Catamount Earth Institute Late-March E-Newsletter

 Healthy People, Healthy Planet Follow-up Action

We’re wrapping up this winter and spring’s 12 Healthy People, Healthy Planet, 4 Choices for Sustainable Living, and 1 Menu for the Future discussion groups. It’s on to personal and collective action, two programs on lawn chemicals (see below) and the Co-op Food Stores’ March 31 Sustainability Expo. It was Northwest Earth Institute activists from Port Townsend, Washington that spurred me on to try organizing multiple groups of one program such as Menu for the Future and Healthy People, Healthy Planet. A recent inspiration comes from a blog from Concord, New Hampshire. It tells of a starting Hungry for Change, the Northwest Earth Institute’s (NWEI) discussion new series on food. The site has recipes, articles, books, and a blog about the group’s Hungry for Change discussions. Thanks to Upper Valley Localvore’s Pat McGovern for making this connection and for her Upper Valley Localvore blog where you’ll find a report that there’s an undetectable amount of arsenic in Champlain Valley’s sweet cider. Hooray!

Lawns Without Chemicals, March 28 – 1st of 4 Programs on “Creating a Healthy Landscape”
The next piece of inspiration is a four-part collaboration that expands upon the success of last year’s Menu for the Future’s complementary programs at the Howe Library. On Wednesday, March 28 at 7 pm Catamount is collaborating with the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley Natural Resource Committee and Howe Library to bring Will Allen, co-manager of Cedar Circle Farm and Paul Sachs, founder North Country Organics to discuss the intended benefits, unintended consequences, and long-term effects of lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides; and strategies for building a healthy lawn. The program, Lawns Without Chemicals, will be in the Mayer Room of Howe Library, 13 South Street, Hanover, NH.

A Chemical Reaction April 4, A Documentary About Banning Lawn Chemicals
On Wednesday, April 4 Catamount, LWVUV and the Sierra Club will present the documentary A Chemical Reaction about health risks of lawn chemicals, how the town of Hudson, Quebec banned the use of chemical lawn products, and how similar bans were adopted in five Canadian provinces. This is also at the Howe Library at 7 pm.

Two More Healthy People, Healthy Planet Groups Start April 3 and 4- Join Us

    For more information about this program see Catamount Earth Institute or Northwest Earth Institute.  The Hanover Co-op Service Desk has a few more copies of A World of Health, the discussion guide for our Healthy People, Healthy Planet discussion groups.

Richards Free Library, Newport, NH
Tuesdays, April 3 – May 8, 7- 8:15 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library

Canaan Town Library, Canaan, NH
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 9, 7 -8:30 pm
Register and borrow a book from the library

 Upper Valley Sustainability Events Calendar

Monday, March 19, 5:30 – 7:30, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction
Using Patterns for Sewing Learn how to use a pattern as a guide in sewing with Jennifer Lynn Limit of 6 students, Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills Cost: $20/Co-op member, $25/non-member. Please sign up beneath the ‘Co-op Notices’ bulletin board, or contact Kye Cochran: [email protected] 295-5804

Tuesday, March 20, 6-8, Welch’s True Value on Route 14 in S. Royalton
Free Button Up Workshop on home weatherization by SERG’s Bob Walker
Please pre-register 763-2400 or [email protected]
Sponsor, the South Royalton Market is providing a light supper. Click for info.

Wed. March 21, 6:30 – 8pm, Porter Community Room, Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT.
Dirty Energy: From Fracking to Tar Sands
Vermont Law School professors Pat Parenteau and Jack Tuholske will discuss legal and environmental concerns related to shale gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and tar sands extraction, including the proposed Trailbreaker and Keystone pipelines, water pollution, impacts on climate change, Vermont legislation restricting fracking and the relationship of these dirty fuels to local efficiency and renewables efforts.  
Light refreshments contributed by the Coop Food Stores and the Upper Valley Food Coop.
Sponsors: Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Thetford and Norwich Energy Committees, Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club, Coop Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op.  Info: [email protected] or 802-785-4126.

