March 22-May 20, 2020
262 North Main Street
Hartford, VT 05001
This information comes from the series' event page, where you can sign up!
What is good for the soil is good for our communities. Deep healthy soil governs flood resilience, clean water, strong local economies, and a myriad of ecological functions. Lessons from the soil--such as interdependence, biodiversity, and resource cycling--can help us to understand the past and create the future for the Upper Valley. In these times of great ecological, social, and economic transformation, this series of six programs will unpack the science of whole systems landscape function, explore how land and society change together, and offer practical ways to engage with the land around you for community resilience and social justice. This series aims to expand the base of active “doers” who work together to build a more livable, resilient region and planet.
Sessions are Free and Open to All
Refreshments and childcare available at each event. Registration is encouraged.
Session 1: Sunday, March 22, 2-6 p.m.
Earth's Cycles: Foundations of Energy and Matter
Framing the entire series, this event introduces cycles of energy and matter that create a livable planet. The soil health principles provide a lens to understand how systems work together and to identify points of intervention where changes have been - and can be - made to influence climate and ecology.
Session 2: Sunday, April 5, 2-6 p.m.
Historical Landscape: Learning from the Past
Take a deep dive into the history of the Upper Valley to understand its watersheds, landscapes, climates, and inhabitants - and how they affect each other. Use the lessons of the past to envision a just future.
Session 3: Monday, April 13, 5:30-8 p.m.
Here and Now: Human Impacts
The world today has been shaped by human decisions to rearrange Earth's systems. Learn about how and why the world exists in its current unstable state and explore possibilities to make better decisions in the future.
Session 4: Sunday, April 26, 2-6 p.m.
Systems Collapse: Climate and Ecological Crises
The environment is destabilizing, along with societies, economies, and cultures. Understand the collapse through various lenses to explore adaptation and avoid false solutions.
Session 5: Monday, May 4, 5:30-8 p.m.
Revolutionary Resilience: Creating a Different Future
With the understanding of the impacts of human decisions for the planet, explore the intersections of justice, land, and life. Work together to envision and create “what could be” in terms of a just future in the Upper Valley and beyond.
Session 6: Sunday, May 17, 2-6 p.m.
Fertile Ground: Reclaiming Power and Possibility
This culminating event will bring us together on a local farm to reflect on the power of natural systems and community collaboration. Through discussion, activities and sharing with a team of change-makers and organizations from the region, explore what already exists and help realize next steps for the Upper Valley.
A collaboration among Hanover Co-op Food Stores, Upper Valley Food Co-op, Vital Communities, Grow More Waste Less, Building A Local Economy, Vermont Healthy Soils Coalition, and Extinction Rebellion Vermont.