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Greenfox Schools Newsletter

Greenfox Newsletter
August 2011
In This Issue
Fall Programs

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Summer is coming to a close and here at Greenfox we are gearing up for the new school year. Read on to find out more about what the Greenfox Team has been up to this summer and what we have in store for the fall!
Fall Programs

As we head into our second year of programming, there are exciting things in store for Greenfox Schools! Building upon our success last year, we have expanded our programming with Cambridge Community Schools to include the Morse School. We will continue offering programs at King Open, Haggerty, Martin Luther King Jr./Amigos, and Tobin Schools. We are also excited to bring on two new interns: Kiersten Abate and Sarah Stickney. Kiersten will be our Program Support intern and be responsible for crucial aspects of grant writing and recruitment. Sarah will be our new Teaching Intern and will be assisting Will, the Program Director, in teaching classes this fall.


This past August 18th – the 20th, the annual Boston Greenfest took place at Boston City Hall. It is an all-ages event that focuses on every aspect of environmental sustainability from improving home insulation to showcasing latest eco-friendly technologies to incorporating sustainability into everyday habits. A host of local organizations and civic groups participated, including non-profits, towns, and small businesses. Greenfox Schools was no exception and we were present to hand out flyers and publicize for our teaching positions this fall, as well as our organization’s mission and impact in the community.

photo from Boston Greenfest website

Kristen Visits Kroka
This August, founder Kristen von Hoffmann spent a week volunteering at a farm and wilderness camp called Kroka Expeditions, located in Marlow, New Hampshire. Kroka runs programming throughout the year, and is a place that is committed to awakening in young people a connection to nature and the spirit within, and a capacity for conscious living and compassionate service.

While at Kroka, Kristen worked with a group of ten and eleven-year-old students as an assistant counselor, living in the forest with the children and learning traditional and indigenous skills from the group leaders. Together they hiked mountains, cooked all of their food over fires, slept on hemlock boughs in a traditional native dwelling, carved wood, sang, paddled boats, swam, and played.
Kroka offers wilderness adventure, community living, and farming and was founded by Misha Golfman and Lynne Boudreau in 1996. To learn more about Kroka, please click here.

We hope that you enjoyed this edition of the Greenfox Newsletter. To find out more about the organization and projects currently underway check out our website or follow us on Facebook. Thank you for your ongoing support!

All the best,


Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director

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American Gardiner YS24 Weed and Grass Trimmer

YS24 Weed and Grass Trimmer: Many folks contact us on how to get parts and batteries for their YS24 American Gardiner Yardstick Trimmers. People Powered Machines has plenty of spools in stock and is shipping.

Parts and Batteries: A way to get parts and batteries for the Yardstick 24v trimmer is to go to:

You’ll be able to get the parts you want when you go here.

One Recharge Electric Riding Mower Left In Stock

The very popular Recharge Electric Riding Mower: We have one mower left in stock. This popular electric riding mower will mow a lawn of 3 acres on a single charge. Order soon to acquire this machine.

Riding Recharge Mower

Improvements: This year improvements were made to make the Recharge Electric Riding mower even better. Order soon to have your Recharge Electric Riding mower.

Sno Wovel to Sno Wolf

The Sno Wovel has some changes for the upcoming season: First of all it will be called the Sno Wolf. It has been rebranded as the Snow Wolf replacing the Sno Wovel name. It will be important to mention the Sno Wovel in the copy to capture any referrals searching by product name. All the accessories work with either the Sno Wovel or the Snow Wolf.

Handle Change: For the Sno Wolf we have changed from a two piece handle bar to a T shape one piece handle bar. The T shape handle bar gives a more secure attachment to the frame making the handle bar stronger. It also eliminates a couple of assembly steps making it easier for customers to put it together

Tire Change: For this year’s Sno Wolf we have made the pnuematic tire about 1 inch longer to make it easier to attach the tire to the wheel, especially in cold temperatures.

Time to Order: It is never to early to order. In each of the last 4 seasons the Sno Wovel, now the Sno Wolf, has sold out. Sometimes it has sold out in early January with sales doubling from the previous year.

Greenfox Newsletter!


We hope that you are having a fun-filled and enjoyable summer! Although school is not in session, the Greenfox Team is always learning, teaching, and working on ways to improve the environment. In this edition of the Greenfox Newsletter, we would like to share with you some of the things we have been up to this month. We would also like to hear about what you are doing and let you know some ways that you can get involved?

Exploring America

Greenfox Director Ashlee Dahlberg spent the month of July exploring some of the most wonderful and remote areas of the country with her husband, Ethan. Ashlee and Ethan traveled across parts of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, spending time camping in Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks.

