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Pushing Green Transport in the Pioneer Valley

Pushing Green Transport in the Pioneer Valley From Pioneer Valley Relocalization ProjectBy Larry Ely, Steve Randall, and Rob Crowner “Whatever the nature of water, the fish will be the last to know.” — Chinese proverb Highways and roads are an expanding universe. Distances to work, shopping, entertainment, and services become ever greater. By design, the interstate highways and the exurbs they promoted have foisted car dependence on us. This must change because cars are the most money- and...

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GREENFIELD’S 2011 ENERGY USE REPORT CARD PUBLISHED NEW 10% CHALLENGE GOALS ANNOUNCED

GREENFIELD’S 2011 ENERGY USE REPORT CARD PUBLISHED NEW 10% CHALLENGE GOALS ANNOUNCED GREENFIELD, MA – The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) released its annual Energy Use Report Card today, and set a new goal for its 10% Challenge   “This report card shows that our 10% challenge is working in some ways and not in others” said Becca King and Susan Worgaftik, co-organizers of the 10% Challenge and members of GGEC. “Greenfield’s oil heating users are doing a great job, but our other...

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Farm to School Convention slated for March 15 in Sturbridge

The second statewide Massachusetts Farm to School Convention will be held on March 15, 2012 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass. This full-day convention will feature leaders in the farm to school movement providing information on everything from creating school gardens to overcoming logistical barriers to local foods procurement to the growing partnerships between schools and community farms. Read more at...

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USDA features Hadley, Mass. dairy farmer on new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass interactive website

USDA has unveiled the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass, an interactive web-based document and map highlighting the department’s support for local and regional food projects and successful producer, business and community case studies. A report on the new website mentions John Kokoski, owner of Mapleline Farm in Hadley, Mass. for his work with the department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Read more at...

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Ethics, Self-Interest and a Purposeful Life

Ethics, self-interest and a purposeful life I wonder if we can find our way to “redemption” through service to community, the earth or perhaps the divine? It seems to me that everyone from news reporters to the Occupy Protesters are questioning whether “normal business practices” are ethical.  Good question – there have been lots of wrongdoing exposed of late – but before we simply damn the business world as unethical lets look closely the nature of ethics. This blog proposes a...

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Fast Talk About Food – Call For Proposals

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS at PVGrow’s second “Fast Talk About Food” LIGHTNING TALKS BY FACULTY, STUDENTS, STAFF, LIBRARIANS & PARTNERS + COMMUNITY DISCUSSION Lightning strikes twice! Another showcase for the Pioneer Valley higher education community on food, agriculture and food systems. See the article and video about the previous ‘Fast Talk’ event at http://www.pvgrows.net Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Smith Vocational & Agricultural High...

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January 2012 News from EarthThrives

While it may be the middle of the winter events abound throughout the Pioneer Valley. Coming up is the not to be missed PV Sustain Annual dinner in which local resident Nancy Hazard will be recognized for all her hard work and Hampshire College’s president and global sustainability expert, Jonathan Nash, will be the featured speaker. Also, please take a moment to check out CISA’s report on scaling up our local food systems. Thoughts on eating locally in the deep winter from Kirsten...

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Deep Winter Eats

While Deep Winter is typically a time of rest, especially for local foods, this year I’ve seen an increase in activity. Many local food CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) have stepped up to creating a local food system by offering Deep Winter Shares, some going as far as freezing the bounty of the harvest for winter distribution. Various local communities (Greenfield, Northampton, Amherst, Springfield, etc.) sponsored Winter Fairs to connect growers with the community. My...

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Join the 5 Colleges ‘Blue Sky Initiative’

First meeting of the “Blue Sky Initiative” sustainability forum – Wed. 1/25 1:30-3 p.m. at the Campus Center Room 162-175. The second meeting will be Wednesday, February 29 from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Campus Center Room 162-175. Other ways to add YOUR VOICE to the sustainability movement across the five campuses: 1) Submit ideas to the website: http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sustainability 2) Post ideas to the FaceBook page for UMass Campus Sustainability Initiative 3) E-mail ideas...

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Scaling Up Local Foods

Looking for real life examples on how to scale up our local food systems?  Interested in how this is being done in the Pioneer Valley? Look no further as the local food gurus at CISA has just realeased a new report on this very topic.  Check it out here.

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