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Cat Buxton is working to build the social mycelium to shift the paradigm of how people interface with our planet. She connects people and 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 teaches with the Soil Carbon Coalition and is and co-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, or here to see list of her usual topics.




Grow More, Waste Less - Upcoming Classes


DECEMBER 7, SATURDAY
Building Climate Resilience: Tools, Tips and Fundamental Approaches
Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network(VECAN) Conference
With the effects of climate change already being felt in Vermont and around the world, making our communities more resilient is critical. Learn about ongoing efforts to build resilience, how restoring soil health can be a key strategy, both within ecosystems and within communities. Plus, hear from leaders from the Hartford Resilience Team about how Community Resilience Organizations (CRO) about how they are building community and resilience.
Presenters:
Cat Buxton, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
Kye Cochran, Hartford Resilience Team
Simon Denis, Hartford Resilience Team


JANUARY 11, 2020 SATURDAY
NOFA-MA Winter Conference

Policy & Principles: Soil Health & Ecosystem Services, with Cat Buxton
In 2019, the Vermont legislature convened a Working Group to research and recommend financial incentives designed to encourage farmers to implement practices that improve soil health and provide ecosystem services. The Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition advocated for the concept of building the soil sponge to mitigate flooding and drought and recycle nutrients in place.


JANUARY 22 - FEBRUARY 5
CENTRAL VALLEY CALIFORNIA
Land Listening Tour with the Soil Carbon Coalition

Peter Donovan and Cat Buxton will visit Sequioa Riverlands Earth Academy and elementary schools throughout the central valley. To get in on this tour, contact Cat
Land Listener workshops for grades 5-12
This 3- to 6-hour session engages teachers, students, and school communities with the core principles of soil health and watershed function. We do this with simple hands-on demonstrations that they can share and perform for others, with their own variations. Participants can use these experiences to grasp solar-powered carbon and water cycling--the most powerful planetary force, for which soils are the hub or center of gravity.
Participants of all ages can combine this understanding with what they have learned in science and environmental ed to form a more rounded concept of the circle of life, and of the hope and opportunity this offers for people to grow healthy soils which can reduce the risks of drought, fire, and flooding.
Examples and follow-up learning activities can be downloaded through the first link on soilcarboncoalition.org/downloads. We aim to grow capacity in students, teachers, and citizens to facilitate these participatory, hands-on activities wherever they have a chance.


FEBRUARY 9, 2020 SATURDAY
Festival of Trees: Montpelier

Presenting a short version of Edible Landscapes and Soil Health along with interactive activities to compliment the Festival of Trees.


FEBRUARY 15 & 16, 2020
NOFA-VT Winter Conference


APRIL 30 & MAY 1
ARBOR DAY MONTPELIER


NOVEMBER 5 2020, WEDNESDAY
Backyard composting 101

Presentation for the Quechee Garden Club
Reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil, save money and the planet! Learn about the spectrum of possible and practical ways to manage trash including composting in the backyard. We’ll cover the basics of Vermont’s Universal
Recycling law and the available options for managing food scraps including haulers, vermiculture, hugelkulture, and get into detail about compost ingredients and recipes, bin types and management systems. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple
approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.




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Grow More, Waste Less - 2019 Classes Gone By
All offerings below are available for another round by request. Contact Cat at cat@growmorewasteless.com



NOVEMBER 7 & 8, Thursday and Friday
Vermont Farm to Plate Gathering

Killington, Vermont (pre-registration is required).
NOVEMBER 7, THURSDAY 2:00 - 3:30PM
On-Farm Composting: Hire Farmers to Close the Nutrient Loop!
Cat is presenting with the FTP Food Cycle Coalition
NOVEMBER 8, FRIDAY 9:15 - 10:45AM
Soil Series: Regenerative Agriculture in the Climate Justice Movement (Part 1)
NOVEMBER 8, FRIDAY 11:00PM - 12:30PM
Soil Series: Regenerative Agriculture in the Climate Justice Movement (Part 2)
Cat is among the panelists presenting on the 2019 Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency


NOVEMBER 1, FRIDAY
Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative
Wellborn Conference at Lake Morey Inn
Closing the Food Loop at TES
Thetford Elementary School has an extensive school garden and a student-run hot composting system. The gardens are connected to every classroom and the compost system is managed by 5th and 6th graders as a part of their science and math curriculum. This presentation covers the systems and structure that need to be in place to close the loop at school, and perform hot composting with a focus on the best practices for planning for your systems, compost site, bin design, recipe development, and curriculum connections.


