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Our BerkshireGreen

June - Aug 2011

Green Living ● Holistic Health ● Community


The wonder of Montessori. Toddler • Early Childhood • Elementary • Middle School • Summer Camp Challenging and creative academic environment. Focus on individual learning styles. Optimal learning experience on 40-acre LEED-for-Schools campus. For more information or to schedule a tour, please call (413) 637-3662 or email info@BerkshireMontessori.org Transportation from South County available.

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About Us Our BerkshireGreen™ is dedicated to supporting our local economy

and creating an ever-expanding, unified network of holistic and environmentally conscious individuals, businesses, and organizations in our area. We give our readers the opportunity to connect, share knowledge, and inspire one another through our resource guide, networking events, and growing online services. It's all about community! Our quarterly publication is free to the public and distributed throughout Berkshire County and the surrounding area, every March (mind & spirit special edition), June, September, and December. See our website for a location near you. Our BerkshireGreen is printed with solvent-free, vegetable oil-based ink on paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC: www.fsc.org) certified to have been made from trees grown and harvested in a responsible manner. Our paper also contains a full 30 percent post-consumer recycled wastepaper.

ADVERTISE AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS We offer a flexible and cost-effective way to reach your target market. Our loyal readers are well-educated, environmentally and healthconscious consumers looking for green, healthy, and sustainable life choices. Our affordable advertising also comes with many additional benefits – one such perk is the opportunity to speak at our popular networking events mentioned below. For more information, contact us at (413) 274-1122 or at advertise@OurBerkshireGreen.com.

EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Most of our editorial content is contributed by our community members. We welcome your ideas, articles, and feedback, and encourage you to submit original material for consideration through our website at www.OurBerkshireGreen.com. You will find complete instructions on our online digital form.

NETWORKING EVENTS Our popular networking events are held at fine locations throughout the county and publicized by press releases to the local papers and by eNewsletters to our extensive mailing list. There is no admission charge or reservation required for most events, and you will find great company, interesting speakers, delicious free appetizers, a cash bar, and a place to display your advertising material. Please join our confidential mailing list at www.OurBerkshireGreen.com for an invitation.

FREE ONLINE COMMUNITY EVENTS CALENDAR Check out www.OurBerkshireCalendar.com to find out what is happening around town. Take advantage of this free service to upload and publicize your events instantly yourself. It’s easy to do, and you don’t have to be green, holistic, or a computer expert to use it; simply register, fill out your event information, and post! As we said, It's all about community!

PUBLISHER Kathy I. Regan publisher@ourberkshiregreen.com _______________

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EDITORIAL Editor Kathy I. Regan editor@ourberkshiregreen.com Copyeditors/Proofreaders Rodelinde Albrecht Patty Strauch _______________ DESIGN Magazine Design/Layout Kathy I. Regan Advertisements Independent Graphic Designers Christine Dupre cedupre@msn.com Elisa Jones, Berkshire Design Studio elisa@berkshiredesignstudio.com Kathy Adams katlamixe@gmail.com Shirley Sparks, Graphic Design on a Dime sms234@aol.com _______________ ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Patty Strauch patty@ourberkshiregreen.com ______________ EVENT COORDINATOR Patty Strauch patty@ourberkshiregreen.com _______________ MARKETING CONSULTANT Andrea Feldman, Paperclip Studio andrea@paperclipstudio.com _______________ CONTACT Our BerkshireGreen P.O. Box 133, Housatonic, MA 01236 Phone: (413) 274-1122, Fax: (413) 541-8000 All content in Our BerkshireGreen™ is accepted in good faith. We do not necessarily advocate and cannot be held responsible for opinions expressed or facts supplied by our authors, illustrators, and advertisers. We reserve the right to refuse advertising for any reason. For printing errors of the publisher's responsibility, liability is limited to the cost of the ad space in which it first appeared. Unless otherwise noted, we use a Creative Commons License in place of a standard copyright.

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CONTENTS June - August 2011

departments 4 Letter from the Publisher 4 Directory of Categories 5 Our Contributors 6 Resource Guide Berkshire Region

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25 Film & Book Reviews 28 In Business: Greening Up!

Spotlight on green & healthy businesses

29 Lifestyles & Perspectives

Personal experience of green & healthy living

31 Spotlight on Nonprofits 32 Index of Advertisers

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features 8 A Wise Old Veterinarian Once Told Me Things are not always what they seem to be

10 Smart Online Services

Virtual tools that can change the way you do business

13 Vernal Pools

Fascinating small worlds you can explore

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15 Cookbook Review of Rawlicious

Raw food. Highly controversial or perfectly natural?

17 I'm Cuckoo About Coconuts!

Learn more about these healthy “Tree of Life� pearls

18 Building Structures and Envelopes

One of the most important decisions for your new home

26 How Green is Your Lawn?

A love affair that can prove to be very costly

cover illustration The Camel By Danielle Mailer

danielle@daniellemailer.com www.daniellemailer.com

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Dear Reader,

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’m writing this letter to you just after coming home from CATA’s (www.communityaccesstothearts.org) festive annual fundraising gala and performance. I wanted to share my feelings with you about it because I found it so moving. I was absolutely mesmerized by the show, the support from the community, and the work that CATA does on a daily basis, thanks to its founder, Sandra Newman, their Board of Directors, and staff − our Berkshires at their very best. Almost every day, I’m reminded, in one way or another, of how very lucky my family and I are to be living here. On another note, Our BerkshireGreen has expanded into northern Connecticut and eastern New York. Still comfortably within eco-friendly driving distance, there is a wealth of environmental and health-conscious businesses to explore in this local Berkshire Region. I’d like to give a special welcome and thank you to the advertisers from these areas that you will find throughout this issue. I wish you a healthy, joyful, and adventurous summer!

Kathy I. Regan Publisher and Founder publisher@OurBerkshireGreen.com (413) 274-1122

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s I look out through the rain, I see a soaking wet Pat Parkins (Gardens of the Goddess) digging in the mud in my backyard. She is prepping a patch of land for my new vegetable garden! We are looking forward to eating an amazing assortment of organic vegetables, picked fresh from our own backyard bounty. What could make summer more fun? Well, maybe attending one of Our BerkshireGreen’s networking events! We will be at some exciting locations this summer, including Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield and Zaanti Yoga Studio in Lenox. Sign up to receive our newsletters (www.OurBerkshireGreen.com) for updates. Stop by, mingle with like-minded people, enjoy delicious complimentary appetizers (cash bar), listen to fabulous speakers, and maybe win a door prize or two. Summer is chock full of things to do and www.Our BerkshireCalendar.com can help you find them (like where my singer/songwriter husband, Bruce Mandel, will be performing next!). I hope to see you out and about in the Berkshires!