Saturday, March 24, 11-3, Rivendell Multi-Purpose Room, Orford, NH Free Button Up homeowner weatherization workshops, Button Up 101 from 11-12 More advanced Button Up 201 from 1-3. These workshops offer information on reducing fuel and electricity use via basic air sealing & insulation techniques, finding technical and financial resources, identifying sources of energy waste and easy do-it-yourself conservation measures. For more info click here.

Wednesday, March 28, 7pm, Howe Library, 13 South St., Hanover
Lawns Without Chemicals
Will Allen, co-manager of Cedar Circle Farm in E. Thetford and Paul Sachs, founder of North Country Organics of Bradford, VT will discuss the effects of long-term exposure to lawn chemicals and strategies for building a healthy lawn.
Sponsored by Catamount Earth Institute, League of Women Voters, Howe Library
Refreshments served, Will and Paul will have their books for sale.
Thursday, March 29, 9-4pm, Vt. Technical College,

6th Annual Vermont Organics Recycling Summit
View complete agenda here. 

Thursday, March 29, 7pm, Howe Library, 13 South St. Hanover
Green Fire, a thought-provoking new film about the life and legacy of legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, which proposes a land ethic for the 21st century.
Sponsored by the Hanover Conservancy and the Upper Valley Sierra Club

Friday, March 30, 7:30 Hartland Library, 153 Rt 5, Hartland, VT 
State of the World Film: Enemies of the People
This is an award-winning film about the killing fields of Cambodia. Cambodian journalist Thet Sambath begins with a quest to learn why his family members were killed and in the process “understands the real story of his country’s tragedy.”
Free, including popcorn, donations welcome.
Info: 802 738-0215 or

Saturday, March 31, Co-op Food Stores Annual Meeting Expo, White River Junction Elementary School
9:30-10:30 am annual meeting; 11- 3 pm Expo., 3-6, Weatherization Skillshop by CVCAC (Central Vermont Community Action Council). The Expo will offer dozens of displays and booths about how people all over the Upper Valley are working toward a more sustainable world.  Catamount Earth Institute and the Upper Valley Localvores and two of many exhibitors.

Monday, April  2, 6:30, Colatina Exit, Main St. Bradford, First Monday Film Series
This 2010 documentary portrays the lives of the Rio de Janeiro garbage pickers and their working conditions. Come at 6pm to order food and drink. Sponsored by the Bradford Conservation Commission.
Donations welcomed.

Wednesday, April 4, 7 pm Howe Library, 13 South St. Hanover,
A Chemical Reaction is a documentary about health risks of lawn chemicals, how the town of Hudson, Quebec banned the use of chemical lawn products, and how similar bans were adopted in five Canadian provinces.
Sponsored by Catamount Earth Institute, the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley, Sierra Club

Tuesday nights from 6:30-8:30 for 5 weeks, April 3-May 2.
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. Contact Lebanon College to reserve a spot for this 5-part workshop or call 603-448-2445.

Wednesday, April 11, 1 pm, Black Community Center, 48 Lebanon Street, Hanover
Absorb the Storm, a program about stormwater management for homeowners
Features a demonstration of the Black Center’s rain garden by Peter Kulbacki, Hanover’s Director of Public Works, and presentation by NH Dept. of Environmental Services Stormwater Coordinator Jillian McCarthy
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley and the Town of Hanover

Thursday, April 12, 5 pm, Upstairs, Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Co-op
Upper Valley Seed Savers monthly potluck and meeting
For more info: [email protected]

Sunday, April 15, 11-3:00, Hartford High School, White River Junction

Flavors of the Valley, Valley Food and Farm’s tasting event.

Wednesday, April 25, 4:30pm, Montshire Museum, Norwich
Following Nature’s Lead: Integrated Landscaping
Marilyn Wyzga, Wildlife Educator, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and co-author of Integrated Landscaping:  Following Nature’s Lead will speak about choosing plant systems that increase biodiversity, benefiting both wildlife and habitat.
Sponsored League of Women Voters of the Upper Valley and the Montshire Museum

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

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

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

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

Thanks to SERG, UV Localvores, UV Food Co-op, Chris West, and Bradford Conservation Commission for event info.

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This Upper Valley Sustainable Living Network update was written by Barbara Duncan.

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