OCTOBER 1, TUESDAY at 1:15 pm
Soil Health & Edible Landscapes

Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT.
Sponsored by the Hanover Garden Club
What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as gardeners and land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems, all while providing food and flowers for humans? When we listen carefully to nature, we are shown what is possible. This presentation will deepen your interest in building healthy soil and leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A. Free to attend.


SEPTEMBER 15, SUNDAY 2 PM - 4:30 PM
Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope

Eastman Foundation Annual Forum
Draper Room, Center at Eastman, 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham NH
The ripples of our daily choices directly impact climate change. Cat Buxton and Henry Swayze offer a whole systems approach to understand our impact with accessible, positive solutions that will help to cool the planet while restoring water quality, soil health and public health. They'll cover the basics of the soil health principles, nutrient cycling, watershed function, and how the average person can effect change in the backyard and in the marketplace. Suitable for beginning and advanced gardeners, farmers and land managers.


AUGUST 23-25, 2019
The 32nd Annual New England Women’s Herbal Conference

Hebron, New Hampshire
The NEWHC takes place on the lands of the Sovereign Abenaki Nation.
Cat is leading three workshops at this amazing conference!


1) Applying Soil Health Principles Everywhere
What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems? When we listen carefully to nature, we are shown what is possible. This presentation will leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.


2) This Rots! Demystifying Compost
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.


3) Herb Walk: Attracting Beneficial Insects: Promoting Diversity Above and Below the Ground
We’ll 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, design elements for insects, responsible integrated pest management. (Intermediate)


AUGUST 14, WEDNESDAY, 1 PM - 5 PM
Hands-on Workshop: "Understanding the Soil Sponge and Green Stormwater Infrastructure"

$75 per person (no lunch). Register.
LOCATION: Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Road East Thetford, VT

Land managers are learning how to work with soil biology and ecological principles to create a living “soil carbon sponge” that soaks up rain and filters water. This can reduce infrastructure damage from increasing storms, mitigate the effects of flooding and drought, and improve water quality in lakes and streams, while addressing climate change through both the carbon and water cycles.

This hands-on, experiential learning pre-conference event with Didi Pershouse, Walter Jehne, and Cat Buxton is designed for those working with state highway departments, public works, town staff, conservation boards and districts, water quality groups, foresters or for those interested in deepening skills and understanding of how landscapes function and why building soil as a part of green stormwater infrastructure is a critical step in managing increasing flooding and drought conditions, as well as water quality, in our region. The workshop will take place outdoors, down by the river at Cedar Circle Farm farm on Wednesday August 14, from 1pm to 5pm. Thanks to a Hope Full grant from Hypertherm the cost is just $75/person. Lunch is not included.

This workshop precedes a 4 day Soil Carbon Sponge Strategic Gathering at Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, VT. Register for the conference or pre-conference and read more about the event and our facilitation team at this link.


AUGUST 8th, THURSDAY 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Backyard Compost 101
aka Spoiled to Soil
Sponsored by Bennington Master Gardeners
1 Monument Circle, Bennington, VT 05201 (Adjacent to the Bennington Monument)
Cost: $5/person (free to Master Gardeners and Interns)
Removing food scraps and yard waste from the landfill stream will be the law in Vermont by July 1, 2020. Learn how to turn waste into compost, reduce your trash size and smell, feed the soil, save money and the planet! We'll cover the spectrum of possible and practical ways to manage trash including composting in the backyard. We’ll cover the basics and get into detail about compost ingredients and recipes, bin types and management systems. Cat’s enthusiastic and simple approach to composting will surely activate your interest and demystify the process. Engaging powerpoint with Q&A.
Contact: Mia Clark 802-380-4419 (mialclark@gmail.com)or Dottie Sundquist 802-688-4707 (dotsun53@gmail.com).


