Originally shared at Back to the Basics:
Planning for the future is important. In the words of Jack Reacher (Lee Child), "Hope for the Best. Plan for the worst." While we cannot predict the loss of income, unexpected medical bills or car repairs, we should plan ahead and prepare the best we can.…
Added by Marianne Smith on March 25, 2015 at 10:59am — No Comments
Wonder why we need a sustainability hub here? I’m sure we’re just an example of what happens all over the country, but meet some of our people. Because this was my idea, I didn’t have time to ask for permissions, so I have fictionalized the names, only.
Know anyone with food allergies? Debbie has a goat dairy in town about 20 miles away, and she has an awesome recipe for a special ice cream that many people with food allergies CAN eat. But she doesn’t have the money…Continue
Added by Patricia Stewart on June 9, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments
Our Big Chance! Help us buy this foreclosed riding stable so that we can create a shared use facility called North Country Sustainability Center, Inc. Please visit the following website and contribute to our NCSC Jigsaw Campaign. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2010. We have been leasing a facility to start our programming, but the real needs are for a community commercial, micro-creamery, and gardens for education and community. Our users are a diverse lot, but we looked at…Continue
Added by Patricia Stewart on June 5, 2012 at 10:16pm — No Comments
It’s so frustrating to see so many stories about people feeling hopeless, homes being lost, and buildings being vandalized. The media, the people, and even the government calling for ways to make things better, and yet we sit. Here we have an idea that can light a candle for many people, locally and nationally, but it’s not “out of the box enough,” and too small scale for others to consider.
What if “outside of the box,” is not what hasn’t been invented yet, but those things we let…Continue
Added by Patricia Stewart on February 15, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments
North Country Sustainability Center, Inc. just agreed to lease a retired elementary school in Ashburnham, MA as our temporary home base. This will allow us to start offering programs, make local food and art pieces available for sale, and build the long term goal of creating a very exciting project.
What does NCSC do for anyone else? Well, to start with, we're a regional operation, so we are open to working with and helping anyone who has a dream to start a small business that…
Added by Patricia Stewart on November 16, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments
With the news all full of frustration and anger, is it possible that a dream can still come true?
I hope so, because we have a unique chance to make it happen. But it will take a little help from a lot of people.
Since I started in the field of local food and environmental education I had an image of reusing an old building to create a place where farms could sell their food, consumers could purchase high quality locally grown food and a…Continue
The North Country Sustainability Center, Inc. based in Ashburnham, MA was officially notified that we have been granted our 501c3 non profit status by the IRS! Now we can start raising the money to purchase the old riding stable and furniture factory to build our sustainability center.
Lots of people thing this project is about "greening" the region, and to some aspect it is. I had a little girl tell me this spring that sustainability means "what we have to do to stay here." I…
Added by Patricia Stewart on July 6, 2011 at 7:31am — No Comments
I need as many clicks as I can get. Can you help?
I have entered the "green awards" contest from Green Giant. The winner in each of 4 categories will
win $25,000, and runner ups will get $2,500 to go towards the project described in the entry.
I entered with the North Country Sustainability Center. Please visit http://www.thegreenawards.com/Default.aspx?v=180 vote for me. You can vote every day until March…
Added by Patricia Stewart on March 13, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments