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#1 of 75 Old 08-06-2012, 07:57 AM - Thread Starter
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We are looking for the Best Natural Family Living City and we need your help!  Starting with this discussion we set out to determine the best natural family living city qualities. We've narrowed that down to twenty qualities regarded to be most important.

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

 

Judging from that list of qualities we'd like you to nominate your city, or a city you know well, as a great natural family living city.  To do that, post the city name and the qualities list from above. Then remove any of the qualities it does not have. Here is a sample post:

 

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I nominate Parentsville. It has 17 NFL qualities:

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting, and recycling programs.
  3.  
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10.  
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18.  
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

 

If someone has already posted to nominate your city of choice you should then vote by way of the thumbs up at the bottom of the post. 700 If your city is really outstanding in any of the 20 qualities please post that as well. Such comments will be used to determine the winning cities in cases of equivalent scores. thumb.gif

 

Keep in mind this is not limited to the US. Any city in the world can be nominated. 

 

May the Best Natural Family Living City win!

 


 

Cities nominated so far: (please click the thumbs up in the nomination post if you vote for this city too)

 

1.    Portland, OR 18/20

2.    Berkeley, CA 19/20

3.    Madison, WI 17/20

4.    Bend, Oregon 19/20

5.    Santa Cruz, Ca.

6.    Bellingham, WA 19/20

7.    Oakland, CA 19/20

8.    Neenah Wisconsin 19/20

9.    Eugene, OR 19/20

10.   Ferndale, MI 18/20

11.   Traverse City, MI

12.   Austin, TX 19/20

13.   Santa Fe, NM 18/20

14.   Chapel Hill NC 20/20

15.   Carrboro NC 20/20

16.   San Francisco, CA 19/20

17.   Toronto, Ontario Canada 18/20

18.   Corvallis, Oregon 20/20

19.   Nevada City, CA 20/20

20.   Brattleboro, VT 20/20

21.   Seattle, WA 19/20

22.   Belfast, MA 19/20

23.   Farmington, UT 18/20

24.   Owen Sound, Ontario - unsure of some qualities

25.   Vancouver, BC 20/20

26.   Milwaukee, WI 19/20

27.   Denver, CO 19/20

28.   28. Victoria, BC 19/20

29.   Chicago, IL 15/20

30.   Hanover, NH 17/20

31.   Des Moines. IA 16/20


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  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4.  
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

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Berkeley, CA.

 

 

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3.  
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

Everything except for affordable housing!

 

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I nominate Madison, Wisconsin! Here are the qualities that I am 100% sure about:

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  1. Backyard chickens legal
  2. Homeschool friendly
  3. Midwives and homebirth legal
  4. Healthy birth culture
  5. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  6. Breastfeeding friendly
  7. Clean air
  8. Great public library and affordable family activities
  9. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I second Madison Wisconsin! It's the most child friendly, breastfeeding friendly city I've ever known! The premade hospital "birth plan" even asked if I wanted to keep my placenta! I thought that was cool.

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I nominate Bend, Oregon. We moved here for these very reasons:

 

 

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4.  
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I Nominate Bellingham, WA
 
Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
Composting and recycling programs.
Affordable housing
Diverse population
Good elder services   ???
Good public transit
Child friendly
 
Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
Backyard chickens legal
Homeschool friendly
Midwives and homebirth legal
Healthy birth culture
Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
Alternative and integrative health practitioners
Breastfeeding friendly
Clean air
Quiet
Great public library and affordable family activities
Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I second Portland, OR! Though it is pretty homogenous, there are pockets of diversity. Also, we have exceptional parks and public transit.
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Oakland, CA

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3.  
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

I removed affordable housing, although some can be found either by being creative about how you live (e.g., co-ops, etc.) or by being open to some of the more affordable neighborhoods.

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Neenah Wisconsin has them all! Except for bannin pesticides - I don't know either way on that!
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I wholeheartedly nominate Eugene, Oregon!

 

 


  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

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 Ferndale, MI !!!!
 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6.  
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4.  
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

I "third" Portland, OR!


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TRAVERSE CITY MICHIGAN, we have all 1-20 and much much more!!
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I vote San Francisco, CA


  • Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  • Composting and recycling programs.
  • Affordable housing
  • Diverse population
  • Good elder services
  • Good public transit
  • Child friendly
  •  
  • Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  • Backyard chickens legal
  • Homeschool friendly
  • Midwives and homebirth legal
  • Healthy birth culture
  • Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  • Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  • Breastfeeding friendly
  • Clean air
  • Quiet
  • Great public library and affordable family activities
  • Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I nominate Austin, TX:

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I'm nominating my home, Santa Fe, NM. While it's expensive to live here, there are some active affordable housing programs. Also, a few co-housing communities.

