Connecting the Dots to Live More Sustainably

Culinary herb garden

Culinary herb garden

Note that the article posted a moment ago was published accidentally! Please read this version instead!

Are you a vegan? Do you shop locally? Buy organic food? Belong to a time bank, co-op or informal sharing collective? Avoid plastic? Collect water in rain barrels? Buy electricity from a renewable generator? Use local currency? Commute via bike or public transportation? Live in an eco-friendly home?

There are many ways to live more sustainably today…and many “movements” advocating for one of these ways or another. But in this information-savvy age, with so many opportunities to “follow” those who think just like us, we can easily slip into a “silo” when it comes to our views and actions. Making connections between these silos can open doors to some surprising and innovative ways to live more sustainably.

Just consider some of the doors opened by edible gardening. Read more

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Ready to ‘Recycle’ Those Piles in Your Attic? Dropoff for Stockton School Rummage Sale Starts Sunday, March 10

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If you’re local to Stockton, NJ, you can get a jump start on your Spring cleaning this week by donating gently used items to the Stockton Borough School’s annual Rummage Sale.

Known locally as “the rummage,” this popular event never ceases to attract an amazing array of “trash to treasure” items from locals happy to clean out their homes while helping out a neighborhood school. Drop off is at the Prallsville Mill, Rt. 29, Stockton, as follows:

  • Sunday, March 10 through Thursday, March 14, between 9:30 and 4 p.m. Please note that donations cannot by accepted any later than Thursday afternoon.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of everything from clothes and toys your kids have outgrown to remnants of your discarded hobbies (sewing supplies, wood shop tools) to, well, just about anything you can fit in the trunk of your car.

Specifically, the Stockton School asks that people follow these guidelines in donating gently used items:

  • Clothing and accessories.
  • Books, including hardcover, paperback and “books on tape,” but no textbooks, travel guides, catalogs or magazines.
  • Music — CDs, records, DVDs, but no videotapes.
  • Electronics — Playstation/Gameboy/Wii games, small consumer electronics, but no old televisions or computers.
  • Household items — vases, dishes, knick-knacks, glasses, mugs, pictures and frames, tools, rugs, table & chair sets, cabinets, dressers, but no mattresses or stuffed furniture.
  • Linens — sheets, comforters, towels, curtains, tablecloths, etc.
  • Jewelry — earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, etc.
  • Toys — dolls, puzzles, games, dress-up items, musical instruments, sports equipment, etc.

All donations are tax-deductible. Just ask a volunteer for a form. Need directions to the Prallsville Mill? Go to http://drms-stockton.org/directions.html.

Mark Your Calendar

The Rummage Sale takes place:

  • Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 17, 2013, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday kicks off with a 1/2-price sale at 9, followed by a bag sale from noon to 1 p.m.

All proceeds from the Rummage Sale benefit the Stockton Borough School.

Love Letters from Vermont: The Arts Help Build Strong Local Economies

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When we last visited Brattleboro, VT, more than a dozen years ago, we thought: “Cool town, good bones, lots of potential.” But beyond a small number of off-beat shops and tiny bistros, there didn’t seem to be much happening, especially compared with “our” river towns, Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. Here in the Delaware River Valley, Chamber of Commerce members, politicians and other interested parties had long since grasped that one of the area’s greatest economic resources was its large supply of artists. It’s that type of insight — understanding the power of a creative, arts-driven LOCAL economy — that has transformed Brattleboro and other Vermont towns into thriving destinations, despite the ongoing downturn.

Localism at Work

Vermonters apparently began recognizing the potential of art to revitalize local economies sometime in the early 1980s. The transformation didn’t happen overnight. But, over time, the efforts of state and local arts councils, renovators, business owners and, of course, artists, began to pay off. Brattleboro and many other Vermont towns and villages now complement outdoor recreational attractions (skiing, hiking, mountain biking) with a vibrant mix of small, independent shops, galleries and sophisticated restaurants showcasing locally produced foods. Read more