AUGUST 3, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Vital Signs: Tracking Soil Health

Working Woodlands Workshop, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Woodstock, VT
Restoration of soil health positively impacts water quality, reduces the impacts of flooding and drought, improves nutrient density of foods, and can mitigate climate change; sequestering carbon and restoring land water cycles that can cool the planet. Learn about the soil health principles and simple ways to implement them in the backyard and beyond. We'll review an assortment of accessible tools that allow you to accurately track changes over time in the health of your soil and local ecosystem. Hands-on, outdoor workshop. Dress appropriately; prepare for bugs, heat, sun or rain. Registration: https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm


JULY 27, SATURDAY, 1:00PM TO 5:00PM
Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up
LOCATION: Wild Water Farm 87 Joe Ranger Road Quechee, VT 05059
A NOFA-VT On-Farm Summer Workshop Series
How do we know if our management practices are working? Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will lead a hands-on soil health workshop. We’ll start with a simple understanding landscape function and the soil health principles to create conditions for building the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Employing the soil health principles can enhance photosynthesis and capture water, enabling the soil micro biome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. We’ll review the basic practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. We’ll explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques to measure if our land management practice are improving ecosystem services.
BRING: Proper footwear, water, and clothing for field work including sun and tick protection.
COST: $40 members, $50 non-members
REGISTER in advance: https://nofavt.org/events/vital-signs-knowing-soil-ground


JUNE 3, MONDAY 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
On-Farm Composting with Cat Buxton
Strafford Village Farm 375 Justin Morrill Highway, Strafford VT
Strafford Village Farm manages the food scraps for Newton School and their diversified livestock and vegetable farm. Learn how to increase the productivity of your farm compost, manage piles for pathogen kill and organic certification, and boost the microbial inoculum to improve fertility in your farm fields. The class will focus on larger-than-backyard systems and balancing recipes for incorporating food scraps from your community and farmstand. This outdoor class will take place at the compost pile.
FREE to attend! Rain or sunshine. May be muddy. Dress accordingly.
Questions: contact Cat Buxton cat@growmorewasteless.com
Sponsored by Grow More Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting LLC and a New England Grassroots Environmental Fund (NEGEF) GROW grant.


APRIL - JUNE 2019 - Spoiled to SOIL: Compost Tour


Backyard Composting 101 (slides, Q&A)
Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Sponsored by GUVSWMD and WSWSWMD
April 25 Ascutney Outdoors Center, 449 Ski Tow Road Brownsville
May 2 Cavendish Town Offices, 37 High Street Cavendish
May 9 Bridgewater Grange, 950 VT Rte. 100A, Bridgewater Corners
May 16 West Fairlee Town Office Building 870 VT Rte. 113 West Fairlee
May 23 Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm Street, Chester
May 30 Pomfret Town Offices, 5218 Pomfret Road, North Pomfret
June 13 Grafton Town Garage, 220 Bell Road, Grafton
June 20 Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge Street, White River Junction


FEBRUARY - APRIL 2019 - The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency
Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM February 27, March 13, March 20, March 27, April 10, and April 24
Bethany Church, Randolph VT
A collaboration between Building A Local Economy (BALE) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC)
Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, conservationists, town planners, educators, healers, and advocates, join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become response-able to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont's soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (donations not necessary). Each program features a social half-hour with great food provided by Black Krim Tavern, Randolph.
• February 27 Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health
Speakers: Didi Pershouse, Grace Gershuny, Michael Denmeade
• March 13 Shielding Soil with Plants and Animals
Speakers: Tatiana Schreiber, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht
• March 20 Connections Through Stories
Speakers: Katherine Oaks, Maddie Kempner, Sha'an Mouliert, Cheryl Herrick
• March 27 Building the Soil From the Ground Up
Speakers: Juan Alvez, Jess Rubin, Cat Buxton
• April 10 Social Mycelium: the Fiber of Community Resilience
Speakers: Mindy Blank, Simon Dennis, Chris Wood, Henry Harris
• April 24 A Soil Sponge to Cool the Planet
Speakers: Judith Schwartz, Jan Lambert, Henry Swayze
• May 8 Growing Agency for Action. Community Discussion and follow up to all that we've learned in the Soil Series. No speakers. Plan to leave with work to do! Potluck starts at 6 PM, discussion at 6:30.
Individual programs details and speaker bio's can be found HERE


MAY 11, SATURDAY 9 AM - 11 AM
Cat Buxton of Grow More Waste Less will speak to our topic “Grow Food Anywhere” on May 11th for our last Hartland Community Breakfast of the season. As we learn about the importance of soil life we are finding out that disturbing the soil is no longer recommended but how do we move away from tillage? Cat will share practices to foster thriving ecosystems and apply soil health principles to the plants in containers on your windowsill and patio as well as your lawn, garden and backyards to help you move toward less soil disturbance (and the tastiest edible landscapes) with confidence.
At 9 AM, doors open for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes & the trimmings, followed at 9:30 by Cat’s presentation. The breakfast is free and open to the public. Email Laurel Stevenson for details: a.laurel.stevenson@gmail.com


APRIL 14, SUNDAY, 2 PM - 5PM
Common Ground for Climate Action - Brattleboro

Neighbors' Hall at Solar Hill, 229 Western Avenue, Brattleboro.
Neighbors' Hall is at the back of the building on the top of the hill above the parking area.
Brought to you by Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, Living Earth Action Group and Edible Brattleboro.