 

Diverse population in that we are 50% hispanic, bilingual, and strong American Indian population. Small African-American population though. Sign coming into town says, "Santa Fe is an Inclusive Community."

 

Public Transit is limited.

 

I don't know about pesticides banned, but would expect so. Our city council is voting to stop water fluoridation this week.

 

Very birth, breastfeeding, alternative education friendly and family friendly. One of the best Farmer's Market in the US. Lots of great food. Nature very close and it's so quiet.

 

Rich with art and culture.

 

Still love it after 27 years.

 


  • Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  • Composting and recycling programs.
  •  
  • Diverse population
  • Good elder services
  •  
  • Child friendly
  • Pesticides banned
  • Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  • Backyard chickens legal
  • Homeschool friendly
  • Midwives and homebirth legal
  • Healthy birth culture
  • Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  • Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  • Breastfeeding friendly
  • Clean air
  • Quiet
  • Great public library and affordable family activities
  • Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I also vote Austin, TX:

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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Can I nominate 2 cities/towns close to each other? 

Chapel Hill & Carrboro NC (Durham is also nearby and gets plusses on many of these)

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water. √√ (plus the beach is 2.5 hrs away and the mts are 3)
  2. Composting and recycling programs. √√ 
  3. Affordable housing (yes for Durham, but CH/C is more $pendy. It depends on where you're coming from—some from outside NC might find it very affordable, but in NC not so much)
  4. Diverse population √√
  5. Good elder services √ (I think. It's a very popular retiree destination.)
  6. Good public transit √√√√ (free bus system in CH/C)
  7. Child friendly √√√√
  8. ?? Pesticides banned (not banned, but I'm pretty sure the town uses alternatives such as hot water to kill weeds when they deem it feasible)
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens. √√√√√√√ (super foodie area)
  10. Backyard chickens legal √√√√√
  11. Homeschool friendly √√√√ (great homeschooling community, plus great alternative school options, plus great public schools in CH/C)
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal √ (only one check because CNM are legal only and there has been a bit of a problem locally with redtape)
  13. Healthy birth culture √√ (local free-standing birth center)
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines XXX (no, religious or medical only)
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners √√√√√ (lots)
  16. Breastfeeding friendly √√√√ (yes, great LLL groups, too)
  17. Clean air √ (mostly, but sometimes some bad days in the summer)
  18. Quiet √ (not in my house at the moment, but I guess so in general compared to a more urban environment)
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities √√ (love our library)
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup √√ (great LLL group and several other non-national groups, easy to find support here w/o organized groups. Babywearing moms all over the place.)

 

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Definitely agree with Portland, OR!!!!

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I would love to nominate my home town of Toronto, Ontario Canada.

 

I also have to add to the list that we have free healthcare!!!!

And a diverse (and expanding) public school system. Such as public catholic schools, french speaking schools, french immersion schools, an Aboriginal School and Aboriginal studies incorporated into "regular" public schools, and an Afro-centric elementary school.

 

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  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs. (one of the best in the world for recycling)
  3. Affordable housing (many pockets of affordable housing for buying and renting...although many pockets of expensive housing too)
  4. Diverse population (extremely diverse. Over 50% of population is "visible minorities" from all over the place)
  5. Good elder services (not sure)
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned (have been for years)
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10.                                                  Chickens not legal, but still around. And active community of people fighting for legality
  11. Homeschool friendly (pretty much anything goes)
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal (not only legal...but free!)
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines (although Ontario requires more vaccines than most other provinces, you can get off for philosophical reasons)
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners (hundreds to choose from...but not covered under free medical)
  16. Breastfeeding friendly (extremely)
  17.                                                 We live through the smog coming from Michigan...and create smog for cities further East
  18. Quiet  (Can be...but also a city of over 4 million...so pockets can be noisy)
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities (and libraries give out free family passes to other activities like the zoo, museums, etc)
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

 

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I absolutely LOVE this!!!  We are planning to relocate and I need to share this information with hubby to help us finalize a location!

 

Thanks so much for this thread!!!

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I nominate Corvallis, Oregon. I have to say, having been born here I am disheartened to see SO many people moving here. I know we have to have growth, but it's just hard to see when I remember the fields and hills that now hold homes...

 

That said, I'm nominating Corvallis in hopes that more crunchy people will move here and we can keep our vibe even as we grow :)

 

Corvallis is a town of about 55,000 people, so our public transportation consists of buses. That said, it's a good bus system, and if I remember right, it's free now. There are also buses to outlying areas, and even the coast that are really cheap.

