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Newton Farmers Market

by Preservation Properties

Newton Farmers Market runs from July through October.

Tuesdays 1:30-6:00 pm at Cold Spring Park (Beacon St., Newton)
Fridays 1:00-6:00 pm at Post 440 Parking Lot (California Street, Nonantum)

Sponsored by the Newton Parks & Recreation Department.

This is from greendecade.org:

Join us for another great season at the 31st Newton Farmers Market! The Green Decade will have our information and resource table under the red tent at both locations — volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us, as always. This year we will also feature our the popular "Magic Energy Bike" which demonstrates the difference in energy required to light up the old light bulbs vs the energy-efficient CFL bulbs. Last year’s giant caterpillars were also a special attraction, so they will return as well! Our friends from the Angino Farm will also be at the Friday Market this year, so stop by and see us both.

The Newton Farmers Markets are held twice weekly from July through October. If you'd like to volunteer for a couple of hours at either location, please contact Margaret Ford, Community Outreach Coordinator, at mford@greendecade.org or 617-964-0606.


Dumpster News - Find Out For Your Office

by Preservation Properties

 

In recent news to continue our greening process our office has recently worked
with our landlord to streamline our current recycling process. We have two
dumpsters on site. One is for trash only and the second is for recycling. Before
the recycling had to be separated, however now all recyclable materials: cans,
plastic bottles, glass, cardboard, and paper can all be placed in one dumpster.
Anyone in Newton with a business and a dumpster can contact the town of
Newton to pursue options about a dumpster that can accept all recyclables.

 

In recent news to continue our greening process our office has recently worked with our landlord to streamline our current recycling process. We have two dumpsters on site. One is for trash only and the second is for recycling.

Before the recycling had to be separated, however now all recyclable materials: cans, plastic bottles, glass, cardboard, and paper can all be placed in one dumpster.  Anyone in Newton with a business and a dumpster can contact the town of Newton to pursue options about a dumpster that can accept all recyclables.

-Your Team at Preservation Properties

We Run On Wind Power

by Preservation Properties

 

The Preservation Properties office runs off electricity provided by NSTAR Green.
We use 100% wind generated electricity. Our clean and renewable energy
comes from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm located in upstate New York. Here, take
a look…

The Preservation Properties office runs off electricity provided by NSTAR Green.  We use 100% wind generated electricity.  Our clean and renewable energy comes from the Maple Ridge Wind Farm located in Upstate New York. Here, take a look…

 

 

This diagram (below) shows a basic over-view of how wind power works. It can help us to understand how the wind can be used to generate eco-friendly and renewable energy.

 

 

What is wind? That sounds like a silly question right, but basically it’s flowing gasses on a really big scale. It is a very common, naturally occurring phenomenon. And what’s great about it is that now that we have created the technology to harness wind power, provided by Mother Nature herself, into generating the electricity we use in our everyday lives. On a side note, we also understand the importance of conservation of energy and even though wind is an entirely renewable resource we are also taking steps to continue to reduce our day-to-day electricity usage at our office in Newton, MA.

 

NSTAR Green is certified by Green-e Energy. Visit www.green-e.org to see the requirements necessary to become Green-e certified.

 

 

 

 

Just look for this logo to find a product or a service provider certified by Green-e Energy.  And visit HERE for more information about green energy provided through NSTAR.

-Your Team at Preservation Properties

Outdoor Composting at Home Workshop

by Preservation Properties

Message brought to you by the Green Decade

Outdoor Composting at Home Workshop

$15 Green Decade members & Friends of the Farm
$18 general public

Saturday, August 28 10 am - 12 noon
Newton Community Farm

Join us and our guest speakers Ben Bois and Anne Lemay Hurley from Green City Growers for this workshop on the different methods of backyard composting and learn how to successfully turn those kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil!

Ben Bois, Horticultural Supervisor, has been working as an independent gardener for over 10 years, with additional experience at Mahoney’s Garden Center in Cambridge and Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst. He graduated from Hampshire College, where he studied sustainable agriculture, ecology, permaculture, and organic pest-management. Ben also studied soil science, botany, organic farming, and gardening at the Stockbridge school at UMass. At Green City Growers, he will be supervising the quality of plant life in raised-beds, managing seedlings and organic pest/fungal management.

Anne Lemay Hurley, Director of Operations, is a MA native with a background in urban-sociology with a Metropolitan Studies degree from New York University.  While at NYU, she pursued an independent study at EARTH University for Sustainable Agriculture in Costa Rica, sparking her interest in farming and waste-management. Since graduation, she has spent time traveling and honing her practical skills in the areas of Permaculture Design in Texas, Carpentry in Vermont, and Natural Building in Thailand. She is passionate about composting and knowing why things work the way they do. Anne is excited to be working with Green City Growers to be able to explore designs that allow backyard farming to be successful and accessible.

Register on-line or call 617-965-1995

More info at info@greendecade.org or 617-965-1995

Reduce the Odors When Painting

by Preservation Properties

Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to each gallon of paint to help reduce the odor of paint.  If you're using a very light or white paint, use clear vanilla or lemon extract.  Apparently, the extracts will help soak up the paint smell of the paint.

