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Every year, North Quabbin Energy gathers together presenters on various topics related to Renewable Energy and Local Living. Here is our exciting line-up so far for 2015 – Saturday Sept 26 and Sunday Sept 27 – save the dates!


Allying with the Fungal Kingdom: Simple outdoor cultivation and foraging skills

Join Willie Crosby for an introduction to the fungal kingdom. This vast kingdom has much to share with us once we begin to look. We will discuss the role fungi play in our lives and ecosystems while uncovering their lifecycle. Willie will demonstrate a simple process of growing Wine Cap mushrooms in your garden or landscape and easy methods to expand these beds INFINITELY! We will also have a look at several edible mushrooms which are fruiting in Massachusetts right NOW. Participants will leave with ability to identify several wild mushrooms and the knowledge to start cultivating mushrooms when they leave the workshop!

Willie Crosby is the owner of Fungi Ally a local mushroom cultivation and education business. Willie has been studying and growing mushrooms for the last 3 years. He frequently forages for edible and interesting fungi in the woods of western Massachusetts. He has given over 20 workshops through out New England and currently teaches a mushroom cultivation class at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Building an Affordable High Performance Home, with Spartan Giordano

Super-energy efficient homes don’t need to be more expensive than standard new construction. Contractor Spartan Giordano will share his experience and lessons learned in building his own affordable, award-winning, net-zero home. He will share strategies that can save thousands on construction. This talk will be helpful for do it yourself home-owner builders, contractors, and anyone interested in homes that produce as much energy as they consume!

Spartan Giordano is the owner of Spartan Solar, a full service solar hot water installation company. Learn more about his home at zeroandbeyond.com

Heirloom Madness, with Fred Swedberg

What’s so Hot about Heat Pumps? with Peter Talmage

Community Solar with Lynn Benander and Adam Thurell


 Last year’s (2014) presentations were:

The Secrets in the Soil:  How life simply gives way to life, Rich Field

 A Pipeline Runs Through It: Un-Natural Natural Gas, with Ken Berthiaume, Leigh Yougblood, and Steve Kurkoski

Flower Empower for Bees Sake,  Tom Sullivan

Zero-Net Energy for the new Quabbin Harvest Market, Amy Borezo, Karl Bittenbender

Plugging into the Sun, Mike Dabrowski

Ask the House Doctor and Save $, Spartan Giordano

Hands-on Seed Saving Techniques, Gail Mason & Nina Renshaw Powers

The Return of the American Chestnut Tree – Restoring the Mighty Giant, Lois & Denis Melican, American Chestnut Foundation