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postoilsolutions.org
infoREMOVETHISBEFORESENDING@postoilsolutions.org
802.869.2141
P.O. Box 431
Townshend, VT 05353

Founded in June, 2005, we are a community organizing project whose mission is to empower the people of our region to develop sustainable, collaborative, and socially just communities leading to a self-sufficient post petroleum society. Though engaged with a variety of projects, our .main thrust has been developing a community-based food system in Windham County that would make local food both accessible and affordable to all citizens, while providing a fair return to our farmers, whilehelping us become a people who can increasingly feed ourselves through our own means.. To that end, we initiated the localvore movement in our region; sponsor gardening, food preservation, season extension, cooking,and other food related workshops; founded a 5 acre farm at the School for International Training; organize community gardens, including the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative; founded and run the Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market and the Townshend Common Farmers Market; created the Windham County Farm to School Program (now, Food Connects, a pending 501c3)); provided administrative management for Windham Farm and Food Network (now Windham Farm and Food), working on a local food hub that would especially provide food to local food shelves and schools; have hosted long-running community conversations in Brattleboro and Bellows Falls; and initiated a variety of food justice projects aimed at lower income people including the gleaning partnership with the Vermont Food Bank, the Market Match coupons for our Winter Market EBT customers, the Neighborhood Market in Brattleboro, and Buying Clubs.in several schools (the last two are also now part of Food Connects). In 2010, we were the first non-farm recipient of the Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Council's annual award, "In recognition of your outstanding team effort to build sustainable, collaborative and socially just communities." Though small in numbers, the strength and success of Post Oil rests in ts relationships, collaborations, and partnerships. We have also benefited greatly from having several VISTA volunteers, We are presently moving into the political realm by organizing a Resistance (to Big Oil) Project, that will work with Bill McKibben's 350.org, as well as do independent work within our region. We host a 4th Tuesday Community Meeting, 6:00 PM (light refreshments & socializing), 6:30-8:15 (meeting), Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, that features project updates and new initiatives from Post Oil, as well projects from community folks, presentations, and films. Everyone is welcome to attend

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Tim Stevenson
Founding Director 802.869.2141 Add to Collection
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I am a long time time community organizer and activist who co-founded Post Oil Solutions in 2005. Before this, I had been involved with anti-war activities (Vietnam, Central America, Iraq), anti-nuke work (Seabrook, VY), and a Buy Local campaign (co-founded BrattPower in Brattleboro that opposed Home Depot coming to town). I have served in the Peace Corps (Philippines), was a welfare rights organizer, member of a community newspaper collective, founded a day care center, and worked with behavior challenged high school students. With my wife, Sherry Maher, I live in Athens, Vermont where we do extensive gardening and putting food by, have solar panels for our electricity and solar hot war, and largely heat our home from our wood lot. However, we still have not solved the issue of our transportation I am a graduate of Colgate University and have graduate degrees in American Studies (New York University), American history (Adelphi University), and Counseling Psychology (Antioch/New England). I have the good fortune to have two, great children: a son, Sean who lives in Maryland with his family, which includes our two terrific grandchildren, Haley and Nicholas, and a daughter, Kelly, who lives with her husband in Boston. Film, music, and books are strong interests, along with biking and kayaking, but writing is my passion: I am presently working on a book about my experiences with Post Oil, tentatively entitled, "Accepting What Is: Community Organizing for a Post Oil Age" and am considering pulling together in a book format the monthly columns I have been doing for the Brattleboro Reformer ("Building Sustainable Communties") as a fund raiser for Post Oil Solutions.