March News

New Pioneers Raffle, Online Resources,
and Member Spotlight 

Get Your Lucky Raffle Tickets Today!  🍀

Try your luck this St. Patrick’s Day by supporting our Celebrating 16 Years of New Pioneers Raffle! You could win one of sixteen prizes, including the cheer-worthy spirits featured in our newest video with Executive Director Whitney Wurzel.


Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased at, at our office, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., or by contacting any staff or board member.

Drawing takes place Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m. on Facebook Live and at Attendance not required to win.

Visit the New Pioneers website for more information. You can also check out the raffle prizes and learn more about the generous folks who donated them.

Online Resources Updated 

Details about the battery recycling program have been added to the New Pioneers website. There, you can learn more about the types of batteries we accept and review pictures for easy identification.

We’ve also updated other online resources, including:
Farmers Markets: Highlights locations in our tri-county area, with 2021 schedules posted
Recycling Centers: Features drop-off recycling locations in our tri-county area, with hours and accepted items
Videos: Presents three films produced by New Pioneers, which showcase the unique voices behind central Kentucky’s rural sustainability efforts
Newsletter Archives: Provides access to New Pioneers online articles and newsletters

Member Spotlight

The Pascucci Family 

This month, we’re shining a light on the Pascucci Family of Bardstown, Kentucky!

Members since 2020, Amy is a musician and educator who grew up in rural Kentucky and serves on the New Pioneers board, Dan is the Youth and Family Programs Manager at Bernheim, and sisters Elena (5) and Mirielle (2) are among our youngest pioneers.

Why did you join New Pioneers?
We moved back to Kentucky (from Alaska!) a few years ago and are always excited to meet people like us who love nature and living a sustainable life.

What is your favorite New Pioneers memory?
Dan: Bernheim had a booth at the 2019 Green Festival, and I remember the joy and community spirit as I met and spoke with so many people interested in conservation and sustainability. It was a magical day shared with inspiring people.

Amy: I have loved getting to work with the passionate, smart and capable New Pioneers Board and staff. It is heartening to know there are people like this in our community and, as we get back to a more social pre-pandemic world, we are excited to meet more members of New Pioneers!

Elena (reflecting on the Empty Bowl Supper): The bowl and all the soup. And the whistling and the other music.

What does “sustainability” mean to you?
Amy: Knowing what we truly need (personally, in our families and in our communities) to have a beautiful and healthy life, and then living that life within our means.

Dan: Living in a way that doesn’t take more than you need, and uses and reuses everything you take. We all live downstream.

Share a sustainability tip!
We eat a lot of yogurt. Making our own is delicious, super easy, inexpensive AND cuts waaaayyy down on plastic waste. Here’s a starter recipe.

Which favorite local place do you recommend visiting?
We are big fans of all the natural spaces in Nelson County, and have especially loved exploring the newly re-vamped trail system at the Bardstown Community Park. The trails are just the right length for families with small children (we bring the baby carrier for when Mirielle gets tired) and are right in town. We love to look for signs of wildlife and throw sticks off the pedestrian bridges into the creek.

We thank the Pascuccis for sharing their story and being part of the New Pioneers family. Join them, and so many other who are passionate about rural sustainability, by renewing your membership or becoming a New Pioneers member today.

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