photo: Brigid Armbrust. 2017 at Thetford Elementary School, Thetford VT.
Presented on April 18, 2015 at 'Bees: To Be, Or Not' at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT. Event hosted by the Upper Valley Sierra Club. Contact Cat to schedule a presentation for your group.
This single page chart VT Plants that Attract Beneficial Insects, by Bloom Time is a sample of Vermont native plants that are a high value to pollinators and beneficial insects, arranged by bloom time. The list is by no means complete. It is intended as a helpful tool in choosing common native plants that can provide a full season of blooms attractive to beneficial insects.
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.
This presentation was designed for elementary school students to describe the basics of nutrient cycling and nutrient management.
This presentation features some of Cat's edible landscaping at schools and in community gardens, and highlights the Upper Valley Apple Corps who plant fruit and nut trees in public spaces throughout the Upper Valley, all free-for-the pickin.
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.
Watch a recording of Cat's Backyard Compost Talk at Fletcher Library in Ludlow in 2016.
Making the Most of Composting at School
Composting at school is often the least expensive and most educationally rich option for managing food waste, enriching garden and schoolyard soil, and even managing flooding and drought! Composting is easy to do but it does require planning to ensure that everyone's comfort zone is considered. This presentation includes a basic overview of hot composting with a focus on the best practices for planning for your compost site, bin design, and recipe development, sprinkled with a variety of curriculum connections. Bring your concerns, questions, fears, and skepticism. Cat's enthusiasm and knowledge will leave you feeling confident and inspired.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Changing the Waste Culture at School
It typically takes two years to get a handle on the systems needed to improve waste management and to affect behavior changes in both staff and students at school. This two-part presentation identifies best practices for gaining compliance with Act 148: Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, reviews available options, and covers the recommended timeline, steps, systems, and support that are necessary to have in place before you begin composting at school.
With Cat's plan, the first year is typically dedicated to building the systems and support needed to shift the waste culture in your school. This presentation includes detailed steps for on-the-ground implementation of source separation of recycling and organics with an ultimate goal of waste reduction and positive behavior change.
Composting on site at school is often the least expensive and most educationally rich option. It's easy to do but it does require planning to ensure that everyone's comfort zone is considered. To avoid common mistakes, Cat recommends taking it slow and steady, and to plan for composting in year two. This presentation includes a basic overview of composting with a focus on the best practices for planning for your compost site, bin design, and recipe development.
Lists the steps involved in organizing a school waste source separation program.