If you have an inquiry about Community Organizations, other than concerning participation in the 2018 Festival, you may submit it using the form at the bottom of this page.
Community is at the heart of the mission and values of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Local community organizations have booths and tables to share the wonderful service, justice, environmental, education and health work they contribute to the region.
These are the community organizations that will be at the 2018 festival:
- The American Chestnut Foundation – mission is to return a blight-resistant American Chestnut tree back to the Eastern forests
- Athol Hospital (Heywood Healthcare) – provides information on hospital services
- Citizens’ Climate Lobby – works to create the political will and lobbies Congress to pass Federal carbon fee and dividend legislation
- Climate Action Now – dedicated to building a powerful, unstoppable climate justice movement in our corner of the world – a movement that we see as essential to preventing climate catastrophe – while inventing new ways to live together on this earth
- Department of Children and Families – information on how to become a foster parent
- Franklin Land Trust – information on a new initiative to promote the use of local wood in our region
- Just Abundance, Inc. – information about Common Good payment system
- Mass. Forest Rescue Campaign – a collaborative campaign to help protect and restore MA, Northeast, US and global forests to mitigate and reduce climate change and ecosystem and biodiversity decline to promote the well-being of future generations
- Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust – protects significant natural, agricultural, and scenic areas and encourages land stewardship for the benefit of the economy, environment, and future generations. Raising awareness of farms and farmers with maps, photos, and a raffle to benefit farmland conservation
- MuZen Theater – passionate about Mindfulness, Music, Puppets, and Activism
- New England Donor Services – information about organ donation with free promotional materials
- Nolumbeka Project – information about the traditional gardens and updates about land restoration at Wissatinnewag and programs. Raffle of items donated by festival vendors
- Non-Violent Communication Teachers of the Pioneer Valley – information and tools for learning about “NVC,” acquainting more people with this process for bringing more peace into the world
- North Quabbin Chamber and Visitors Bureau – represents the business community of the 11-town area and promotes tourism, economic development and community-building, collaborating with many agencies that seek a better, more harmonious way of life
- North Quabbin Energy – an informal network of concerned people providing energy-related guidance and inspiration to citizens of the nine towns in the North Quabbin area.
- North Quabbin Trails Association – a stewardship, map-making and hiking organization that opens up new trails and connects trail systems in the North Quabbin region. Maps of local trails for purchase.
- Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)/Massachusetts – a statewide network of farmers, gardeners, growers and food activists working through education and advocacy to increase the availability of healthy food coming from living soil
- Quabbin Harvest Food Coop – providing healthy food at an affordable price, while building community, supporting local agriculture and respecting the natural environment.
- Safe Patient Limits /Mass Nurses Association – support referendum question on safe patient limits, nurses in all MA settings and local economic stability
- Sugar Shack Alliance – a direct action coalition bringing together people from the Northeast to nonviolently disrupt the fossil fuel industry and work towards renewable energy and climate justice.
- Workshop13 – a non-profit cultural arts and learning center providing community outreach, classes and workshops, meet-ups in fine crafts and arts, and a venue for concerts and open-mics. Art by instructors and youth will be displayed at the booth.
In addition, several other organizations will be interspersed throughout the festival and listed on other pages on this website such as those in the Kids’ Activity Tent and Portal to the Future areas, or in the food courts, some raising money for their causes.