Transition Montpelier May Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Third Thursday Talk – Soil4Climate

On May 19, Seth Itzkan and Jesse McDougall will present “Soil4Climate – Vermont: The Regenerative Solution Under Our Feet (and in our hearts).”  Seth is co-founder of Vermont-based nonprofit, Soil4Climate. This organization advocates for soil restoration as a climate solution. Soil is the source of life. It is also our strongest ally in the fight against global warming. There is more carbon in soils than in all vegetation (including forests) and the atmosphere combined. Even slight increases can have hugely beneficial implications for mitigation and resilience. Seth will discuss the local and global efforts to restore soil as a climate solution. Efforts of interest include Vermont Senate Bill 195, that calls for a Regenerative Agriculture Certification Program and the French initiative “4per1000,” which calls on signatory countries, states, and other regional authorities, to pledge a 0.4 percent (or “4 per 1000”) increase in soil organic carbon (SOC) per year.  Jesse McDougall and his wife, Caroline, own and operate Studio Hill, LLC on Pullman Farm—their family’s fourth-generation farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Studio Hill is a pastured meat operation and an education center that seeks to serve as a working example of regenerative economics and ecology. Jesse is the author of 2016’s Vermont Senate Bill 195—the Vermont Regenerative Agriculture Certification Program. 

This talk will take place 6:00-7:30 PM at the Hayes room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Admission is free.

Villagebuilding ConvergenceUpdated information will eventually be at:

Regional Transition Events
The Resilience, Resistance & Regional Equity Convergence

Keynote address by Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute
Saturday, June 11
10am – 5:00pm
First Church Unitarian in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot Street, Boston, MA 02130
Suggested Donation $15

Across New England, a new world is being built. Grassroots activists motivated by their love for community and the planet are building resilient local communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and making sure that all people can thrive now and into the future, regardless of race, class, income and more. On June 11 join a convergence of regional and local actors building this new world. You’ll connect with great people, learn tips, find new resources, and get inspired!

Community Events

Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism Plant & Seed SwapSaturday, May 21st 10am-2pm – Back by popular demand!
All proceeds from the sale go to benefit VCIH’s sliding-scale community herbal clinics.Herbs, veggies and perennials are all welcome. For each plant that you bring to the swap, you will receive a ticket that you can exchange for another plant! If you don’t have any plants to swap, you can purchase as many as you like. Please be sure to label your pots and be careful not to bring in any gout weed!

If you have any starts, cuttings, or transplants that you would like to donate, please let us know. You can drop plants off at VCIH as early as Monday, May 16th and as late as Saturday May 21st at 9am.

There are classes this month too, including one on traditional herbalism in Cuba.  See more here.


Carshare Montpelier at Farmer’s Market

Look for the Carshare Booth at the Farmers’ Market on May 7.    For more info click Here!

Permaculture: Edible Forest Gardening
VT Tech College Applied Ag Institute
with Aaron Guman of Walking Onion LLC
May 24-25

Delve deeply into communities of plants which function like an ecosystem, while providing food, medicine, fuel and more. We will cover the design, establishment, management and plant species for edible forest gardening. Click here for more information or contact:

Designing Abundance – Permaculture Design Certification Course

Changing Climate: A Compassionate Response Panel Discussion

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