What if, for the new year, you could inspire a teen?

Inspire: give new breath; animate

It’s the end of the year, time for a deep breath, time for reflection. What if, for this new year, you could inspire a teen?

We often have such lofty goals toward environmental awareness and activism, civic duty and wholesome community. But not one of these is possible without the first breath of inspiration. It might be the wonder of first spotting a kestrel or hearing the vernal wood frog. Perhaps the first time a crew member stacks stone upon stone for an Appalachian Trail staircase sparks new confidence and self-esteem. Or it could be meeting a new friend during the course of shared work. These are the moments that inspire, that set a course for future success.

Chesterwood has been a longtime partner of Greenagers. For the past three years, Greenagers kids rebuilt and stabilized Daniel Chester French’s Ledges Trail. They hewed from the rocks a path for visitors to access one of French’s favorite spots for reflection, looking at the northern tip of Monument Mountain to the south, the Taconic Range to the west. Each crew then gets to tour French’s studio and see that they are continuing the work of the man who sculpted Abraham Lincoln. What do the kids report first upon coming back? They say, “I didn’t even know Chesterwood was there.”

Your support of Greenagers makes these moments happen. Your gifts get them “there”, to that first point of contact, learning, and adventure.

If we, with your gift, can keep inspiring our kids, they’ll be alright. With any luck, they will give us a little new breath as we head into winter, storing up our energies for spring and beyond.

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Double Up, Buttercup! It’s Giving Tuesday.

A loyal Greenagers friend and supporter, Robin McGraw, has pledged to double all of your Giving Tuesday donations! Please meet Robin in the video below, make your gift — and put Robin to the test!

DONATE NOW to double your gift to Greenagers!

Our sincere thanks to Robin and his family foundation for their loyal support of Greenagers’ work with teens and young adults.

Now Hiring: Farm Manager

Community Farm Manager for Bard College at Simon’s Rock and April Hill Conservation and Education Center.

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. Continue reading “Now Hiring: Farm Manager”

Now Hiring: Business Manager

UPDATE 12.9.19 – This position has been filled.

Business Manager – Part-time ~20hrs/wk

Position Overview

We are looking for a high-energy, mature self-starter who can serve as our Business Manager. We seek an individual with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills to ensure a smooth operation in the delivery of our mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Business Manager will oversee all administrative office functions as well as financial responsibilities and board communications and recordkeeping.  Continue reading “Now Hiring: Business Manager”

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Donor News: A Garden Party at April Hill

Greenagers invited some of our key supporters to April Hill in August, to celebrate our nearly completed $1.5 million fundraising campaign for our acquisition of April Hill this year.

We now have a place to call home, thanks to these great friends and neighbors, and hundreds of others who have helped us to make April Hill a reality for Greenagers’ future.

So many of our guests are nearby neighbors, as well as longtime friends and Egremonters who are excited to have Greenagers as the stewards of historic April Hill going forward.

Ag in the Evening Workshop Series with Woven Roots Farm

Jen Salinetti, of Woven Roots Farm, will lead a 6-week farm and food education series for youth aged 14-24. Workshops will be held here at April Hill every Wednesday from July 10th to August 14th, from 6-8 p.m. The workshops are free; we require all participants to commit to the full six-week program.

Each week will focus on curriculum, including hands-on activities, team building and constructive dialogue.

Topics to include: shared values; food and energy; exploration of food systems; food literacy; sustainability and stewardship; and our food story.

To register, please contact our office at 413-644-9090 or email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Herrington’s Contributes $10K to Greenagers

Ed Herrington, Inc., the region’s largest supplier of lumber, millwork and building supplies, has contributed $10,000 to Greenagers in support of its operations and the acquisition of the April Hill conservation estate in Egremont.

The gift from Herrington’s in Hillsdale, N.Y., underscores Greenagers’ expanding impact in Columbia County, where Greenagers teen work crews will improve public access lands and install Front Lawn Food gardens – similar to Greenagers’ work in the Berkshires.

Meanwhile, Greenagers recently completed the purchase of the historic April Hill property in Egremont, to provide a permanent home for Greenagers’ programs with teens and young adults. Capital improvements are under way at the property.

“Herrington’s generosity helps us at home here at April Hill, to secure our investment in this incredible conservation property, and it helps to cover the costs of our teen work crews, who are improving our landscapes and access to affordable food,” said Will Conklin, Executive Director of Greenagers.

Richard Herrington, Herrington’s VP/GM said ”I am excited about the Greenagers organization and we are happy to support it in this way because of their dedication and focus on the education of young people in our communities”.

This summer, Greenagers will deploy a total of seven work crews to improve public access properties in the Berkshires and Columbia County, install Front Lawn Food gardens and carry on middle-school programs at public schools in the Southern Berkshires.

In Columbia County, crews will install Front Lawn Food gardens at a Habitat for Humanity residence in Ancramdale, complete a trail for the town of Austerlitz, build, improve a trail in the Greenport area of Hudson and remove invasive water chestnuts at Hand Hollow in New Lebanon.

Ed Herrington, Inc., DBA Herrington’s, is a fourth generation, local family-owned lumber and building materials business that was established in Hillsdale, NY. The company offers quality lumber, millwork, building supplies, paint, stone and associated services.  Today the company has six locations in Hillsdale, Hudson, Chatham and Millerton, NY, Sheffield, MA and Lakeville, CT. For more information, visit www.herringtons.com or call 800.453.1311. Herrington’s can also be found at Herrington’s Lumber on Facebook and @edherringtoninc on Instagram.

May Birding at April Hill

Elia Del Molino will be leading birding walks at April Hill (now an e-bird hot spot!) on Monday mornings in May. Meet at 8:15 a.m. The walk takes about an hour and winds through the fields and woods of this magical property. Recent sightings include: scarlet tanager, yellow and pine warblers, bobolinks, and much more. Please email hidden; JavaScript is required if you plan to attend.

Also, we now have two wildlife cameras up and will be posting pictures of these in our Wildlife at April Hill gallery.

We are so happy to be joining all the other critters here!