Photo: M.F. Sacca
Building A Local Economy (BALE)
Current projects of BALE include:
The Commons @ BALE: A community space in a storefront on the Green in South Royalton… open to all and used most evenings of the year… free of charge (with donations strongly welcomed). Yoga classes, weekly music jams, book discussion groups, film series, meeting space and more… this beautiful room is also home to the White River Art Gallery with rotating shows of area artists.
White River Community Solar: A collaboration with the Vermont Law School’s Energy Clinic to develop a community owned and operated 150 KW solar array to power local businesses and homes with clean renewable energy.
White River Investment Club: Now its own legal entity, the Club is the ideal avenue to invest local money in truly local community projects that strengthen our community
ValleyFest: A Celebration of All Things Local takes over the South Royalton Green on the
second Thursday of each June; a huge family-oriented community festival that reaches out to every part of our local cultural life.
The ‘New Story’ film project: a documentary film initiative that serves as a visionary resource to all those feeling the urgency for a global shift in awareness and identifying the powerful emergent stories that can be a guide and inspiration on the path to a truly sustainable planet.
2016 Locally Grown Guide: A printed resource of the farms, restaurants, businesses and farmers markets that highlight local food and support for a local food system (10,000 printed and distributed throughout the summer and fall).
Collaborations: Many more initiatives are partnerships, such as our work on the ‘White River Resilience Festival’ (August 28, 2016), ‘Our Children, Climate, Faith’ symposium (October 15-16, 2016), the launch of the ‘Tap the Valley’ regional website, as well a planned ‘Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like’ Summit in 2017.