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The Bolton Community Garden has a few plots available starting in April 2017. The garden consists of twenty
15 X 22 foot plots, and is located off of Route 117 just east of the center of town. The Bolton Community Garden was started in 2009 with a mission to provide a place for people to grow fresh produce, to promote a community gathering place, to provide education on sustainable farming, to increase general food security, and to widen ecological awareness and protection of our natural resources. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or novice, you’d  have the opportunity to learn from others  as well as swap ideas, seedlings, seeds and produce if you wish. All B
olton residents and employees welcome. For more information on the garden location and guidelines, go to the Community Garden page or call Dave on Sundays at 978-779-5422. You can also email the garden at info@BoltonLocal.org.

Baker-Polito Administration Designates BOLTON as Green Communities

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64% of Massachusetts Residents Live In Green Communities!

BOSTON – February 2, 2017 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that an additional 30 Massachusetts cities and towns have been designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions. With today’s designation, over half of the Commonwealth’s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 64 percent of residents live in a Green Community. The 30 new Green Communities are now eligible for grants totaling $6,460,385 to complete renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in their communities. Since the program began in 2010, DOER’s Green Communities division has awarded over $65 million in grant funding to the Commonwealth’s cities and town through designation and competitive grant rounds.

 “The Green Communities program is an excellent example of how state and local governments can work together to save taxpayer money and promote responsible energy policies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The thirty new Green Communities named today will now have additional resources to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, locking in energy savings for residents and reducing their carbon footprints.”

 “Our municipal partners continue to help lead the way on renewable energy by adopting practices that reduce their energy consumption, while channeling savings toward vital municipal functions, like public safety and education,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We will continue to provide cities and towns across the Commonwealth the tools they need to reduce energy costs, usage and emissions.”

The Commonwealth’s 185 Green Communities range from the Berkshires to Cape Cod and are home to 64 percent of Massachusetts’ population in municipalities as large as Boston and as small as Rowe. Under the Green Communities Act, cities and towns must meet five criteria to be designated a Green Community and receive funding, including reducing municipal energy consumption by 20 percent over five years. The newly designated Green Communities have committed to reducing their energy consumption amounting to savings of $6,241,862 of energy costs and 2,234,090 MMBtu in five years, energy use equivalent to heating and powering nearly 2,718 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 27,641 metric tons, equivalent to taking 5,819 cars off the roads. 

“When Massachusetts’ cities and towns invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency programs everyone wins, from taxpayers savings to a statewide reduction in emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Beaton. “With today’s designation, DOER’s Green Communities program continues to prove an effective tool in building a clean, renewable energy future for the Commonwealth.”

“DOER is proud to work with cities and towns across Massachusetts as they take important steps in embracing renewable energy and energy efficiency at the local level,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judson. “Today’s designations are simply the beginning of an important relationship between the Commonwealth and our municipal partners as we work towards our shared clean energy goals.”

Organic Lawn Care Presentation
Wednesday, March 8 at 7pm at the Library

Presenter Jan Johnson, a teacher and organic landscaper, will explain:

  • How to save money, water and time and have a healthier lawn by going organic
  • How high nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides deplete the soil and create fertilizer addiction•
  • The two meanings of the term "organic", and how not to be fooled by use of the term
  • Save water, money and time. Plus have a healthier lawn for you, your family, your pets and the neighborhood.

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