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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 soil health, gardening, composting and farm-to-school. She is co-director of Soil4Climate-Vermont and founder of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition.

If you'd like to hire Cat to present for your group, contact her by email at cat@growmorewasteless.com.
For a sample of some of Cat's presentation slides, visit the gallery.


Grow More, Waste Less - Summer and Fall Classes 2018
JULY 19, Thursday, 6 PM - 7:45 PM
We Can Cool the Planet Now: Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope
Upstairs at Upper Valley Food Coop 193 N. Main St. WRJ VT
The ripples of our daily food choices and general behaviors directly impact climate change. This presentation offers accessible, positive solutions that will help to cool the planet while restoring water, soil and public health. Henry covers the science of the natural systems that allow for planetary cooling and Cat digs in to understanding healthy soil and watershed function and how the average person can effect change in the backyard and in the marketplace. We each go for about 30 minutes. This is a fun and inspiring presentation. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Donations are appreciated.

JULY 21, Saturday 10 AM - 12 PM
Family and Farm Composting
Wild Water Farm, West Hartford VT
Join us in crafting a recipe for the family and farm compost system at Wild Water Farm. Cat will give an overview of the soil food web to help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing family and farm waste. Learn about the spectrum of practical compostable ingredients and how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and small farm compost systems.

AUGUST 11, Saturday, 2018 - 10:00AM TO 4:00PM
Building Soil From the Ground Up (a NOFA-VT summer workshop)

Join farmers Stephen Leslie and Kerry Gawalt on a tour of their farm, they’ll talk about their soil fertility building practices and nutrient management program. Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will talk about 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 up the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. We’ll discuss the basics of techniques like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients.
LOCATION: Cobb Hill
ADDRESS: 17 Linden Rd., Hartland, VT 05048
COST: Cost: $50 members, $40 non-members. Lunch included.
CONTACT NAME: Kyla Bedard EMAIL: kyla@nofavt.org
Register here

AUGUST 12, Sunday, 4 PM - 7 PM
Advanced Backyard Composting
Saxtons River, Vermont (location TBA)
Crafting a recipe for the backyard compost system is a critical element for success in making a healthy soil amendment and for protecting wildlife and pets. Cat will give an overview of the soil food web to help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing kitchen and yard waste. Learn about the spectrum of practical compostable ingredients and how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and neighborhood compost systems.
Please BYO chair, sun protection and hydration needs.

SEPTEMBER 17, Monday 7 PM - 8:30 PM
Composting 101: Managing Food Waste On a Home Scale
Rutland at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland, VT
sponsored by Rutland Master Gardeners
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 options, compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. You'll leave feeling inspired! Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.


Soil Carbon Coalition Land Listener Workshops - August and September 2018

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 at one of three grass-fed beef and dairy farms throughout Vermont.
These free 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 make and upload observations to help 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 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

  • 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.

    DETAILS AND REGISTRATION:
    AUGUST 17, Friday, 9AM - 5 PM
    Robinson Hill Beef Farm, Calais
    Please register in advance
    AUGUST 18, Saturday, 9AM - 5 PM
    Howling Wolf Farm, Randolph
    Please register in advance
    SEPTEMBER, 20 Thursday, 9AM - 5 PM
    Butterworks Farm, Westfield
    Please register in advance



    Grow More, Waste Less - Spring Tour 2018
    The following FREE presentations are sponsored by a variety of businesses and organizations including the Upper Valley Food Coop, Thetford Energy Committee, Latham Library, Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association, Grow More, Waste Less: Food Systems Consulting LLC, and the Greater Upper Valley and Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management Districts.


    FEBRUARY 6, Tuesday 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    The Little Things: Cultivating Community Above and Below the Ground
    Howe Library. Hanover NH. Sponsored by Hanover Gardening Club.

    FEBRUARY 12, Thursday 6 PM - 7 PM
    Starting Up A Garden
    Upper Valley Food Coop, White River Jct. VT

    MARCH 14, Wednesday 7 PM - 8:30 PM
    Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope
    Strafford University, Newton School, South Strafford VT

    MARCH 29, Thursday 6 PM - 7:30 PM
    Composting 101: Managing Food Waste On a Home Scale
    Upper Valley Food Coop, White River Jct. VT

    APRIL 11, Wednesday 7 PM - 8:30 PM
    Composting 101: Managing Food Waste On a Home Scale
    Strafford University, Newton School, South Strafford VT

    APRIL 12, Thursday 6 PM - 7:30 PM
    Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope
    Upper Valley Food Coop, White River Jct. VT

    APRIL 19, Thursday 6 PM - 7:30 PM
    The Little Things: Cultivating Community Above and Below the Ground
    Focusing on her work with Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition and Thetford Elementary School's edible schoolyard and compost system, Cat shows us what is possible when we can mimic natural systems.
    Latham Library. Thetford VT
    Sponsored by Latham Library.

