We are so honored and grateful to be among the 12 Berkshire County non-profits awarded funding in Lee Bank Foundation’s first round of 2021 grant funding.
Lee Bank Foundation was established in 2021 to support Lee Bank’s long standing mission of community reinvestment on behalf of organizations working to improve the lives of Berkshire region organizations and the people they serve. In 2020, Lee Bank awarded $179,000 in funding to area nonprofits and for Covid-19 relief efforts. In 2021, the Foundation projects awarding $250,000 in grants and the Bank expects to award an additional $70,000 in sponsorships.
Lee Bank shows what it means to be a community bank: investing in the people and causes that provide the foundations of our community. We’re so grateful for their investment in our youth. Will Conklin
Announcing greenagers’ First Annual Environment Month Trail Run
WHEN: June 1st-June 30th
WHERE: Any of your favorite hiking trails in the Berkshires and beyond!
WHY: Greenagers is a nonprofit organization focused on providing employment and volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults in the fields of conservation, sustainable farming, and environmental leadership. World Environment Day is the United Nations’ way of raising awareness and action for protection of our environment. By running or walking, participants will receive a free Greenagers t-shirt to wear on their run or walk, while supporting Greenagers in their efforts to engage youth and the community in environmental conservation
HOW: Click on the link below to register. The registration fee is $22.60, included in this price is a Greenagers t-shirt to wear on your adventure. Take a picture of you (and your friends/family) wearing your Greenagers gear on your run/hike/walk and tag @greenagers_offical and hashtag #GreenagersTrailRun to be put in the annual Greenagers Environment Month Trail Run photo collection.
The registration fee is $22.60, included in this price is a Greenagers t-shirt to wear on your adventure.
Egremont, Mass. (May 20, 2021) — Greenagers has appointed Bronly S. Boyd of Stockbridge to its board of directors.
In 1980, Boyd established Boyd Technologies Inc., a Lee-based contract manufacturer and supplier of paper products for healthcare, medical and consumer markets. He is chair and treasurer of the business, which is now led by his three sons.
He is a graduate of American University and is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Vietnam War.
Boyd is in his third term on the board of Berkshire Health System, which he first joined in 1992, and has served two terms as chair. Previously he served on the board of Fairview Hospital from 1984-1992, including a three-year term as chair.
He has a longstanding interest in issues and programs impacting area youth and students. He is on the board of the Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence, an endowed fund that supports educational initiatives of students and teachers in the Berkshire Hills Regional School District.
Boyd is a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge and is a member of its board of trustees.
He has also volunteered on Stockbridge search committees for town administrator, fire chief, treasurer and town accountant.
We are so thrilled to have Bronly’s enthusiasm and experience on our Board.
The idea of having skills, of being competent and being connected to the Earth in your community, to my mind, [is] just foundational. If we are able to provide opportunities for youth to develop those skills, those empathies and those concerns, then I think we’ll be better off.
Berkshire Agricultural Gives $10,000 Grant to Local Nonprofit Greenagers
Great Barrington, Mass —Berkshire Agricultural Ventures’ (BAV) announces a $10,000 grant to Berkshire-based nonprofit, Greenagers. The grant will both support Greenagers’ second year of apprenticeships ($2,800) at their farm at April Hill Conservation and Conservation Center as well as offset the cost of a pilot year of Greenagers Helping Farm Hands project ($7,200).
Specifically, this grant will help Greenagers apprentices learn how to re-engage the agricultural land at April Hill Farm from pasture and hay production to a diversified farm that will include tree nuts, tree and vine fruits, vegetables, beef, lamb, duck eggs, chicken eggs, conservation nursery stock, pollinator habitat, and honey.
Starting April 1, the Helping Farm Hands project grant would offset the cost of helping with the need for labor on local farms and allow youth crews a diversity of farming experiences. For more information on this program visit https://greenagers.org/april-hill-farm/.