Patty Strauch Event Coordinator & Independent Sales Representative patty@OurBerkshireGreen.com (413) 269-6119

Directory of Categories Calendar of Events .................................................1 Alternative Energy .................................................6 Animal Products & Services ....................................7 Art & Music ............................................................9 Boutiques & Gift Shops ..........................................9 Business Services .....................................................9 Cafes & Restaurants ..............................................11 Camps ...................................................................11 Dance, Exercise & Fitness .....................................11 Education & Training ...........................................12 Environmental Organizations .............................13 Farmers’ Markets ..................................................14 Film & Book Reviews ...........................................25 Food & Cooking ..................................................14 Food Stores: Co-ops, Markets & Health ..................14 Green Building, Renovation & Landscape Design ..19 Health & Beauty ..................................................20 Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative .20 Acupuncture ..................................................21 Apothecaries ...................................................21 4

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Health Care: continued Chiropractic & Kinesiology ............................21 Coaching ........................................................21 Counseling & Therapy ....................................21 Massage Therapy & Bodywork .........................22 Nutrition & Supplements ................................22 Osteopathic Medicine ....................................22 Physical Therapy ...........................................23 Reconnective Healing®.....................................24 Reiki ................................................................24 Wellness Centers & Spas ..................................24 Yoga ................................................................24 Home & Garden ....................................................25 In Business: Greening Up! .....................................28 Lifestyles & Perspectives ........................................29 Love & Laughter Are the Best Medicine .................30 Mind & Spirit .......................................................30 Nonprofit Spotlight ..............................................31 Index of Advertisers ..............................................32 Magazine Sponsors .........................inside back cover


Our Contributors Cover Illustration Danielle Mailer

Kristina Dow BensDotter’s Pet

Danielle’s most recent show credits include the Mattutuck Museum retrospective in 2009 and a group show at the New Britain Museum of American Art in July, 2011. She has two galleries featuring her work, in Goshen, CT, and in Millerton, NY. Danielle lives in Goshen with her husband, Peter McEachern, and their three children. danielle@daniellemailer. com, www.daniellemailer.com

Kristina “Tina” Dow is a retired college administrator, former veterinary assistant, and self-described BornAgain Raw-Feeder. Tina’s shop, BensDotter’s Pet, formerly located in Sheffield, can now be found in Great Barrington, MA. The shop carries a wide array of supplies and natural treats, and specializes in raw-food diets. www.bensdotters.com

John Harney

Glenn Geiger

Geiger Computers

John Harney Associates, LLC John graduated from Williams College in 1977 and served 2½ years in the Marine Corps. He then spent 20 years in Denver, CO, working both in oil and in social work with the homeless and children at risk. John returned to Salisbury, CT, in 1999 to join the family real estate business, and opened his own office there in 2006. jharney@harneyassoc. com, www.harneyassoc.com

Glenn has offered computer service and graphic design since earning his bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University, MD, in 1997. His work has taken him to countries around the world. He began Geiger Computers in 2003 and in 2009 moved to the Berkshires, where he provides computer repair, software training, and web design services. glenn@geigercomputers. com, www.geigercomputers.com

Miriam Jacobs

Cookbook Author/Columnist

Dan Hegerich

Optimal Natural Health Consultant

Miriam is a local food columnist and author known for her commonsense approach to delicious and nutritious eating. Her cookbooks include The School Lunchbox Cookbook and Cooking with Edible Flowers. She also works as a Forensic Document Examiner and lectures on signature fraud for FTC Red Flag Rules compliance. www.forgerydetective.com

Michael Erkkinen

Webnash Design-Build Michael has been designing and building in the Berkshires since 1981, as the owner of Webnash Design-Build. His projects include sustainable living spaces, furniture, wooden boats, and masonry heaters. He is currently completing his “dream building,” which is a combination design studio, woodworking shop, and office in Monterey, MA. web nash30@gmail.com, www.webnash.com

Dan is a cancer survivor turned writer and health educator. As a consultant, he takes a holistic approach, teaching individuals how to live in accordance with Nature Laws and one’s authentic self through primal nutrition, functional movement, and lifestyle factors. dan@absolutehealthandhealing. com, www.dothecure.blogspot.com, www.danhegerich.com

Honey Sharp

Honey Sharp Garden Design Honey writes monthly columns about gardens and the environment for Berkshire HomeStyle and other publications. She started Honey Sharp Garden Design in 2000. An avid gardener for more than 30 years at her home, Seekonk Farm, Great Barrington, MA, Honey holds a horticulture degree from the Berkshire Botanical Garden and is a Master Gardener. www.honeysharp.com www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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By Kristina Dow

t happened in the dark of night. Xena’s owner-dad did not realize that the elderly kitty was sprawled out sound asleep on the floor beside the bed. As he arose, he stepped on her hard. She screamed out in apparent pain, but seemed all right within a few minutes, albeit very annoyed. The next morning, Xena’s owners breathed a sigh of relief when all still appeared normal. Xena ate a hearty breakfast, washed her face, and settled in for a nap. All that drama in the darkness must have been more insult than injury. It was a week or so later that Xena stopped eating. Her owner-mom took her to the vet, and described the trauma of some days earlier. The vet examined Xena, drew some blood, and took some x-rays. The vet’s diagnosis was not what the owner wanted to hear: A mass on the spleen, no doubt a tumor that would require further evaluation to determine malignancy. An elevated white blood cell count, no doubt due to a severe infection. A high blood urea nitrogen level, no doubt indicative of failing kidneys. The prognosis was grim. Xena’s owner filled a prescription for antibiotics, and took her home to try to make her comfortable for whatever time she had left. Xena was coaxed to eat a bit over the next few days, and then she began to eat on her own again. Enter the wise old veterinarian. Out for a drive in the country, he stopped to chat with Xena’s owner-mom. She described Xena’s condition, and asked what she might do to help keep the elderly kitty comfortable in her final days. “Why is it,” the vet lamented, “that it seems we are capable of seeing only pathology? We search ardently for clues to something gone horribly wrong, all the while failing to recognize that the body may be functioning absolutely normally. “Everything about this case is entirely consistent with absolutely normal physiology, not disparate pathologies. There’s no need for a malignancy, no need for an infection, and no need for failing kidneys to explain what could be going on. It can all be explained as an absolutely normal series of responses to trauma. “The trauma yields a bruised mass (hematoma) on the spleen. The white blood cell count elevates with the injury and inflammation, and as well to clean up the hematoma. The blood urea nitrogen level rises with the loss of appetite and accompanying dehydration, and as well with the release of urea as the hematoma dissolves. The body is performing exactly as it should. With a bit of supportive care, she should be fine.” And fine she was. And fine she remained − well into her 20th year − with a night light always kept on in the bedroom. In Memoriam: On the eve of the printing of this essay, Xena's resonating purr lulled her family to sleep one final time. She passed unexpectedly but peacefully, her wise old heart bursting with love.


