will leave with herbs to use at home as well as the tools to practice simple, effective, preventative winter wellness in your everyday life.

    For more information, please see the events page for All Things Local below. You may also contact All Things Local for more information at 413-253-2667 or All Things Local, 104 N Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (There is a $6.00 materials fee per family).

  66. December 2, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Pressure Canning
    Saturday, December 13th from 1pm-3pm. Middlefield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/FOOD: Do you want to be able to can and enjoy your favorite foods year round but are nervous about using the process of pressure canning? Join the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center to learn about canning and find out how safe, easy, and fun pressure canning can be! The workshop will go over the steps to prepare stew for pressure canning as well as what kinds of foods should and shouldn’t be canned. Participants will also have the opportunity to go over the parts of the pressure canner and troubleshoot any potential problems before trying it on their own.

    For more information, please call 413-685-1052 or email The class will be limited to one dozen participants, so call or email to reserve your spot. Middlefield Town Hall Kitchen, 188 Skyline. Middlefield, MA. (Free to attend but registration is required).

  67. December 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Electric Vehicle show-case and film
    Tuesday, December 9th from 4pm-8:30pm. Amherst, MA.

    FILM: Less than a decade ago, car companies made headlines by destroying the very electric cars they had built. Now, the electric car has seen a fantastic resurgence throughout the auto industry. Join the Pioneer Valley Electric Auto Association for the electric vehicle showcase and screening of the film “Revenge of the Electric Car”. The film highlights the work of GM, Tesla, Nissan, to win the electric race and bring about the future of green cars in the U.S. The showcase will be outside starting at 4pm. The film screening will begin at 5:00pm with a Q & A session with electric car owners, technicians, and dealers so you can learn more about the variety of electric vehicles available and the technology that is driving the future of the auto industry.

    For more information, please click on the events page for the Jones Library below. The event will be hosted in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library, 43 Amity Street. Amherst, MA. (Free to attend).

  68. December 1, 2014 at 11:58 am

    KidWind Hands-On Wind Energy Education
    Wednesday, December 17th from 6pm-8:30pm. Greenfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/WIND POWER/EDUCATION: Are you an educator for grades 3-12 looking to make connections for your students between science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts as well as social justice and environmental issues? Come to the KidWind Hands-On Wind Energy Education workshop to learn more about wind power and get the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to bring wind energy education to your students using standards-based activities in an engaging, hands-on manner. You will learn how to build a free electricity producing model wind turbine with your own blade design. Renewable energy experts and engineers will be on hand to help with education and construction of your model. Then, share your model in the classroom and begin working on your submission for the KidWind Challenge at the Science and Sustainability Expo on March 7th! Certificates of 2.5 hours professional development will be given for teachers who attend.

    For more information, please click on the link below. To register, please contact Susan Reyes at or at 413-259-1658. When registering, please include your name, school/organization or parent, email, and phone number. Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend, but registration is require).

  69. November 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Dream Green Living Model Homes and Resilient Landscapes
    Thursday, December 11th from 6pm-8pm. Greenfield, MA.

    WORKSHOP/GREEN BUILDING/EDUCATION: According to STEMCAREER, during the next decade the United States demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. If you are an educator or parent, come to the Dream Green Living Model Homes and Resilient Landscapes workshop to learn more about how you can inspire children to be engaged in STEM fields through sustainability concepts. The workshop is a cooperative hands-on adventure that challenges children (and their parents or educators) to build model homes and landscapes that enable people to live a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle with low impact on the natural environment over a long period of time. Parents and educators will be able to explore the concepts of teaching children about sustainability, environmental stewardship, energy concepts, and ecology through landscape design and engineering. The project can be a collective learning experience, and is accessible for a wide range of learners. Come learn how you can design, construct, manipulate, play, and redesign your ideal landscape with your children or students!

    For more information, please click on the link below. To register, please contact Susan Reyes at or at 413-259-1658. When registering, please include your name, school/organization or parent, email, phone number, and child’s age (if applicable). Greenfield Community College, 1 College Drive. Greenfield, MA. (Free to attend, but registration is require).