Presenters include author, educator and organic consultant Grace Gershuny of Barnet, compost and soil health educator Cat Buxton of Sharon, and agroecologist and tree steward Tatiana Schreiber, Ph.D. of Westminster West.
Soil is the glue that holds our landscape and our communities together. The soil carbon sponge is a critical component of adapting to our changing climate and mitigating the effects of flooding and drought. Join members of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition to hear about the overlooked superhero for climate correction: The ground beneath our feet! Join us in to advance the soil conversation and learn how to connect to actions for building the soil sponge and deepening resilience in your community.
Suggested donation $10, no one turned away. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND.
Please bring snacks to share (if you like).
Registration is not required but please do RSVP to let us know you're coming so we can be sure the space will accommodate us all well. RSVP by email to info@vermonthealthysoilscoalition.org. For more information Contact Cat Buxton 802-359-3330


APRIL 11, THURSDAY 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
Vermont Organics Recycling Summit (VORS)
Vermont Technical College in Randolph VT
topic: Composting, Soil Health and Climate Change
Presentations by:
Cat Buxton Compost and Soil Health Educator
Juan Alvez Research Associate, Pasture Program Technical Coordinator , University of Vermont Extension, Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Soil is the glue that holds our landscape and our communities together. The soil carbon sponge is a critical component of adapting to our changing climate and mitigating the effects of flooding and drought. Composting food waste, yard waste and manure offer possibility in jumpstarting biological activity in our yards, fields and forests. We’ll discuss the connections between compost, soil, water, food and climate and offer practical solutions and opportunities for attendees to deepen knowledge and join the citizen movement to heal our ecosystems.
Register in advance.


MARCH 16, SATURDAY 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Grow Well, Eat Well
17th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

Conference registration
Merrimack Valley High School, 106 Village Street Concord, NH
Details: Full-Day Registration includes access to 4 workshop sessions, breakfast, lunch, snacks, Green Market Fair, and the evening Keynote event with Ben Hartman. Workshop tracks throughout the day on Advanced Growers, Agricultural Business, Beginning Farmers, Carbon/Soils, Gardening, Homesteading, Health/Nutrition, Livestock/Animals, Permaculture, Policy/Advocacy, Social Justice.
Conference registration https://www.nofanh.org/winterconference
SOIL HEALTH TRACK
Practices for Soil Health 8:30-9:30 AM, with Cat Buxton
Employing the soil health principles can quickly build the soil sponge to help us harvest and store water, mitigating extremes of flooding and drought, and boosting beneficial soil organism populations, optimizing landscape nutrient cycling. The Soil Carbon Coalition promotes and evidence based understanding of soil health using whole systems thinking and practical in-field soil evaluation techniques that any farmer or landowner can do with minimal equipment to determine if our land management practice are improving soil health and biological services.
Prioritizing Soil Health in a No Till System 10:00-11:15 am, with Julie Rawson
After 4 years in various stages of tillage reduction (after tilling for 33 years) on 2 ½ acres vegetable crops) integrated with animal rotations and perennial fruit crops we are still learning. This workshop will discuss some basic principles around maximum fertility and go into some detail around our no till system and our continuing evolution toward more efficient practices.
The Hows and Whys of Fungal Friendly Farming 2:00-3:00 pm, with Jack Kittredge
Soil biology—especially fungi—play a critical role in plant health. This workshop will center on the importance of fungi in the farm ecosystem and will describe ways of helping fungi thrive while producing healthy crops and maintaining farm viability.
Policies for Soil Health 3:15-4:15 pm, with Cat Buxton and Sarah Laeng-Gilliatt
Cat and Sarah’s interests are in creating farmer-informed policies that incentivize and reward land managers for regenerative stewardship practices and/or dismantle barriers that prevent innovation toward healthy and productive ecosystems. How can we learn to ask better questions that guide us toward the changes we actually want to see? And how can we organize effectively to advocate for policies that serve us all.


