The Big Recycle: Stockton School Rummage Sale Is March 15 – 16

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What: The Stockton Borough School’s Annual Rummage Sale

When: Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, March 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Details: Saturday: Items are full price but the good stuff goes quickly! Sunday: Items are 1/2 price and the bag sale runs from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your own bag!

Where: Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, NJ (directions at http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html

Why: Proceeds benefit the students of a terrific school that also happens to be NJ’s smallest and oldest elementary school.

Donate Starting This Sunday

Donating to a worthy cause is a great way to recycle the many items that clutter our homes long after we’ve stopped using them. Donated items will be sold to the public at very affordable prices during the two-day sale. All unsold items will go to a variety of charitable organizations — so they won’t end up in landfill. Donations are tax-deductible. Volunteers at the mill will give you a form.

You can donate any of the following gently used items:

  • Clothing
  • Books (except textbooks, travel guides, catalogs and magazines)
  • Music (except videotapes)
  • Electronics (except televisions and computers)
  • Household items (except mattresses and stuffed furniture)
  • Linens
  • Jewelry
  • Toys

Drop off times: Sunday, March 9 through Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

What Does a Resilient Community Look Like?

Residents of Solebury Township, PA, and many other Pennsylvania communities recently suffered through a multi-day power outage following a severe ice storm. Blown transformers and sub-stations caused power surges in homes, damaging heating systems, computers, televisions and appliances. People turned to wood-burning stoves for heat and visited their fire houses for WiFi and showers. And they waited, for days on end, for someone to let them know when life would return to normal. All this took place as many Southern states experienced unusual back-to-back snow and ice storms and California prepared for water rationing.

If events like these were rare, we could be excused for commenting on the crazy weather and then returning to our lives once power was restored. But we all know that extreme weather has become the norm. The Delaware River Valley has endured three lengthy power outages in as many years. And when we’re not experiencing violent weather here, we’re witnessing it on the news as yet another reporter says “Hundreds of thousands of residents remain without power for days” following snow storms, thunder storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, mud slides and other biblical-size disasters.   Read more

Introducing the Doylestown Food Co-Op

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We recently checked out the Doylestown Food Co-Op, where we found a whole new way to think about local food…and popcorn (more on that in a minute). The co-op opened its doors earlier this month in a storefront at 29 West State Street, Doylestown, Pa. The official grand opening will take place on February 8. For details, check out http://www.doylestown.coop.org.

So, What Is a Co-Op?

A co-op is a business that’s owned and governed collectively by a group of people who are members. While most co-ops start as food businesses, some have eventually branched out, providing other services of value to the community. Like other co-ops, the Doylestown Food Co-Op offers the opportunity to become a member by purchasing equity shares of the grocery. In exchange, member-owners have a say in decisions about the business, receive discounts on some of their food purchases and enjoy a variety of other benefits. Read on

Fresh Reset for a New Year

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Yes, it’s been a while since the last Fresh post. A big thanks to all of you who have been asking “where are you?” and “when can we expect the next post”? Glad to know you are out there!  The answer to the first question is “still here!” To the second, “very soon.” Watch for a post featuring Doylestown, PA’s latest addition to the local food movement: the Doylestown Food Co-Op.

With the book version of the blog under way, Fresh will move to a monthly schedule throughout 2014. Please stay tuned. Less can sometimes be more.

Shop Local: Freshbyhand At November 23 Holiday Gift Show

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Freshbyhand’s collaged picture frames and mirrors will be on sale at an upcoming holiday gift show in Solebury Township, PA. The frames upcycle imagery from original prints created with block printing, mono type and etching techniques. The imagery is inspired by nature, found materials and the creative possibilities of paint, ink and glue.

This one incorporates an original block print image.

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This one is collaged using remnants of etchings and mono prints.

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Show Details

8th Annual Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013, 10 am – 3 pm
  • Solebury United Methodist Children’s Learning Center’
  • 2536 Aquetong Road, New Hope, PA
  • Free Admission
  • Childcare available
  • Refreshments & activities for kids

The show will include a number of other local craft artisans, a fair trade organization and some direct selling companies.

Localism in the DelVal: Two Communities Consider ‘Import Replacement’

 

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If you’re already a locavore, you won’t be surprised to know that eating local is a trend that’s on the rise, as noted by various surveys, including one from North Dakota’s Center for Rural Affairs.*  This is great news for those of us who believe localism can give rise to a greener, lower-carbon lifestyle AND lay the groundwork for a stronger, job-producing economy. But to realize localism’s full benefits, we’ll need to do more than just buy food from neighborhood farms.

According to localists, we’ll also need to adopt something called “import replacement.” While that term may not be as widely known as “sustainable,” two Delaware River Valley towns, Solebury Township, PA, and Lambertville, NJ, are considering sustainably minded proposals that are great examples of import replacement. Read on!

Find the Local & Green Resources You Want Right Here

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When Fresh in the Delaware River Valley got under way, the idea was to provide both informative content on ways to live more sustainably AND quick access to local resources that could help you “go green and local. ” That’s what the Local Resources pages are all about.

If you’ve never visited Local Resources, consider checking it out today — or the next time you’re searching for a way to do something like recycle your car or buy organic clothing. If it’s been a while since you scanned the Local Resources pages, come on back and see what’s new. Thanks to the recent Frenchtown Green Fair and a few reader suggestions, there are several exciting new listings. Read on!