January Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Thursday, January 21, 6:00 PM.
Are you concerned about your IRA, 401(k) or pension plan being invested in the stock market? Do you find yourself wondering how you might shift your investments to support local businesses and keep your financial security closer to home?  Join Gwendolyn Hallsmith in a discussion about 28 local investment tools for grassroots investors, businesses, finance professionals, and anyone else interested in a vibrant local economy. Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense gives specific examples of how Vermont businesses, individuals, governmental agencies, and finance professionals have used local investment to create real wealth and jobs in our state.  Gwendolyn Hallsmith, is the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives, a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that has offices in Montpelier and Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of three books and three workbooks on sustainable development and local economies, and has 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally.

New England Regional Transition News

In November, thirteen members of the New England Resilience & Transition Network, including Dan Jones from Montpelier, gathered for an Action Planning meeting in Jamaica Plain, Boston. Folks came from Vermont to Portland, Maine to New Haven, Connecticut, and many places in between. It was wonderful to have representation from near and far.

In the morning we focused on the NERT network itself. NERT now has 44 members across all six New England states! We discussed network engagement, support and inter-connection, in keeping with NERT Goals #1 and #2. We also discussed plans to convene a NERT Advisory Committee to help us stay connected with other networks and glean more information from around the region.

In the afternoon, we focused on NERT Goals #3 and #4Articulate a Common Storythat conveys our vision for a positive future, despite threats of climate change, resource shortages, inequities, and more; and Create a sense of “Network Self-Awareness” among resilience, Transition, and other grassroots groups in New England. Read more…

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.

 

Community Events

Paris COP21 Report Back: Presented by Jobs, Justice, and Climate Initiative
Sunday January 3, 20164:30pm – 6pm, (potluck with 350VT to follow)

130 Main St, Unitarian Church of Montpelier
Join us for a report back from Aly Johnson-Kurts and Senowa Mize-Fox who were participants in the Vermont delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations. Aly and Senowa drew headlines around the world when they interrupted Governor Shumlin to draw attention to his unacceptable support for a fracked gas pipeline during his presentation at a “local climate leaders” panel. Aly is leader of SustainUS and the Communications Director with Rights & Democracy. Senowa is a leader of UE Local 203, the union representing workers at City Market. Hear their first hand accounts of the massive global protests in Paris and discuss next steps for the movement including the new Jobs, Justice & Climate initiative for bold action in Vermont, New Hampshire and beyond. Co-sponsored by 350 Vermont, potluck dinner to follow at 6pm.

This Changes Everything” film screening and panel discussion 
Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Free.

“This Changes Everything” is a documentary inspired by Naomi Klein’s book by the same name. It presents the impacts of climate change on communities worldwide and Klein’s ideas about how we can use the climate crisis to transform our economic system.


Followed by a panel discussion with:

Tony Klein, Vermont Representative from East Montpelier and Middlesex and Chair of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee
Tom Hughes, Energy Independent Vermont Campaign Director
Gabrielle Stebbins, Energy Consultant and Board Member at Renewable Energy Vermont

Sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, SunCommon, 350VT, Hunger Mountain Coop, and the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. 

Vermont Grain growers Conference:

Our theme this year for the Annual Grain Growers Conference is “From the Soil Up”.  Click on the Conference Flyer for more details, as well as registration information.

Join us on Thursday, March 17, 2016, 9:30am to 5:30pm at The Essex Resort for the conference.  Cost is $55 per person or $50 per NGGA member and includes lunch.

Our keynote speaker is author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement.  He will address climate change and the role of farmers sequestering CO2.  Go to the Conference Flyer or the registration website to see additional speakers and topics including: 
Greg Johnsman from Geechee Boy Mills
Andrew Heyn and Blair Marvin from Elmore Mountain Bread
John Navazio from Johnny Seeds
Farmers Sean O’Donnell and Thor Oeschner
Jaime Cummings, Cornell Plant Pathologist
King Arthur Flour
Vermont Bean Crafters
and more

Register early to save your spot at the 2016 Grain Growers Conference at at www.regonline.com/grainconference or call Susan Brouillette at 802-524-6501.  Please note that I cannot take credit card information over the phone to complete a registration.