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Smart Online Services By Glenn Geiger

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s a website developer, I come across a lot of online services. When something comes along that can change the way my clients do business, I try to nudge them in that direction. Following are four of my favorites.

WeTransfer, www.WeTransfer.com Easily send large files (up to 2GB free). If you’re looking to send large files to someone, it can be difficult to send them through email. Most email programs can send attachments up to 25 megabytes (MB). However, large files such as video, a group of photographs, or digital artwork for printing can be much larger. WeTransfer allows you to send files up to 2 gigabytes (GB) or 2,000 MB for free. You simply go to the WeTransfer website, add your files from your computer, add your recipient, and click “transfer.” The website shows you the progress of the transfer until it is complete. Your recipient will receive an email that files are waiting for them to download (the files are available for 2 weeks), and you receive an email when your recipient has successfully downloaded your files.

Wufoo, www.Wufoo.com Online form creation and payment integration (free for 3 forms, $15 monthly for 10 forms). An online form is a way to collect information through a website. A common use is a contact form, asking the visitor to enter their name, email address, phone number, and a message to get in touch with you. Online forms can also help website visitors register for a workshop or make a donation. The information entered in a form is usually sent to you as an email. How you manage that information is up to you. When a client asks me how to keep their form emails organized (like in a database), I go to Wufoo. Wufoo allows you to create a form with ease by dragging and dropping fields. You can mark some fields as required, or split the form up into pages, making long forms easier to fill out. If you don’t have a website, you can send people right to your Wufoo form, no website needed! If you want to add the form to your website, they provide a small piece of code to place on your web page and the form appears like magic, ready to go. Best of all, the entries are stored in a database. Looking for a particular person? Just search for them. Wonder how many people signed up for your Zumba class? You get the idea. And if that isn’t enough, you can also accept payments like PayPal or other payment gateways through your form.

track visits to your website, you can see how many visits came from your MailChimp campaign. If you’re using Facebook, you can provide a link to your Facebook page right in your message. MailChimp also provides an easy way for people to unsubscribe from your mailing list, and automatically removes them for you.

FreshBooks, www.FreshBooks.com Invoicing, payment tracking, time tracking, finance reports (3 clients for free, $20 monthly for 25 clients, $30 monthly for unlimited clients). For most of us, accounting isn’t fun, so good record keeping can seem overwhelming. Once I started adding clients, creating invoices for them was actually fun. The invoice information is easy to enter, looks professional, and is beautifully formatted. There’s even a payment stub at the bottom for my client to mail back to me with their check. I can choose to send the invoice to the client’s email address, download a PDF, or send it to them in the mail. If I choose to mail it, I can purchase stamps with a click and FreshBooks will take care of it, sending a printed invoice in an envelope with my logo on it. Not bad, right? My favorite part is my ability to enter a payment, or partial payment, from any computer with an internet connection. When new checks come in, I log in again and enter payments my clients have made and it automatically sends them a thank you message. It’s bookkeeping made simple. FreshBooks has plenty of other features for business owners, such as time tracking, expense and tax reporting, job estimating, and more. I recommend giving it a try, and I hope it works for you as well as it does for me. ~ Glenn Geiger, Geiger Computers. See advertisement below.

MailChimp, www.MailChimp.com Email marketing, mailing list organization (free for 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month, $10 monthly for unlimited emails). MailChimp makes it easy to collect email addresses for a mailing list by providing a simple form for your visitors to fill out (it also works with Wufoo forms). Using this service puts all of your subscribers in one manageable list. Once you’re ready to contact your list about your next big thing, MailChimp helps you create and send beautiful HTML emails to your subscribers; perfect for weekly newsletters, product updates, or reminders. Once you’ve sent your first email campaign, MailChimp will provide detailed reports about how many people opened your email, how many clicked on a link in the message, which link was most popular, and which emails were undeliverable (removing them from your list). If you’re using Google Analytics to 10

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Energy In Motion Studio PILATES, YOGA, FITNESS Movement for renewed energy, health and well-being. Focus on alignment, back care, sports performance; special needs welcome. Private sessions or small group classes in a beautifully equipped studio.

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Catherine Brumley West Stockbridge, MA 413-232-7838

Summer Horse Fun!

The authentic flavors of Pompeian brick oven cooking & grilling savored in an elegant rustic ambiance. Emphasis on local and organic products. Meats are antibiotic & hormone-free.

Learn basic riding and horsecare, or deepen your experience in selected areas of horsemanship. Groups limited to six students.

WEEKLY, JUNE-AUGUST Half Days or Full Days

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Beautiful Courtyard Dining

413.499.1192 Trattoria-Rustica.com 26 McKay Street in downtown Pittsfield. Dinner 5 p.m. (closed Tuesday)

Blue Rider Stables

(413) 528-5299 www.bluerider.org • S. Egremont, MA

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A Tasty Berkshire Experience Support Berkshire Agriculture � Try a free taste of one of Furnace Brook’s 16 award-winning wines, including several made from estate-grown apples � Taste fresh local foods, hike on woodland trails

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Darrow is a college-preparatory, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9–12 located on the Massachusetts–New York border. 518-794-6000, www.darrowschool.org.

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ne of the first signs of spring (and into early summer) are the sounds of the spring peepers that have gathered in the numerous vernal pools that dot our landscape. Vernal pools are protected areas because they are the incubator for many of our indigenous amphibians to reproduce their next generation. Many vernal pools are short-lived, that is, the water is usually from snowmelt and early rains that form shallow pools in the woods and fields. By midsummer, vernal pools have evaporated. As a result, the amphibians are in a race to breed and lay their eggs so that the young will have enough time to develop before the water disappears. The first to appear, early in March, are the Jefferson salamanders, many times moving under the snow to reach a vernal pool. This gives their young an advantage, because they will be more developed earlier than the other species that also use the pool, like the spotted salamander and the wood frog. An interesting note on the wood frog is that it has the ability to freeze entirely over the winter and then thaw in spring, which is absolutely amazing. The spring peepers arrive shortly after, and their chorus fills the night.

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An easy way to become aware of the wonderful life that a vernal pool hosts is to listen for the spring peepers, which will help you identify a pool alongside a road. On a rainy night, walk along that road with a flashlight after dusk, and you will see many of the amphibians crossing the road to reach the pool.