“We need more farms and we need more farmers and we need more educated consumers. Helping Hands, by connecting youth with local farms, supports the labor needs of farms–elevating profitability and puts young people on farms. If out of twenty youth that participates, one becomes a farmer and nineteen know more about their agricultural landscape and the power of their food choices, we will be making great strides toward a more resilient and just food system.”, Will Conklin, Executive Director of Greenagers.
“We are happy to be supporting Greenagers training the next generation of farmers through their apprenticeship at April Hil. We also see a big win/win getting young adults working for Greenagers exposed to a variety of farms through the Helping Hands Program, all while giving the farmers the extra hands needed for big projects.” – Dan Carr, Outreach & Technical Assistance Coordinator at BAV
About Greenagers: Through its paid employment programs, internships, and apprenticeships, engages teens and young adults in meaningful work in environmental conservation, sustainable farming, and natural resource management. In the Berkshires and nearby New York State, our trail crews maintain existing trails and build new trails for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Trustees of Reservations, Columbia Land Conservancy, and other conservation organizations. Our Farm Apprentices work with local farmers, learning animal husbandry and organic agriculture. Our volunteer teams install front-yard gardens for area families, to encourage home-based food growing.
Greenagers participants learn the value of teamwork, collaboration, initiative, and solid work ethics. They learn about community partnerships through collaborations with area nonprofits, businesses, and organizations that both hire Greenagers and partner with Greenagers’ broader mission of youth and community engagement. We embrace the values of service and stewardship, and we support social and environmental progress in all of our work. For more information on their services, please visit https://greenagers.org
About Berkshire Agricultural Ventures (BAV): Over the past four years, BAV has given over 100 low-interest loans (0-2%) and/or grants to farmers and food businesses. BAV is a 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt, nonprofit based in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. BAV’s mission is dedicated to supporting farm and food business development and viability by offering access to technical assistance and nimble financing including low-interest loans, grants, and other professional resources. BAV brings together collaborative financing programs for farmers and food makers in the region of New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut by using donations from individuals, foundations, and businesses.
Greenagers and Simon’s Rock seek a motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic farmer to manage two small educational farms and work with students in all aspects of running these agricultural ventures. This is a full-time, year-round position.
The manager’s primary responsibility is to oversee and maintain the farms/gardens at Bard College at Simon’s Rock (BCSR) and at April Hill, home to Greenagers. Additionally, the manager will supervise student interns during the growing season and coordinate the educational programs at BCSR and April Hill. The manager will work closely with staff and faculty to support and develop associated programming, and coordinate the supply of produce for the BCSR dining hall. Depending on the season, a significant portion of work will be dedicated to administrative work, including farm development, food policies, grant writing, and curriculum development. In addition to the farms, the manager will have the opportunity as time allows to engage with the operation of the BCSR apiary and maple sugar house programs as well as with various Greenagers educational and community based programs.
“This organization offered me my first job one decade ago via William Conklin. At the time, I complained beginning to end about the outdoors and the dirt and the work. Looking back, it was, thus far, the best time of my adult life, and also just the beginning of it. A great organization that does great things for the community. 10/10, your money will go to work!” – Robbie, 2010 Trail Crew Member
It’s Giving Tuesday and loyal Greenagers friend and supporter, Robin McGraw of Black Rock Foundation, has AGAIN pledged $5000 to match new donations! Check out the video below to hear from Robin and fellow Greenagers friends and supporters, the Monday Mountain Boys. Click on the button to help us reach our goal of $10,000 today! If you choose to mail in a check, please put “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line. Remember, your Giving Tuesday gift will be doubled by Robin and Black Rock Foundation. Help us continue to make a big difference in our community and beyond!
We hope you will join us this Giving Tuesday in our mission to connect local youth to the environment and our community in hands-on, meaningful ways through educational and employment opportunities that deepen and nurture their own lives while supporting the health and vitality of our community and the environment.
Save the Date: #Giving Tuesday is December 1st! We’re proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. We are also honored to name the incredible Monday Mountain Boys as regular and generous supporters of environmental education and employment. Hear from their founder Bob Baum why he donates to Greenagers….