Grow More, Waste Less exists to empower people to affect positive food system change from the ground up.
Cat Buxton is a busy cross-pollinator. She’s the founding director of the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition. A social entrepreneur, she runs Grow More, Waste Less, in Sharon VT, empowering and connecting communities to affect positive change from the ground up. She manages the edible schoolyard at Thetford Elementary School, weaving it into K-6 project based learning, and is a technical guide for community compost systems. She’s the coordinator for Upper Valley Apple Corps and a host of other projects. She loves to talk bugs, soil and plants. She consults and presents about building community resilience, soil health, composting, water catchment, landscape planning, monitoring landscape function and increasing biodiversity.
Community & Project Organizer
- Project coordinator: Building stakeholder and community support and executing the minute details to keep your project moving forward.
Compost and Zero Waste
- Improve your recycling systems: Simple waste assessments for homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools.
- Compost Doctor: – House calls locally. Make an appointment for a site visit or phone consultation.
- Compost systems design: worms to windrows for backyards, school, community compost, and small-scale operations.
- Compost instruction and support: food scraps, organic matter, yard waste, and humanure.
- Making aerated compost tea and extracts to optimize natural biological nutrient cycling.
- Curriculum development and support for composting, waste reduction, soil science.
I promote skill building and participatory learning to support resilient communities. My goal is not to be your gardener or to maintain your landscape or compost. I want to help you, your family, your school or your community to manage your landscape by providing the right conditions for a thriving, healthy, and productive ecosystem. One that meets your needs for yield and astehitics, promotes diversity, provides ecosystem services and aids in building the soil carbon sponge to mitigating flooding and drought.
I also provide consulting for farm-to-school and farm based education programming, community organizing, and coalition building.
- Educator/presenter for all age groups.
- Indoor or outdoor classes. Cat loves to present on these topics.
- For a sample of some of Cat’s past presentations, visit Cat's Gallery. Custom presentations are available.
Food Systems Advocacy
- Policies concerning: healthy food, water, soil, and ecosystems.
- Grassroots outreach, community organizing and community building.
- Speaker or presenter for your group, event, conference, or activist training.
- Organize messaging and social media campaigns.
- Group facilitation.
Garden and Landscape
Maximize your green spaces by growing more food and flowers in heathy living soil.
- Simple container gardens to full-scale lawn conversions.
- Sanctuary gardens. Theme gardens of all kinds, for learning, for bees and butterflies, or for fun!
- Edible landscapes, annual and perennial vegetables, flowers, nuts and fruit.
- Control pests using organic gardening practices and regenerative soil management.
- Family gardening. Cat would love to coach your family in best practices for food production and land management.
- Water catchment systems. Rain gardens. Watershed inventory.
- Convert your lawn into a solar powered soil carbon sponge.
The Soil Health Principles are a guide to understanding soil health and how sunlight, water, and biology interact. I work with the Soil Carbon Coalition to advance public education about soil and water health and to co-create participatory learning opportunities for people to observe landscape funtion and changes over time. The Soil Carbon Coalition website offers a series of learning resources. We organize Land Listening field days throughout the US.
In 2017, I founded the Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition to engage our community in shifting the paradigm of how people interface with the land. Anyone can join the conversation by taking the short survey on the website and following the instructions to join the VHSC listserv.
All of my classes and presentations are founded on the principles of understanding and building soil health.