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Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting, LLC

Using a systems-based approach to address the complex problems within our food systems, we empower and support people to affect the necessary changes to restore health to people and planet through our daily actions.

Cat Buxton offers all aspects of gardening, composting and farm-to-school consulting. She is an effective and enthusiastic teacher, presenter, community organizer, and an advocate for food system change..

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Symposium On Soil (SOS) - Thursday, August 25 5:30-7:30

Learn about the vibrant culture of soil and the many ways it holds our future together.

Cat Buxton

Hartford Resilience Week

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:
http://hartford-vt.org/DocumentCenter/View/656

Cat Buxton

This Rots! Demystifying Compost - July 30, 2016

Saturday, July 30 at 10 AM - 12 PM
WRJ Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/1723025027967095/

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 info@uppervalleyfood.coop.

Cat Buxton

Garden Insects 101: Attracting Beneficials & Deterring Pests - July 19, 2016

Tuesday, July 19 at 6 PM - 7 PM
WRJ Community Garden at Ratcliffe Park
https://www.facebook.com/events/1715268018742279/

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!

Cat Buxton

Don't Trash Your Garbage - FREE presentation on June 2, 2016

Where and When:
Thursday, June 2, 6-8pm Kilton Library, 80 Main St., West Lebanon NH

Description:
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!

Presenters:
Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less - Food Systems Consulting, Sharon VT
Marc Morgan, Solid Waste Manager, City of Lebanon NH

Sponsored by:
CANILLAS COMMUNITY GARDEN and LEBANON ENERGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Contact:
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 ltompkinskelly@gmail.com

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Don't miss this great workshop on March 22!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Making it Happen At School
Registration – http://bit.ly/1PMZk7s
Being mindful of waste is good for the planet, is educational, saves you money, and adds strength to the social fabric of communities. Learn about the critical ingredients for success in managing recycling and reducing waste at schools, what the options are, and what compliance with Act 148 (Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law) looks like. We’ll help you identify the challenges and opportunities in your school community, demystify the process of source separation and on-site composting, and leave you inspired to get started in your school with a plan in hand.

Presentation by
Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less - Food Systems Consulting
Ham Gillett, Act 148 Recycling/Composting Outreach Coordinator for the S. Windsor/Windham Counties and the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management Districts

When – Tuesday, March 22 – 4-6:30 pm
Where – Windsor Schools – 127 State Street, Windsor, VT
Registration – http://bit.ly/1PMZk7s

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

October 21, 2015 Farm To School Compost Forum in Brattleboro

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!
Confirmed Presenters:
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

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13xjOmnXY3X21bygqVqcNqCdyiKostkWqMvHVNYH681U/viewform

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

The TES school gardens are looking fantastic this year! Have a peek at some of early August's gifts: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1123149587713221&type=1

Cat Buxton

Praise from the Sierra Club

How nice to receive this praise from the Upper Valley Sierra Club for my presentation on beneficial insects at 'Bees: To Be or Not' in April, 2015!

Cat Buxton

Thetford Elementary School Garden Community Work Day – May 7, 2015

School Garden Community Work Day. May 7, 2015
Thetford Elementary School Garden
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the TES School Garden after-school work day on Thursday. Over 20 hard-working community members, school staff, parents and students attended, bringing their incredible enthusiasm and helpful talents, tools, and cookies and lemonade donated from the school kitchen. Many hands made the work light and fun. And, we got a lot accomplished.
Check out some photos of the day: http://bit.ly/TES-work-day-2015-on-fb-photos

Cat Buxton

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Two new presentations, re: composting at schools and re: beneficial insects, are up @www.catbuxton.com http://bit.ly/CatBuxton-video-gallery

Cat Buxton

Starting Seeds in the Classroom

Students at TES have started their classroom seeds for the school gardens. In our classroom visits we divide into 3 groups and have 3 stations to visit in 45 minutes: A seeding table, a theme coloring table, and a theme science observation and activity table. This class of 2nd graders is just starting their pollinators unit.
See more photos >> http://bit.ly/TESGARDEN-on-fb-photos

Cat Buxton

Excited to launch my new business promoting food system change through education and advocacy! www.catbuxton.com


Grow More, Waste Less   |  Food Systems Consulting, LLC  -  Cat Buxton    Sharon, Vermont   Email: cat@growmorewasteless.com

Compost & Gardening Consulting   •   Educational Services   •   Community & Project Organizing   •   Food Systems Advocacy

Educating and connecting communities to affect positive food system change, from the ground up.