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Farmers' Markets

Food & Cooking

Adams Farmers’ Market

Fridays 12-6, June 24-Oct 14 60 Columbia Street on Rt 8, Adams, MA Emma Morin, (413) 743-5613

Berkshire Area Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays and Saturdays 8-2, May 7-Nov 26 Old State Road, Lanesborough, MA, Berkshire Mall parking lot Lenita Bober, (413) 569-3663

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Farmers’ Market at CHP

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Thursdays 4-7, June 2-Sep 1 442 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA Mary Feuer & Michelle Derr www.CommunityHealthPrograms.org, (413) 528-0457

Great Barrington Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 9-1, May 7-Oct 29 44 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA Train Station, behind Town Hall, Rose Levine, RosemaryLevine@yahoo.com, (413) 528-8950

UPPER CRUST B•A•K•E•R•Y Specialty orders upon request. VALERIE POLIDORO LAWSON

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Food Stores

Lebanon Valley Farmers’ Market

Sundays 10-2, June 5-Oct 30 In the heart of New Lebanon, NY, on Routes 20 & 22 Carin de Jong, managerLVFM@gmail.com, (518) 860-4294

Lenox Farmers’ Market

Fridays 1-5, May 13-Oct 14 70 Kemble Street, MA, at Shakespeare & Company Rose Levine, RosemaryLevine@yahoo.com, (413) 528-8950

Norfolk Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 10-1, May 21-Oct 15 19 Maple Avenue, Norfolk, CT, in front of Norfolk Town Hall Lisa Auclair, LisaAuclair@sbcglobal.net www.norfolkfarmersmarket.org, (860) 542-5044

North Adams Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 8-12:30, July 9-Oct 8 St. Anthony Drive, North Adams, MA In municipal parking lot between Marshall Street & Holden Street Lisa Loomis & Diana Kittler, (413) 662-3000

Otis Farmers’ Market

Saturdays 9-1, May 7-Oct 8 2000 East Otis Rd., Otis, MA, parking lot of Papa’s Healthy Food Jess Ripley, OtisFarmersMarket@yahoo.com, (413) 357-9919

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Pittsfield Farmers’ Market

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Thursdays 3-7, June 9-Oct 20 North Street by the Senior Center, Pittsfield, MA Barry Hollister, Barry@BerkshireHarmony.com www.BerkshireHarmony.com, (413) 281-4114

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Pittsfield Farmers’ Market at Park Square

Saturdays 9-2, May 28-Oct 22 Located at Park Square’s Bank Row, Pittsfield, MA Barry Hollister, Barry@BerkshireHarmony.com www.BerkshireHarmony.com, (413) 281-4114

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Sheffield Farmers’ Market

Fridays 3-7, May 27-Sep 2 340 South Main Street (Rt 7), Sheffield, MA In the Village Green parking lot of Old Parish Church Peter Stanton, www.TheSheffieldFarmersMarket.com, (413) 329-0422

TNC Farmers’ Market

Wednesdays 3-6, June 1-Aug 31 94 West Avenue, Great Barrington, MA, at The Nutrition Center Peter Stanton, www.TheNutritionCenter.org, (413) 429-8110

Williamstown Farmers’ Market

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Rawlicious by Peter and Beryn Daniels Cookbook Review By Miriam Jacobs

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t is amazing how something as sweet and simple as eating fresh raw fruits and vegetables can be highly controversial. Western medicine, for instance, until it finally truly rid itself of many of the toxic ideas of Galen (who first practiced his surgery skills on gladiators), believed that raw fruits were too “cooling to the humors,� and forbade it as a food for children and nursing mothers! It was therefore an unprecedented step when Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner, in the late 1800s, developed a dietary health treatment in Switzerland by “inventing� muesli and promoting other raw foods as healthful. Since then, many people have sung the praises of raw food for maintaining or restoring health, often in dramatic ways. The main argument is that adding heat to food (cooking it) completely alters the chemical formulation of the original materials. There is a big difference between an egg-flour-milk mixture and a pancake! And since no other animal in nature eats anything cooked, what makes us think we really have a perfect way to digest all these cooked foods? It is undeniable that cooking destroys heat-sensitive enzymes and vitamins, which many now argue are vital for our health. Adding fresh fruits and salads to our diet is now an accepted part of a wholesome diet, but the Raw Food movement has taken this a step further, advocating a diet of only raw foods. Even within this movement, there are distinctions: some people are vegan (no animal products whatsoever) and others will use animal products such as honey, raw milk, and sashimi (raw fish). Since there is now even an iPhone app for Green Smoothies, you know this is a trend with many enthusiasts! What I like about Rawlicious is that, although it advocates going raw as a lifestyle, it also has a sensible and gentle idea about transitioning: the “Just Add In� and “Just Take Out� principles. Instead of berating yourself for eating that big bad cooked breakfast, they suggest: “Just Add In� a big glass of green vegetable juice before you dive in. And instead of indulging in a middayslump candy bar, they suggest you “Just Take Out� the candy bar and substitute a handful of goji berry and cacao trail mix. These are sensible suggestions we can all follow, and if raw food becomes a permanent and full-on commitment you can go on substituting until you are at your personal place of health and comfort. Note that going

cold turkey, suddenly eating nothing but raw food, can be jarring to your system, so it is a good idea to do this under the guidance of a qualified professional. Much of raw cuisine is an effort to find substitutes for those foods we are used to eating. Raw Cream Cheese can be made from fermented macadamia nuts, and sesame seeds are the base for a Milk. Simple Flax Crackers are made in a dehydrator from a mix of sunflower seeds and flaxseed, for when you need a hearty crunch. The most amusing of all these substitutions is making Pasta from zucchini (or certain other root vegetables) with a tool called a spiralizer. The playful result might tempt a wary beginner to take a bite. Many dishes require advance preparation, such as soaking or sprouting, neither of which is complicated. Simple Buckwheat Cereal combines sprouted buckwheat with chopped apples, honey, and cinnamon, but a vibrant Beet and Carrot Salad can be made from scratch in minutes. For the rest of us, who would simply like inventive ways to add more raw fresh foods and who are aching to do so after this particularly harsh winter, Rawlicious offers many great ideas. I love the inventive fruit and vegetable combinations for juicing. In Radically Radish (grapefruit, radishes, and pears) radishes give a spicy kick to the sweet fruits, and if you find yourself with too many sprouts you can make Sunflower Sprout Health which combines apples, carrots, and sunflower sprouts. You would expect a good salad chapter, but I find the sauces and dressings particularly useful. My new favorite, the Bell Pepper, Almond & Ginger Dressing, jazzes up so many of the salad combinations I already eat. Though all ingredients are raw, there is nothing Spartan about the smoothies and desserts, which include our all-time favorite, chocolate (in brownies, cookies, and a smoothie), but also the Two-Tone Sunrise smoothie, where a peach-colored layer of mango and peach is topped with a crimson layer of beet and orange! For dessert, you can choose to indulge in Apple Tart with Mango Custard, Lemon Tart, or Vanilla-Maple Ice Cream. Even if you are not looking to change your eating habits radically, learning how to incorporate more raw foods into your life is a delicious and healthy idea. I am looking forward to the Farmers’ Markets already!

