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Innovations for Rural Living: Finding Solutions to our Food and Transit Challenges

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Greenfield, MA


Greening Greenfield’s 4th bi-annual community forum 

Greenfield Community College


Residents, government officials and other community leaders invited to

Explore innovative solutions to complex community problems around food security and transportation for everyone


Learn about Creative ideas that have worked in other communities


Discuss how these ideas might inspire new responses for our region


Keynote speakers


Matt GeorgeFounder and CEO of BRIDJ

BRIDJ is transforming cities with smart and affordable mass transit. Learn how this innovative approach might work for us.


Leanne BrownAuthor Good & Cheap

Leanne brings her commitment to empowering people living on tight budgets by offering recipes for great food by using affordable local produce.


Open Discussion with

MA Rep. Paul Mark

Linda DunlavyExecutive Director, FRCOG

Clare HigginsExecutive Director, Community Action

Abdoul SamakeLeyden Woods

Tina CoteFranklin Transit Authority (FRTA)


In-depth Discussion: 5 Afternoon Working groups

How Do We Get There From Here? New Ideas for Transit for Seniors

Community Food Experience:  How Food Access Really Works

What do I do with Swiss Chard? Kitchen Literacy with Leanne Brown

Steal these Ideas: 5 Food System Innovations for Your Town

Race and Class in Our Local Food Economy


Lunch followed by Erica Wheeler, musician, Soulful Landscapes

Restoring Connection Between People and Place



$10-25 sliding scale – Lunch included


Organized by:

Greening Greenfield


Co-Sponsored by:

Community Action

Franklin County Community Development Corporation

Franklin County Food Council

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Franklin Regional Transit Authority

Interfaith Council

LifePath, Inc.


Supported by:

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

Franklin County CDC


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Schedule of the Day:

Afternoon Working Groups:


Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.