Cat Buxton is a change facilitator. A consultant and teacher, she works to connect communities and empower people to affect positive food system change from the ground up. Cat is an effective and enthusiastic presenter, community organizer, project manager, and an advocate for regenerating healthy ecosystems. She offers group presentations, classes, and coaching on soil health, composting, gardening and edible landscaping, farm-to-school, and attaining zero waste goals.
Projects: Private consulting, Thetford Elementary School Garden Program Manager, Upper Valley Apple Corps Coordinator, Hartford Riverwalk Trail Project Manager, and founder of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. She is a certified EMG Vermont Master Composter managing three service project compost sites at elementary schools in Thetford, Strafford, and Marlboro. Cat serves on the Board of Directors of the Upper Valley Food Coop, Rural Vermont, and the Soil Carbon Coalition.
3 Free "Land Listeners" Workshops in Vermont with the Soil Carbon Coalition
August and September 2018
Friday, August 17, Robinson Hill Beef Farm, Calais
Saturday, August 18, Howling Wolf Farm, Randolph
Thursday, September 20, Butterworks Farm, Westfield
Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Do you want to understand and track the impact of grazing and land management on soil health, watershed function, soil carbon, and public health? Join us for a free workshop at one of three grass-fed meat and dairy farms throughout Vermont.
These participatory daylong workshops will give you detailed theory in whole-systems landscape function, soil health principles, and the work of biology in creating the soil carbon sponge. You will also learn hands-on skills to monitor the health and function of your farm and other working lands. These include visual assessments of soil health, biological work, and water infiltration, as well as how to record repeatable geolocated observations in the open source www.atlasbiowork.com database to track changes over time and space.
Through these workshops we aim to create “communities of practice”—working groups of closely-connected people in a region, with shared skill sets, data maps, and goals of regenerating landscapes and improving watershed function--with an interest in continuing to learn together.
We will cover:
• Connections between plants, soil microbiology, and carbon and water flows.
• The impact of those relationships on public health, local economies, watershed function, weather, and climate resilience.
• Soil health principles
• Why the soil carbon sponge is the basic infrastructure that makes life on land possible
• Basic hands-on skills for mapping and monitoring changes over time in soil health and watershed function
• Group facilitation skills to maximize participation, connection, and learning
Details on our free atlasbiowork.com open data platform and monitoring network can be found on the Soil Carbon Coalition website, here: http://
Free community learning/teaching resources on soil health and watershed function are here: http://
Facilitated by Didi Pershouse and Cat Buxton of the Soil Carbon Coalition, with support from the Grazing Lands Coalition.
Free to attend. Bring your own lunch, place setting, and water bottle. Please bring a chair for the classroom portion and dress appropriately for field work: proper shoes, sun protection and tick prevention.
To arrange possible carpooling or if you have questions about any of these workshops, contact Cat Buxton at CatDuffyBuxton@gmail.com.
Join us for a free workshop at one of three grass-fed meat and dairy farms throughout Vermont.
August 17, Robinson Hill Beef Farm, Calais
August 18, Howling Wolf Farm, Randolph
September 20, Butterworks Farm, Westfield
Didi Pershouse is the author of The Ecology of Care: Medicine, Agriculture, Money, and the Quiet Power of Human and Microbial Communities and Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function: A Teacher's Manual. After 22 years of clinical work with patients, she now travels and teaches, helping to connect the dots between soil health, human health, and climate resiliency. She is the president of the Soil Carbon Coalition, and a co-founder of the "Can we Rehydrate California?" Initiative. She was one of five speakers at the United Nations-FAO World Soil Day in 2017. You can learn more about her work at www.didipershouse.com
Cat Buxton is a community organizer, compost consultant and soil health educator. She runs Grow More, Waste Less in Sharon, VT and is founding director of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rural Vermont, the Soil Carbon Coalition, and Upper Valley Food Co-op. To learn more about her work visit www.growmorewasteless.com
The Grow More Waste Less series offered at the Upper Valley Food Co-op is a collection of gardening workshops geared towards those looking to learn more about soil health, individuals looking for support when managing their own gardens, and a means to connect the Upper Valley Community through the love of locally grown food.
