Transition Montpelier August Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Open Homestead Tour with David Maynard and Mary Fettig in East Montpelier

Sunday, August 21st from 4 to 7 pm. (with a pot luck dinner to follow)

You are invited to visit their East Montpelier, off grid homestead and explore how throughput, in its various aspects, informs how they build, garden, interact and live.   We’ll take a tour, share a potluck meal and discuss ways of living lightly on the earth.

Take 14 north from East Montpelier and take the first right after the sawmill. Go right, then an immediate left, and follow the road up into the woods. They are at the end of Mays Way, #270.  Go past a brown house on the left and take the right drive at the fork.
Please call to let them know you will attend, 802 522 2125.
Bring along a potluck dish and your plate and fork.
Hope to see you then.
More information about David can be found at

Regional Transition Events

North American Permaculture Convergence

We’re excited about the upcoming North American Permaculture Convergence and Building Resilient Communities Convergence,happening September 14-18 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA! Transition US is curating a workshop track and will be hosting a networking event for Transitioners who are attending the Convergence.  Financial assistance for attending is available.

Learn more about the convergence here:

Community Events

Herb Walk on the Windooski

Tuesday, August 16, 5:30-7 p.m.  Take an herb walk beyond the fence at the Garden at 485 Elm Street in Montpelier.  Ella Malamud invites us to explore the bounty of medicine in our Garden and/or how to replace a trip to a drug store with a trip to the garden. Learn to use plants to ease everyday cares more effectively and with less side effects. Ella is a biology and chemistry teacher who has completed the family herbalist program at the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism (VCIH).This event is free and open to the community. Arrive prepared to walk in tall plants on uneven ground.

For more information, contact:

Tree, Shrub, and Herb Walk at Wisdom of the Herbs School in Woodbury

Annie McCleary will lead Tree, Shrub and Herb Walk on Tuesday, August 2 from 4:30pm to 6pm at Wisdom of the Herbs School, 1005 County Rd in Woodbury.  Sliding scale 0 to $10. Preregistration is appreciated – call Annie at 456-8122 or Please give me your phone number, just in case. Directions:

New Economy Camp 2016

Gwen Hallsmith is organizing a unique camp experience bringing together experts in economic justice, ecological finance, and monetary reform to discuss concrete steps we can take to change the economy so it cares for people, cares for nature, and shares fairly.  Two weekends in August – the 13th and 14th, and the 20th and 21st – will be when different experts come to Headwaters in Cabot, VT. You can pick either or both or any day in between if it works for you.

The weekend of August 13th and 14th will feature discussions about the new economy, how it can work, and what changes are needed to make it fair for everyone. The weekend of August 20th and 21st will feature discussions that focus more on the ecological implications of monetary systems and finance.

You are welcome to come for either weekend, for both weekends, or any day in between if you just want to stop by and offer your thoughts. Camping is available at Headwaters, and we will provide local, organic, vegan meals for campers for $25 per day, although people are free to bring and prepare their own meals. A grill will be available for cooking independent meals, but if you plan to do it that way, it would be easier if you bring a camp stove.

Gwen is writing a new book on what she is calling Permanomics – how we would practice economics if people, nature, and justice were central to the economic paradigm. As it is now, money drives the process… this needs to change. The discussions will inform the book, and people are welcome to contribute to it – it is planned as a cooperative, crowd-sourced, inclusive publication. 

Tickets for meals are available online. To register for the camp, click here.

Granite City Grocery Meet Up

Efforts to open a new COOP in Barre continue.  Get the latest news at the GCG Meet-Up at Positive Pie in Barre on August 11th from 6-8pm. Live music and delicious appetizers, plus the company of the greatest people in Barre: the Founding Members of GCG! Bring a non-member friend and be entered to win prizes.


2016 NOFA Summer Conference on August 12-14 at UMass Amherst

As you probably know, this regional organic farming event brings together over 1,200 people to learn, teach, and discover a path towards a more sustainable agricultural economy and lifestyle.  This 3-day event features over 100 workshops on topics ranging from organic vegetable and fruit production to animal husbandry to green building to sustainable farm policy.  Take a look at all the workshops offered here.
And aside from workshops, there will be lots of amazing food, vendors, live music, film screenings, and lovely people. You will not be bored.  The deadline for 20% off early bird registration is July 15th.
Check out for details and registration info.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course

Dates: Aug 27-28, Sep 17-18, Oct 16-16 & 22-23, Nov 5-6
Designing Abundance is organizing a Permaculture Design Certificate Course at All Together Now in East Montpelier, Vermont. This course will provide the core curriculum with an emphasis on regional permaculture design and scale. Students will learn how to design and transform their living landscapes to create diverse, resilient and stable lives. From inner health and well-being, to landscape design and personal skill building, to regional planning and community building, this course will empower you to become a skilled land-steward and valuable contributor to our human evolution.
Please contact Vic Guadagno for more info & registration – 303-247-1800 or email

Next Zero Ventures Contest for Montpelier Redesign

Dan Jones of Net Zero Ventures is organizing a contest to generate ideas of how to redesign Montpelier for less parking, more pedestrians, and a revitalized community.  Learn more about this here, and stay tuned to hear what gets proposed.

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