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Hello,
We currently love where we live, but there is a possibility of relocation to Hunterdon County. We currently have a great parenting community, natural food stores, yoga, CSA's, farms etc. People here are concerned about the environment and eat locally. We are interested in Hunterdon County, because as much as we love our life here, our family is in NJ and Philadelphia. Can we find a similar lifestyle there? Are the schools good? Are there good alternative schools? I have a vision of McMansions, TV and Disney toys everywhere. My husband swears there are "crunchy" families there.
We cloth diaper, co-sleep, nurse toddlers etc. Will we be the only ones?
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I don't know too much about the "crunchiness" factor of Hunterdon, but the schools there are for the most part quite good (although stay away from Hampton!). Several of the high schools are "Blue Ribbon Schools," and the elementary schools in Flemington and Clinton have good reputations, too. They can be looked up at www.greatschools.com, I believe. I know there is a Wegman's over in Branchburg, which is about 15 minutes East of Flemington, and the local Shoprite has a somewhat decent natural/organic foods selection. Hunterdon is also very scenic and would provide you with lots of outdoor activities, if you enjoy that.
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I live in Somerset County, about 10 minutes from the Hunterdon County border. Yes, Hunterdon is full of McMansions, SUVs, Disney, and all of that craziness... but we Jerseyans are not all that way. There are pockets of us who cloth diaper and co-sleep... you just have to know where to find us! You have to drive a bit, but there is a Trader Joe's about 1/2 hour away. There is a holistic mom's group that meets in bridgewater as well as a semi-local la leche league group. Hunterdon has a YMCA which would also be a great place to meet other crunchies. Hunterdon Cty is also about 20 minutes from New Hope which is cruncyland galore.

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I grew up in Hunterdon County.

I can't speak to the crunchy factor now, as I haven't been back there in several years, and didn't have a crunchy family. We did live in a McMansion, and had TVs, LOL. I don't remember having a lot of Disney toys, but I can't imagine why kids would have more there than anywhere else if their parents wanted them to have Disney toys.

But our McMansion was unique (a contemporary in a subdivision of mostly colonials), and on 2 acres. My neighborhood was very safe, and in the summer, the hot air balloons flew over our house on a regular basis. The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is held in my hometown (Readington) every summer, and it is much bigger now than it was when I was little, but the whole neighborhood would hang out on the best lawns to watch the balloons from, and it is still a fond memory of mine.

And yes, the schools are excellent. If my husband would ever agree to moving to Jersey, I would jump at the chance to raise my kids in Hunterdon!

I still know many people in the area, and several of them are crunchy. Lambertville is right across the river from New Hope, and I would guess the crunchiest area in the county, though I'm sure there are crunchy folk all over the place if you know where to look.

Like I said, it's been a few years since I've visited Hunterdon, and even longer since I grew up there (lived there from 1980-1994). But it was a wonderful place to grow up, and it is still one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

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Thank you all for your responses.
I feel much better. I forgot about Lambertville and New Hope. They are such amazing communities and they are just twenty minutes from where my husband would be working. I know that not everyone there will live as we do, not everyone here does either. I just want to make sure that there were like minded folks around. We will be giving up a lot but also gaining a lot; family, life long friends, weather, NYC, Philly and the beach!
Any info on good preschools?
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I grew up in Hunterdon County (Clinton) and loved it. It's such a beautiful county. There is a Montessori school, Acorn Montessori, in Lebanon that is suppossed to be good.

If you don't mind me asking, where will you be moving from? It sounds like a cool place.

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I grew up in Hunterdon County (Clinton) and loved it. It's such a beautiful county. There is a Montessori school, Acorn Montessori, in Lebanon that is suppossed to be good.

If you don't mind me asking, where will you be moving from? It sounds like a cool place.
Vermont. Right outside of Burlington. It is amazing.
I was looking at Acorn online last night! Where in NJ are you? Do you like it? I hear Clinton is a great town.
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I've been in High Bridge for 2 years now and have surprisingly met quite a few crunchy or semi-crunchy mamas We have a great La Leche League of Clinton group with lots of nursing toddlers (including my 19 month old).
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Vermont. Right outside of Burlington. It is amazing.
I was looking at Acorn online last night! Where in NJ are you? Do you like it? I hear Clinton is a great town.
Currently I am living in Brick (by Point Pleasant at the shore). Clinton is a great town. There is the Red Mill, the Raritan river, Hunterdon Museum of Art, a great library, a healthfood store, and a beautiful park with a playground, large sand play area, and tennis courts. There are some great outdoor activities in the area. Round Valley Resevoir, Spruce Run Resevoir, Voorhees State Park, Ken Lockwood Gorge, etc. http://www.clintonguild.com/index.htm.

Acorn Montessori is a beautiful school. I taught art classes there for a short time.

If you have any other questions, feel free to PM me!

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Currently I am living in Brick (by Point Pleasant at the shore).
Too funny, my BIL lives in Toms River.
I am actually getting excited. I think we are less "crunchy" than an outdoorsy AP family. SO, this area sounds like a good fit. We are still very torn, but we'll see.
I will keep you all posted!
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