• Starting Up A Garden
, Thursday, February 8th, 6pm
• Composting: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale , Thursday, March 8th, 6pm
• Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope, Thursday, April 12th, 6pm
• Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground, Thursday, May 10th, 6pm
What to expect when coming to the workshops:
Starting Up A Garden, Thursday, February 8th, 6pm
Learn the basics of what to plan for when starting your garden. Class is suitable for beginning, and intermediate gardeners. Topics include: Design logic, planning for succession crops, preparing soil, no-till techniques, crop rotation, frost and sun protection, hardening plants, seeding tips, timing and temperature, thinning, irrigation and using mulch. This is an interactive workshop with plenty of time to ask questions and share experiences. No question is a bad one; bring yours!
Composting: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale, Thursday, March 8th, 6pm
Reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil, save money and the planet! Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical ways to manage trash including composting in the backyard. We’ll cover the basics of recycling, vermiculture, hugelkulture, and get into detail about compost ingredients and recipes, bin types and management systems. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope, Thursday, April 12th, 6pm
This presentation covers the impact of agriculture on our environment and the solutions underfoot. Learn the fundamentals of where food comes from and how your daily food choices are directly connected to soil health, the soil food web, water cycles, the human micro biome, ocean dead zones and climate change. We end with a series of accessible positive solutions. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground, Thursday, May 10th, 6pm
We’ll talk about weeds and bugs, both beneficials and pests. Learn the difference, how to identify them, and about systems you can put in place to foster an environment to support a balanced diversity of their populations in your yard and garden without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Topics include: common garden pests and organic controls, beneficial insects and companion plants, design elements for insects, responsible integrated pest management. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
At Upper Valley Food Coop we couldn't ask for a better collaboration for our 2018 theme "Less is More" as Cat Buxton's work encompass that practice. Cat focuses on educating the public to understand the microbial benefits of composting and how it can be used to impact our environment in a significant way. Cat is all about contributing Less man-made products in our waste system, and incorporating More food waste in our composting, this will allow us to grow more nutrient dense foods giving us a healthier diet, and make a difference in our soil bio-diversity, which in turn, helps our ecosystem on a larger scale. Has this description peaked your interest? Be on the look-out for the following workshops every second Thursday this winter and spring:
Cat Buxton is a busy cross-pollinator. A social entrepreneur, she runs Grow More, Waste Less, in Sharon VT, empowering and connecting communities to affect positive change from the ground up. A self-described microbe geek, Cat loves to talk about bugs, soil health, gardening, and composting, pretty much wherever she goes. She manages the edible schoolyard at Thetford Elementary School, weaving it into K-6 project based learning, and is a technical guide for school compost systems. She’s the coordinator for Upper Valley Apple Corps and a host of other projects including the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Soil4Climate-Vermont, and three active service projects with the UVM Extension Master Composting Initiative. She serves on the Board’s of Upper Valley Food Co-op, Rural Vermont, and the Soil Carbon Coalition. She consults, teaches, and presents about soil and ecosystem health. She loves to be outside with hands on earth, and to live simply with her husband and kitty friends.
This workshop series is open to gardeners of all ages. This is a free lesson with a suggested donation of $5 to go towards the support of Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN). The Vermont Community Garden Network’s mission is to support and grow the state’s vibrant network of community and school gardens. This mission is achieved by growing gardens, gardeners, and garden leaders. Learn more about VCGN at vcgn.org
Please call the Co-op at 802-295-5804 in the event of inclement weather to be sure the workshop has not been cancelled. You can find this workshop upstairs in the Co-op's Classroom.
Soil as a Climate Solution
Saturday July 29, 12 – 1 PM
Upper Valley Food Co-op, upstairs in the classroom
95 North Main Street, White River Junction, VT
Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change, emitting a third of greenhouse gas emissions. Even if we stopped using fossil fuels tomorrow (and we should) we'd still have over 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. Changing our land management practices and the way we eat can make a huge difference in the mission to maintain a livable planet. Learn how the carbon and water cycles can draw down CO2 and restore landscape function to mitigate flooding, drought, and cool the planet. FREE.
