January News

Celebrating 16 years, Member Spotlight, and program updates

Happy Anniversary to New Pioneers!

In January 2005, Sister Claire McGowan opened the doors to New Pioneers in downtown Springfield, KY. Sixteen years later, we’re still here and working vigorously to educate, demonstrate and advocate for sustainability in our rural communities across Marion, Nelson, and Washington counties.

We thank our many members and partners who have supported New Pioneers along the way. This milestone wouldn’t be possible without you!

New Pioneers’ first brochure included the above excerpt from The Earth Charter, a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century.

It still serves as a vision of hope and a call to action, especially as we embark upon a new year. May it inspire you, too, as we continue this journey together

Member Spotlight:

✨ Arthur and Martha Young 

Martha, Arthur, (front) with their four children: (back, left to right) Nancy Pat, Steve, Rebecca, and Rose

In this new series, we’ll be highlighting the true stars of New Pioneers: our members!

We’re kicking things off with none other than Arthur and Martha Young, who have been with New Pioneers since the very beginning. Arthur was a founding board member and Martha was a columnist for NP; both remain active volunteers, program participants, and trusted advisors. In honor of their service, the Youngs received the New Pioneers Green Living Award at our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Arthur and Martha were interviewed from their farm east of Springfield, near the Texas community. Although prompted by the same questions, as they provided different answers. “We have long agreed to disagree,” said Martha.

Why did you join New Pioneers?
M: Because NP’s mission of sustainability fit with our farming and living practice.

A: I was trying to start a farm-to-table operation with food production and thought NP would fit into that, and that I could contribute to the local food movement.

What is your favorite New Pioneers memory?
A: The sustainability program that took place on my farm in the early days of NP.

M: Many great memories! Showing the film, This Place We Call Home, with Sr. Claire around the community, the 10th Anniversary Celebration at St. Catharine, and the Empty Bowl Suppers.

What does “sustainability” mean to you?
A: It must be renewable as to the environment, in the purest form of nature.

M: Sustainability means living on this earth, making choices everyday with awareness of impacts on the environment and others.

Share a sustainability tip!
M: Keep weekly garbage down to a single bag.

A: Remember that nature always bats last.

Can you recommend a favorite local product or place?
A: My favorite place is on my farm, working as close to nature as I can.

M: Product: Gethsemani fruit cake. Places: the front porch at sunset; the overlook on Burg hill on Cartwright Creek/Beech River Valley; Scott’s Ridge overlook of the horseshoe bend on the Rolling Fork River; and the Stringtown Road vista looking toward Rowan’s Knob/Holy Cross.

We thank Arthur and Martha for their wholehearted support of New Pioneers. (We also look forward to taking a scenic drive to check out those favorite places!) Join them, and so many others, in the New Pioneers family by becoming a member today.

Empty Bowl Supper Canceled


For years, the New Pioneers Empty Bowl Supper has taken place the final Friday of February.  Like many of you, we look forward to this warm evening of community fellowship, delicious food, and sharing of local talent – from the hand-crafted pottery bowls, to our range of entertainers.

After reviewing government regulations and CDC recommendations, it is clear that we cannot host this event without jeopardizing the safety of those in attendance. For that reason, we announce the cancellation of our annual Empty Bowl Supper for this year.

Stayed tuned for other programs and initiatives launching soon! In the meantime, you can connect with and support New Pioneers by:

Following us on social media

Becoming a member

Shopping our in-office Sustainability Store

Supporting us through AmazonSmile

No extra costs, no fees, no differences in your shopping experience – except that 0.5% of your eligible purchases are donated to New Pioneers.

Visit https://smile.amazon.com/

  • Sign up, using your Amazon account
  • Choose “New Pioneers for a Sustainable Future Inc” as your charity

Enjoy shopping from your phone? AmazonSmile launched an app earlier this summer:

  • Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  • Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  • Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app, it’s time for an update. Click here for instructions.

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