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Berkshire Grown Events Generate $100k+

VENDORS AT THE HOLIDAY FARMERS’ MARKETS REPORT MORE THAN $100,000 IN LOCAL REVENUE GENERATED AT FOUR BERKSHIRE GROWN EVENTS COMBINED PRESS RELEASE – GREAT BARRINGTON + WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (January 18, 2012) – In November and December, Berkshire Grown produced four Holiday Farmers’ Markets in north and south Berkshire County to feature locally grown and produced food during months when farmers’ markets are not open in the region. Berkshire Grown brought together more than 60 regional...

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Beginning Women Farmer Conference Dates Announced

PRESS RELEASE – S. Deerfield, MA Dear Women In Ag Participants, CISA, Holistic Management International, the USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts have partnered together to sponsor a two day conference for farmers interested in improved quality of life, profitability, and health. The Beginning Women Farmer Conference: Exploring Whole Farm Planning will be held March 22-23, 2012 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA,...

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PV Sustain Annual Dinner

You are Invited Third Annual Celebrate Sustainability Dinner/Party Pioneer Valley Sustainability Network Clarion Hotel, Northampton MA Wednesday, 2/22/12 6 pm – 8 pm Featured Speaker Jonathan Lash, President Hampshire College an internationally recognized expert on practical solutions to global sustainability and development challenges   former Director World Resources Institute co-Chair President’s Council on Sustainable Development one of the 100 most influential people in...

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What If We Have the Right to the Capital our Capacities Warrant?

From money with strings to money without strings When we contemplate the power that issuing money will give us in the R Credits system, it is critical that we develop a vision for how we want our economy and society to look. Rather than going into all the social justice and environmental issues we will want to address, it might be useful to look at a fundamental issue like access to capital. In our current economic system, most of us can only get access to capital by appealing to an individual...

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A Year in Review – December 2011 News

8 articles not to be missed from 2011:   Sustainable Knowledge Corridor – Stay Connected and Engage! Beats, Antique, Sustainable Living Roadshow, and EarthThrives; Oh My! STROLLING OF THE HEIFERS ANNOUNCES FIRST SLOW LIVING SUMMIT: A June 2011 conference on sustainability and social entrepreneurship First ever Common Good Festival™: a celebration of community and economic democracy Premier Issue of Together Northampton – a newsletter of community collaborations Education for...

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Help Create the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare and Celebrate Locally Grown Food

Help Create the Franklin County Week of Winter Fare and Celebrate Locally Grown Food Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and February 4-12 In the midst of winter, Franklin County will be abuzz with the fun and great flavors of indoor farmers’ markets and community events celebrating locally grown food. The monthly Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market will be held the first Saturday of each month from January to March from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Second Congregational...

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USDA to help restore Western Mass. rivers and streams damaged by Tropical Storm Irene

USDA to help restore Western Mass. rivers and streams damaged by Tropical Storm Irene The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has approved nearly $2.8 million in federal funds to help Western Massachusetts towns recover from damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene along rivers and streams. The agency will provide help for emergency protection work for town roads, sewer lines, and buildings at 35 sites in 14 towns in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and...

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Healthy Environment/Health Springfield CARES

Healthy Environment/Health Springfield CARES Community Action for a Renewed Environment in Springfield We need your input! Meeting Dates DATES:Tuesday, January 10th  and Tuesday January 24th (*Snow dates – January 17 & 31) TIME:6-8 PM LOCATION: Springfield Technical Community College One Armory Square, Springfield MA Scibelli Hall, 7th Floor RSVP: Laura Hurley at Laura.Hurley@baystatehealth.org by January 6th, 2012 * Meetings will be rescheduled if schools are closed and/off-street...

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Sustainable Knowledge Corridor – Stay Connected and Engage!

As many of you know, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is currently working with the Capital Region Council of Governments and Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency on an expansive Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Initiative.  This is a multi-faceted three – year Sustainable Communities Initiative grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Last week, we launched our new website for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor at www.sustainableknowledgecorridor.org. We...

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Building Toward 2012: International Year of Co-ops

In the wake of a global recession that has devastated communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation.  As we look at challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, people are looking for opportunities to grow sustainable, resilient regional economies.  In this context, co-operatives are both a viable model of enterprise as well as tangible expressions of economic democracy,...

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