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It's Our Future!

It's Our Future!

Youth Speak Out to Save the Environment &  the Earth

Friday, November 18,  7-9pm Northampton Center for the Arts  
(17 New South Street--across from Academy of Music)
Using poetry, prose, hip-hop rhyming, music (singing a capella, with guitar, etc.), dance, art, video, sculpture, skits, and stand-up comedy, young people between the ages of 8 and 25 are invited to speak out about climate change and other environmental threats, and express their hope and vision for a sustainable valley, nation, and planet.  ** Featured performers will be Smith College senior Novana Venerable and Hampshire College senior Adam Gottleib,
among four young poets highlighted in the 2007 film "Louder Than a Bomb" about the annual Chicago teen poetry slam.
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Farm Credit Provides Donations for farm families hurt by Hurricanes Irene and Lee

Farm Credit East, CoBank, Yankee Farm Credit and United Way will provide donations of up to $500 to assist farm families hurt by Hurricanes Irene and Lee during the holiday season. Applications can be submitted until November 26 online or at a Farm Credit office. To be eligible a farm must have had $10,000 in damage or crop losses.

 
CISA Emergency Farm Fund

This week, CISA and partners launched the CISA Emergency Farm Fund, a revolving loan fund designed to help farmers recover from Hurricane Irene. The Fund will offer quick, zero-interest loans to assist farmers and farm businesses in the aftermath of the storm and flooding. Thanks to an anonymous donor who has put up a $50K match, CISA hopes to raise at least $100K for the fund, which will help farmers now and in the future.

CISA’s partners, Whole Foods Market, Equity Trust, and the anonymous donor, have made the launch of the Emergency Farm Fund possible. But a much wider circle of community support was also critical to our efforts. In the days following Hurricane Irene, a wide variety of people called the CISA office, asking how they could help farmers whose crops or land was damaged by the storm. Callers volunteered to help with clean-up or spread the word for impacted farmers. Several people suggested that a revolving loan fund could help farmers survive this and future emergencies.

learn more about this fund and how you can help
 
N2N Green Victory in Holyoke City Council

The transition from coal to green jobs has begun!


After months of planning, education, and outreach, "Action for a Healthy Holyoke," a coalition which includes Neighbor to Neighbor, won our first victory in our campaign to shut down coal and bring in green jobs!   On Tuesday, the Holyoke City Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution to form a Community Advisory Group that will conduct a study on potential future uses of the Mt. Tom coal plant site.  The coal plant is the second largest in Massachusetts and has been contaminating the city for too long!

learn more about Action for a healthy holyoke
 
Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund established

Severe weather this summer brought devastation to many Massachusetts farms. Making a bad situation worse, hundred year flooding from Tropical Storm Irene washed away farmlands, farms, livelihoods, families, and in some cases large chunks of rural communities. Coping with a tragedy of this magnitude demands a full court press. The Commonwealth’s agricultural community has reacted swiftly to this tragedy and established the Massachusetts Farm Disaster Recovery Fund, a charitable initiative formed under Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) to mitigate suffering and to improve farm lives and communities.

· Read more at http://www.ma.nrcs.usda.gov/news/connection/2011-10-07/mass_farm_disaster_fund.html
 
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