    APRIL 25, Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Sustainable Woodstock Annual Meeting location: Little Theater in Woodstock.
    Sponsored by Sustainable Woodstock.
    At 6:30 guest speaker, Cat Buxton will give a short talk about the formation of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, the exciting work they're doing and how embracing an understanding of whole systems thinking and eco-mimicry have affected her work in building community above and below the ground. Cat always aims to leave people feeling curious and inspired.

    APRIL 29, Sunday 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Cool the Planet: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope
    with Henry Swayze
    Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association Annual Meeting (a land conservation group)
    Saxtons River VT
    Sponsored by Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association

    MAY 10, Thursday 6 PM - 7:30 PM
    Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground
    Upper Valley Food Coop, White River Jct. VT

    MAY 19 Saturday 11 AM - 1 PM.
    This Rots! Demystifying Compost - An outdoor hands-on workshop.
    Park at Thetford Community Building and walk to the Community Garden on the green.
    Sponsored by the Thetford Energy Committee.

    Soil Saver compost bins will be available for $35 to class participants, one per household. They're as much as $120 online. Sure-Close kitchen pails will be available for $5. You must reserve a bin before May 16. To do so, contact Ham Gillett at the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District: hgillett@swcrpc.org



    Trash to Treasure Compost Tour 2018
    Composting 101: Managing Food Waste On a Home Scale (slides, Q&A)
    Sponsored by GUVSWMD and WSWSWMD.
    Soil Saver compost bins will be available for $35 to class participants, one per household. – They're as much as $120 online! Sure-Close kitchen pails will also be available for $5. Please reserve your bin and pail in advance by contacting Ham Gillett at the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District: (802)674-4474, hgillett@swcrpc.org or Mary O’Brien at Southern Windsor/Windham Counties Solid Waste Management District: (802)674-9235, mobrien@swcrpc.org.
    Thursdays 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    May 3 Whiting Library in Chester
    May 17 Hartland Library
    
May 24 Norwich Library
    May 31 Springfield, First Congregational Church
    June 7 TBD
    June 14 Reading Town Hall
    June 21 Rockingham Free Public Library
    June 28 South Woodstock Firehouse





    2018 Presentation Descriptions (alphabetical)


    Advanced Backyard Composting
    Crafting a recipe for the backyard compost system is a critical element for success in making a healthy soil amendment and for protecting wildlife and pets. Cat will give an overview of the soil food web to help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing kitchen and yard waste. Learn about the spectrum of practical compostable ingredients and how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and neighborhood compost systems.

    Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground
    Learn about weeds and bugs, both beneficials and pests, and systems you can put in place to foster an environment to support a balanced diversity of 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.

    Building Soil From the Ground Up (a NOFA-VT summer workshop)
    Learn about 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 up 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, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients.

    Composting 101: Managing Food Waste On a Home Scale
    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 options, compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.

    Cool the Planet: Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope
    With, Henry Swayze. Henry covers the science of the natural systems that allow for planetary cooling and Cat digs in to understanding healthy soil and watershed function and how the average person can effect change in the backyard and in the marketplace. We each go for about 30 minutes. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.

    Family and Farm Composting
    Crafting a recipe for the family and farm compost system is slightly more advanced than simple backyard composting. Cat will give an overview of the soil food web to help you understand how and why to create compost that benefits your soil while managing family and farm waste. Learn about the spectrum of practical compostable ingredients and how to construct a pile that applies principles of structure and density to ensure that your living compost can hold air and water, creating the conditions that diverse microbial populations need to thrive. Suitable for all levels of understanding, and applicable for all sizes of family and small farm compost systems.

    The Little Things: Cultivating Community Above and Below the Ground
    It's about whole systems thinking and the parallels in creating conditions for thriving human and soil ecosystems. In the hour talk Cat compares her work with communities and schools to learning from our shared understanding of the soil food web and the great cycles of the sun, carbon, nutrients and water. Focusing on her work with Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition and Thetford Elementary School's edible schoolyard and compost system, Cat shows us what is possible when we mimic natural systems. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.

    Soil Health/Climate Health: Food, Soil, Water, Climate, Hope
    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.

    Starting Up A Garden
    Learn the basics of what to plan for when starting your garden. Class is suitable for beginning gardeners. Topics include: Design logic, planning for succession crops, preparing soil, crop rotation, frost and sun protection, hardening plants, seeding tips, timing and temperature, thinning, irrigation and using mulch. Casual talk with a white board and handouts.

    This Rots! Demystifying Compost
    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 integrate a compost system into 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 and climate health. We'll deconstruct the piles at the Thetford Community Garden and re-layer them. You'll be welcome to dig in too! Cat's enthusiastic approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process.







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

    Food & Soil Advocacy   •   Consulting   •   Education   •   Community Organizing   •   Zero Waste

    Connecting communities to affect positive food system change from the ground up.