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Food Stores: Co-ops, Markets & Health

At LaBonne’s Market in Salisbury, CT

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We find the best in local, artisan, and international foods that will excite your tastebuds. Browse through this short list for the products and brands you’ll find at LaBonne’s… •Daphne Tarts •David Glass Desserts •Stonewall Kitchens •30 Varieties Of Olive Oil •Farm Country Soups And Entrees •Keurig Coffee Brewers And The Largest Selection Of K-Cups Anywhere •Fresh Sushi - Chef On Duty 7 Days/Week •Famous Harney Teas And Now Iced! •Over 110 Varieties Of Ice Cold Beer •Many Imported Chocolates Such As: Valrhona, Scharffen Berger, Organic Green And Blacks Chocolates And Ice Cream •Fage Total Yogurt •Fresh Macro Vegetarian Meals To Go •15 Varieties Of Fresh Raw Kombucha •Self Serve Hot Bar And Great Specialty Sandwiches At Our Deli •Extensive Selction Of Wheat Free, Gluten Free Products Fresh And Frozen •Local Bakeries •Honey & Maple Syrup •Fresh Produce!! •Full Line Of Mrs. Meyers Cleaning Products •Nodines Smokehouse Products •Extensive Line Of Amys Organics, Cascadian, Glutinos, Food For Life, Foods By George •Applegate Farms •Woodstock Farms •Montana Ranch All Natural Beef •Bell & Evans Chicken •Foley Fish •Lochduart Salmon

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I'm Cuckoo About Coconuts! By Dan Hegerich

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hat are coconuts? They are considered a fruit similar to the peach or plum because of their structure. Botanically speaking, the coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe or a dry drupe. In laymen’s terms, the coconut is a fruit, a nut, and a seed! These “Tree of Life” pearls are grown in tropical climates, with the majority coming from South Asia. Tree of Life is the folklore name not only because of the coconut’s nutritional and medicinal properties, but also because every aspect of the coconut is used for food, drink, fuel, utensils, fiber, rope, fabric, art, musical instruments, and more. Some claim that the coconut is the one food that you can live on in perfect health. Anatomy of the Coconut: The coconut has different stages of growth and development. The young green coconut is ready in about 5-6 months while the brown mature coconut is ready in 11-12 months. The young coconuts have up to 1 quart of coconut water and on the inside of the shell is transparent jell-o-like flesh. These young coconuts consist of way more sugars and minerals and far less fiber, protein, and fat. There are claims that young coconut water was even used as an effective substitute for medical IV fluid given to soldiers during World War II and the Vietnam War. As the coconut ages or matures, it develops more of the pronounced white meat or flesh (fiber, protein, and fat) that we are more familiar with as shredded coconut. One average mature coconut will provide about 8-16 oz of the coconut water and 6-9 oz of coconut cream or milk. The mature brown coconut meat contains approximately 80% fat of which 92% is of saturated medium-chain fatty acids. When the mature meat is grated and pressed you have coconut milk, which I refer to as coconut cream, from which the coconut oil is extracted. Now there is the cry, “Oh, my God, saturated fat is deadly, causes heart disease, increases cholesterol, and so on.” There is so much political and corporate nonsense regarding saturated fat. Just to let you know, there are at least 34 types of saturated fats categorized into four categories: small-, medium-, long-, or very long-chain fatty acids. I suggest you read Know Your Fats by Mary Enig, PhD, to become more informed about the truth and benefits of traditional saturated fats including grass-fed pork lard, beef marrow, suet, and butter. Or, for a Cliff Notes version, read the article The Oiling of America at www.coconutoil.com/oiling_america.htm. The prize of the fat composition of coconuts lies in its very high concentration of medium-chain fatty acids, specifically lauric acid; which converts into monolauric acid when ingested by an animal. The monolauric acid exhibits numerous immune-boosting anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic properties. The only other source of these precious saturated fats is human breast milk, which is one major reason that breast feeding is so vital to the health and development of infants.

Top Ten Benefits of Consuming Coconut Products

1) Assists in weight loss and weight control 2) Improves heart function and reduces risk of heart disease 3) Controls blood sugar 4) Prevents and slows down Alzheimer’s Disease due to production of ketones from the saturated fats to fuel brain cells

5) Assimilates easily; anti-microbial properties aid in digestion 6) Anti-viral properties help boost immune system 7) Aids thyroid health by boosting metabolism 8) Moisturizes and conditions skin and hair and protects skin from aging and sun damage while reducing dandruff and dermatitis 9) Relieves chronic fatigue 10) Excellent for cooking and baking because it is resistant to spoilage or rancidity and has a high smoking point and will not turn into transfatty acids.

How to Use Coconuts: As with making any dietary changes, start off slowly by adding 1-3 tsp of coconut oil per day and increase to 6 T per day. To enhance the effectiveness, be sure to reduce, or better eliminate, all vegetable oils and fake fats such as Earth Balance, margarine, and shortenings. According to nutritional researcher and scientist, Aajonus Vonderplanitz, PhD, coconut oil acts like a solvent (a cleanser) for the body. When consumed in excess, coconut oil can cause radical detoxification, which could do harm to organs and cells. He suggests not consuming more than 1T of oil per day, thus slowly detoxifying and preventing any harm to organs, glands, or cells. However, many people disregard this and consume on average 3-5 T per day. One rule of thumb is “the more imbalances you have going on in your body the slower you must go.” As you get stronger and build healthy cells, then your body can handle more detoxification. When in doubt, less is often more. People who enjoy the flavor of coconut consume the coconut oil straight off the spoon. Some add a touch of raw unheated honey in a ratio of 4 parts coconut to 1 part honey. Many add the coconut oil to a morning protein smoothie, fruit smoothie, or vegetable juice, or spread it on organic sourdough bread, or melt it in their morning oatmeal. I follow a raw food diet to preserve all the goodness in the coconut oil; however, you might consider the Coconut Lover’s Cookbook by Bruce Fife, ND. I am known for my raw cocoa pudding, which includes plenty of fresh raw coconut cream and coconut oil among other things. There are many companies promoting and manufacturing coconut oil. As a natural health consultant, I say that nutrition is the quality of life, and therefore, the quality of the food you eat. At this time, I personally recommend coconut oil from www. tropicaltraditions.com and www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com. Both companies have high ethics and values towards the promotion of health and production of health-promoting foods. References and Resources The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, CN, ND Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy General information: www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/coconut. html, www.coconutoil.com, www.coconutresearchcenter.org To purchase coconuts and/or oil: www.tropcialtraditions.com, www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com, www.florida-coconuts.com ~ Dan Hegerich, Optimal Natural Health Consultant, dan@absolutehealthandhealing.com, www.dothecure.blogspot.com, www.danhegerich.com. Photos: Snowbelle/Maksym Bondarchuk/Shutterstock www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Building Structures and Envelopes By Michael Erkkinen

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ne of the most important decisions facing someone who is building a new home is what type of system to use to hold up the house and keep the weather out and conditioned air in. Following is an overview and comparison of the four most common systems that are applicable to New England and surrounding areas: stick framing and insulating, structural insulating panels (SIP), insulated concrete forms (ICF), and straw bale construction. I will mention timber framing relative to each of these systems, as it works as a hybrid with all of them to various degrees.

