Iconic Old Chapel Needs Millions in Renovations to Reopen Its Doors

When Marla Miller came to western Massachusetts from Wisconsin in the summer of 1987, she hiked up Mount Sugarloaf. At the summit 650 feet off the ground, she looked out into the vast Pioneer Valley, the Connecticut River meandering through hills and farmland. In the distance, she could see a cluster of tall buildings peaking up from the otherwise rural landscape. Miller asked someone what the name

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UMass Permaculture Spreads to Local Elementary Schools

The University of Massachusetts Permaculture Initiative was recognized in March as one of President Barrack Obama’s Campus Champions of Change, an honor shared by just four other community projects from colleges across the nation. Now the group is spreading its sustainable agriculture movement off campus.

To do that, Ryan Harb, the Permaculture Academic Program Coordinator at UMass, has been awarded a grant from the Creative Economies Fund. The Fund is

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