The Green Cemetery Initiative is a partnership between Mount Grace and Green Burial Massachusetts to establish the first green cemetery in Massachusetts open to all. While some Massachusetts cemeteries permit natural burial for residents of their town, a green cemetery owned by Mount Grace would be available to anyone wishing to be buried without embalming or a burial vault. If used, coffins would be biodegradable and grave markers would be local fieldstone.
Thanks to a Northfield family and a Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation trails grant, Mount Grace is now working on completing the Gunnery Sergeant Jeffrey S. Ames Nature Trail, a loop trail at Mount Grace’s new conservation property--the Alderbrook Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Northfield. The trail route winds through a stunning grove of white pines and culminates at an observation deck overlooking a beautiful hidden pond.
AmeriCorps members from across the state gathered in Greenfield on a cold November morning to help Just Roots put the Greenfield Community Farm to bed for the winter and to clean up and beautify Greenfield Energy Park.
Mount Grace has been an AmeriCorps participant since 2010 through our Massachusetts Land Initiative for Tomorrow.
September 12, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the first swearing-in ceremony of AmeriCorps members on the Boston Common in 1994. Today, over 2,000 AmeriCorps members serve throughout the Commonwealth. As the “birthplace of national service” Massachusetts has much to celebrate and recognize in the last 20 years.
This winter, we now have 2 open half-term member positions. Half-term members will serve in full-time, 6-month positions (February 12th- July 27, 2018) in which they complete at least 900 hours of service with one of our partner organizations. These four half-term members will join the 34 other full-term members currently serving across the State. Members receive a living allowance, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits.
For applications see https://terracorps.org/become-a-member-half/
Thanks to all who helped raise the final $40,000 to protect Muddy Pond!
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust
1461 Old Keene Road, Athol MA 01331
Directions to our Skyfields Headquarters
From downtown Athol: Take Route 32 north. Cross the bridge over the Millers River and bear right onto Chestnut Hill Avenue. After less than .3 miles, bear left at a fork onto Old Keene Road (there is a fire hydrant at fork). Skyfields is about 1.5 miles north on right side.