Stick Framing Stick framing is comprised of dimensional, kiln-dried lumber nailed together and covered with plywood for lateral support, to provide a layer of weather proofing, and to provide nailing for other materials (siding, flooring, etc.) The spaces in between pieces of lumber are typically filled with insulation. Advantages: 1) Readily accessible and relatively inexpensive materials. 2) Low need for specialized skills to design or execute. 3) Fairly easy to change, renovate, or add to. Disadvantages: 1) Can consume a large amount of lumber. 2) Lumber is typically kiln dried (using petroleum-based heat) and shipped long distances. 3) Needs to be covered; it isn’t fit for viewing. 4) Insulation between pieces of lumber isn’t as effective as in systems that have a continuous envelope. 5) Air infiltration and thermal transfer can cause condensation and moisture problems if they are not handled carefully. Stick framing is sometimes used in conjunction with timber framing. The negative side of this equation is that it uses a very large amount of wood and has all of the insulation problems that normal stick framing has.

Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) The envelope of a SIP house is comprised of a central slab of foam, laminated to two sheets of oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood. The panels are fastened together, either with splines and screws or with cam locks, and the joints between the panels are filled with expanding foam. These panels, when fastened together, can comprise walls, roof, and floors. Advantages: 1) Buildings go together very quickly; many houses can go from nothing to weather-tight and insulated in less than a week. 2) If properly designed, needs no other framing other than perhaps interior walls. 3) Extremely tight and the insulative barrier is unbroken. 4) Very little thermal transfer between inside and outside. 5) Surfaces tend to be very flat and straight, with very little warping or racking. 6) Works extremely well in conjunction with timber framing, both structurally and insulatively. 7) SIP panels use only recycled wood and the foam is about 5% petroleum and 95% air. Disadvantages: 1) Takes special skills to work with. 2) Must be designed very carefully; unforgiving of mistakes. 3) Not as easy to change, adapt, and renovate as stick framing. 4) Wiring and plumbing takes special skills. 5) Because buildings are so tight, they need to be very well ventilated. 6) Very unforgiving to leaks and water problems. 18

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Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) The ICF system is comprised of forms, made of expanded polystyrene, into which concrete is poured. You end up with a building with walls, floors, and sometimes roof, made of reinforced concrete with insulation on each side of it. Embedded in the foam are plastic furring strips, which can be screwed into to hold materials such as sheathing, siding, sheetrock, and the like. Advantages: 1) Very strong, rot resistant, and insect resistant. 2) Very tight and well insulated. 3) ICF floors lend themselves to passive solar and radiant heating. 4) If well designed and executed, these buildings are almost indestructible. 5) ICF can work well in conjunction with other systems. Disadvantages: 1) Very specialized skills are needed in design and execution. 2) Probably the most expensive of the four systems. 3) Extremely unforgiving of mistakes, changes, and renovation. 4) Uses a large amount of concrete, which at present has a very large carbon footprint.

Straw Bale Bales of straw are stacked to make walls, which are then covered, on the inside and outside, with either concrete or lime stucco. Wire lath is sometimes applied to the outside to hold stucco and provide structure, but the stucco actually adheres better without it. Windows and doors are contained in bucks, which are wooden boxes that support the straw above them and provide nailing for the window and door frames. The straw bale walls are supported by a wider-thannormal foundation of concrete, crushed stone, or pressuretreated lumber. They are sometimes used as the structure to support floor and roof loads, but a more common methodology is to combine it with timber framing. Floors and roofs are typically made of wood and insulation, or of SIPs. Advantages: 1) Straw is an abundant, sustainably grown material. 2) Straw is a good insulator and straw bale houses tend to be very tight. 3) There is a low overall carbon footprint. 4) Building skills are relatively easy to learn. 4) Straw bales lend themselves to shapes other than rectangle. 5) Lime and clay plasters and stuccos tend to have antiseptic qualities and provide a very healthy house for environmentally sensitive people. 6) Possibly the most fire resistant structures. Disadvantages: 1) Great care in design and execution must be taken to make sure straw isn’t exposed to excess moisture. 2) Plastering ability is needed and sometimes expensive and hard to find. 3) Straw bale doesn’t lend itself to easy renovation. 3) Walls are thick and consume a large amount of living space. 4) Connection from straw bale walls to other materials can be difficult. In summation, there is no perfect system to support, seal, and insulate a building. All systems are a compromise to some extent and some careful consideration of all factors and needs should go into the decision of which to use. Perhaps a more important factor than the choice of a building system is the skill in design and execution of whichever system is used, combined with the needs and priorities of the building inhabitants. ~Michael Erkkinen, Webnash Design-Build, www.webnash.com. See ad on page 27.

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Apothecaries

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Counseling & Therapy

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Osteopathic Medicine Nanci Worthington LMT

17 Bridge St., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230

MASSAGE THERAPY

ArtofWellnessLMT.com 413-329-5573 artofwellness@earthlink.net

Berkshire Osteopathic Health FAMILY PRACTICE & OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATION Stephen Kisiel, DO and Mary K. H. Yee, DO OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATION Joshua Krembs, DO Now accepting new patients for Primary Care and Consultation Services. Treating newborns through adults. Most insurance accepted.

Located at Berkshire Healing Arts 42 Summer Street, Suite 301, Pittsfield, MA

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Health Care: Alternative, Complementary & Integrative Osteopathic Medicine

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Dr. Goldman, a leading international ďŹ gure in the practice and continuing education of Osteopathy, has been in practice in Sharon, CT since 1992. He now brings his extensive healthcare experience to Great Barrington and the surrounding communities. As a certiďŹ ed specialist in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and fully licensed physician, Dr. Goldman treats the whole person not just the symptoms by emphasizing the interrelationships of structure, function, and the ability of the body to heal itself.

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Berkshire Physical Therapy & Wellness PITTSFIELD OFFICE

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Rachel Welch PT Jennifer Dort PT Wendy Carpenter PTA

Thomas Cooney DPT Alayne Glass PT Jacqueline Bianco DPT Shenna Burke PTA

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Visit our web page for directions to the office and more about our programs:

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Occupational Hand Therapy is also available with Andi Vallon OT Massage Therapy with Shenna Burke

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About Tammy St. John U Bachelor of Exercise Science U ACE Certified Personal Trainer U STOTT PILATES Level 2 Mat,

Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Injury & Special Populations. Working toward Doctorate of PT.

