Transition Town Montpelier September Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Designing Abundance – Victor A. Guadagno – Thursday Sept 17 6-7:30 PM – Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier.

This presentation will highlight the application of Permaculture on various scales – from a dirt-floor hut in Guatemala to a 15,000-acre deactivated military site in the southern US. Victor will explain his transition from an Industrial Engineer to Permaculture designer and explore design principles on a regional scale. As we continue to witness degradation, and perhaps looming collapse of our political, economic and ecological systems, it is critical that we begin to be proactive in our solutions. We need to start locally, and design democratically owned, regionally controlled and ecologically resilient systems. We must focus our energy on broad systems design, education and a shift in our cultural narrative.

Victor Guadagno, is the Managing Director of Bright Blue EcoMedia, ( who’s mission is to communicate transitional strategies through film. Victor has received five Emmy nominations and three Emmy Awards for his work as a Director, Writer and Producer. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering/Information Systems from Northeastern University. In addition to his passion for filmmaking he is a Permaculture designer and educator, and has was worked with and studied under Geoff Lawton and Bill Mollison. He is currently leading a team in the development of a Permaculture Education / Demonstration Center at Bear Roots Farm in South Barre, VT. They hosted a Permaculture Design Course last month focusing on applying Permaculture principles on a regional scale.

Do you have ideas for speakers this Fall?  Send them

New England Regional Transition News

The New England Resilience & Transition Network is a network for grassroots groups working on Community Resilience, Transition, the New Economy, Environmental Justice, Permaculture, Renewable Local Energy, Local Food, Sustainability, Time Banking, and More.

Our goal is to support and inspire our grassroots members through inter-connection, resource sharing, and more. Read more and join us here!

Here are some regioinal Transition events you won’t want to miss:
Building a Stronger Cross-Class, Multiracial Grassroots Movement
Saturday, October 12
Portsmouth, NH
Register here

RootsSkills Training: Leadership Skills for Networked Work
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Keene, NH
Register here

Webinar: The New England New Economy Fund
Thursday, October 15, 2015
12pm – 1pm
Registration link coming soon!

Community Events

Calais Energy Fair & Fall Foliage Festival
Saturday, October 3rd, 9am – 2pm 
Upstairs at the Maple Corner Community Center, 
County Rd, Calais
Test drive an electric vehicle.
Find out about alternative energy solutions for homes and businesses.
Learn how you can support Carbon Polluters Tax legislation
Check out our brand-new community root cellar
Home energy audit and weatherization information and much more.
Meanwhile, downstairs at the MCCC, you can enjoy the Annual Beggar’s Breakfast and Beggar’s Lunch.

Sponsored by: the Calais Vermontivate Team, Calais Transportation Group and the Calais Energy Group

New Book By Gwen Hallsmith:  Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense.  Gwen and co-author Michael Shuman are doing a webinar and book launch September 25th at noon at a library near you. So far Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, and White River Junction are signed up. The book is available from the Post Carbon Institute.

Healthy Cooking Classes For the Whole Family!

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

Sept. 28 – Preserving the harvest: sauces, canning, & fermentation
Cost $5 per child / $15 per adult (10% off when you register for all 4)

Includes hands-on class, ingredients, recipes & dinner

Pre-register with Lisa:
with Hailey:
or by calling the Tea Room: 802.223.1431


Walking Onion Plants Fall Perennial Sale

Take 20% off catalog prices for orders of $25 and more. Lots of perennial vegetables, pollinator plants, medicinals and groundcovers. We are happy to help you pick the right plants for your landscape. Open by appointment at 1573 County Rd and free deliveries in the Montpelier area for orders of $25 and more. Find us on Facebook and our catalog here.

CarShare Montpelier:

In partnership with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and with support from the City of Montpelier, this past April CarShare Vermont embarked on a two-year pilot project to place two-fuel efficient vehicles in the downtown to serve residents, businesses, and commuters.You’ll now find CarShare cars located next to City Hall and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Since the launch, over 50 Montpelier residents have joined CarShare Vermont and started to reap the financialenvironmental, and social benefits of car-sharing. This is a great start, and with your help we’re confident that this pilot project will be a huge success. To keep the positive momentum going, and to ensure that CarShare Vermont continues to grow and succeed in Montpelier, we need your help!

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

  • Become a CarShare Vermont member, and encourage your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to do the same. If you’ve been thinking about ditching a car, go for it – we’ve got you covered!
  • If you work in Montpelier, encourage your employer to set up a business membership. CarShare Vermont can help businesses reduce work-related travel expenses, while providing an enticing employee benefit.
  • Join our outreach team, and help us raise awareness and generate excitement about our service. We need local volunteers to help table at community events, put up posters, knock on doors, post messages on Front Porch Forum, and generally help spread the word.
  • Connect with CarShare Vermont on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and invite everyone in your social network to do the same. We use social media to share information, announce opportunities/events, and generally keep people in the loop.

Thank you in advance for all of your support to help make this pilot project a huge success! If you’d like to get involved, please email or call (802) 861-2340.
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 9-11am.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info

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