Transition Town Montpelier August 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, you can hear the latest transition-related news and enjoy a wide variety of community events.

Do you have ideas for speakers this Fall?  Send them to

New England Regional Transition News

One of the major goals of the transition movement is to build a resilient economy.  The New England Grassroots Environmental Fund supports organizations that build connections between people, foster local economies, and teach the skills to thrive.  Recent grants have been provided to the Onion River Exchange and the Northfield Street Community Garden in Montpelier.  Now a new fund has been announced specifically to promote the new economy.  The New England New Economy Fund was founded to support the needs of the local movement for a new economy in New England by: a) fueling the activity of local groups with direct grant funding to support community-based projects, programs and leaders; b) ensuring the sustainability of local efforts by providing skills-building opportunities and technical assistance; and c) building the capacity of local groups by supporting an emerging learning community of local groups through gatherings and network-building activities. The Fund is a collaboration of New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the New England New Economy Transition (NET) program of Institute for Policy Studies, on behalf of the local, state and regional initiatives working to build a new economy.
Across the region, hundreds of local initiatives are taking on the task of building community resilience and shaping a new economy that works for their community. As a web of networked, locally-rooted economies grows, support for the grassroots groups creating these building blocks is essential. Whether it is crafting an community education series, keeping a big box store off their main street, starting a time bank, creating mutual aid networks, starting up a cooperative business, or circulating a local currency, community groups are finding myriad ways to come together in the face of economic uncertainty created by an unjust global economy. They are resisting the forces of globalization and building viable economic alternatives that are based in renewed relationships with each other and the earth.
Interested in supporting the New Economy Fund?  Donate Now

Community Events

SOILFEST: Jim Stiles, formerly of Transition Town Montpelier and now living in the Burlington area, is organizing the event described below:

Open Farm Week Events Near Montpelier: There will be a huge market on the statehouse lawn.  See details below. Also some local farms are hosting events.  More info at

Burelli Farm: 269 Burelli Farm Drive, Berlin, VT 05602.  You can visit this farm for Open Farm Week: 9am to 5pm Monday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 9th to experience a tour of the farm, view animals and poultry. Certified organic chicken will also be available for purchase at the farm store.  Click here for more details.

Willow Moon Farm: 1495 Coburn Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.  Open 7 days a week 10-6. You can visit this farm for Open Farm Week, August 3 to August 9, any day from 10am to 6pm to meet the goats, our goat kids, try some cheese, and see the dairy. Thursday from 11-2 there will be a hike to the river (weather permitting) and Lunch With A Goat!  Contact here for more details.

Green Mountain Girls Farm: 923 Loop Road, Northfield, VT 05663.  Farm Stand Open Thursday evenings from 4pm to 7pm. Contact us at 802-505-9840 or to make a reservation. You can also visit this farm during Open Farm Week: Thursday, August 6th from 4pm to 6:30pm and Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 to noon. Click here for more info.

Healthy Cooking Classes For the Whole Family!

with Hailey Cohn and Lisa Masé, Monday, Aug. 24 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier, Vermont

 – Everyone can cook! Essential cooking skills for nourishing meals,
Cost $5 per child / $15 per adult Includes hands-on class, ingredients, recipes & dinner
Pre-register with Lisa: with or by calling the Tea Room: 802.223.1431.
Archery Intensive Weekend at Mountainsong Expeditions
Location: Worcester, VT.  Dates:  Aug 15-16, 2015
This weekend workshop is designed for our friends who want to dive deep into the practice of instinctive archery.  We will shoot with traditional recurve bows that are easy to draw and simple to understand.  This workshop is for those who are just getting started with archery, those who want to improve their form and aim, and those who want to practice archery in a supportive & empowering community of archers.  Whether you want to shoot your bow as a spiritual meditative practice, to connect with your inner badass, or as an aspiring bow hunter, this weekend will teach you the foundational skills you need:

  • Proper archery stance
  • How to hold the bow
  • Developing a consistent anchor for your draw
  • How to determine your dominant eye
  • Determining safe a arrow length for you
  • Safety considerations when setting up a range at home
  • How to select basic equipment
  • Engaging your breath cycle while shooting
  • How to use archery to calm and focus your mind
  • Using archery for self understanding
  • What you need to learn if you want to become a safe & ethical bowhunter


CarShare Montpelier: CarShare Vermont is here and is growing.  The Bridgenewspaper recently reported on it.  See the article here.  There is a car at City Hall and another at the Library.  Click here to join or find out more.

Onion River Exchange Tool Library: The Onion River Exchange has a tool library for ORE members.  The hours of operation Wednesdays 4-6 pm.  Saturday hours to be announced.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info at

USA and Vermont-Made Clothing.  Salaam Boutique on State St in Montpelier has lots of clothing sewn in Vermont.   All-American Clothing ( has shorts, pants and shirts made int the USA, traced from dirt (cotton farmer) to shirt.  If you know of local or regional clothing makers, please email us  We like to support the local and regional economy.

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