Turning Trash to Treasure - Backyard Composting
Wednesday August 16 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Norman Williams Public Library, 10 the Green, Woodstock, VT
Come to a FREE workshop by Cat Buxton, VT Master Composter and community educator, and learn to reduce your trash size and smell, improve the health of your lawn and garden, and save money! Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach will surely activate your interest and demystify the processes of composting. She’ll cover the spectrum of practical compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. This program is co-sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock, North Chapel and Norman Williams Public Library.
Building Soil from the Ground Up
Wednesday August 23, 5 – 6 PM
Center For Transformational Practice
149 Latham Works Lane, White River Junction
This hour long talk will focus on the importance of building soil through enhancing photosynthesis, capturing water, alternatives to tilling soil, and other systems for enabling the soil microbiome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. Learn simple techniques for building the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, the vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. We’ll discuss the basics of techniques like composting, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients. FREE.
This Rots! Demystifying Compost
Thursday August 24, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
White Rive Community garden at Ratcliff Park,
Latham Works Lane, White River Junction VT
Reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil and save money by composting. This outdoor class will touch on the best ways to manage yard waste, community garden compost, and integrating a compost system in to your home kitchen and garden without a lot of fuss. Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical compost pile ingredients and compost bins, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Please register with Upper Valley Food Co-op: http://
Cat Buxton works to connect communities to affect positive food system change from the ground up. She operates Grow More, Waste Less - Food Systems Consulting, LLC offering all aspects of community organizing, and consulting for gardening, composting and farm-to-school. She is co-director of Soil4Climate-Vermont and founder of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. www.growmorewasteless.com
Thursday June 22 2017 6:30p - 7:30p
Buggin’ Out: Garden Insects 101
Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park, WRJct VT
Sponsored by the Upper Valley Food Co-op
Garden consultant and community educator, Cat Buxton, loves to talk about bugs! Learn the difference between good bugs and bad bugs and how to create conditions to attract and keep beneficial insect populations that support a thriving garden and landscape without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Topics include: identifying common garden pests and beneficial insects, organic controls, responsible integrated pest management, microbes.
This workshop is FREE. Space is limited. RSVP online at http://
Come to a FREE workshop by Cat Buxton, VT Master Composter and community educator, and learn to reduce your trash size and smell, improve the health of your lawn and garden, and save money! Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach will surely activate your interest and demystify the processes of composting. She’ll cover the spectrum of practical compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health.
Get DIRT CHEAP supplies! Workshop participants may purchase a “Soil Saver” composter for $25(Suggested Retail - $125) and a “Sure-Close” food scrap pail for $5, generously subsidized by the VT Department of Environmental Conservation Solid Waste Program.
Workshops are from 5:30PM to 7:00PM at the following locations:
May 16 Sharon Baxter Memorial Library
May 17 Rockingham Rockingham Public Library
June 7 Windsor Windsor Public Library
June 8 Springfield Springfield Town Library
June 14 Ludlow Fletcher Memorial Library
June 15 W. Fairlee Westshire Elementary School
**Sponsored by the Greater Upper Valley and So. Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Districts**
Read the October 9 article in the Valley News here: http://
Thanks to a New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Grow!grant, Cat is the project Coordinator for this amazing group of citizens: The Upper Valley Apple Corps. She is helping the group to plan this annual fall harvest event. Join us!
The Upper Valley Apple Corps warmly invite you to join us for Apple Fest 2016 at the Upper Valley Haven! This free event is a perfect way to for families to spend a beautiful autumn day. Come help us celebrate free-for-the-picking upper valley fruits, nuts and berries. We’ll kick off the morning with educational workshops and a tree planting ceremony and then we’ll dig into the fruit of the day - making sauce and pressing cider! BYOC (Bring your own quart-size or smaller container/lid) and take home some fresh cider or apple sauce. Community potluck feast starts at 12:30.
Saturday Oct 8th, 10 - 2
At The Upper Valley Haven
713 Hartford Ave, (Rt. 5) WRJ, VT
10:00 - 11:30 Community Fruit Tree and Guild Planting Workshop Demonstration
11:30 - 2:00 Cider and Sauce Apple Processing Party, Children’s Activities
12:30-1:30 Community Potluck Feast
More info on the event and Apple Corps: https://
TWO EVENTS IN ONE EVENING!