MARCH 9, SATURDAY, 11:30 - 2 PM
Kick Off Pot Luck & Backyard Composting and Soil Health Workshop

Hartland Library, Hartland VT
Sponsored by Windsor Chapter Extension Master Gardeners
Join the Windsor Chapter Extension Master Gardeners for our annual season kick off pot luck and a workshop with Master Composter Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less.
Schedule:
1130 am Pot Luck
Noon-2 pm Workshop
Reduce your trash size and smell, improve the health of your lawn and garden, and save money! Cat Buxton’s enthusiastic 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.Register here


MARCH 3, SUNDAY 12:30PM - 2:30 PM
Pruning Walk with Upper Valley Apple Corps

Location: The Center for Transformational Practice
149 Latham Works Ln, White River Junction, VT 05001

Need some help learning how, when and where to prune your fruit trees? Join Apple Corps volunteers as we walk around visiting our public fruit trees to assess their winter care needs. We’ll meet outside at the Center for Transformational Practice and walk the land and trails reviewing a variety of mostly young fruit and nut trees. Dress warm, wear gloves and sturdy shoes (and maybe snow shoes!), and bring your favorite pruners (we’ll have extra).
Upper Valley Apple Corps events are always free and open to the public. We welcome donations to continue our work at any time! For more information contact Cat Buxton at uppervalleyapplecorpsVT@gmail.com.


FEBRUARY 17, SUNDAY
Session 1 from 10:00 - 11:15AM

NOFA-VT Winter Conference, UVM Davis Center Burlington, VT
Invasive Species Management: Application of the Science, Rehabilitation of the Land & Successful Transition
Mike Bald of Got Weeds? and Cat Buxton.
Invasive plant species present new challenges with every growing season, and farmers / growers are directly impacted by events on adjacent spaces, roadsides, riverbanks, rights-of-way, and transition zones such as woodlines. Critical to the management of non-native species such as Japanese knotweed and wild parsnip is cooperation among local farmers, growers, road crews, recreationists, landowners, and conservation commissions. Equally critical is some understanding of the nuances of control work: what to do, when to do it, where to focus, what to focus on, and what NOT to do. This presentation highlights three invasive plant species that impact much of Vermont's landscape; that introduction will then move to site-specific examples of management methods. The workshop concludes with audience participation whereby aerial views and online mapping are used to assess sites, set priorities, and walk through treatment options. Register for the NOFA-VT Winter Conference here.

FEBRUARY 16, SATURDAY
NOFA-VT Winter Conference, UVM Davis Center Burlington, VT
Session 1 from 10:45 am-12 pm: Part 1: We Can Cool the Planet Now!
Session 2 from 2:15-3:30 pm: Part 2: Food, Water, Soil, Climate, Hope!

The ripples of our daily choices directly impact climate change. Cat Buxton and Henry Swayze offer a whole systems approach with accessible, positive solutions that will help to cool the planet while restoring water, soil and public health. In part 1, Henry covers water and soil dynamics and the science of the natural systems that allow for planetary cooling. In part 2, Cat digs in to the soil health principles, watershed function, and how the average person can effect change in the backyard and in the marketplace. Suitable for beginning and advanced gardeners, farmers and land managers. Register for the NOFA-VT Winter Conference here.


JANUARY 27, SUNDAY (rescheduled from the January 20 snowstorm)
Noon - 2 PM
Pruning Walk with Upper Valley Apple Corps

Need some help learning how, when and where to prune your fruit trees? Join Apple Corps volunteers as we walk around WRJ visiting our public fruit trees to assess their winter care needs. We’ll meet at Hartford Town Hall at Lyman Point Park at noon. From there we’ll walk the loop through downtown, up to the Bugbee Center and back to Town Hall. Dress warm, wear sturdy shoes, and bring your favorite pruners (we’ll have extra). For more information contact Cat Buxton at uppervalleyapplecorpsVT@gmail.com.


JANUARY 19, SATURDAY
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Vermont Grass Farmers Conference, Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee VT
A Farmer’s Guide to Practical In-Field Soil Evaluation
Cat Buxton, Soil Carbon Coalition and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition
Employing the soil health principles can quickly build the soil sponge to help us harvest and store water, mitigating extremes of flooding and drought, and boosting beneficial soil organism populations, optimizing landscape nutrient cycling. The Soil Carbon Coalition promotes and evidence based understanding of soil health using whole systems thinking and practical in-field soil evaluation techniques that any farmer or landowner can do with minimal equipment to determine if our land management practice are improving soil health and biological services.
10:45 to 12:00 - Kids soil and compost workshop and activities






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.