Traveling bicycle dinner

Come to an event on Thursday, June 5 at the Florence, MA VFW, from 7pm to 9pm, where over a gourmet vegan dinner and beer a group of avid bicycle advocates, authors and film-makers will talk to us and entertain us with their movies and stories. Elly Blue, author of several books, among others travels around for the fourth summer now to raise much needed funds for their work.

The event only costs $10 if you pre-register at–bikes-tour-event (or $15 if you chance it at the door), because of the voluminous help of numerous sponsors.

For more information go to

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2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival

Don’t Miss the 2013 Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival!

What does sustainability mean to groups and individuals around the Pioneer Valley? Find out at the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival on Friday, October 25th in the Cohn Dining Commons at Greenfield Community College from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. where concepts like: equality, self-help, valuing resources, supporting locally produced, community building, green marketing, diversity, and celebration will be woven through ten short films shown for free. Local documentarian Rawn Fulton will be the MC for this event, and prizes will be given out for the top three short films in the competitive category.

You can join film producers after enjoying the selections for a meet and greet session during which you can ask questions and provide feedback. Join us for a fun night out while building community and learning new things about the region that you call home. It is often in our own backyards that we discover the riches which we deemed to only be available in distant and far removed lands.

For more information, go to or contact Scott MacPherson at GCTV, 774.4288 or

The flyer of the event: 2013 PVTTFF event Flier 8×11

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Film: More than Honey

A Special CISA Event at Amherst Cinema

Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm

Tickets are available at the Amherst Cinema box office, or online at

This film, co-sponsored by CISA and Amherst Cinema, explores the vital relationship between humans and bees and addresses the mysterious, drastic decline of honeybee colonies around the world.

A panel discussion, moderated by Philip Korman and featuring CISA’s own Local Hero members, Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary and Ben Clark of Clarkdale Fruit Farms, will follow the film.

More About The Film: More Than Honey explores the effects of “colony collapse disorder,” a global phenomenon that is drastically reducing the world’s bee population (depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading). Scientists and agriculturalists are worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, the earth could soon face a worldwide agricultural crisis.

More About The Panelists: Dan Conlon has been learning the art of beekeeping for more than forty-five years and owns Warm Colors Apiary (established in 2000) with his wife, Bonita, in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. They work as full-time beekeepers to produce honey, beeswax, and provide pollination services to Western Massachusetts orchards and farms. Warm Colors maintains 700 to 800 colonies, averaging 60-70 pounds of honey per year. Dan raises Queens and keeps a Queen yard that can produce 200-300 Queens annually.

Ben Clark is a fourth-generation farmer, co-managing Clarkdale Fruit Farms with his father Tom in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The fifth generation, Emerson, was recently born to Ben and his wife Lori. The farm practices Integrated Pest Management and is committed to sustainable growing practices. The Clarks grow over 100 varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, grapes and cherries. Ben also serves as Vice Chair of the CISA board.

More information about CISA can be found at

Philip Korman, Executive Director
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
1 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373

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Video about building a trailer

Before I write anything else, I want to just blurt out what an interesting thing happened today as I arrived to work.

Next to the building I work at a new bike was put on the bike rack, where I usually put mine. That, by itself is not very interesting at all as lately I am not the only one using a bike for going to work, but the bike was a Dutch-made one, Gazelle, which I have never seen in the US before, all new, with a full chain enclosure, fenders, even a skirt protector, three speeds and a wheel lock, that is my favorite kind of lock, which my bike also has and which is not so easy to get around here, in fact I had to bring it over from Europe (from the Netherlands of course 🙂 to be able to sport it on my bike.

My first thought was, ‘Whoa, who does this bike belong to, and where is it from?’ – a hard question, as in the building I work there are several small businesses and some apartments, clients come to see lawyers, and it sounds like there is also a day-care center here, and an environmental organization. Then I though, how speedily people’s preferences around bikes — and with that, the bike selection in shops — have been changing. It does make me happy when I see a practical, weather resistant and sturdy bike, that will last for decades, popping out of nowhere.

Back to the movie. As you can see from our calendar on the events page, the Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival is happening next Friday evening, and ten short movies will be shown out of all the 18 that were sent in.

I don’t know which ten, but I asked a friend to film me building a bamboo bicycle trailer, which he did, and the result of his editing he sent in by the September 28th deadline.

Well, don’t worry, if they don’t show my little movie, here is a link: Building a Bamboo Bicycle Trailer.

If you can’t quite follow how to do it, monitor this space: I have done a workshop on this already, that I will repeat as it got such strong interest, and I will announce when this happens.

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Movie night: In Transition 2.0 (Sept 25, 7 pm Bangs center)

Transition Amherst invites you to a movie screening of In Transition 2.0., Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 PM at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, downtown Amherst. (See attachment for postable flyer).

Come learn about the global Transition movement through stories from around the world, of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Communities are printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. The idea of transition has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. It is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.

Discussion will follow.
We have a printable flyer.

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Movie Night: In Transition 2.0

Please come to watch the newly released film : “In Transition 2.0” next Tuesday (August 7) at 7:00 pm at the Bangs Center. It promises to be an excellent, uplifting movie perfect to beat the doldrums of summer and to cool off in the air conditioned room. We will have some munchies too.

Patty and the Transition Amherst group

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Requesting Transition Film Festival Submissions

What are you doing this summer? The Pioneer Valley Transition Town Film Festival committee is requesting submissions of locally made films about building community resilience in an uncertain future. Local area cable access centers in the upper Pioneer Valley are co-sponsoring and can help with equipment and training.

Submissions are due by September 28th, 2012 and the festival will be on October 19th at Greenfield Community College’s Sloan Theatre. Submissions and the Film Festival itself are free.

Young people and adults are encouraged to create short films on a range of topics (submission form here). Some of the qualifying films will be shown at the Film Festival and all will be broadcast on cable TV.

We look forward to seeing your submission!

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Movie Night: The Farmer and the Horse

From award–‐winning journalist Jared Flesher comes The Farmer and the Horse, a film that digs into difficult questions about sustainability, self–‐sufficiency, and why we do the work we do. Flesher’s film goes beyond the usual platitudes of smiling organic farmers talking about the good life. Farming is hard work, especially if you don’t use a tractor.
Followed by Q&A with local farmers that use draft horse power.

We have a half-page flyer and a full-page flyer.

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Movie Night: With My Own Two Wheels

We are co-sponsoring a movie with Amherst Bike Week on Tuesday, May 15 in Amherst Town Hall, Town Room 2nd Floor starting at 7:00 pm.
For more information, see our flyer:
Flyer Movie With my own two wheels

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Queen of the Sun

Movie Night: Queen of the Sun:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 7:00pm until 10:00pm

What’s behind the global bee colony collapse crisis? The Queen of the Sun film takes us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive. This engaging and ultimately uplifting film explores the synergistic connection between bees and agriculture – our food source – and weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in the effort to renew a culture in balance with nature.

Transition Amherst is holding a FREE screening on Tuesday, April 17 at the Jones Library. Film begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by Questions and Answers with a beekeeping expert.

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