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone. ~ Bill Cosby www.OurBerkshireGreen.com

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Physical Therapy

Experience relief from stress, suffering, chronic muscle and nerve pain in 1 session, lasting results in 3-5.

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Yoga

Yoga Nude in Albany Transcend Body & Mind

Experience joyful, flowing movement ignited by ujjayi breath.

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Reiki

Reiki The Usui System of Natural Healing

Jill Powell Reiki Master

Hinsdale, Massachusetts

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ummertime, and . . . the (Berkshire) hills are alive with . . . music! music! music! So let’s talk about music, the food of love, the voice of the gods, the sweetness that soothes the savage breast. The Harmonists (1997) is based on the true story of a group of men (five singers and a pianist) in prewar Berlin who are inspired by an American blues group called The Revelers. Music brings the six men together and their music brings them eight years of fame. But world events and growing anti-Semitism eventually tear them apart (three of the men are Jews, one of whom marries a gentile who converts to Judaism for his sake). The soundtrack is incredible: original recordings of the Comedian Harmonists (as they were known) were remastered, and the talented actors lipsync to the recordings. For me, the most affecting moment is the seemingly interminable silence before the uproarious applause at the end of their farewell concert. In The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000), Dame Judi Dench is Elizabeth, newly widowed but brimming with life, though not a life of which her straitlaced adult children approve. But her young granddaughter seems to understand. When asked “What’s the best way of showing our respect for someone who has died?” she promptly replies: “That’s easy: You go on living.” Soon after, she finds her grandmother in the attic, playing the saxophone she played as a teenager in an all-girl (well, almost all-girl) band during World War II. Whereupon the young girl persuades her grandmother to gather the bandmates for a comeback concert (at her school dance). Two sentences stick in my mind: “Music is the only clean thing I know” and “Old people are just young people who’ve been around for a long time.” Cameo performances include Cleo Laine, Olympia Dukakis, and Leslie Caron. The facile way to describe The Chorus (2004) would be to call it a cross between Blackboard Jungle and Mr. Holland’s Opus, with a Gallic flavor. In 1948, unsuccessful musician Clement Mathieu is hired as a prefect at Fond de l’Etang (which literally − and ironically − translates to “bottom of the pond”), a reform school run by a sadistic headmaster whose motto is action-reaction. Every act of disobedience or rebellion is instantly punished − from washing the school floors for a week, to actual beatings, to solitary lockup for days, even weeks. Slowly, and against the odds, Mathieu creates a chorus from the motley assortment of delinquent boys. The theme of the film is summed up in the lyrics of one of the songs they sing: “Is there anything more beautiful than a dream? Is there any truth sweeter than hope?” “I am no stranger to having my luggage searched.” So begins the introduction to renowned opera star Renée Fleming’s autobiography, The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer (Viking, 2004). She calls it “not the story of my life but the autobiography of my voice.” The thirteen one-word chapter titles (from “Family” and “Apprenticeship” through “Success” and “Challenge” to “Roles” and “Coda”) sum up a life of hard work and dedication, learning not just about music but about life, and love of the art of making music. This is the kind of book that inspires me to depart from my usual literary diet of fiction, not only because it is so beautifully written but also because it is as much (or more) concerned with truth than with fact. ~Rodelinde Albrecht, Concerned Singles, www.ConcernedSingles.com. See ad on page 30.

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How Green is Your Lawn? By Honey Sharp

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Unfortunately, such an affair can prove to be very costly. And in more ways than one. Not only do these typically manicured green carpets require high maintenance, but they usually have a negative impact on the environment. This need not be the case, but avoiding it takes some rethinking of our paradigms and standards. As we all know, come summer, lawns just keep growing (think weekly mowing), turn an unsightly brown when the sun bears down (think sprinklers), and invite weeds (think herbicides). Then, come fall or spring, you often need to reseed areas that got trampled. And, unless you’re pushing a mechanical, rotary mower, forget about exercise! The highest long-term cost, however, is to the environment. Synthetic chemicals, a multibillion dollar business in the United Sates, are designed for achieving the “perfect lawn,” but they also damage soils and water systems. In addition, they wreak havoc upon natural habitats to wildlife such as birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and other creatures. And of course, young children and pets are also at risk. One of the biggest but less immediately visible victims, however, is our atmosphere. Traditional lawn mowers emit 10 to 12 times more emissions per hour of operation than a typical automobile. Most aren’t equipped with catalytic converters because they are expensive and the law doesn’t require them. Since the average American releases a yearly total of 15,000 pounds (7.5 tons) of CO² into the atmosphere, one can easily deduce that mowing lawns is a major contributor. The good news is that in the past decade people have been adopting a more sustainable approach toward their home landscapes. They are scaling down on lawn size and using biodegradable fertilizers and fewer, if any, herbicides. They are also experimenting with old-fashioned but more efficient mechanical push mowers, also known as reel mowers, which are more practical for smaller lawns, and are far less expensive. In rethinking the lawn, one of the most recent developments has been planting dwarf fescue grasses instead of turf grasses. Landscape designers — and of course the homeowners and businesses that hire them — are adopting more naturalistic, eco-friendly approaches. This is a major reversal of the deeply rooted suburban American demand for homogeneity and “keeping up with the Joneses.” The perfect lawn that hearkens back to the 1950s is becoming taboo. Finally, concrete information about alternatives has grown exponentially. This is thanks to national organizations such as the SafeLawns Foundation as well as local nonprofits such as CET (Center for Ecological Technology) that have been working for years to raise consciousness about sustainable lawns and substitute practices. Numerous websites now offer helpful pointers. It may take some creative thinking for us but it’s well worth it. What it all comes down to is rethinking the landscape. Less is more.


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Millie Calesky

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What I Do

I am a business and life coach. I help my clients break through their inertia, clarify what they want to achieve, and develop a clear plan for moving forward. Together we sweep away the debris and get past the obstacles in their path. People hire me because they realize the value of guidance and accountability. I specialize in two areas: the first is in mentoring professionals in transition, people changing careers or in other ways closing a gap between where they are professionally and where they want to be. The other involves helping people with their nonfiction writing projects. This may include books, PhD dissertations, Masters theses, presentations, or memoirs. I am also a trainer, workshop leader, and facilitator. I run the Job Club − a weekly support group for job seekers that has met for four-plus years at the BerkshireWorks Career Center in Pittsfield.

How I Got Started

When I came to the Berkshires in 1998, I worked with a coach. That experience inspired me to transition into my newest (and hopefully last) career. I trained at Coach University and more recently with the National Career Development Association.

