Not-to-Miss Programming — Winter/Spring 2019:

The Soil Series: Grassroots for the Climate Emergency

Bethany Church, Randolph, Vermont on Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. A collaboration between BALE (Building A Local Economy) and Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition (VHSC).

Calling all land managers, farmers, gardeners, seed savers, citizen scientists, town grassroots for the climate emergency 3planners, educators, healers, and advocates. Join us for a series of critical conversations about soil health and how we can become “response-able” to meet the climate emergency we face with confidence. There will be great food provided before and, following powerful panel dialogues guided by VHSC members, audience discussion on topics of food, soil, water, health, climate and hope. Together, we can explore what is possible in rehabilitating Vermont’s soil health to hold our landscapes and communities together. This potent – and important – six-part series takes place on Wednesdays starting Feb. 27 at the Bethany Church in Randolph. Suggested donation $5 (no one turned away). For full series descriptions, click HERE. Sponsors listed below.

  • Feb. 27 Ground to Body: Soil Health & Human Health
    • Speakers: Didi Pershouse, Grace Gershuny, Michael Denmeade
  • March 13 Shielding Soil with Plants and Animals
    • Speakers: Tatiana Schreiber, Graham Unangst-Rufenacht
  • March 20 Grounding Climate Hope Through Storytelling
    • Speakers: Katherine Oaks, Maddie Kempner, Sha’an Mouliert, Cheryl Herrick
  • March 27 Building the Soil From the Ground Up
    • Speakers: Juan Alvez, Jessica Ruben, Cat Buxton
  • April 10 Social Mycelium: the Fiber of Community Resilience
    • Speakers: Mindy Blank, Simon Dennis, Chris Wood, Henry Harris
  • April 24 A Soil Sponge to Cool the Planet
    • Speakers: Judith Schwartz, Jan Lambert, Henry Swayze

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BALE (Building A Local Economy) is a community resource center for local economy initiatives in the White River Valley of Vermont; we are intentionally multi-issue in focus and multi-dimensional in our programmatic work. At core, our vision is to build a sustainable culture that can foster the economic and ecological capacity in our communities to thrive, even as the external forces of climate disruption – driven by an economy and culture of dominance and systemic scarcity – threatens our existence as a species. Our work is focused on appropriate scale, valuing the commons, and creating community-driven assets. BALE sees its work, along with many other inspiring collaborators, as building new resilient models grounded in a new story of how we live on the Earth. We know we have so much to learn, and seeing that so much creativity is awakening in this time, we focus on such things as gratitude, conscious living and valuing what is important to the human spirit (which we know is not money… and not scarcity). Given that perspective, our tasks are to:

  • Engage as many folks as possible in the deep reasons for addressing our failing climate and extreme economic inequality; offering intelligent programming that explores a systemic understand of our historical moment and our responsibility to be nothing less than “change agents” in the way we live our lives.
  • Build the base of transformative leaders and connect with those now moving into awareness of the challenges we face (increasing that base).
  • AND, crucially, build the new models; the new projects (some based on “old” knowledge) that sustain a new, resilient, community-driven experience of the world and our place in it.



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BALE (Building A Local Economy) is located at 35 South Windsor St., South Royalton Vermont.  Our mailing address is: BALE, PO Box 211, South Royalton, VT 05068.  Our phone number is 802-498-8438; our website is