News
CarShare Montpelier:

CarShare is a great tool for solving the parking problem in Montpelier.  Downtown often runs out of parking spots, and recently the lot at National Life has been completely full too.  If more people walked to work, this problem would be less severe.  VTRANS has been working to promote carsharing, carpooling and public transportation.  There are a lot of 2nd and 3rd cars per household in Montpelier.  When we reduce the number of cars we own, and use services like CarShare, we make our town better for everybody.  CarShare gives you access to a second car when you need it.

Let’s keep up the momentum and make this pilot project a huge success! If you’d like to get involved, please email alicia@carsharevt.org or call (802) 861-2340.

Life without a Car in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Transportation had a very interesting meeting on how to live without a car in Vermont.  The presentation can be seen here.

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Transition Town Montpelier November Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Food for Thought – Food For Life Movie and Panel Discussion:  Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 6:00 PM Thursday, November 19. We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion, including Ali Zappiro from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets, Katie Spring from Goodheart Farmstead in Worcester and others.  See the trailer HERE.

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.

The NERT network is ready for some action! On Monday, November 16, NERT members will gather in Boston to discuss moving forward to accomplish our goals. This will be a working meeting, focusing on action outcomes.

NERT Action Planning Meeting
Old Oak Dojo
14 Chestnut Place, Jamaica Plain, Boston MA
Monday, November 16, 10am – 2pm
In-home hospitality is available on a first come, first served basis
$10 donation requested to cover the cost of lunch

You are invited! – To RSVP email Sarah Byrnes (sarah@localcircles.org).

In keeping with our goals, we will focus on fostering inter-connection among initiatives and with other networks, and creating a Common Story or Identity for the network and anyone else seeking to create a just, sustainable region. This Common Story can also serve as a vision, propelling us toward the future we want to co-create.

Community Events

3rd Annual 350VT Meeting

Saturday, November 7th in East Randolph for the 350 Vermont Annual Meeting as we reflect on this past year’s work and plan for this coming year. We’re looking forward to a full day of workshops, dinner, campaign updates, annual report, and art build fun!

WHEN: Saturday, November 7th from 2:30 on

WHERE: East Randolph Community Hall, 168 route 14 East Randolph, Vermont

Agenda:

2:30pm: Workshops on carbon pricing, divestment, and more!
4:30pm: State-Wide Meeting
6:30pm: Dinner & Art Build

Please RSVP ASAP (Deadline was Oct 30)

 Transportation Board in Central VT to Discuss Public Transit and Life Without a Car

The Vermont Transportation Board at 6 p.m. on November 17 will hold a public forum in Central Vermont designed to engage the public in a conversation about navigating Vermont without a car. Topics include public transportation, the future or passenger rail, the proliferation of car sharing, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and how the legalization of marijuana could affect highway safety.

The forum is one of six the Board is holding around the state, and will be held at 6 p.m. Thatcher Brook Primary School Library, 47 Stowe Street in Waterbury, VT

Recent trends indicate that both nationally and here in Vermont people are driving significantly less than they did a decade ago, and that their transportation priories differ from those seen in years past. The Board wants to discuss this with Vermonters to determine how future transportation policy can be shaped to best position Vermont to meet their needs and remain both a safe and attractive place to live, work and raise a family.

For those who cannot attend, comment can also be submitted via email. For more information, please visit the Board’s website at http://tboard.vermont.gov.

News

CarShare Montpelier:

CarShare is great for Montpelier and its residents.  This service reduces the number of cars in the downtown area.  Downtown is loaded with cars and parking lots, detracting from its charms.  Dan Jones wrote a great piece for VT Digger that shows just how much of downtown is dedicated to cars.  Many households have two cars when they could have just one.  If your household gets rid of a car, you will save a lot of money, but you will also get other benefits.  You will walk and bike more, which is healthy.  You will take public transportation, which allows you to work, read, or nap while you are travelling.  But you may get into situations where two people need the household’s car at the same time.  CarShare gives you access to a second car when you need it.

CarShare VT has a special offer.  The $30 application fee will be waived if you join by November 6.  Use the promo code: MONTPELIER.

Since the launch, over 80 Montpelier residents have joined CarShare Vermont.  Let’s keep up the momentum and make this pilot project a huge success! If you’d like to get involved, please email alicia@carsharevt.org or call (802) 861-2340.

Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan – Comment

Vermont is updating its Comprehensive Energy Plan and the period of comment is coming to a close on November 9.  If you want the state to take action on climate change, please let them know.  If you have an opinion on renewable energy, conservation, efficiency, and the environment, this is your chance to have input.  Click HERE to comment.

