Transition Northfield Mission

is a creative community-based response to economic instability, resource depletion (peak oil) and climate change. Its aim is to engage residents from all aspects of our community to work together in a positive practical process that local resilience and economic vitality. It is flexible and fun, encourages local creativity, and results in a stronger, more cohesive community.


Northfield 2019 Free Fix-It-Fair a Rousing Success

       In late Spring with expanded hours from 10am-2pm at the new venue, the Northfield Elementary School, the second Northfield Fix-It Fair was held.  This year's 2019 Free Fix-It-Fair that brought the community together to celebrate the noble art of repair was a rousing success, doubling the number of people served over last year.
       Mother, Lora Glenn’s testimonial says it all about the Fair:
           I felt a little nervous that we would overwhelm the Fit-it Fair with our five bikes, but we were heartily welcomed and enthusiastically helped by very kind & generous neighbors.   The Fix-it Fair not only gave my family an opportunity to learn new skills and get our bikes in working order, but it also reinforced the priceless value of giving and receiving in a community.    I was amazed as I looked around the room at tools being sharpened, lamps being rewired, and clothes being mended! We left not only with working bikes, but with renewed spirits and new friends.
        In the words of other participants at the Fair:
              “Great job and offering to the community!”   “Love, Love, Love.  This is so awesome to have this help!”  “I learned how to fix it!” and “Excellent!!!”
       Even new volunteers have arisen:
             ”I can volunteer next year.  No fixing talent but I can do something” “Please contact me to volunteer next year.” 
       The Fix-It-Fair was sponsored by Transition Northfield in conjunction with the Dickinson Memorial Library, the Northfield Elementary School and Kidder & Co Inc.   Neighbors fixed torn clothing, shaggy blankets, fixed jewelry/eye glasses, got bikes ready for the Spring, glued up chairs, made lamps light up again, repaired electronics and sharpened a huge amount of  knives and tools the most busy station.  One participant said, “The lines were so long.  Maybe have more than 2 sharpeners”.
               The Fair would welcome more sharpeners next year!
 Special thanks to:
     The Dickinson Memorial Library’s Head Librarian Deb Kern and Programming Librarian Matt Atwood for coordinating with the Northfield Elementary School for the use of the school’s gym and collaborating with NES’ PTO who happily served breakfast and lunch to all present and Kidder & Co Inc for donating multiple kinds of adhesives.
      And particular thanks to all of our volunteers and fixers who brought the Fix-It Fair to life:
      Hughes Pack, Joe Kayan, Steve Roberto, Jerry Wagener, Ben Licata, Joe Stacy, Susan Brock, Marc Aroner, Karina Berenson, Julia Blyth, Katherine Johnson, Nikki, Jim Van Natta, Mindy Nadolski and Christopher Worth.
       Shirley Keech, Laura Kaye, Gretchen Licata, Joan Pack, Judy Phillips, Judi Campbell, Emily Koester, Helen Johnson and Matt Atwood.
 For more information on the Fix-It Fair organizing team, contact us at

 Stay tuned for next Spring’s – Northfield Fix-It Fair.


The Northfield Tool Lending Library

The Northfield Tool Lending Library is OPEN! The tool shed,
located at the Northfield Transfer Station next to the reuse shed, will be open
Saturdays, 9 am-12 noon through October.

We are looking forward to another year of sharing garden, auto, and light construction tools among neighbors. Our inventory has expanded over the years--come check out the shed, or find a list at or on our Facebook page:

     Volunteers who staff the tool shed on Saturdays, those who fix tools, neighbors who donate tools, and responsible borrowers all make this endeavor possible. If you're interested in helping out, the tool library would love to have you!
     If Saturday mornings don't work for you, but you'd like to borrow tools, make a donation, or be trained tovolunteer, please call 413.225.3196 or email to make arrangements to meet at the
shed when the Transfer Station is open.
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If you would like to join Transition Northfield for this coming together and/or join our email list, please let us know via transitionnorthfieldMA@gmail or contact Judy at 978.544.2653. 

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