Tuesday, October 18
WORKSHOP: workshop (includes dinner) 4-6:15pm, $35, register online
FORUM: Forum 6:30-8:00pm - free, just show up
The Fall Grow It! garden leader workshop is coming to Woodstock with a focus on compost management. Join community and school garden leaders from around your region to learn about strategies to boost your onsite compost systems, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement! The workshops are presented by VCGN in partnership with regional garden expert Charlie Nardozzi and are followed by public Community Compost Forums. Compost expert James MacSweeney and Charlie Nardozzi, Vermont's gardening guy, will be featured presenters at the workshop.
Among the local garden leaders at the evening forum will be Cat Buxton along with her Thetford Elementary School compost/garden compadre, Joette Hayashigawa.
Woodstock: October 18, Woodstock Union High School & Middle School
WORKSHOP (includes dinner) 4-6:15pm, $35, register online
$35/person. Register in advance at http://
FORUM 6:30-8:00pm - free, just show up
This week is the 5th Anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene.
The Community Resilience Organization of Hartford is hosting a series of FREE workshops to build our individual, family, neighborhood, village and town abilities to adapt and bounce back from everything from inconvenient snowstorms to catastrophes such as TS Irene to long term climate change.
I'll be presenting at the Symposium On Soils on Thursday along with Didi Pershouse. At the final Saturday evening gathering, Upper Valley Apple Corps (an awesome group I work with) will feature a presentation and tree dedication: the planting of 4 fruit trees and complimentary plant guilds on the Town Hall Green! For descriptions of all the interesting workshops and great presenters during this week of events go to the town of Hartford website:
Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM - 12 PM
WRJ Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park
Reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil and save money by composting. Learn to integrate a compost system in to your home kitchen and garden without a lot of fuss. Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical compost pile ingredients and compost bins, the role of compost in soil management, and the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts. This class will cover the different management styles and recipes needed for backyard and community gardens.
Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process.
Cat Buxton is a consultant and teacher from Sharon, VT promoting food system change through education and advocacy.
The fee for this workshop is $5 UVFC members; $10 non-member. Workshop open to All. Registration required. Register at the Upper Valley Food Co-op, or call (802) 295-5804; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 19 at 6 PM - 7 PM
WRJ Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park
Cat Buxton loves to talk about weeds and bugs, both beneficials and pests. Learn the difference, how to identify them, and about systems you can put in place to foster an environment to support a balanced diversity of their populations in your yard and garden without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Topics include: common garden pests and organic controls, beneficial insects and companion plants, responsible integrated pest management.
The class is FREE, sponsored by Upper Valley Food Coop. Let us know that you are coming so we can have enough of Cat's great handouts!
Nobody is better at spotting bug camouflage than kids are - bring em' along!
Where and When:
Thursday, June 2, 6-8pm Kilton Library, 80 Main St., West Lebanon NH
Find out what happens to our waste now and why that needs to change. Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical ways to manage food, yard, and garden waste in the backyard including composting, vermiculture, and hugelkultur. We'll cover compost recipes, bin styles, and the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest, demystify the process, and leave you inspired to get started!
Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less - Food Systems Consulting, Sharon VT
Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager, City of Lebanon NH
CANILLAS COMMUNITY GARDEN and LEBANON ENERGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
While it is not necessary to register in advance, we would appreciate knowing that you're coming so we can plan appropriately. Please email Lorraine Kelly at email@example.com
Join us for an interactive workshop, to learn what works in school composting systems (both on and off-site solutions), how to comply with Vermont's Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) and to find resources and receive customized support from some of our local experts in reducing, re-purposing and recycling organic waste in schools!
Cat Buxton: Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consultant, Sharon, VT
Kristen Benoit: Windham Solid Waste Management District, Brattleboro, VT
Barb Smith: Manchester Elementary & Middle School compost program queen!, Manchester, VT
Alex Bornstein: Vermont Foodbank's new School Food Rescue Program