Transition Town Montpelier April Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Third Thursday Talk

Thursday, April 20, 6:00-7:30, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier
Increasing the Resilience of Vermont Agriculture to Climate Change with Joshua Faulkner

Presented by Joshua Faulkner, the Farming and Climate Change Program Coordinator for UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Farmers are on the front-lines of climate change and agriculture is being forced to adapt.  Climate projections indicate Vermont will experience increased precipitation and more frequent and intense storms and flooding, as well as drought periods of greater severity.  In this talk we will discuss observed and expected impacts on farms, some of the most promising strategies for adapting our agricultural systems, as well as current research and outreach efforts to help Vermont farmers become more resilient.  This event is free and open to the public.

Community Events and News

“Before the Flood” Film Screening
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 at Goddard College in the Clockhouse.
In this documentary, Leonardo DiCaprio visits sites around the world that are being impacted by climate change – the Alberta tar sands, the Arctic, Miami, China, India, the South Pacific Islands, the coral reefs in the Bahamas, and the forests of Indonesia – and meets with climate scientists, energy experts, government leaders, entrepreneurs, and faith leaders to discuss solutions.

Wisdom of the Herbs Certification Program 2017
Wisdom of the Herbs meets one weekend a month from April to November. Learn to identify local wild herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees over three seasons. Experience plant-spirit communication and the camaraderie of a group of fellow plant-lovers. Hands-on curriculum includes sustainably harvesting and making herbal home remedies and eating wild foods. Open to beginners.  Knowing the local plants is an excellent response to the challenges of these times! Call Annie McCleary for an interview at 802-456-8122

Prospect Rock Permaculture Classes

July 16 – 28  10th Annual Farm and WIlderness Permaculture Design Certificaiton Course
More info at

Saturday, April 8, 2017
9 AM – 3 PM    Event is FREE
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT  (5672 VT Route 100)
TOUR 75 EXHIBITS and talk with dozens of experts about solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, energy audits, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves, electric vehicles, and much more
LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions
ATTEND break-out discussions on: Heat Pumps; Weatherization; and Going Solar.
KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM
The Fair draws 600-700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year.
Hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP.  Visit for more details.

Crafting Creative Solutions for the Next Quarter Century with Burlington Permaculture
Fletcher Free Library Community Room – Burlington, VT
April 4th – 6:00-7:30pm
May 3rd – 6:00-8:00pm
After a few years of dormancy, Burlington Permaculture has sprouted once again! We’re looking for people passionate about creating a more vibrant, resilient community to join the discussion and contribute to the revival of our network.
For our first two events, we plan to create space for folks to share their vision and develop projects and initiatives for the weeks and months ahead. Community members, business owners, farmers, gardeners, teachers, builders, public officials and students… tell us how you’d like to help foster greater resilience, vitality, and interconnectedness in our neighborhood.
On April 4th from 6:00 – 7:30pm, we’ll begin with an overview of permaculture and its applicability to life in the greater Burlington community, share a bit about the history (and future) of Burlington Permaculture, and leave ample space for discussions and brainstorming about possible projects and outreach focused on environmental and social justice, urban food production, ecological building and renewable energy, food sovereignty, ecological economics, community governance, and more. We extend a special invitation to people who may be willing to be part of the organizing team.
Our second gathering (May 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00pm) features a facilitated open-ended, topic-based discussion on our vision for the betterment of Burlington. This ‘Open Space’ style event makes space for small group discussions on the topics dearest to those in attendance.  And in the true spirit of Permaculture, we hope to place far more emphasis on crafting solutions than complaining about problems. We’ll conclude the evening with a group update and discussion and make plans for our next community get-together.
We hope you can make it – all are welcome!
For more information, contact us at

NetZero Montpelier – Focus on Home Retrofits

NetZero Montpelier, a project of the Montpelier Energy Committee, has been gathering stories from local residents who have insulated their houses and moved away from fossil fuels.  Here’s the latest item:

Epic Skill Swap in Camp Wilmot NH

Epic Skill Swap is a participatory weekend festival where you can learn new skills, share the skills you have, and spend a couple days with an amazing group of people. Let’s use our knowledge and the knowledge of others to build the kind of world we want to see. Learn more at

Weekend A: May 26–29, 2017
Weekend B: June 9–12, 2017

Epic Skill Swap is a chance to teach others what you know, and learn what others have to share. It’s a chance to foster both self-reliance and interdependency by tapping into knowledge within existing social networks. Not everyone who attends will necessarily teach a workshop, but this event is all about creating an experience that is shaped more by its participants than by its organizers. We aim to create a space and a framework in which participants can share and learn, but the real magic comes from the people who attend and contribute to making this the most amazing experience it can be.

The Onion River Exchange Tool Library is OPEN!If you haven’t checked out the online listing of tools in the ORE library, you’re missing out! Members can borrow everything from a circular saw to canning equipment, yard and garden tools, a shop vac, or a projector and screen! Thank you to the Oakland Foundation for your support and the ability to purchase new tools. Come by Thursday from 10-2pm, or call if you need to schedule a different time.

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