There, she experienced firsthand the beauty and natural wonder of these parks. In addition to hiking and rafting, Ashlee spent time talking to the park scientists and rangers, learning about the environmental threats to the parks and the steps that are being taken to protect them. From global warming to invasive species, there are many factors threatening the parks despite their pristine appearance. In the face of all of these threats, it is important to have advocates protecting these national gems.

Bike or Walk to School!

In early July, Greenfox Schools founder Kristen von Hoffmann teamed up with Janie-Katz Christy, the founder of Green Streets Initiative, for a bike ride to promote sustainable transportation in schools.

The Green Streets Initiative is an international grassroots organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that celebrates and promotes the use of sustainable, active transportation. Their aim is to create safer, healthier and quieter streets and more vibrant communities for commuters and citizens of all kinds. Green Streets is best known for Walk/Ride Days, which occur on the last Friday of every month. On these days, people everywhere are invited to:

*first, Go Green (walk, bike, use public transit, skate, canoe,
* and Wear Green…
* then celebrate and get rewarded! Celebrate in your school or workplace – often with special incentives, raffles, thank-you’s – and then get rewarded online and by a network of local retailers and other businesses who will thank you with raffles, discounts and freebies you for your green-going efforts.)
Get Involved!
Here at Greenfox Schools, we would love to hear from you! Let us know what you and your community are doing to make the world a better, greener place.

Interested in volunteering for Greenfox Schools? Greenfox is seeking interns to assist this fall in after school programs held in the Boston/Cambridge area. Interns must enjoy working with children and have an interest is furthering knowledge about environmental or sustainability education. This internship provides an excellent opportunity to work closely with small groups of
elementary-aged children both indoors and out,engaging in hands-on projects and activities related to the environment. To learn more, please contact us, or visit our employment webpage.

Can’t volunteer but still wan to get involved? Please visit our donate page to see the difference your contribution can make.
Thank you for reading our July Newsletter and for all of your support throughout the year.

All the best,


Ashlee Dahlberg
Greenfox Schools Director

$50 OFF On Sun-Mar 400 Continuous Composter

Sun-Mar 400: The Sun-Mar 400 has been a reliable leader in large composting units. Made of heavy duty plastic, the Sun-Mar 400 is built to last.

People Powered Machines: For the month of August, People Powered Machines is offering $50 off when you purchase a Sun-Mar 400 Continuous Composter. This is a great way to begin composting.

Things You Can Compost:
From the Kitchen

Coffee grounds and filters, these are excellent
Tea bags
Used paper napkins
Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
Paper bags, either ripped or balled up
The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
Plain cooked pasta
Plain cooked rice
Stale bread
Paper towel rolls
Stale saltine crackers
Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)
Cellophane bags (be sure it’s really Cellophane and not just clear plastic—there’s a difference.)
Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which can be toxic to plants)
Old herbs and spices
Stale pretzels
Pizza crusts
Cereal boxes (tear them into smaller pieces first)
Wine corks
Moldy cheese
Melted ice cream
Old jelly, jam, or preserves
Stale beer and wine
Paper egg cartons
Bamboo skewers
Paper cupcake or muffin cups

From the Bathroom

Used facial tissues
Hair from your hairbrush
Toilet paper rolls
Old loofahs
Nail clippings
100% Cotton cotton balls
Cotton swabs made from 100% cotton and cardboard (not plastic) sticks

Personal Items

It might be a good idea to bury these items in your pile. Just sayin’.

Cardboard tampon applicators
Latex condoms

From the Laundry Room

Dryer lint
Old/stained cotton clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces
Old wool clothing—rip or cut it into smaller pieces

From the Office

Bills and other documents you’ve shredded
Envelopes (minus the plastic window)
Pencil shavings
Sticky notes
Business cards (as long as they’re not glossy)

Around the House

Contents of your vacuum cleaner bag or canister
Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces)
Subscription cards from magazines
Leaves trimmed from houseplants
Dead houseplants and their soil
Flowers from floral arrangements
Natural potpourri
Used matches
Ashes from the fireplace, barbecue grill, or outdoor fire pit

Party and Holiday Supplies

Wrapping paper rolls
Paper table cloths
Crepe paper streamers
Latex balloons
Jack o’ Lanterns
Those hay bales you used as part of your outdoor fall decor
Natural holiday wreaths
Your Christmas tree. Chop it up with some pruners first (or use a wood chipper, if you have one…)
Evergreen garlands