  70. November 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Screening of the documentary Above All Else

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

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

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


  71. November 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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

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

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

  72. November 14, 2014 at 4:03 pm

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

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

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

  73. November 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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

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

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

  74. November 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

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

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

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

  75. November 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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

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

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

  76. November 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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

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

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

  77. November 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

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

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

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

  78. November 4, 2014 at 2:35 pm

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

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

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

  79. November 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

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

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

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

  80. October 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

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

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

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

  81. October 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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

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

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

  82. October 16, 2014 at 5:08 pm

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

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

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

  83. October 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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

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

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

  84. October 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

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

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

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

  85. October 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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

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

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

  86. October 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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

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

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

  87. October 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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

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

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

  88. October 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

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

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

  89. September 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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

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

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

  90. September 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

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

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

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

  91. September 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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

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

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

  92. September 21, 2014 at 10:17 pm

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

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

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

  93. September 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

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

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

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

  94. September 18, 2014 at 10:52 am

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

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

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

  95. September 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

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

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

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

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

  96. September 10, 2014 at 2:58 pm

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

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

  97. September 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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

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

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

  98. September 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    All 4 Kids Fall/Winter Consignment Sale

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

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

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

  99. June 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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

  100. June 15, 2014 at 9:37 am

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

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

  101. June 12, 2014 at 10:47 am

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

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

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

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

    RSVP to Jack Nelson (

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

  102. Katelyn said,

    June 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

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

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

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

  103. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    BerkShares Membership
    Ongoing, 2014. The Berkshires, MA.

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

  104. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

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

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

  105. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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

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

  106. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

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

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

  107. Katelyn said,

    June 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

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

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

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

  108. Heather Hutchinson said,

    June 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

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

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

  109. June 4, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Public Invited to Participate in Survey on Potential Bike Share Program

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

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

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

    For more information, contact Joshua A. Garcia or visit

  110. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:09 am

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

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

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

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

  111. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

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

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

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

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

  112. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

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

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

  113. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

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

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

  114. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 8:58 am

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

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

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

    Scott Laugenour
    Lenox Representative
    BRTA Board
    413 241 7327

  115. Katelyn said,

    May 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

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

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

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

  116. Katelyn said,

    May 19, 2014 at 8:58 am

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

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

  117. Barbara Goodchild said,

    May 8, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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

  118. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

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

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

    Check out their website for the complete Tentative Agenda:

  119. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

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

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

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

    For detailed information visit

  120. Katelyn said,

    May 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

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

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

  121. Katelyn said,

    April 16, 2014 at 11:01 pm

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

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

  122. Katelyn said,

    April 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm

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

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

    Check out the trialers:


  123. 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)

  124. 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)

  125. 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).

  126. 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)

  127. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    April 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

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

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

  128. 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!

  129. 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

  130. Katelyn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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

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

    For more information, please check out our website:

  131. Katelyn said,

    April 7, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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

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

    For more information, please check out our website:

  132. March 26, 2014 at 10:44 am

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

  133. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 26, 2014 at 9:54 am

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

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

  134. 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!

  135. Katelyn Tsukada said,

    March 10, 2014 at 9:36 am

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

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

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

  136. 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)

  137. Katelyn said,

    March 3, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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

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

    Register here!

    Food Forest Farm

  138. 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:

  139. deborah yaffee said,

    February 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

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

    Please send special separate blasts to your lists.

    Here is the info:

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

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

  140. Katelyn said,

    February 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  141. 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:

  142. 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:

  143. 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)

  144. 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)

  145. Katelyn said,

    February 1, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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

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

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe:

  146. 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.


  147. Katelyn said,

    January 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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

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

  148. January 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  149. 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)

  150. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 8:22 pm

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

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

    Like the Pittsfield Repair Cafe:

  151. Katelyn said,

    January 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

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

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

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

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

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

    More details available at

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