What My Clients Experience

All my coaching sessions are conducted by telephone. I ask many open-ended questions. I aim to extract what’s important for the individual to accomplish, and what’s in the way. Our dialogues help my clients get clear. They break out of vagueness, clarify next steps, make realistic commitments, and take action. As they move forward, their confidence grows.

What Makes Me Green/Holistic

There is no place where who we are professionally ends and who we are personally begins. Thus, my work is holistic. When I make suggestions, and help to create a step-by-step strategy for success, it must be in sync with who people are on all levels. I am always concerned with helping clients make the best use of their time and energy.

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The Music Cellar is an underground music school and rehearsal space in Millerton, NY. Run by Kealan Rooney and Jonathan Grusauskas, the Cellar offers private and group instruction on guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, vocals, saxophone, trumpet, and more. We also serve as a hub for local youth ensembles, rent out rehearsal space and equipment to working bands, and hold a weekly Toddler Jam, Samba/ Salsa drumming session, and New Orleans brass band rehearsal every Sunday.

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We are determined to encourage children to acquire skills of all kinds and to achieve their potential. We hope to help inspire kids to put down their video games (at least for a little while!) and pick up something that makes them interact with others (like an instrument). We approach musicality in a fun and experiential way. It is truly a learn-by-doing experience in the Music Cellar. Our students are not simply forced to memorize notes and scales systematically − they will enjoy a private or group lesson tailored to their own personal interest and skill level with a professional instructor, or with an instructor and other ensemble members in a live format. We value participatory activities such as music, which makes children feel like an integral part of a collective team and exercises their mental faculties.

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How You Know Him: Outreach Coordinator for Orion

magazine, the 29-year-old award-winning nonprofit journal of people, nature, and culture based in the Berkshires and read by people all over the world. Others know me as the organizer of Green Drinks in Great Barrington at the Route 7 Grill. I’m also a blogger for Grist.org, the biggest green news site in the U.S.

Priorities: Justice, fun, and sustainability. Passions: Travel and photojournalism, which go together well. My favorite assignment so far was in northeastern Poland, covering the work of The Heifer Project, which improves peoples’ lives through sustainable agriculture. This summer I’m due to be in northern Sweden for an assignment on old-growth forests. Plus it’s where “my people” are from. Best Advice: Find a way, any old way, to do what you love. Hometown: Southold, NY, the tippy-tip of Long Island, where I spent hours most days fishing, digging clams, catching blue crabs, and harvesting oysters. Needless to say, I had a tasty childhood.

Inspirations: My amazing wife, a true dynamo whose folk/

Americana trio, The Boxcar Lilies, plays all over the region. Grassroots activists who put it all on the line for what they believe in. Food revolutionaries and re-localizers who are changing how we imagine living through local economies and agriculture.

Favorite Saying: Vision without action is a daydream: action without vision is a nightmare.

Secret Dream: To start a nonprofit or socially responsible business that helps people in developing countries improve their standard of living through renewable energy, permaculture, and empowerment. He’s Gone Green: I drive a car powered by biodiesel made from recycled vegetable oil. As a member of Co-op Power, a renewable energy cooperative in the Northeast, I am proud to be part of a group that builds and co-owns renewable energy businesses. I also grow a pretty huge vegetable garden. Favorite Things: Good beer and growing edible mush-

rooms. Right now I have six pounds of fresh shiitakes in my fridge. I still fish when I get to the coast – when on the ocean, I relax truly and deeply – and practice “catch and quit.” Once I have caught my dinner, I watch the sunset. Then there’s photography. I’m currently working on a documentary photo project that profiles people who pursue wild food, from fiddleheads to pheasant. I call it Hunter/Gatherer, and it features several people from the Berkshires. Check my progress at www.erikhoffner.com. Erik Hoffner • erik@erikhoffner.com • www.erikhoffner.

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conomic emergencies are on the rise and social services are being cut. Collaboration among the faith community, health and human service organizations, educational institutions, and concerned citizens is providing a viable grassroots response to a real need in Berkshire County. In January 2011 there were 3,666 Pittsfield residents receiving unemployment benefits and nearly 6,000 county wide. These numbers do not include those who are no longer eligible for these benefits. In 2010 there were an estimated 274 people in Berkshire County who were homeless. A significant percentage of homeless people couch-hop, and there are also cases of three families living in a one-family dwelling who are not part of these statistics. This winter, 21 health and human service organizations and churches in central Berkshire County identified the need for a day center with specific programs for homeless and unemployed persons and for an eventual back-up emergency overnight shelter. We have begun by opening the Day Center two days a week but have the potential to expand, based on community support.

Location: The First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn and Pearl Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 − in the center of downtown Pittsfield near many social service agencies making it convenient to access. Please use the Pearl Street entrance. Services: Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am to 2:30pm,

and the Harvest Table meal on Tuesday at 5pm. All services are free and offered in a warm and friendly environment of acceptance and welcome. • Connection: Land mail, email, internet access, phone messages, and phone use and also a central place to connect with community members. • Direction and support: Guidance for service requests using existing health and human services. Our team has made a new directory for Berkshire County.

• Comfort: Warm drinks, healthy snacks, comfortable spaces, bathrooms, showers. • Learning: Programs for self-improvement are offered by several groups. Client participation helps maintain the Center. • Job development: Training in computer use, vocational training, and support for entrepreneurial ventures. Participants gain useful work experience and skills, giving to the community, while developing their resume.

Work Force: Members of Work Force show their ability to be a competent day laborer through 14 hours of volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, or the Day Center projects. They also receive feedback on every job through a self-addressed envelope provided to each client. They have formed a group of independent contractors who make all financial arrangements with their clients and future appointments. The Day Center is not liable for Work Force and serves only as an answering service. Call if you need help moving, yard work, cleaning . . . If you have spikes in business, Work Force can fill your needs. An Invitation to Participate: If you would like to volunteer, participate, or make a contribution, call the Day Center at (413) 445-4445. Co-Act is the project developer, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), www.co-act.org. ~ Paul Deslauriers has over 23 years of experience as a community organizer, management coach, and organizational development consultant. Presently, Paul is the Executive Director of Community Organizing for Action (Co-Act), which is involved with job development, homelessness, ending hunger and malnutrition, transportation access, and local energy production. His most recent book Grassroute Guide: a Roadmap to Community Empowerment, lays out insightful principles of community organizing, in a practical and applicable format.

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Lunch: M-F 11am to 2pm Dinner: Daily 5pm to 10pm Late dining: Fri. & Sat., 10pm to midnight Brunch: Sat. & Sun., 10am to 2pm. Perigee Restaurant, 1575 Pleasant St. (Route102), Lee, MA 413-394-4047 There are always unique, delicious Vegetarian choices and Gluten-Free items on our menu!


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