Transition Town Montpelier October Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Do you have ideas for speakers this Fall?  Send them to transitiontownmontpelier@gmail.com.

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:

Webinar: The New England New Economy Fund
Thursday, October 15
12pm – 1pm ET
Read more

Workshop: Leadership Skills for Networked Work
Part of the RootsSkills Training Retreat 
Saturday, October 31
1pm – 4pm
Keene, NH
Read more

Community Events

350.vt Montpelier Node Meeting

This meeting will take place Sunday October 4 at 6:30 at the Unitarian church.  The Montpelier node would like to work with other related Montpelier organizations.  Please come if you can.

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

Energy Efficient Home Tour in Adamant

Richard Czaplinski cordially invites those who may be interested in home energy conservation to his place in Adamant on Saturday, October 3. Richard has lived in Adamant in an energy conservation mode, what he calls “Built-in” conservation, for over three decades. He has given dozens of tours and lectures of the place featuring the “walk in refrigerator” (AKA as a root cellar) and the diminutive solar power system (75 watts at full sun) that have served him quite well over the years. 
 
This event is a fund raiser for Vermont Natural Resources Council of which he is a Board member. The tours are free, however any donations will be matched one-for-one up to $1000.
 
For more information and to sign up for one of the four tours that day, go to this link: http://vnrc.org/event/join-us-for-an-energy-conservation-house-tour

News

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 alicia@carsharevt.org 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 at www.orexchange.org.

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, (http://brightbluemedia.org) 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 totransitiontownmontpelier@gmail.com.

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: lisa@harmonizedcookery.com
with Hailey: soul.foodandconfections@gmail.com
or by calling the Tea Room: 802.223.1431

News

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 alicia@carsharevt.org 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 atwww.orexchange.org.

Transition Town Montpelier August Newsletter

 Transition Town Montpelier Events

There are no Transition Town Montpelier Events this Summer.  We are taking some time off.  We will be back with the Speaker Series at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library this Fall.  In the meantime, you can hear the latest transition-related news and enjoy a wide variety of community events.

Do you have ideas for speakers this Fall?  Send them to transitiontownmontpelier@gmail.com.

New England Regional Transition News

One of the major goals of the transition movement is to build a resilient economy.  The New England Grassroots Environmental Fund supports organizations that build connections between people, foster local economies, and teach the skills to thrive.  Recent grants have been provided to the Onion River Exchange and the Northfield Street Community Garden in Montpelier.  Now a new fund has been announced specifically to promote the new economy.  The New England New Economy Fund was founded to support the needs of the local movement for a new economy in New England by: a) fueling the activity of local groups with direct grant funding to support community-based projects, programs and leaders; b) ensuring the sustainability of local efforts by providing skills-building opportunities and technical assistance; and c) building the capacity of local groups by supporting an emerging learning community of local groups through gatherings and network-building activities. The Fund is a collaboration of New England Grassroots Environment Fund and the New England New Economy Transition (NET) program of Institute for Policy Studies, on behalf of the local, state and regional initiatives working to build a new economy.
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Across the region, hundreds of local initiatives are taking on the task of building community resilience and shaping a new economy that works for their community. As a web of networked, locally-rooted economies grows, support for the grassroots groups creating these building blocks is essential. Whether it is crafting an community education series, keeping a big box store off their main street, starting a time bank, creating mutual aid networks, starting up a cooperative business, or circulating a local currency, community groups are finding myriad ways to come together in the face of economic uncertainty created by an unjust global economy. They are resisting the forces of globalization and building viable economic alternatives that are based in renewed relationships with each other and the earth.
Interested in supporting the New Economy Fund?  Donate Now

Community Events

SOILFEST: Jim Stiles, formerly of Transition Town Montpelier and now living in the Burlington area, is organizing the event described below:

Open Farm Week Events Near Montpelier: There will be a huge market on the statehouse lawn.  See details below. Also some local farms are hosting events.  More info at http://www.diginvt.com/.

Burelli Farm: 269 Burelli Farm Drive, Berlin, VT 05602.  You can visit this farm for Open Farm Week: 9am to 5pm Monday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 9th to experience a tour of the farm, view animals and poultry. Certified organic chicken will also be available for purchase at the farm store.  Click here for more details.

