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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..

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Apple Fest 2016 with Upper Valley Apple Corps and the Haven is October 8th!

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:

Cat Buxton

Grow It! Compost Workshop and Forum with Vermont Community Gardening Network

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

FORUM 6:30-8:00pm - free, just show up

Cat Buxton

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:

Cat Buxton

This Rots! Demystifying Compost - July 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

Sponsored by:

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

Cat Buxton

Cat Buxton

Don't miss this great workshop on March 22!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Making it Happen At School
Registration –
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 –

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


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:

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:

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