 

 

1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water (Beach is less than an hour, so are the mountains. There are lots of parks in town, and natural areas too. MacDonald forest is right outside of town, and there are lots of state and county parks in close driving range).

 

2. Composting and recycling programs.

 

3. Affordable housing (kind of... you can rent a decent 3 bedroom for around $1400, but if you live even a little bit out of town that can get cut by at least 25%. We pay $700 for a two bedroom 23 miles from town on 26 acres).

 

4. Diverse population (not so much... but the students are very diverse).

 

5. Good elder services (as far as I know we seem to have good services, my grandmas and great grandmas all got really good, caring care).

 

 

6. Good public transit

 

7. Child friendly (I've never, ever had anyone make a negitive remark about my kids and they are both a little 'loud'. Also very breastfeeding friendly! Never even one negitive comment. Lots of kid's activities, local companies focused on kids, play areas in restaurants, etc).

 

 

8. Pesticides banned (not really, but there are many farms that don't use them. We're grass seed country).

 

 

9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens (TONS of these, almost too many!)

 

10. Backyard chickens legal (and goats, too!)

 

11. Homeschool friendly (very, although sometimes it can be hard to find people you jive with at first. Large unschooling population too. Our local toy store owners (organic and holistic toys almost exclusively) are homeschoolers).

 

12. Midwives and homebirth legal (yes. One midwife in two has been to over 1,000 births! I think there are 3-5 midwives in town now)

 

13. Healthy birth culture (yes... although our hospital is sometimes not. It's owned by an old rich white dude. There is a group in town trying to start a birth centre. And the hospital does have a couple of midwives, but you never know who will be on call when you go in to give birth. And one of the midwives there should just call herself a doctor and get it over with).

 

14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines (yup! and no one bats an eye).

 

15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners (tons!! and they are all awesome from what I hear and experience).

 

16. Breastfeeding friendly (very much so. boobies everywhere, and a young population).

 

17. Clean air (yes, although when grass seed is blooming it's a little bad. Luckily we're on the coast side of the valley, so we get the least air pollution of any in the valley, including Portland because of traffic, and Eugene because all the dust and pollen funnels down their way :(  ).

 

18. Quiet (quietest city I've ever lived in... but I live in the country outside of town now, so compared to here Corvallis doesn't seem very peacful, even though it really is).

 

19. Great public library and affordable family activities (I think our library is award winning... and yes on the activities, there's always a ton of fun stuff going on).

 

20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup (yup, lots!).

 

Feel free to PM me with questions :)


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I absolutely LOVE this!!!  We are planning to relocate and I need to share this information with hubby to help us finalize a location!

 

Thanks so much for this thread!!!

I'm in the same situation!

 

I've been reading this list of cities aloud to my husband; what great inspiration for us!

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Nevada City, CA!!!! The best alternative small town. I see a lot of larger cities on this list, but if you want small town living surrounded by nature, Rivers, Lakes, Parks, and not too far from bigger cities, than Nevada City is a must! Settled in the Sierra Nevada, we are also close to Lake Tahoe, and can enjoy 4 seasonal changes, including our beautiful Indian Summer.

Besides that the Community is awesome, almost like a big Family, and there is so much to do. I love raising my kids here!!!

 

 

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. (Pesticides banned) Not 100% sure about this one, I do know there are plenty of "Do not Spray" signs out there, and the Organic Farming Community is HUGE!
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. (Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup). In nearby towns we have LLL, but we have plenty of our own independent Support Groups in town

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I would like to nominate Brattleboro, VT, home to Oak Meadow Curriculum & School

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

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Surprised to not see Seattle, WA mentioned yet!  

 

Here we go:

 

 

 

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3.  
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup
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I would like to nominate Brattleboro, VT, home to Oak Meadow Curriculum & School

  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4. Diverse population
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8. Pesticides banned
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

 

I vote for this town

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  1. Easy access to nature through large public parks, bike trails, state and national parks, and nearby bodies of water.
  2. Composting and recycling programs.
  3. Affordable housing
  4.  
  5. Good elder services
  6. Good public transit
  7. Child friendly
  8.  
  9. Farmer markets, CSAs, community gardens.
  10. Backyard chickens legal
  11. Homeschool friendly
  12. Midwives and homebirth legal
  13. Healthy birth culture
  14. Philosophical exemptions for vaccines
  15. Alternative and integrative health practitioners
  16. Breastfeeding friendly
  17. Clean air
  18. Quiet
  19. Great public library and affordable family activities
  20. Support groups such as LLL, API, Holistic Moms, and Meetup

yeahthat.gif I "fifth" portland or

 

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