Willow Moon Farm: 1495 Coburn Road, Plainfield, VT 05667.  Open 7 days a week 10-6. You can visit this farm for Open Farm Week, August 3 to August 9, any day from 10am to 6pm to meet the goats, our goat kids, try some cheese, and see the dairy. Thursday from 11-2 there will be a hike to the river (weather permitting) and Lunch With A Goat!  Contact here for more details.

Green Mountain Girls Farm: 923 Loop Road, Northfield, VT 05663.  Farm Stand Open Thursday evenings from 4pm to 7pm. Contact us at 802-505-9840 or reservations@eatstayfarm.com to make a reservation. You can also visit this farm during Open Farm Week: Thursday, August 6th from 4pm to 6:30pm and Saturday, August 8th from 10:00 to noon. Click here for more info.

Healthy Cooking Classes For the Whole Family!

with Hailey Cohn and Lisa Masé, Monday, Aug. 24 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at Tulsi Tea Room in Montpelier, Vermont

 – Everyone can cook! Essential cooking skills for nourishing meals,
Cost $5 per child / $15 per adult Includes hands-on class, ingredients, recipes & dinner
Pre-register with Lisa: lisa@harmonizedcookery.com with Hailey:soul.foodandconfections@gmail.com or by calling the Tea Room: 802.223.1431.
Archery Intensive Weekend at Mountainsong Expeditions
Location: Worcester, VT.  Dates:  Aug 15-16, 2015
This weekend workshop is designed for our friends who want to dive deep into the practice of instinctive archery.  We will shoot with traditional recurve bows that are easy to draw and simple to understand.  This workshop is for those who are just getting started with archery, those who want to improve their form and aim, and those who want to practice archery in a supportive & empowering community of archers.  Whether you want to shoot your bow as a spiritual meditative practice, to connect with your inner badass, or as an aspiring bow hunter, this weekend will teach you the foundational skills you need:

  • Proper archery stance
  • How to hold the bow
  • Developing a consistent anchor for your draw
  • How to determine your dominant eye
  • Determining safe a arrow length for you
  • Safety considerations when setting up a range at home
  • How to select basic equipment
  • Engaging your breath cycle while shooting
  • How to use archery to calm and focus your mind
  • Using archery for self understanding
  • What you need to learn if you want to become a safe & ethical bowhunter

News

CarShare Montpelier: CarShare Vermont is here and is growing.  The Bridgenewspaper recently reported on it.  See the article here.  There is a car at City Hall and another at the Library.  Click here to join or find out more.

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 hours to be announced.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info at www.orexchange.org.

USA and Vermont-Made Clothing.  Salaam Boutique on State St in Montpelier has lots of clothing sewn in Vermont.   All-American Clothing (http://www.allamericanclothing.com/) has shorts, pants and shirts made int the USA, traced from dirt (cotton farmer) to shirt.  If you know of local or regional clothing makers, please email us attransitiontownmontpelier@gmail.com.  We like to support the local and regional economy.

Transition Town Montpelier July Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier

From Oil Dependency to Community Resiliency:
Bringing the Head, Heart, and Hands of Communities Together
to Relocalize and Reskill

*July 2015 Newsletter*

Transition Town Montpelier Events

There are no Transition Town Montpelier Events this Summer.  We are taking some time off.  We will be back with the Speaker Series at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library this Fall.  In the meantime, you can hear the latest transition-related news and enjoy a wide variety of community events.

Transition Town US News

The radio show “Here and Now” did a feature on Transition Streets, last month. Transition Streets is a tried-and-tested, award-winning behaviour-change project to cut energy use and strengthen your neighbourhood.  You can listen to the feature here.  For more information on the transition streets website.

Community Events

Tree, Shrub, and Herb Walks at Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury: 

Annie McCleary be leading Tree, Shrub and Herb Walks on Wednesday, July 8, and on Thursday, July 16, both from 4:30pm to 6pm at Wisdom of the Herbs School, 1005 County Rd in Woodbury. The Walks will be in different habitats, so feel free to come to both if you like! Sliding scale 0 to $10. Preregistration is appreciated, call Annie at 456-8122 or annie.mccleary@gmail.com. Please give me your phone number, just in case.Children welcome. Directions to the School are here:http://www.wisdomoftheherbsschool.com/location.html . George Lisi’s poetry books,Through the Gate of Trees, and The Home of Light, will be available at all of my Walks.

