Greenagers, a South Egremont-based nonprofit organization that encourages some 500 local teenagers to help their communities by working to preserve trails, farms and riverbanks as well as learn environmental conservation, sustainable farming and natural resource management, is set to expand dramatically. The organization is about to close on a historic house that will enable it to widen its mission and better serve the young people involved. (Eagle, Feb. 1).

According to Will Conklin, Greenagers' executive director, the group has already managed to raise $1.1 million of a $1.5 million goal dedicated to purchase and make capital improvements to the 1744 house and 100-acre property and provide long-term stability for the program. When completed, it will be known as the April Hill Conservation and Education Center.

A mission that helps preserve the environment, plants subsistence organic gardens for needy residents and gives Berkshire young people guidance while teaching them a valuable skill could hardly be more comprehensive or compelling. For more information on this worthy effort go to or visit