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Farming in the Valley Post-Irene; Update from CISA

more about our current post-hurricane state
 
GGC Geothermal project on Congressman Olver's site
Bob Pura, President, Jeff Marques, head of physical plant, discuss Greenfield Community College geothermal project on Congressman John Olver's website at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJnAldZKaxM.

Note the peace flag in the background!
 
Real Pickles greening with Greening Greenfield's Challenge

Real Pickles Joins the Greenfield 10% Challenge

GREENFIELD, MA – Last week Real Pickles, in Greenfield, MA, joined the Greenfield 10% Challenge. Dan Rosenberg, co-owner of Real Pickles gave Nancy Hazard of the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee, a tour of their new facility to learn what they had done to reduce their energy use by at least 10%. “I was amazed at Dan’s commitment, attention to detail and what he has been able to do with constrained finances.”

Dan’s philosophy is to live lightly on the Earth. In his words he says, “We have ecological concerns. As a business we have a responsibility to have the smallest ecological footprint possible.”

He and his partner, Addie Holland, also have a responsibility to run a profitable business.  “We applied for a lot of grants, and made decisions carefully. We got a lot of help from the Franklin County Community Development Corporation, Berkshire-Pioneer Resource Conservation and Development Area, Renaissance Builders, a grant-writer, and friends and business associates, but in the end we had to do the number-crunching and figure out what were the best things to do from both a business and ecological point of view.” Major grants came from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy For America (REAP) program, electric and gas companies, and other federal and state incentives.

more about Real Pickles greener side
 
Nuestras Raices: Irene Aftermath
On August 26, our farm was destroyed in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The level of the Connecticut River rose and flooded our farmer incubator site and youth garden with water potentially contaminated with e.Coli and mercury.  We host 13 migrant and refugee farmers that cultivate specialty crops from the caribbean and many of their plants used for seed saving were destroyed as well.

Our plan of action includes testing the site and pursuing disaster relief funds.  We are also trying to fundraise $100,000 to help the farmers recoup their losses and rebuild our farm.
read more about the effect of Irene on this holyoke community
 
Invitation to GreenWork's first Annual Meeting
Please join us for GreenWork's first Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Noon
Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council
640 Page Blvd., Springfield

Lunch will be served.

Learn more about what GreenWork is up to and how you can contribute to
GreenWork's effort to create a "high road" green economy in western
Massachusetts.
learn more about Green Work and the annual meeting
 
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