Building Resilient Communities – Feb 28

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Building Resilient Communities
Save your Wednesday evenings for the six-session series “Building Resilient Communities” that launches on Wed., Feb. 28. The series runs on alternating Wednesdays though May 9 at the Bethany Church in Randolph from 6:30-8:30 PM. Programs are:

  • What It Takes: Stories of Revitalizing and Resilience in Our Towns
  • Land and Town: Cultivating the Bonds Between Farms and Community
  • Solutions from Around the World Seen Though the Film Tomorrow
  • What Does a Localand Sustainable Economy Look Like?
  • Slow Growth, No Growth, De-Growth: What’s in Our Future?
  • Designing Whole Systems with Ben Falk

For more info, contact BALE HERE.

and check out the facebook event page here


A Six-Part Series at Bethany Church, 32 Main Street, Randolph

Alternating weeks on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM from February 28 to May 9, 2018

Lead sponsor: BALE (Building A Local Economy). Series co-sponsors: Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission and Randolph Area Community Development Corporation.

1) What It Takes: Stories of Revitalizing and Resilience in Our Towns (Feb. 28)

Here we have a few stories (among many) from area towns of inspiration, flexibility, collaboration and drawing people together around common intentions. Hear from those who have come together with a vision and, often with little resources, have created vitality, cohesion and a strong sense of community.

  • Bethel Revitalization Initiative — Kevin Barry
  • Feast & Field, Barnard – Christopher Piana 
  • Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon — Lindsey Warren

Program sponsors: Bethel Revitalization Initiative, Seven Stars Arts Center, Fable Farm

2) Creative Solutions: Land Access & Farm Succession (March 14)

The future of Vermont’s working landscape depends on equitable land access and successful transition of current operations. In an era of increasing real estate prices, challenges of development pressure, and marginalized farm viability, how can the working lands future we all envision for Vermont be realized? This evening is also “Feed Your Farmer” night; a full-course dinner will be served by Black Krim Tavern. All farmers invited; public limited to first 100. Program sponsor: Rural Vermont

3) Solutions from Around the World Seen Though the Film Tomorrow (March 28; note 7 PM start

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet: Start small and write a new story for the generations to come. The film follows five broad themes: Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Democracy, and Education). Discussion following will aim to cover two of these topic areas most relevant to this series.

Program sponsors: Bethel Revitalization Initiative, Fable Collective, Alliance for Vermont Communities, Vital Communities, New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School

4) What Does a Local and Sustainable Economy Look Like? (April 11)

Even in rural Vermont, pressures to grow in unsustainable ways keep appearing despite the growing understanding that those models can no longer be sustained in today’s world. What are some of the emerging (or, perhaps, “old”) ways of building thriving and resilient communities that provide counterpoint to an old paradigm of large scale or industrial growth?

  • Cornerstone Creative Community (3CVT) — Anni MacKay
  • Alliance for Vermont Communities — Alex Buskey
  • Vermont Council on Rural Development — Paul Costello

Program sponsors: Cornerstone Creative Community of Vermont, Alliance for Vermont Communities, Vermont Council on Rural Development

5) Slow Growth, No Growth, De-Growth: What’s in Our Future? (April 25)

Economic growth brings growing resource use, growing waste generation, growing material wealth for the already-rich, and growing busy-ness and stress for most people. How do we free ourselves from growth in a society that seems addicted to it…  in an economy that can only grow or collapse? And what might a simpler, slower Vermont be like? Let’s talk about it. The degrowth hypothesis is that we can live well together with less if we share more and shift from valuing efficiency to valuing sufficiency. The degrowth movement aims to transform human relationships with each other and the rest of nature toward justice and sustainability. Those are lofty goals and nobody knows for certain how to go about achieving them. Surely, degrowth will look different in different places. Discussing what kinds of futures we want and imagining how to make them happen in our communities is a radical exercise. Come join the exploration with presenter Sam Bliss, a PhD student in ecological economics at the University of Vermont and a member of the academic association Research & Degrowth.

6) Designing Whole Systems (May 9)

In an era of rapid climate change, never before has permaculture design been more important in thinking about our public lands, backyards, and working landscapes… Come hear from Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design, an expert in permaculture and regenerative land design. This talk will include design possibilities for an orchard and nuttery to be located at a 22-acre permaculture site near the Exit 4 Interchange. It will also include a discussion on climate resiliency for the site and for Vermont at large.

  • Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design

Program sponsor: Whole Systems Design


Cost: All programs are a suggested donation of $5 except March 14. March 14 program with full-course dinner is a suggested donation of $10-$15 (all farmers are free). No one will be turned away due to cost. For more information, contact Eliza at


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