Transition Town Montpelier June Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Village-building Convergence Lite: Solstice permaculture walk at All Together Now in East Montpelier on Wednesday, June 21
Transition Town Montpelier’s Village-building Convergence has become a summer tradition in the area. The VbC is about empowering people with the knowledge and skills needed for a sustainable, resilient future. It’s varied in scope from a day to a week. This year, it’s going to be a “lite” addition to the regular solstice celebration at All Together Now Community Arts Center in East Montpelier: A permaculture walk and discussion in the site’s lovely and growing permaculture plantings.

Approximate times:
5 p.m. Gathering for potluck. Please bring food and drink to share, and your own plate, silverware, and drinking vessel.
7 p.m. Permaculture discussion and walk. Janice Walrafen of All Together Now has helped plan and install the site’s plantings. She’ll talk about their goals, how they’re achieving them, and future plans; ideas from others are welcome!
9 p.m. Bonfire with fireworks.

There may be fun, puppet performances, and song along the way, too!

All Together Now is at 170 Cherry Tree Hill Road in East Montpelier, not far from East Montpelier village. More information is at their web site,

Community Events and News

Invasive Species and Permaculture
Kellogg-Hubbard Library
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 PM

Join AmeriCorps members, Emily Markstein and Rebecca Harris, for this presentation and discussion about the various terrestrial invasive plant species found throughout Vermont and how permaculture can be utilized when replacing and displacing these invasive species.  Co-sponsored by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the Montpelier Department of Parks and Recreation.

Mother Earth News Fair

Mother Earth News Fair June 10th – 11th from 9:30 – 4:30 at the Champlain Valley Exposition (105 Pearl Street, Essex Junction). The fair will feature over 150 hands-on workshops on topics like organic gardening, holistic health and more.   Download your free admission voucher here (pdf) »

Mother Earth News Fair

Hike East Montpelier Trails

East Montpelier Trails, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization working to responsibly build and maintain a local network of trails in East Montpelier, Vermont.  Work is happening this Summer to improve the parking, boardwalks, and signs.  The East Montpelier trail network is connected to Montpelier trails too.  Check out this Map and plan your next hike!  Find out more about volunteering:  How to become more involved with EM Trail Projects

Wisdom of the Herbs School Events

Wisdom of the Herbs Certification Program 2017
We are accepting students into Wisdom of the Herbs 2017 up until June 15. Wisdom is a unique experiential program embracing the local herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs, home remedies,
sustainable living skills, and profound connection with Nature. Call Annie for an interview 802-456-8122 . Dates: April 22-23, May 20-21, June 17-18,July 15-16,  August 12-13,Sept 9-10, Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, 2017. 96 hour program. Tuition $1750. Payment Plan $187.50 / month. Some of what we did during our April weekend: we dug False Hellebore (toxic) and Wild Leek (edible) so everyone knows which is which; visited our toothbrush tree (yellow birch); got wowed by the outrageous red of the pistillate catkin of beaked hazel (use a hand lens to fully appreciate); made dandelion pesto (do try it); sang to the gardens; meditated by the spring-full falls; nibbled ox-eye daisy leaves; talked about what there is to forage in April in Vermont (inner bark anyone?) and made some awesome new plant-loving friends. AND we talked intensively about living in these times of transition – climate change, the end of the age of oil, how to be resilient and live simply.  Annie McCleary, director, Wisdom of the Herbs School. 456-8122.

Prospect Rock Permaculture Classes

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

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