Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Democracy?

What if your individual neighborhood could choose how it gets its energy? Climable, a small, local nonprofit run by women, offers microgrids as the solution to two major issues surrounding energy use: energy democracy and environmental justice. Microgrids are small, neighborhood-sized grids that can be detached from the larger grid. Climable’s clean energy microgrid plan […]

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‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Cambridge’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Cambridge’s Candy Making Legacy

The Rise and Fall of the City’s Candy Empire A hundred years ago, Cambridge smelled bad. Meatpacking in East Cambridge gave off an obvious stench, while the soapmaking factories—then part of the city’s largest industry—emitted their own terrible smell. But if you walked down Main Street, you might have gotten a whiff of candy. Nicknamed […]


Season’s Eatings

How Overseasoned Mixes Family Traditions, Timely Feasts, and Today’s Activist Climate Into Monthly Cookbooks The first leaves of spring haven’t even sprung in Amy Larson’s tree-lined West Cambridge neighborhood on the day that I visit her, but summer feasts are already on the food writer’s radar. “It’s the best time for food, obviously,” Larson says […]