Transition Town Montpelier June Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

There are no Transition Town Montpelier Events this Summer.  We are taking some time off.  We will be back with the Speaker Series at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library this Fall.  In the meantime, enjoy the wide variety of community events.

Community Events

Granite City COOP Annual Meeting:  GCG will hold its THIRD Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 28. The Annual Meeting will provide members with a review of the coop’s activities over the last year, plans for the coming year, and election of new Board members.  Learn more about the Granite City Coop here, or visit them at the Barre Farmer’s Market.

Permaculture Short Course:  Montpelier, VT.  Saturday June 6th.  9AM-12PM.  Sliding scale $5-$10.  Please register or inquire: 802-793-4247 or  Join us for a morning of applied ecology. We will put in a perennial vegetable and medicinal herb planting at an established residential urban homestead just outside downtown Montpelier. We will also explore the larger planting layout of the property — berries, fruit trees, vegetable garden, nuts and flowers — and discuss the design principles. We will cover individual plant species as we arrange and complete an addition to the existing gardens. Ample time and flexibility for discussion and Q&A based on the interests of the students.  Graham Unangst-Rufenacht practices applied agroecology through rotational grazing of grass-fed beef and his work as a grower and trained herbalist. Find him at  Aaron Guman grows perennial vegetables and other herbaceous plants for the edible ecosystem in Montpelier. Find him at  Together, Aaron and Graham offer permaculture design, installation, consultation and education.

Integrating Polyculture Orchards into Grazing Landscapes: Wednesday, June 10 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  1549 Eagle Peak Rd, West Brookfield, Vermont 05060.  Come spend an afternoon at Symphony Farm with Sid Bosworth of UVM Extension, Nicko Rubin of East Hill Tree Farm, and host Jonathan Falby. They will be presenting a workshop centering around establishing fruit trees and shrubs, attracting pollinators, and the design decisions leading to the diversification of a small Tier 1 raw milk farm. Participants will take a farm tour, gain some hands on experience with fruit tree maintenance, and engage in a lively discussions forum that will cover topics that range from residential agriculture and permaculture design to grazing strategies and land rehabilitation. RSVP highly encouraged: space limited to 20 people.  Cost is $45.   Go to : to pre-register

Roots School Wilderness Self-Reliance:  June 6 at 9:00am to June 7 at 5:00pm.  192 Bear Notch Rd, South Corinth, Vermont 05033.  Wilderness Self Reliance Weekend is a weekend course designed to cover the basic necessary knowledge one should have on even the most simple outing into the wild. Hunters, hikers, naturalists, travelers, or anyone out in the back country, will find this course a helpful compliment to their own skills sets and knowledge. We will cover preparedness, survival mentality, emergency shelters, fire starting through several modern and primitive methods, water gathering and purification, navigation, weather prediction, basic survival food gathering, hunting and trapping, and more. The goal of the course is to provide a practical primer for students so that they will feel more confident and ready to deal with meeting their own needs in the case of emergency. This course is also a great way for people to get a sense of the skills our school covers and provide a basic foundation from which to take other courses. All skill levels welcome.  Cost is $200.  More info at

Prospect Rock Compost Toilet Design Build Workshop:  June 6 at 10:00am to June 7 at 4:00pm.  2780 Route 15 West, Johnson, Vermont 05656.  Join with Doug Clayton to dive into the details and help construct a home attached passive Gap Mountain Mouldering Toilet!  We’ll explore a variety of different compost toilet systems- ranging from the bucket system, to festivals hosting 1000s of people- and go in depth with the technology to safely capture one of our most important soil building tools.  $160 suggested donation sliding scale- INCLUDES ON FARM CAMPING.  No one will be refused for lack of funds.  More info here.

Regenerative Design with Jesse Lovasco:  Sunday June 7th  from 10am to 1pm:  During this hands-on learning experience, participants will go beyond permaculture skills to learn what it means to make a system truly integrated into the landscape and the community for long term resiliency. Jesse is a seasoned educator who is certified in Permaculture Design and Regenerative Design through Yestermorrow.  $45 includes all materials. Questions? Email  Email Lisa Masé to register.

Kitchen Medicine: Cool, Colorful Summer with Lisa Masé:  Monday, June 29th from 5:30 to 8 pm at Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism in Montpelier, Vermont.  $22/$20 for member (includes materials fee).   Click this link for details and to register.


CarShare Montpelier: CarShare Vermont is here. This is an important step to making Montpelier an awesome place to live, even if you don’t have a car. Why own a car, which sits on average 98% of the time, when you can share? If you are interested in this service, click here to learn more, or sign-up!  If you work in Montpelier, and your employer could use this service, please spread the word.  There is a car at City Hall and another at the Library. Watch for the CarShare table at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market.

Open for Spring – New Location – Walking Onion Plant Nursery.  Walking Onion grows and sells herbaceous, perennial plants raised in healthy, living soil. We specialize in perennial vegetables for the edible ecosystem. Check out our spring catalog, and come visit us at our new location. We also offer edible and ecological design and installation. We are on the Country Road (#1573) not far from town, open by appointment. Local deliveries available.  Call 802.793.4247 or write  You can also find us on facebook:
Montpelier Farmer’s Market
The outdoor market is each Saturday 9:00 to 1:00. – See more at:

Barre Farmer’s Market
Wednesday from 3-7PM and Saturdays from 9AM-1PM.. – See more at:

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