Covering the region around the Connecticut River Valley in southern New Hampshire and Vermont—  focused on but not limited to, Windsor and Windham counties in Vermont, Sullivan and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire.

Specialty Petunias share a flower pot with some leaf lettuce. Carmen Bywater photo. Specialty petunias share a flower pot with some leaf lettuce. Carmen Bywater photo.

Summer 2020

 

Welcome to the online edition of the

 

VALLEY GREEN JOURNAL!

 

TO VIEW CURRENT AND PAST ISSUES CLICK HERE.

 

Letter to our Readers:
Jan and I have thought long and hard and finally decided that it was best not to publish the April/May, nor the June/July edition of the Valley Green Journal.  Some of our advertisers were temporarily closed and most of the places we deliver were closed.  It seemed prudent to reassess our direction and course of action.  But, after thinking long and hard we realized there is still so much work to be done.  So many things to be reported on and shared with our fans and followers.  We are in our 9th year of production and we are just as enthusiastic now about our cause as we were in 2012 when we started.  And, not to mention we've missed our readers!  We have put together this special online issue just for you!


We have decided to make some changes.  We are going to publish 4 seasonal issues a year (instead of 6).  The publish dates for the next year will be the first Friday of September (Fall), the first Friday of December (Winter), the first Friday of March (Spring) and the first Friday of June (Summer).  The Journal will be electronically available online for now.  We don't know when it will be safe to distribute large quantities of printed Journals.  Single printed copies are available for a subscription fee.  We have to charge for this, as it costs us more to print single copies and mail them out.

 

We are still looking for advertisers, sponsors and story ideas.  Updated advertising information will be on our website soon.  Feel free to get in touch with our staff. You can email editor, Jan at Jan@valleygreenjournal.com . For subscriptions and advertising information email publisher, Carmen at Carmen@valleygreenjournal.com .


We would like to thank all of you for supporting us and being part of this journey.  Without you we couldn’t do it.  Stay safe and stay well.  These are very trying times for all of us but hang in there.  There is always hope.  One thing I do know is that we New Englanders are very resilient and we will bounce back.  We will find a way!  This situation will not get us down for long!


Carmen Bywater

Publisher, Valley Green Journal

***** Like most things this has been hold during the pandemic *****

However us citizens must still be vigilent!

 

A Proposed construction and demolition (c&d) debris facility in Claremont, New Hampshire is being challenged by concerned citizens.

 

From "A Better Claremont" Citizens Group

 

URGENT NEWS ABOUT TOXIC DEMOLITION DEBRIS PLAN THREATENING CLAREMONT NH!

 

March 2020 Update

 

The Zoning Board hearing March 2 drew a tremendous (estimated 100 people) crowd of citizens protesting the demolition debris proposal. Hearing scheduled for  April 6 has been canceled due to Corona virus situation. But we still need to be prepared. About two dozen public testimonies were heard March 2, and there were still more in line when the hearing adjourned for the evening. No one was in favor, and many many objections were raised. We expect the applicant will be back and we will keep you posted!

 

After withdrawing their faulty application last fall, Recycling Services, Inc. has applied to the Claremont Zoning Board to get around zoning laws that protect our citizens from pollution and more dangerous truck traffic.

 

 

The applicant wants to establish a dump and ship operation for potentially hazardous construction and demolition (C&D) debris under the guise of recycling. Should Claremont have to endure hundreds of tons of contaminated debris trucked daily near residential neighborhoods and an elementary school?

 

We must stop this dangerous proposal!

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More....

 

The Valley Green Journal is a free seasonal newsletter to connect folks in the valley and beyond, who delight in nature, agriculture, and community and how they all tie together into a wonderful outdoors-oriented lifestyle! We deliver printed issues of the Journal on the first Friday of even month to over 50 select locations around and near the Connecticut River Valley. Click here to find the location nearest you!

ORDER, "Water, Land and Climate -the critical connection" ONLINE!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM OUR ONLINE RETAILER, BOSTON COLLEGE BOOKSTORE.

 

THE INFORMATION IN THIS BOOK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR UNDERSTANDING THE CRITICAL ROLE OF WATER RESTORATION FOR RESTORING OUR CLIMATE.

 

Jan Lambert, editor of The Valley Green Journal, in October 2015 has published her first book, with the help of contributors from around the world. It is titled, Water, Land and Climate – The Critical Connection: How We Can Rehydrate Landscapes Locally to Renew Climates Globally. Find out the latest thinking and action showing how important it is to welcome rain back into our landscapes, and restore local water cycles for humanity and for all life on Earth.

 

Order securely online through our partner retailer, Boston College Bookstore, by clicking here.

 

If you prefer to order by mail, you can order the book by clicking here, printing out the order form and mailing it in with your check or money order.

MISSION OF THE VALLEY GREEN JOURNAL

Our mission is to foster grassroots connections, locally and globally, to help grow caring communities based on sustainable agriculture; we emphasize living in concert with nature and conserving lands, waters, and wildlife.

STORMWATER AND LANDSCAPES EDUCATION (SWALE)

 

SLOW IT DOWN AND SOAK IT UP! HELP RESTORE YOUR LOCAL CLIMATE.

 

Coordinated by Jan Lambert, Editor

 

There is so much all of us can do to lessen the threat of stormwaters flooding our properties and washing away valuable topsoil! We can take action so that water becomes life-giving as Nature intended, and no longer life-threatening. We just need to work with the forces of nature instead of fighting them.

 

It is well-known that conservation of water in the land, whether urban or rural, helps us and Planet Earth in many ways- preventing erosion, pollution, floods, and droughts; helping wildlife habitat and creating beautiful landscapes.

 

But water conservation does something even more important. It can help restore your regional climate. Water cycles are vitally important to climate regulation; there is a lot more to the story of climate change than greenhouse gases.  Please click on THE NEW WATER PARADIGM, written by a group of European scientists who make a compelling case for water conservation as the road back to climate recovery.

 

More info and links to great reading and videos, on our SWALE page.

I'd love to speak with you about your next design project, personal or professional. Shoot me an email at carmen@valleygreenjournal.com and we can talk.

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