Pioneer Valley Blog

Local Businesses Going Green!!

This April 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. With this in mind we want to thank and recognize these members of PV Local First: Green Fields Market, A2Z Science & Learning Store, Solidago Foundation, Starlight Solar B&B and Llama Farm, Paradise Copies, Zoar Outdoor, Richard's Fuel, the Northampton Brewery, River Valley Market and Real Pickles for having already installed solar panels on their buildings.

Please Consider Attending the 8th ANNUAL BALLE BUSINESS CONFERENCE in Charleston, South Carolina

Lighting the Way to a New Economy

MAY 21-23, 2010 ♦ Charleston, South Carolina

Come see speakers like Annie Leonard from the Story of Stuff, Judy Wicks, David Korten, David Orr, Michael Shuman and others. Click here for a full list of speakers.

Calling all gardeners! Regional organic seed farmer needs help...

Hi there,

I am young farmer (originally from Brooklyn) pursuing my dreams and starting a farm in upstate NY. Last year, I have my own gardening business around the city called Edible Landscapes from which I collected and dried some of my current inventory.

To see what I have in stock, go to the "Order Seeds" section of

Be A Local Lover This Valentine's Day!

On this Valentine's Day (and every day) we at Pioneer Valley Local First encourage you to be a lover of all things local as you and your loved one spend time with each other. Whether it is going to a local restaurant, getting flowers, Fair Trade chocolates, a nice book, massage oil or some other gift we encourage you to see what great offerings our members have for this and all other days of the year.

Thank you for extending your love to where you live as well. We love this place too.

Energy Efficiency Job Openings and Volunteer Opportunities

As you know, Co-op Power has been putting a lot of energy into
building energy efficiency resources for our members and for
communities served by our local organizing councils.

*** Co-op Power's Energy Efficiency programs are launching this
month under Paul Schmidt's leadership. Paul has 23 years experience
in energy efficiency and we're excited to be able to now be able to
insulate and air seal your home! Email if
you're interested in finding out how to upgrade your home.

Launch of Green Earth Computers in Amherst, Mass.

I have been working with computers, in some form, my entire life. I have been repairing them professionally for over ten years. Working at a number of different repair jobs around the Pioneer Valley, I gained a wide range of experience in many different areas.

I started Green Earth Computers to bring that knowledge and computer expertise to more people at a lower cost than the big companies can offer.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELP from UMass MBAs in ISO 14000 certification?

I am looking to identify one best match for some very cheap, excellent assistance to boot up to get certfied for ISO 14000

UMass Professor Alan Robinson, of the Isenberg School of Management, is supervising this project. See more about him at and contact him at


Swartz Family Farm, ( of North Amherst is continuing to offer openings for its WINTER/SPRING Farm Share CSA program. This 4th generation family farm has been engaged in year-round vegetable and herb production for the past 25 years, growing greens, vegetables, and culinary herbs in their four season, 100% pesticide free greenhouses. In addition, they network with numerous other local family farms to offer their Members a wide array of local produce, eggs, cheeses, breads, honey, and prepared foods.