Vermont Growing Local Food Sovereignty – Rural VT Update

“Vermonters Feeding Vermonters: Growing Local Food Sovereignty”    

February 4, 5:30pm – Capitol City Grange Hall, Montpelier
Northfield Street – Route 12 just south of Montpelier (physical address: 6612 Vt. Rt 12, Berlin) Free and open to the public, potluck to follow.

Robb Kidd, Organizer for Rural Vermont, will discuss Food Sovereignty and the Vermonters Feeding Vermonters Campaign with members of the Capital City Grange.

February 11, at the NOFA-VT Winter Conference – The Davis Center, UVM 

Rural Vermont Organizer Robb Kidd and board member Carl Russell, co-owner of Earthwise Farm and Forest in Bethel, will host a special Food Sovereignty workshop. For more information or to register, visit this page.

If you are interested in having Rural Vermont facilitate a Food Sovereignty discussion in your community, please contact

Resource Library for Sustainability and Ecology

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A new Resource Library is being compiled of links, resources and documents on everything pertaining to ecology and sustainability. It is a collaboration of Permaculturists from Vermont and others around the globe. The vision is for it to become an open-source information hub, connecting people and communities with the information they need to become more sustainable. The Library is in its infancy, we imagine in the years to come its “shelves” will be filled and its content refined. Take a perusal of the pages, links and documents or use the search field to locate something of your fancy. Bookmark it, share it with your friends and networks and if you have documents you would like to see added or topics that are not covered leave a comment here. For a reference later on, you can locate the link to the Library in our Blog Roll on the right hand margin –

Bill McKibben and David Cobb on Occupy the Courts Jan. 20th

Video – David Cobb on Occupy the Courts January 20, 2012

National Day of Protest – January 20, 2012

100 cities (and counting) are holding rallies to participate in Occupy the Courts – a one-day protest at federal courthouses across the United States – including the US Supreme Court. Please watch and then share our video call to action and join an Occupy the Courts action near you on Friday, January 20, 2012.

Transparent Radiation: The Movie

August 2011 – After the March 2011 catastrophic disasters in Japan, debates about nuclear power reignited around the world and uncertainty about the costs and benefits of nuclear energy rose dramatically. Set amid the world’s historic transition toward energy sustainability, this important film looks at nuclear energy through the lens of ecological economics. It features commentary from over twenty students and fellows of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. As an important part of the nuclear discussion, this film expounds common misconceptions about nuclear power – rendering old arguments transparent and empowering new perspectives.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this video are those of the individual speakers and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Gund Institute or the University of Vermont.

This film adheres to the Documentary Filmmaker’s Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use and is strictly intended for educational and informational purposes only.

Vermonters Say Corporations are NOT People!

Cartoon by Matt Wuerker

Vermont is leading the Revolution by declaring that Corporations are not Persons and don’t have the rights we Humans have, like electing our representatives. The unified efforts of Public Citizen, WILPF, VPIRG, Move to Amend, the Peace and Justice Center, Common Cause, Occupy Vermont and others can be followed at this web page “Vermonters Say Corporations are not People“. We are working together to support town meeting petition drives, and a state resolution led by Senator Ginny Lyons. To learn more about how to get involved visit their web site linked above and read more about the resolution here.

Grand Opening for The Vermont Food Venture Center – January 6th

food processing local agriculture business incubator Vermont jobsThis Friday, the 6th of Jan. The Vermont Food Venture Center is celebrating their Grand Opening (more information). The Center opened this past September  in Hardwick, VT, offering fully equipped certified kitchens for rent as well as technical assistance and consulting for their clients. The VFVC is a business incubator that was designed by The Center for an Agricultural Economy, to support Vermont’s local agriculture and food processing sectors. They “aim to maximize access to local food for local consumers and local markets for local growers.”  Check out their Site –

Read – Patrick Leahy’s Press release on the Center

Vermont Citizenry Making a Difference – Heartworks VT

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Heartworks of Vermont

Heartworks of Vermont is a group of caring citizens who organize to make a difference in our communities through “simple random acts of kindness”. Their random acts of kindness include; mobilizing to house and provide funds for flood victims of Irene, providing care and food for those in need, running clothes-drives and much more. It is this type of active participation in our communities that will create a better World, the World we all want. Heartworks of VT meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Ross Barn on River Rd. in Manchester, Vermont. Check out their site and facebook page where you can donate or join them to help further their Heartworks. Happy 2012! May it be a year full of helping and caring for each other! Peace on Earth Goodwill to All of Humanity!