Re-Skill-ience Workshop Series

G.A.L.A. hosts hands-on homesteading and bushcraft workshops about everything from beekeeping to fermenting foods to grafting and beyond! Learn more here.

Start a Study Circle

Every year G.A.L.A. helps communities in NH organize Study Circles – small groups of people coming together to learn about topics of sustainability in a fashion similar to a book club.  Learn more.

Sustain-A-Raisers and You!

Sustain-A-Raisers are volunteer-led installations of raised garden beds, rain barrels, compost bins, cold frames, and clotheslines! Inquire about hosting or volunteering for a Raiser today!

Katy Paternel receives Volunteer of the Month!

December Volunteer of the Month award goes to Katy Paternel for her role as the Wolfeboro Freecycle Moderator! Thank you and congratulations Katy!

G.A.L.A. started a local Freecycle chapter almost four years ago.   Freecycle Network mission is

build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”

And that’s just what it does!  We’ve all heard the old adage “one person’s trash is another’s treasure.”  Well, Freecycle makes that possible by using a Yahoo Groups service to match what one person is ready to give up, with what another person may be seeking.  Consequently participants help reduce waste destined for the landfill, conserve resources, and build community.  Katy took over the role as the moderator almost a year ago from Sang Curtis who had been doing it since G.A.L.A. established the local chapter.
This is what Katy had to say about Freecycle –

“Freecycle  is the greatest idea ever for a chronic declutterer like myself. Since college I have had a love-hate relationship with all the stuff in my world. Bring it in, have it take over, then get it out. Most of the time I am getting rid of stuff that I am sure someone could use but the idea of a garage sale means hanging on to the stuff until the right season to sell it. Additionally, my family has been blessed with abundance and I often find myself giving things away.

Enter Freecycle. Freecycycle is a wonderful way to bless other people with stuff that just doesn’t belong in one’s life any longer. When the opportunity arose to become the Freecycle moderator, I jumped at the chance to give back to a community that is just so right. The job initially was a little more time consuming than I thought it would be but I have slowly been taking long-standing members off of moderated status so posts go straight to the group. It is a great opportunity to share time without taking much time away from my family.”

If you have yet to hop on the Freecycle train, it’s never too late.  Sign up for Freecycle todayIf you are a regular, be sure to send Katy a separate email to thank her for all the time she spends keeping the Freecycle gears in motions.  Thanks Katy!!