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Northampton's Winter Farmer's Market Every Saturday in the basement of Thornes!!

Northampton's 1st Winter Farmer's Market
Every Saturday from 9am-2pm

This Saturday
(and every Saturday thereafter)
Dynamite Space
basement level, Thornes Marketplace
150 Main St. Northampton

No need for winter to be veggie deprived; it's the 1st Northampton Winter Farmers Market! From honey to hamburger, kale to apples, you'll have access to the best in local produce, brought to you by the best in local farmers. Plus, live music, art, and a warm space to get out of the cold and into the community.

It's Just Beginning.....


I can hardly believe my eyes.

16 hours ago, citizens in New Zealand gathered before dawn next to a wind turbine on a mountaintop. As local elders said prayers to bless the global event, banners and signs were held high to greet the planet's first rays of sunlight on this most incredible of days.

Meet at The Gill Tavern on 10/24 To Take Part in the Thousands of Events Across The Planet

Saturday, October 24, is International Day of Climate Action and the Gill Tavern is taking part-- and we would like YOU to join in. International Climate Action Day is spearheaded by as it seeks to draw attention to the number 350. Why 350? It is the number leading scientists have indicated as the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide (measured in "Parts Per Million") in our atmosphere. We have already exceeded that limit. But renowned environmentalist and author, Bill McKibben is urging a world-wide effort to reverse the current course of climate change.

South Hadley Farmers' Market thru the End of October

Dear Friends,

This blog is a reminder for those of you who live in or near South Hadley that our wonderful farmers' market on the Commons has four Thursdays remaining. The vendors still have a luscious selection of vegetables, fruits, flowers, bread, baked goods, organic lamb and beef, maple syrup, and handcrafted items for sale during the month of October.

What is Local?

When I say local I'm referring to a store that is in walking distance from my house and food grown in my backyard. I go further out when what I need is unavailable.

Think of local like a bulls eye. You and your home is the center. You only go outside of each ring if necessary. There are varying sizes of the ring, but once you reach 100 miles away from home you are outside of local. Why 100 miles? Well the people of the 100 mile diet used that number and their argument sounds reasonable.

Classes at UMass Amherst in Green Building Techniques & Sustainable Farming

Interested in Taking Care of Our Planet? Interested in a Green Carreer? Read on.

Register now for new UMass Amherst Fall 2009 GREEN classes in green building/LEED certification, sustainable entrepreneurship, geothermal heat pump installation, sustainable food and farming. Credit, noncredit, online and on-campus options are available. Fall semester begins September 8. For information about Green classes and programs, visit

Up-coming Tasting of Organic Wines

On June 25, 2009 join us in the Map Room from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Amherst Brewing Company in the upstairs bar to sample some of South America's most prominent up and coming vinters. These reds and whites from Argentina and Chile are sure to delight the palate. Two wines from each winery will be showcased. Both wineries use organic and sustainable farming methods to create unique environment and community friendly wines. ABC's kitchen will provide appetizers to compliment the selections.