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Growing and Cultivating Successful New Farmers

by Heidi Secord & Gary Bloss In a recent discussion with experienced direct market farmers we asked ourselves how we and the communities we serve can encourage the next generation of farmers; and how new and beginner farmers can identify … more

Posted in Farmers, Farmland Preservation, Food for Health, Local Businesses, Local Food, Rethinking…, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley |

South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

Costs – Natural Turf v. Synthetic

One of the surprises we found in our research, is that a natural turf is often much less costly than synthetic turf (also known as artificial turf), even with fairly heavy use. The cost for each field depends, of course, on … more

Posted in Agriculture, Capitalism, Local Businesses, Sustainability & Business, Synthetic Turf |

Opportunity for Engagement: Byler Farm for sale.

Janet and Urbane Byler are retiring and have put their farm up for sale. Here’s information from them about the farm. For more information, email Janet and Urbane: We have been operating an October Pumpkin Festival for 28 years that … more

Posted in Agriculture, Building Community, Climate & Sustainability Education, Farmland Preservation, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses, Local Food, Production For Need, Quality of Life, Resilience, Sustainable Living | Tagged , , ,

Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Community Rights, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Local Businesses, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Walking, Youth Development |

Envision LV – Economic Development

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on economic development in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. Read the … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Asthma, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Businesses, Local Health Issues, Poverty, Precautionary Principle, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Social Justice, Sustainability & Business, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Transportation, Unsustainable Transportation |

Envision LV – Allentown Reindustrialization Plan

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the plan for Allentown—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t yet … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Buildings, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Land Use, Local Businesses, Production For Need, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy |

Envision LV – Food

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the food system in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Community Gardening, Composting, Environment & Ecosystems, Food, Food Distribution, Going Local vs. Globalization, Home Food Gardening, Industrial Food Production, Local Businesses, Local Food, School Food, Soil, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

We’re All In This Together

Why cooperation and service create more sustainable prosperity than competition and profit Having lived the harrowing tale of a fallen industrial giant, Bethlehem should know better than anywhere that the current “system” doesn’t work, economically or environmentally. Bethlehem Steel is … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Cooperatives, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Businesses |

Public Spaces

This article from On the Commons makes a number of important points about land use, pedestrian-friendly environments, and building community. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces by Jay Walljasper Public space is a literal commons: the … more

Posted in Bicycling, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Land Use, Local Businesses, Place & Infrastructure, The Commons, Transportation |