 

Has anyone tried this before?  Let us know below how it was with your firsthand experience!

-The Team at Preservation Properties

 

What is Green Building?

by Preservation Properties

Some of you may be wondering why our office is very proud to promote GREEN options in the homes we represent and the people we work with.  The National Association of Realtors has a few great pages dedicated to what Green Building is,
why you should consider "Going Green"
, The Facts on Going Green.

Lots of great information here to share- hope you get a moment to check it out!

-The Team at Preservation Properties

Deconstructing Home Renovation

by Preservation Properties

Our office follows a great blog from Inman.com and one columnist in particular is a great read.  This recent post is about Deconstructing your home when you are renovating to save you money and help the environment.  For a link, click here or see the article below.

-The Team at Preservation Properties

A few years ago, some friends of ours purchased an older home from a widow who no longer could maintain the house and the more than two dozen fruit trees that rested on its sunny, western-facing lot.

While the couple's residence was far nicer and newer than the widow's 1960s rambler, they loved the garden and orchard. They also dreamed of building a home from scratch, exactly how they wanted it, with the latest in energy-efficient building materials and appliances.

In September 2008, when the economy took its infamous nosedive, the couple began to wonder if they ever would be able to afford a significant remodel, let alone design and build a new home on the site.

The assets they had set aside for the project had dwindled considerably, as had the value of the older home they had recently purchased. Given the costs to sell the property, they wondered if they could ever recover the original purchase price.

"What I underestimated was how willing the subcontractors had become to adjust their bids," one of the owners said. "They wanted to keep their crews working and were willing to reduce their price to make that happen. We also saw some of the costs of our materials come down. When we added them together, the savings were close to the amount that we had lost in the stock market."

Since the decision to proceed, two other pleasant surprises occurred. Some of their remaining assets rebounded in value, thereby restoring a portion of the next egg, and the couple found an alternative to conventional demolition that saved both money and materials.

They hired a regional demolition company that removed and reused their metal roof, heat pump, doors, sinks, windows and other salvageable material in return for a credit against labor costs. The company put the used items on shelves in its Seattle and Bellingham, Wash., retail stores and recycled much of the typical waste products, saving the couple additional disposal fees.

"By the time the deconstruction was over, I estimated we saved more than one-third the cost of a typical demolition," the owner said. "What was also important to us is that all that wood and metal did not end up in a landfill."

Like many regional companies specializing in recycling home products, the demolition company was founded by a nonprofit organization to address the growing problem of wasteful disposal of usable building materials, most of which were buried in the local landfill.

The company, and other organizations and companies like it, provide an alternative to dumping the materials that come from an estimated 200,000 building demolitions each year in the U.S.

Noel Stout, RE Store deconstruction manager, said the amount that homeowners can save is dictated by the quality of materials in the home.

"When it comes to costs, we are very competitive with the other demolition companies. A 2,000-square-foot house is probably going to cost the owner between $8,000 and $15,000. In addition, they will be keeping about 85 percent of the house from going in a landfill."

The company also strives to create jobs and opportunities for reuse, education and innovation at every step of the process. It reviews its recently collected inventory and stocks quality building and home improvement materials at prices that are up to 50 percent less than the cost of new items.

Some of the stocking work is done by interns from the Working to Achieve Growth in Employment Skills (WAGES) program, administered by the Young Adult Services department of the YMCA.

"It's a win-win situation for the interns and the RE Store," said Pat Finn Coven, the company's operations manager. "They get training and experience while helping us to increase the materials we can divert from landfills."

The retail stores have been a boon for contractors and remodelers seeking older fixtures and for owners on a budget. For example, Gabriel Gonzalez, a former RE Store employee with a passion for green design and reuse, completely remodeled a heavily outdated and partially unfinished building that he owns.

He gutted the bathroom and kitchen, and transformed the structure into a warm, two-bedroom cottage. More than 80 percent of the materials used had been recycled.

"It was well worth all the effort," Gonzales said. "Nobody I know has a kitchen cabinet set like mine or a tiled bathroom with even half the style."

It also saved him money and kept material from taking up space in a landfill.

Tom Kelly's book "Cashing In on a Second Home in Mexico: How to Buy, Rent and Profit from Property South of the Border" was written with Mitch Creekmore,  senior vice president of Stewart International. The book is available in retail stores, on Amazon.com and on tomkelly.com.


iPhone - Try Before You Buy

by Preservation Properties

Hey everyone!  Just the other day, Apple announced this great idea to its iPhone/iTouch customers - a Try Before You Buy concept.  You can get a sneak peak of "some" of their apps and if you like it, then you can buy the full version.  Sounds kind of enticing.

Take a look here, brought to you by Maclife.com.

Speaking of trying before you buy, have you heard about some sellers offering "Try Before You Buy" to prospective buyers?  I know this has faded out of the spotlight but because of the iPhone Try Before You Buy, it just made me remember it again.

Its an interesting concept though...

-The Team at Preservation Properties

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439 Newtonville Avenue
Newtonville MA 02460
Office: 617.527.3700
Fax: 617.527.2050