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