Resource Library

New Pioneers provides resources to encourage sustainable actions for individuals and communities.

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets
Our tri-county region includes three farmers markets, each featuring a hearty selection of fresh produce, flowers, and other goods.

Marion County, KY
Lebanon Farmers Market at the Pavilion Downtown
230 Martin Luther King Blvd., Lebanon, KY 40033
May 3 to October 28 
Saturday and Wednesday,  8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nelson County, KY
Bardstown Farmers Market
200 E. Flaget St., Bardstown, KY 40004
April 22 to October 14 
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 7:30 12 p.m. 

Washington County, KY
Farmers Market at the Depot
101 East Depot St., Springfield, KY 40069
May 13 to October 28
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Exact start date TBA)  

Battery Recycling

Battery Recycling
Recycle household batteries at the New Pioneers office, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Batteries accepted:

  • Alkaline
  • Nickel cadmium (NiCad)
  • Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH)
  • Lithium metal, with less than 25 grams of lithium content *
  • Lithium ion, with less than 300 watt-hours of rated capacity *

*Most consumer-style lithium metal and lithium ion batteries fall within these size limitations, including lithium metal AA & AAA cells, lithium metal button cells, and rechargeable lithium ion batteries used in laptops, cell phones, and power tools.

Recycling Centers

Recycling Centers 
Though options vary between counties, local residents can drop-off recyclable items at three locations. Please check acceptable items first.

Marion County
Marion County Public Works
331 North Woodlawn Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; closed 12-12:30 p.m.

Accepts: Plastic drink bottles and food containers (#1 and #2), aluminum, cardboard and steel cans (must be clean). 
Curbside recycling services are also available through Marion County Public Works.

Nelson County
Guthrie Opportunity Center
900 Nutter Dr., Bardstown, KY 40004
Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Accepts: Plastic bottles (#1 and #2), aluminum cans, newspaper, and cardboard.

Washington County
Washington County Recycling Center
887 Walnut St., Springfield, KY 40069
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Accepts: Plastic bottles (#1 and #2; no black plastic), aluminum and steel cans, magazines, office paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, and cardboard.
No curbside recycling available.

EV Charging Stations

EV Charging Stations
As the popularity of and accessibility to electric-powered vehicles continues to grow, so do the number of charging stations in our area.

Marion County
Lebanon Farmers Market
230 E Martin Luther King Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033

Loretto Motherhouse
515 Nerinx Rd., Nerinx, KY 40049

Maker’s Mark Distillery
3350 Burks Spring Rd., Loretto, KY 40037

Nelson County
Bardstown Bourbon Company
1500 Parkway Dr., Bardstown, KY 40004

Bardstown Farmers Market
200 E. Flaget St., Bardstown, KY 40004

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1070 Morton Ave., Bardstown, KY 40004

La Quinta Inn & Suites
74 Creekview Court Bardstown, KY 40004

Washington County
Farmers Market at the Depot
101 Depot St, Springfield, KY 40069

New Pioneers Vidoes

New Pioneers has produced three videos that present the unique voices behind central Kentucky’s rural sustainability efforts. Sacred Land, Sustainable Land Project, and A Place We Call Home all showcase the efforts and mission of New Pioneers and local partners.

"Sustainable Solutions" Radio Segment

Join New Pioneers on the second Wednesday of each month for the "Sustainable Solutions" radio segment on WOKH 102.7 FM "The Rocket", where New Pioneers' staff and community partners discuss sustainability tips, ideas, and local events. Listen live on WOKH's website here, or listen to previous episodes archived below.
August 2023 - Space Night promotions & discussion of the Perseid meteor showerSeptember 2023 - "What's on YOUR plate?" Learning about food miles & local farmers' market updatesOctober 2023 - "Have a Spooky ... and Sustainable Halloween!"November 2023 - How the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth "Care for the Earth"December 2023 - "Put your money where your mouth is": Sustainable spending this holiday season
January 2024 - "Whoo” is your community and embracing the wisdom of sustainability
February 2024 - "Sharing the love" to our community through the 2024 Pioneer Awards!
April 2024 - Happy Earth Day! Honoring this year's "planet vs plastics" theme and celebrating Earth Day locally
May 2024 - New Pioneers' summer plans, including the Springfield Green Festival and our 1000 Hours Outside Challenge
June 2024 - Introducing Ivoree, our Community Educator, and advertising this year's Springfield Green Festival!

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