Botanical Drawing with Jesse Lovasco:  Saturday, July 18th from from 10am to 1pm at the Harmonized Earth  During this hands-on learning experience, participants will gain drawing skills, explore plant families, and draw specimens. Jesse is a seasoned educator who is certified through Yestermorrow.  $45 includes all materials. Questions? Email contact@jesselovasco.com.  Email Lisa Masé to register.

350VT Legislative Potluck and Info Event:  Thursday July 9 New Shelter in Hubbard Park, Montpelier.  This will be an end of the legislative session potluck and info event to recap the climate action highlights of the 2015 session and begin shaping priorities for 2016. This is a chance to meet and network with others who share an interest in climate change activism and to get up-to-date information on what is happening in Vermont and what you can do to influence Vermont’s safe and sustainable energy future.  Representative Mary Hooper, Co-Chair of the Legislative Climate Caucus, will offer her perspective on what’s ahead. Ben Walsh from the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), Jim Murphy, National Wildlife Federation senior counsel,Maeve McBride, 350VT and Robb Kidd from the Sierra Club will update us on the carbon pollution tax, tar sands, divestment and clean water legislation.  Bring your own beverage and a side dish to share. 350 will provide paper goods, burgers (meat and veggie) to grill and condiments.  PLEASE RSVP. EMAIL BRITTANY DUNN AT Brittany@350vt.org.

State Energy Plan Forums in July:  The Public Service Department will be holding a series of four public forums around the state in July to solicit Vermonters’ thoughts on how the state can meet its energy goals – and energy needs – in the coming years. The input will inform the next revision of Vermont’s long-range, Comprehensive Energy Plan.  “In 2011, Vermont established a widely supported goal of getting 90 percent of our energy from renewable sources by 2050. Now, we want to hear more from Vermonters on how they think we should prioritize possible pathways and tools to meet this important goal,” said Asa Hopkins, the department’s Director of Energy Policy and Planning.  One of the department’s goals for the updated plan is to establish nearer-term targets that balance technology constraints, cost, carbon considerations and community concerns. The department will also host a series of forums, soliciting further public input, when a draft is available. Those will likely take place in September and October.  The July forums all run from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. (Refreshments start at 5:30 and the official program starts at 6.)

Dates and locations are:

  • July 9 – Woodstock (Billings Farm and Museum)
  • July 16 – Middlebury (Town Hall Theater)
  • July 20 – Manchester (Manchester Community Library)
  • July 23 – St Albans (Bellows Free Academy)

For more information on the CEP, visit: http://www.energyplan.vt.gov

News

CarShare Montpelier: CarShare Vermont is here. This is an important step to making Montpelier an awesome place to live, even if you don’t have a car. Why own a car, which sits on average 98% of the time, when you can share? If you are interested in this service, click here to learn more, or sign-up!  If you work in Montpelier, and your employer could use this service, please spread the word.  There is a car at City Hall and another at the Library. Watch for the CarShare table at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market.

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 hours to be announced.  They have an orbital sander, drop clothes, safety equipment, industrial extension cords, a circular saw, .cordless drill, wet vac, jigsaw, etc.  More info at www.orexchange.org.

Open for Summer – New Location – Walking Onion Plant Nursery.  Walking Onion grows and sells herbaceous, perennial plants raised in healthy, living soil. We specialize in perennial vegetables for the edible ecosystem. Check out ourspring catalog, and come visit us at our new location. We also offer edible and ecological design and installation. We are on the Country Road (#1573) not far from town, open by appointment. Local deliveries available.  Call 802.793.4247 or write walkingonionllc@gmail.com.  You can also find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkingOnion

Campaign to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline

*Special Announcement*

Campaign to Stop the Fracked Gas Pipeline

Tomorrow, June 22, 4:00PM

Rally and Vigil, Public Service Board, 112 State Street, Montpelier.

The Vermont Public Service Board is about to hold the final technical hearings to decide whether to reevaluate Vermont Gas’s permits to build the pipeline. Thousands of Vermonters–ratepayers, landowners, and concerned citizens–have fought, rallied, and organized for over two years to stop it. The construction of the VT Gas pipeline would result in the largest build of fossil fuel infrastructure Vermont has seen in 50 years. Organized by a coalition that includes 350Vermont, Rising Tide Vermont, and Just Power, hundreds of protesters will gather in Montpelier on the days of the hearing. The event will start with a rally at 4 p.m. followed by speeches, performances, and an all-night vigil and encampment.
https://www.facebook.com/events/844509015629326/
http://www.risingtidevermont.org/june-22.html