Cat Buxton is a consultant and teacher working to connect communities and empower individuals to affect positive food system change. Cat is an effective and enthusiastic presenter, community organizer, project manager, and an advocate for regenerative food systems and a healthy environment. She offers group presentations and classes, coaching and consulting about composting, gardening, edible landscaping, farm-to-school, and attaining zero waste goals.
Projects: Private consulting, Manager of Thetford Elementary School Garden Program, Farm to School Coordinator at Strafford's Newton School, Coordinator for the Upper Valley Apple Corps, Project Manager for the Hartford Riverwalk Trail, Co-Director of Soil4Climate-VT, managing three Vermont Master Composter service projects.
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
Don't miss this great workshop on March 22!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Making it Happen At School
Registration – http://
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.
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://
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