Community Organizations

Community is at the heart of the mission and values of the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival. Local community organizations continue their mission to provide the wonderful service, justice, environmental, education and health work they contribute to the region.  Click on their names below to visit them virtually and see what they are doing. 

Athol Bird and Nature Club –   founded by Robert Coyle in 1963, an eighth grade science teacher at the Athol Junior High School, the club was a spin-off of the science curriculum which included studies in astronomy, geology, geography and field ornithology. Integral to our mission, ABNC is a managing partner of the Miller’s River Environmental Center, with a strong emphasis on the education and training of area citizens to enhance their appreciation for, connection with, and stewardship of the rich natural resources of the region.

LaunchSpace – The mission of LaunchSpace Inc. is to support innovative economic development in post-industrial, semi-rural communities by providing opportunities to explore and develop hands-on skills in support of enhanced personal satisfaction, increased employment value, and business incubation to benefit individuals, schools, businesses and the broader community. Watch a video tour and meet the founders here.  If you would like to host a class or workshop please contact

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust – benefits the environment, the economy, and future generations by protecting significant agricultural, natural, and scenic lands and encouraging land stewardship in northern and central Massachusetts. Watch the Mount Grace movies Exploring Fungi, Nibbling on North Quabbin’s Wild Landscape and  What The Land Is.

New England Donor Services – Promotes organ and tissue donation.  Register to be a donor to save and heal lives! History of New England Donor Bank (1)And part (2).  Watch a short video on myths and facts about organ donation.

Nolembeka Project – The Nolumbeka Project envisions a Connecticut River Valley where the histories, cultures, and persistence of Northeastern Indigenous Peoples are recognized and celebrated, and where all beings coexist in balance and reciprocity.  Watch a video of their missionNolembeka connects the public with Native culture.

North Quabbin Trails Association –   an outdoor community trail organization promoting health and fitness.   NQTA provides proper education & safety in areas of trail maintenance & construction, information and education to increase utilization of our local trails, support for the under-served communities in our area to access our local trails and wilderness areas with a goal of access for all, and creates stewardship with other outdoor organizations, groups & individuals to further these goals.

Peoples Medicine Project – The People’s Medicine Project is a health justice organization offering free wellness clinics, education, and herbal medicine to folks who seek access to more holistic healthcare and community supported care.

Quabbin Harvest Food Coop – providing healthy food at an affordable price, while building community, supporting local agriculture and respecting the natural environment.  Watch local folks talk about this important community resource.

Western Mass SURJ –  The Western Mass chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) mobilizes white people to fight for racial justice. Our current focus is a reparations campaign with the Hassanamisco Nipmuc tribe.

In addition, several other organizations will be interspersed throughout the festival and listed on other pages on this website, such as the Portal to the Future.