Rural VT upcoming events!

** Rural Vermont’s 2nd Annual “Art for Agrarians” Art Auction
Sunday, August 8, 2010
2 – 5 pm
Lincoln Peak Winery, NEW HAVEN
Join neighbors and friends for a leisurely reception that will wrap up Rural Vermont’s online art auction from July 26th – August 7th). Over 20 pieces donated by Vermont artists and depicting Rural Vermont’s vision for Food with Dignity will be on display, and will go home with the highest bidders! Folks will have the opportunity to sample and purchase the award-winning, delicious Lincoln Peak wines and local cheese plates, while checking out the artwork and listening to some live and local tunes by Chris Dorman. For a sneak peek at the artwork, check out the Art Auction preview on display at Rural Vermont’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on June 19th!   

** 3rd Annual Tour de Farms 
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Cyclists choose from one of three routes that wind through the beautiful Champlain Valley and offer stops and sampling at farms along the way. New this year will be special event tee shirts and a “to go” lunch available for purchase. Following the tour, the Platt Memorial Library will again be hosting the Shoreham Apple Fest on the green.  Expect lots of hot food options, farm & craft vendors, along with entertainment and merriment! Tour de Farms registration form to be available July 1st. More info coming soon! If biking isn’t your thing, don’t let that stop you from sampling Vermont’s farm fresh bounty and goodness – check out the potluck, illegal buffet, and raw milk ice cream at Rural Vermont’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on June 19th!


VT Energy Atlas

If you haven’t seen the VT Energy Atlas Web site it is worth a surf. You will have to install the new Flash software, if you don’t have it. This modular, user friendly website is pleasing to the eye, fast for its complexity and comes with a users guide introduction. This is a leading example of the types of resources the information age has to offer for our transition to a sustainable future… As long as these resources are used with an ethical application for both public and industrial sectors, they will be one of the greatest tools in our tool box. As the saying goes, “a dull tool is more dangerous than a sharp one.” In this case the sharpening stone to hone this tool is, as I said, Ethics. Ecological Ethics, in particular. This means that our GOAL to meet human needs (Energy sourcing) is no more significant than our GOAL to maintaining the health and integrity of the ecosystem involved and effected from this energy sourcing. Check it out! The link is embedded above. – VT4Evolution

Vermont GNH Conference

excerpt from GNH website – full article

On June 1 – 4, 2010 the first conference/workshop for The US branch of the Gross National Happiness (GNH) movement was held at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The conference provided; inspirational speakers, the latest in GNH research, introductions to GNH concepts, practical steps for implementation in Vermont, and action-oriented workshops.  The conference introduced us all to increased understanding of the use of economic and social indicators for well-being in Vermont and other places and creates the opportunity to take the first steps to implementation in our businesses, towns and state and local governments.  The conference was also the kick-off for GNHUSA, the national movement to spread the understanding of GNH and encourage utilization of GNH concepts across the USA and we had representatives from Seattle, WA; Santa Cruz, CA; Jackson Hole, WY; and New Mexico as well as attendees from South Africa, Bangladesh, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Bhutan, and Canada.

Silenced Voices Film

Please join us for the premiere of the documentary film Silenced Voices, by theVermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project. The film makes visible Vermont’s invisible migrant farmworker community. The film documents a family and community coming to terms with the death of a Vermont farmworker, which highlights the causes, effects, and personal experiences of migration to Vermont from Mexico.

  • Thurs. July 1st at 7pm, Burlington Black Box Theatre at Main St. Landing on the Waterfront. Contact Brendan O’Neill
  • Tues. July 6th at 7pm, Montpelier Unitarian Universalist Church. Contact Gustavo Terán
  • Wed. July 14th at 7pm, Hardwick Town Hall. Contact Robin Cappuccino
  • Sun. July 25th at the Fairfield Community Center showing continuously. Contact Naomi Wolcott
  • Download Markowitz’s “JumpStartVT” action plan for economic recovery

    VT Digger
    Wednesday, June 16, 2010
    Contact: Paul Tencher, Campaign Manager
    Cell: 802-552-0822

    Markowitz Releases Action Plan for Vermont’s Economy

Secretary of State and candidate for governor joins business leaders to unveil ‘JumpStartVT’
    an action plan for Vermont’s economic future focusing on existing businesses

    BURLINGTON–Secretary of State Deb Markowitz and business leaders from across the state released JumpStartVT, an action plan for Vermont’s economic future that focuses on Vermont existing businesses first, encourages Vermont’s entrepreneurs and increases Vermont’s highly-trained workforce for the jobs of the future.

    full article –

    Snelling: There is another way to energy progress

    Published by Vermont Digger

    by Lukas B. Snelling, the director of communications for Energize Vermont

    By embracing smaller scale solar, hydro, wind and biomass installations we have the ability to make Vermont a leader in power generation and management. Numerous small community driven installations enhance the reliability of the grid, reduce line transmission loss and deliver substantially less environmental impact. Also, when the energy is generated and consumed close to home (if not at home) there becomes a much higher awareness of usage, creating even more efficiency savings.

    Vermont currently offers home owners and businesses incentives to invest in renewable energy generation, but fails to provide a road map to do so. Greater education is needed to ease the barriers to entry for these systems. 

    full article –