Catamount Earth Institute February E-Newsletter

Healthy People, Healthy Planet Discussion Groups

Healthy People, Healthy Planet conversations are flourishing around the Upper Valley this winter. The next two groups to start are Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 6 pm at the Hanover Food Co-op Conference Room and on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 6 pm at the Upper Valley Food Co-op Upstairs. The 6-session series topics include preventive medicine, food issues, our chemical legacy, simplicity and consumption, and healthy natural systems.

Discussion guides are available at the Hanover Co-op service desk for $15. (The UV Food Co-op, the Women’s Health Resource Center and participating libraries have discussion guides available on loan to their Healthy People, Healthy Planet group participants.) Program information and contacts for the venues are available at www.catamountearthinstitute.org, and are listed below. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in organizing a group in your town, faith community, workplace, or with your book group.

An interesting thing happened on the way to these forums — people and groups who’d become acquainted with the NWEI discussion programs opted to offer other NWEI topics. Building A Local Economy (BALE) is offering four Choices for Sustainable Living groups in South Royalton, Tunbridge, Stockbridge, and Randolph to build understanding of many aspects of sustainability, with Randolph’s first session having started on January 26. (Other dates and registration information is listed below). Harmony Farm in Hartland is offering NWEI’s Reconnecting with Nature, about humanity’s relationship with nature, date tbd. Lastly, King Arthur Flour is offering Menu for the Future for its employee/owners.

Catamount is now on Facebook (see CatamountEarth) so that discussion group members can share their thoughts, concerns and information. See you there!

Schedule of upcoming and just started discussion groups
(You can register with these sponsors or click here to register.)

Choices for Sustainable Living
Gifford Medical Center, Randolph
Thursdays, January 26- March 8, 6:30-8 pm
Contact Susan Mills at [email protected] for more info.

Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Hanover Food Co-op Conference Room
Tuesdays, January 31-March 6, 6-7:30 pm,
Register and purchase a book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk

Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Upper Valley Food Co-op, Upstairs
Thursdays, February 2- March 8, 6-7:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the UV Food Co-op
802-295-5804 or [email protected]

Choices for Sustainable Living
Tunbridge Parish Hall
Thursdays, February 2- March 15, 7-8:30pm
Register with [email protected],
Buy a book from the So. Royalton Market

Choices for Sustainable Living
Stephen and Deborah Aldrich’s, Stockbridge
Wednesdays, February 8 – March 21, 7-9 pm
Register with Steve at [email protected]
Buy a book from the So. Royalton Market

Choices for Sustainable Living
So. Royalton School Library
Wednesdays, February 15 – March 28, 5:30-7
Register with Elizabeth Ferry and buy a book from the So. Royaton Market

Healthy People, Healthy Planet at the Fairlee Public Library
Wednesdays, February 29 – April 11
7 – 8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
802-333-4716 or [email protected]

Healthy People, Healthy Planet at the Women’s Health Resource Center (WHRC), Lebanon Mall
Tuesdays, March 6 – April 10
Noon- 1 pm
Register and borrow a book from the WHRC
603-650-2600 or stop in on the Lebanon Mall

Healthy People, Healthy Planet at the Upper Valley Land Trust, Hanover
Thursdays, March 15 – April 19
Noon – 1:30 pm
Register and purchase a book at the Hanover Co-op Service Desk
603-643-6626 or [email protected]

Healthy People, Healthy Planet at the Blake Memorial Library, Corinth
Thursdays, March 15 – April 19
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
802-439-5338

Healthy People, Healthy Planet at the Canaan Town Library
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9
7 -8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library
603-523-9650

Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7pm-8:30pm, Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH

Reading the Forested Landscape. Tom Wessels, noted regional naturalist and author, will describe what we can learn about land’s history and natural forces that affected it, when we take a walk in the forest.
Sponsored by the Hanover Conservation Commission. Free, open to the public.

Sunday, February 5, 2pm, Black Center, Park St., Hanover
Green Fire,
a documentary about the Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement
Sponsored by Hanover Conservancy, Donations requested.

Monday, February 6, 6:30, Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, First Monday Film Series
Carbon Nation, a documentary movie about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues.
Come early to order food and drink. Donations welcomed.

Wednesday, February 8, 6-7:30 pm  Upper Valley Food Co-op, Upstairs
Get Well, Stay Well workshop with Carolyn Kelly
Explore a variety of natural ways to maintain and increase vitality and well being. For more information see Carolyn’s website at www.injoynow.com
Sign up near the cash registers at the co-op, or contact Kye: [email protected]

Sun, February 12, 7pm – 10pm,Thetford Congregational Church, Rt. 113 across from the Green, Thetford Hill.
“A Sea Change”: Thetford Energy Committee’s Warmth in the Winter series
A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover how excess carbon dioxide dissolving in our world’s oceans is changing sea water chemistry and life within.
Free, refreshments provided.

Gardening Classes with Henry Homeyer:

Lebanon College: Gardening: A Practical Workshop. Garden writer Henry Homeyer will teach you the basics of organic vegetable and flower gardening. From garden design to seed-starting , planting, watering, weeding, mulching, and harvesting, this course will give each student practical knowledge of gardening. Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 for 5 weeks, April 3-May 2.Contact Lebanon College to reserve a spot for this 5-part workshop www.lebanoncollege.edu or call 603-448-2445.

AVA Gallery, Lebanon.  Attend one or all of these workshops with Henry. For more info. call 603-448-3117

Sculpting the Living Landscape: Starting Flowers from Seed
April 9; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class

Sculpting the Living Landscape: Perfect Perennials for the Upper Valley Garden,
April 23; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class

Sculpting the Living Landscape: Organic Techniques for Enriching Soil and Managing Pests
May 7; Monday, 6:30–8:30pm; One 2-hour class

Thanks to SERG, UV Localvores, UV Food Co-op, Chris West, and Bradford Conservation Commission for event info.
To receive the UV Localvores e-newsletter, contact [email protected].
For Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) info. see www.SERG-info.org  (also on Facebook)
This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

Catamount Earth Institute, POB 470 Hanover, NH 03755
603-643-0328 (Nov. 1-April 30)  [email protected]     www.catamountearthinstitute.org
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