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 – where birders, geologists, star watchers, plant enthusiasts and others actively share an appreciation of nature’s many forms.

Common Good – an alternative payment system that supports local businesses, economic democracy and community empowerment.  Watch this video to find out how it works.

CO-OP Power: Grass roots at its best – a member based organization bringing solar hot water, home weatherizations, biodiesel, and more to Western Mass. Watch the story of Microbrew Community Solar.  Read about and register for the Annual Climate Justice Summit, online October 3rd & 4th.

Extinction Rebellion MA – Extinction Rebellion is a strictly non-violent movement, whose overall ambition is an international rebellion that helps humanity to turn quickly onto a course that is compatible with life on earth, and to build resilient communities in the face of ecological and societal crisis. See here for a list of Demands and Principles in development by the US branch of XR.

Help Yourself Edibles – a non-profit that plants public access fruit trees and gardens all over western MA. Maintained by volunteers, our orchards offer fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers. We ignite excitement and curiosity about perennial agriculture, food access and land use, as we strengthen bonds between communities and the land we are all part of.

LaunchSpace – a 501(c)(3) non-profit, member-based makerspace located in the Orange Innovation Center. We provide tools, equipment, studios, workshops, classes, and entrepreneurial resources to artists and makers to support the growing creative economy in Western, MA. 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 – 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. Watch the Mount Grace movies Exploring Fungi, Nibbling on North Quabbin’s Wild Landscape and  What The Land Is.

New England Donor Services – information about organ donation with free promotional materials.  History of New England Donor Bank (1)And part (2).  Watch a short video on myths and facts about organ donation.

Nolembeka Project – Promoting a deeper, broader, and more accurate depiction of the history of the Native Americans of New England.  Watch a video of their missionNolembeka connects the public with Native culture.

North Quabbin Chamber and Visitors Bureau – a community-building organization working with businesses, town governments and community organizers to improve the quality of life for North Quabbin residents.  Tourism brochures, maps and information about the North Quabbin region.

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 –  sustains and works towards outdoor trail development, maintenance, and improvements in the beautiful North Quabbin region. In addition, 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.

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.  Action and educational materials about current action campaigns and programs.  Foraging for Wild Edibles.

 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.

Sunrise Worcester – a group of ordinary young people who are scared about what the climate crisis means for the people and places we love. We are building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well-being of all people. We are not looking to the right or left, we look forward.

Voter Choice Massachusetts – With Ranked Choice Voting, you can choose one candidate, like you always have, or rank the candidates for office in the order you prefer them, as many or as few as you like.  Learn how to be an advocate for RCV.

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